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Vol. 13, #3 - Jan 21, 2008 - Issue #657
Heads Up: 'Barracuda Killer' Coming Soon...

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Heads Up: 'Barracuda Killer' Coming Soon...
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Upgrade To SQL Server 2005 Or SQL Server 2008?
    • Nagging Windows NT Or Win2K Problems? Use Sysinternals' PsTools
    • The New Microsoft System Center: What Happened To SMS And MOM
    • Top 10 Exchange Server Administration Tips Of 2007
    • Troubleshooting Vista File And Print Services
  4. Windows Server News
    • Terminal Services In Windows Server 2008 Offers New Capabilities
    • EMC Goes Flash
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • And Another Patch-A-Palooza!
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Be Ready For Lawsuits Now With SEA
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http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Ninja-Email-Security

Editor's Corner

Heads Up: 'Barracuda Killer' Coming Soon...

The subject essentially said it all. In a few weeks you will be able to get your hands on a very high quality appliance, with carrier-grade software, using Dell servers. We're quite excited to be coming out soon with Ninja Blade. The pricing will be very competitive. Here is the data sheet that explains in great detail the quality product you will be able to get for 'cuda prices: (PDF)
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Ninja-Blade-Datasheet

To make it easy, we created a Product Comparison Chart that pits the 'cuda against 'Blade and you can see the shoot-out for yourself. In other words, if you were planning to buy a Email Security Appliance in 2008, hold your horses and check out the new entry in this field first: (PDF)
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Ninja-Barracuda-Comparison

If you want to see the interface, here are a bunch of screenshots and note the difference with the 'cuda GUI.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Ninja-Blade-Interface

To end off, don't buy a 'cuda but a 'Blade. I would strongly recommend to start budgeting the Model 1000. For $2995 it supports up to 1000 users, and is a terrific value. I will let you know when you can get an eval units sent to you. Should be a few weeks from now.

Quote Of The Week

"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied." -- Otto Von Bismark

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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Be Ready For Lawsuits Now With SEA

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (SEA) makes your organization ready for lawsuits,
either for suing some other entity, or being sued yourself. At that time,
your attorneys are going to ask you for an e-discovery and you will be forced
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If you are not ready for this, prepare for weeks of agony, no weekends and
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your CEO and Legal Counsel will be highly appreciative. Get a quote and
compare SEA cost versus Symantec Enterprise Vault.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Reclaim up to 80% of you Exchange Store with ExchangeCompress 2, now in real time! Download today:
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Exchange-Compress-2

A happy customer: "Namescape really thought of everything with this version of rDirectory. They haven't left anything out - no heavy database - easy to use and powerful enough to do anything you can imagine."
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Namescape-rDirectory

The new V5 of Double-Take is out! Lots of new stuff. See the updated page with all the new features and download the latest version here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Double-Take


Tech Briefing

Upgrade To SQL Server 2005 Or SQL Server 2008?

As your company evaluates a transition to either SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, are you wondering whether you should wait to make a switch, and if the SQL Server 2008 interface is drastically different from the 2005 interface? Find out from SearchSQLServer.com Server expert Denny Cherry. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-SQL-Upgrade


Nagging Windows NT Or Win2K Problems? Use Sysinternals' PsTools

Microsoft Sysinternals' PsTools suite is a treasure trove of free Windows NT and Windows 2000 command-line tools that remotely diagnose system ills.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Sysinternals-PSTools


The New Microsoft System Center: What Happened To SMS And MOM

Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen looks at Microsoft System Center and describes the things administrators should know about the enterprise server product suite. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Microsoft-System-Center


Top 10 Exchange Server Administration Tips Of 2007

Running the gamut of Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2003 technical topics, these were the 10 most popular Microsoft Exchange Server administration tips on SearchExchange.com in 2007.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Top-10-Exchange-Tips


Troubleshooting Vista File And Print Services

The challenges for value-added resellers (VARs) rolling out Vista for new customers may be annoying, but they're not insurmountable. Here's a quick cheat sheet for some of the most common file sharing and print sharing problems in Windows Vista.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Troubleshooting-Vista-Printing


Windows Server News

Terminal Services In Windows Server 2008 Offers New Capabilities

Support for RemoteApps is one of the new features in Windows Server 2008 that will appeal to end users. Find out more about the integration of RemoteApps with browsers and some changes that address problems in licensing.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Windows-2008-TS


