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Vol. 13, #5 - Feb 4, 2008 - Issue #659
It's 2018. You Are Being Recruited.

  1. Editor's Corner
    • It's 2018. You Are Being Recruited.
    • Quotes Of The Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Researchers Make Tiny Radio From Nanotubes
    • SQL Server Backup & Restore Tips
    • The New Microsoft System Center
    • IT Compliance Documentation: Do It Now
    • Windows Change Management On A Budget
    • The Problem With Traditional Application Management Practices
    • Changing Virtualization Services In Wake Of VMWare Server ESX 3I
  4. Windows Server News
    • Windows Server 2008 RTMs In Early February
    • SQL Server 2008 Delayed - Why?
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Ninja and E2K7 SP1 - Differences
    • What's New In Double-Take Version 5.0?
  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
Introducing: Ninja Blade: The Barracuda Killer

Ninja Blade is built on commercial grade soft- and hardware, as opposed to inexpensive boxes which re-brand open source offerings. A lot of system admins asked us for an email appliance with the quality of our Ninja Email Security for Exchange software product. You told us you wanted an appliance at the Barracuda price points, but more reliable hardware, and high-end antispam and antivirus code with less false positives. So we created a 'barracuda killer' for you. Check out the specs and the prices, and draw your own conclusions. Pricing starts at $1,995; annual maintenance and support costs (which include automatic signature updates for anti-spam/anti-virus) start at $599 for the 500 model which runs on a Dell server with 3 year warranty and 4-hour on-site service!

Editor's Corner

It's 2018. You Are Being Recruited.

I recently bought the new Amazon 'Kindle' e-book. It's an acceptable V1.0 but I expect more in its next incarnation. The screen is quite readable though and I have read something like 6 books on it now. It's a keeper, though a little bit clunky. The last book I bought and read grabbed me by the collar in the first chapter. We should all read it!

The title of the book is 'Halting State'. It's a great read for security geeks like us. It's sci-fi similar to William Gibson's Neuromancer, but this book is the first one that speaks directly to the culture of info security specialists. You should go to Amazon, and just read the first few pages. It's an email recruitment letter, and I was thinking OMG, this could be true in 10 years! It's a blast, and warmly recommended. Click this link and the arrow at the right of the page to turn the pages:

PS: There are some very interesting products in the Admin Toolbox this week.

Quotes Of The Week

"I intend to live forever. So far, so good." -- Steven Wright, Scientist
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." -- Mark Twain

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

Should I Choose Ninja Or Ninja Blade? Actually, Deploy Both!

First of all, existing Ninja customers can get Ninja Blade with 20% discount if you buy in the first quarter of 2008. And it makes a whole lot of sense to combine these two powerful spam fighters. We put together a one-page comparison that shows the strengths of each product, and you will find out that each has some unique features which work together like a well-oiled fighting machine against ever increasing and ever more malicious spam. Check out the comparison here: (PDF - no registration required)

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Migrating (virtual) servers? Don't take risks during your data migration! New, advanced technology lets you migrate files without creating broken links.

See the potential of Active Directory, Register for a webinar with AD Expert Randy Bradley. A 1 hour technical presentation for 500 user+ companies

Click here to download Enterprise Password Management - A Guide to Best Practices. Increase password security while decreasing IT costs.

The vLite program lets you shrink Vista from 15GB to 1.4GB. Pick and choose which components, hot fixes, drivers and languages are installed, then build a disk image that can be burned to an install DVD. Redmond is aghast:

Tech Briefing

Researchers Make Tiny Radio From Nanotubes

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Transistor radios tinier than a grain of sand, made using nanotechnology, can not only tune in to the traffic report, but may end up outperforming current silicon-based electronics, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

SQL Server Backup & Restore Tips

Whether you're looking for commands to a speedier restore, steps to take before deploying database mirroring or an overview of disaster recovery features in SQL Server 2005, you'll find it in this collection top tips from (registration required)

The New Microsoft System Center

If you've been watching Microsoft's evolution of products that is coinciding with the release of Windows Server 2008, you've probably noticed some changes in the company's server products. You won't find Systems Management Server 4.0 (SMS) or a new version of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Instead you'll find a new group of products under the System Center product suite. In this tip, Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen looks at Microsoft System Center and describes the things administrators should know about the new enterprise server product suite. (registration required)

IT Compliance Documentation: Do It Now

Learn why there's no time like the present for Windows managers to discuss IT compliance issues with their legal teams.

Windows Change Management On A Budget

Defining what will and will not be included in your Windows change management process will deliver the biggest bang for your buck.

The Problem With Traditional Application Management Practices

Application virtualization can be a real benefit to admins, especially when you consider the difficulties that come from more traditional methods of app management.

Changing Virtualization Services In Wake Of VMWare Server ESX 3I

Embedded virtualization software, like VMware ESX Server 3i, is changing the dynamics of the virtualization marketplace. But there's still plenty of opportunity for service providers.

Windows Server News

Windows Server 2008 RTMs In Early February

After years of delays and numerous changes, Windows Server 2008 code will finally be released to manufacturing on February 6. Increased performance when running with IIS 7.0, improved configurability and toolsets are just some of the plusses reported by early adopters. Additionally, with the previous server and toolsets, you had to be an administrator; now managers can offer tiered permissions. Read more in this exclusive news story:

SQL Server 2008 Delayed - Why?

This is a short clip from the UK's ChannelRegister site, which describes the event in a typically British way. "Redmond has scaled back its ambitious plans to get the server party started by sidelining its 2008 version of sequel server - which was originally supposed to hit manufacturing at the end of last year - to the third quarter.

"SQL Server 2008 had been expected to join the biggest single day of launches in the software giant's history on 27 February, alongside 2008 versions of Windows Server and Visual Studio, but Microsoft admitted in a blog post on Friday that it has once again delayed its release.

"Microsoft SQL server product director Francois Ajenstat said, after a tremendous amount of waffle about how the team has been "gearing up" for next month's launch, that the firm now expects (but still doesn't promise) final release to manufacturing (RTM) of Q3 2008.

"He said that while Redmond was still on schedule to deliver its latest SQL Server 2008 within the original rather loosely defined, anything-goes 24-36 month timeframe, it won't be pulling on its bow tie and drinking bubbly in Las Vegas next month afterall.

"It's fair to say that Microsoft execs are flushed with uncertainty at the moment, as the firm's numerous apps jockey for position in its Windows roadmap. Just last week tongues were set wagging about the possibility of Microsoft pushing forward its release of Windows 7, the successor to the operating system almost everyone loves to hate, Vista." More at the site:

WServer Third Party News

Ninja and E2K7 SP1 - Differences

Q: Does Ninja Email Security work with Exchange 2007 SP1?
A: Ninja Email Security does work with Exchange 2007 SP1 but has some reduced functionality. With Microsoft's release of Exchange 2007 SP1 the architecture of Exchange 2007 was changed in part on the way it handles outbound messages by converting them to TNEF message format. With this change in architecture the Ninja Email Security Disclaimers functionality is not able to modify those outbound messages to successfully add a disclaimer resulting in email no longer being disclaimed.

This issue also extends to the granular Attachment Filtering capabilities of Ninja Email Security when it filters for outbound messages. Ninja Email Security on Exchange 2007 WITHOUT SP1 can filter outbound messages with attachments to strip out files and send the email with the attachment modified as needed. With the installation of SP1 and the change in architecture causing all outbound messages to be in the TNEF format we are not longer able to effect them in this way and have to quarantine or allow the message in full. This means that outbound messages with restricted attachment types would be quarantined and no part of the message would be allowed through.

Sunbelt Software and the Ninja Email Security team is working hard to keep as up to date as possible and is working on correcting these new issues to bring the full functionality of Ninja Email Security to Exchange 2007 SP1 installations. Plans for an update to the application supporting this configuration are in progress and the planned release is in Q2 of 2008.

What's New In Double-Take Version 5.0?

The Industry's First Continuous Full-Server Protection and Recovery Product If you missed our big product announcement back in November, make sure you take the time to check it out NOW! Double-Take 5.0 has fantastic NEW key features, including but not limited to:
  • Full-Server Failover
  • Server Recovery Option
  • Enterprise Install Console
  • Interoperability with HSM products
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Protection
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007 Cluster Support
  • Exchange 2007 Target Data Verification
  • Enhanced Restore
  • Advanced Scripting
Check out the full v5.0 feature guide here (PDF):

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.