EMC Goes Flash

EMC is the first out of the gate with Flash enterprise storage. They are going to put expensive solid-state flash drives (SSDs) in their high-end Symmetrix DMX-4. And the marketing promises that the response times are "an order of magnitude faster than the fastest hard disk drives", using a lot less power in the process. EMC said it would take 30 (yeah, that's thirty) 15,000-RPM Fibre Channel disk drives to deliver the same performance as a single flash drive. And that means a a 98% reduction in power consumption if you compare on a transaction-per-second basis. Purdy cool. Also quite expensive for single-millisecond application response times, and one of those killer advantages that only appear every 10 to 15 years. The new drives are planned to be available this quarter in 73GB and 146GB capacities. Wouldn't THAT be something nice to hook up to your Windows Server? Yeah, dream on Stu Sjouwerman

WServer Third Party News

And Another Patch-A-Palooza!

SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FBI top 20 vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CERT, CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories.

New Vulnerabilities

W3224 Office 2003 SP3 not installed - W2K, XP, W2K3 W2782 QuickTime Movie and Image validation Vulnerabilities W2692 QuickTime RTSP response message-reason phase Vulnerability W2662 Novell ESM Client Vulnerability - W2K, XP W2570 FlexNet Connect Download Manager Vulnerability S0541 Dotoprocs improper validation induces system panic - Solaris 10 S0421 Libdevinfo may grant unauthorized privileges - Solaris 10 S0408 Libxml2 may induce application failures - Solaris 9-10 M0089 QuickTime Movie and Image validation Vulnerabilities L0354 Mantis view.php filename injection error - FC L0355 Python-cherrypy security bypass - FC L0356 Asterisk SIP channel BYE message error - FC L0357 QT4 SSL verification flaw - FC L0358 Libcdio print_iso9660 core dump error - FC L0359 ImLib BMP image infinite loop error - FC L0360 Exiv2 exif.cpp EXIF crafting error - FC L0361 Ganglia multiple XSS webscript errors - FC L0363 MySQL multiple security problems - FC L0364 Eggdrop mod/server.mod/servrmsg error - FC L0369 AutoFS nodev mount & nosuid hosts flaws - RHE L0371 Tog-pegasus CIM server PAM authentication error - RHE L0376 Libxml2 invalid UTF-8 xml CurrentChar error - FC L0377 Tog-pegasus CIM server PAM authentication error - FC L0378 Libxml2 invalid UTF-8 xml CurrentChar error - RHE H0182 OpenView Operations Agent Vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11 H0168 Firefox multiple vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11 H0158 Thunderbird pre 2.0.0.9 Multiple Vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11
Updated Checks
W3229 Web Proxy Auto Discovery Vulnerability L0079 Opera multiple security vulnerabilities - SuSE L0119 Gallery multiple vulnerabilities - FC L0269 Apache HTTPD XSS errors - RHE L0279 Samba multiple vulnerabilities - RHE L0353 AutoFS nodev mount & nosuid hosts flaws - FC L0884 Wordpress MD5 cookie & DB_CHARSET errors - FC L1381 PostgreSQL multiple vulnerabilities - FC L1612 Libexif crafted EXIF tags errors - FC L1649 Libexif crafted EXIF tags errors - MDV L1674 Drupal multiple remote exploit errors - FC H0136 Remshd / R-commands vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11
Revised Checks
W3248 Office 2007 Service Pack 1 - XP, 2K3, Vista W3227 Vulnerability in DNS Could Allow Spoofing W2K3, W2K W3068 DNS Server interface RPC vulnerability - W2KS, W2K3
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 1.6.88.0 was released Jan 17 '08. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.88.0, scan, and patch your machines ASAP. For the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-Sunbelt-Network-Security-Inspector


WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Be Ready For Lawsuits Now With SEA

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver (SEA) makes your organization ready for lawsuits, either for suing some other entity, or being sued yourself. At that time, your attorneys are going to ask you for an e-discovery and you will be forced to go through ALL sent and received email and query it for specific things. If you are not ready for this, prepare for weeks of agony, no weekends and 14-hour days to find all PST files and painstakingly search through all of them. But having SEA implemented, you will be ready for legal action, and your CEO and Legal Counsel will be highly appreciative. Get a quote and compare SEA cost versus Symantec Enterprise Vault.
http://www.wservernews.com/080121-SEA