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Vol. 13, #23 - Jun 9, 2008 - Issue #677
Tech.Ed Next Week

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Tech.Ed Next Week
    • Sysinternals Tools Now Available On The Fly
    • First Executive Summary on Recent Survey
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Tech Briefing
    • XP Keeps Living On SuperLights
    • XP SP3 Includes Vulnerable Flash Player
    • 8 Incredibly Useful Tools For Road Warriors
    • New in Vista: Microsoft Windows Task Manager
    • Tip: Cleaning up Active Directory
    • Tip: Give Your System Memory A Boost With X64
    • Cost Management Analysis Guide
  4. Windows Server News
    • Apple Mac June 2008 Survey Executive Summary
    • Microsoft Slates Seven Fixes, And Sends Kill Bit
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • How Does CounterSpy Enterprise Compare?
    • Speed P2V Migrations While Online with Virtual Recovery Assistant
    • And The Holes Keep On Coming
  6. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Win a 50" Plasma TV, Just for Viewing a Product Demo
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Editor's Corner

Tech.Ed Next Week

Many of us will meet again at Microsoft's yearly technical training and trade-show, this time in our backyard in Orlando. Come say hello at the Sunbelt Booth # 515 and attend a short presentation of the new VIPRE Enterprise, our high-performance Antivirus + Antispyware in-one. We have a whole bunch of really cool give-away prizes. The next issue will be a Tech.Ed Special with all the news from the show!

Sysinternals Tools Now Available On The Fly

Redmond is testing a new handy option that gives you "access anywhere" to all the free Sysinternals tools. As we all know, the diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities of Mark Russinovich are extremely useful. If you have a machine that is hooked up to the Net, you no longer have to download and unzip them. Russinovich and his gang are continuously updating the existing tools and create new ones. The site is easy to remember: live.sysinternals.com. Here is the link:
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Sysinternals


First Executive Summary on Recent Survey

Many hundreds of you filled out the recent Yankee / Sunbelt survey. We have the Exec Summary about Apple Mac for you in the Server News section!

Quote of the Week

"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest". -- Mark Twain

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

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Speed P2V Migrations While Online with Virtual Recovery Assistant. This new Double-Take feature prevents downtime while migrating. It's a very useful:
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Tech Briefing

XP Keeps Living On SuperLights

Redmond apparently is going to continue XP (supposed to die this month), by licensing it for the ultra low-cost superlight devices that put e-mail, web browsing and IM in your pocket. They claim to be working with 20 OEMs, and the contract seems to be for the next two years. Reason? Not providing XP would drive the OEMs into the hands of Linux.

XP SP3 Includes Vulnerable Flash Player

Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ships with an out-of-date version of Adobe's Flash Player that's vulnerable to recently-spotted attacks, according to Microsoft's support documentation. More at NetworkWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-XP-SP3-Flash-Vulnerability


8 Incredibly Useful Tools For Road Warriors

I found this incredibly useful little article on ComputerWorld about gadgets you can use while traveling and thought that you'd also find some of them great time savers:
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Road-Warrior-Tools


New in Vista: Microsoft Windows Task Manager

While already a useful tool for administrators, Microsoft made several improvements to its Task Manager utility for Windows Vista. In this tip, SearchWinComputing.com contributor Brien Posey breaks down what has changed.
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Vista-Task-Manager


Tip: Cleaning up Active Directory

Keeping Active Directory clean and tidy is usually a low priority, as long as no one is complaining. But it's best to do periodic maintenance than to try to fix something like replication failures that can cause downtime. This tip reviews common areas that need to be monitored as well as some pointers for cleanup operations. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Vista-Task-Manager


Tip: Give Your System Memory A Boost With X64

It's no secret that memory for 32-bit systems has its limitations. By upgrading to x64 processor architectures, IT pros can access more memory while still executing the same application codes. Microsoft MVPs Danielle and Nelson Ruest break down the benefits of implementing x64 architectures in your Windows enterprise.
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-X64-Memory-Boost


Cost Management Analysis Guide

Have to do more with a tighter budget? That's life in a Windows shop. Learn how to get the most for your money in this four-part Cost Management Analysis Guide. The series kicks off with a tip on how to reduce Windows desktop total cost of ownership. Other segments include cost management strategies for change management and Windows Server 2008.
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Analysis-Guide


Windows Server News

Apple Mac June 2008 Survey Executive Summary

Executive Summary - By Laura DiDio, Research Fellow at Yankee Group.

Thanks to all who participated in the latest Sunbelt Software - Yankee Group poll on Apple Macintosh hardware and OS X 10.x software usage in corporate enterprises! In a coming issue we'll report on the virtualization section.

Your responses were intelligent, insightful and your comments were witty, frank and sometimes downright funny! The survey served up a few surprising and emerging trends, so we appreciate your input.

Survey Highlights

The results indicate that there is a significant, steady and sustained adoption of Mac(r) and OS X Leopard in the enterprise. Approximately 80 percent of businesses have installed Macintoshes and the OS X operating system in their networks.

You gave Apple high marks for features, performance, usability, security, reliability and its elegant design. These all are indicative of the qualities customers' value when purchasing hardware and operating system software.

It's clear that Apple Computer Macintosh hardware and OS X 10x. operating system software is gaining significant momentum among corporate users. The survey found that nearly 4 out of 5 businesses -- approximately 80% -- have Macintoshes and the OS X operating system installed in their networks. And although the Apple Macintosh hardware and OS X operating systems still represent a small niche, adoption is growing at a steady pace. Nearly one dozen corporations indicated that they would switch to an all-Macintosh environment in the near future.

The use of Apple products in a corporate environment is much more pervasive and complex than we previously thought. Although 45% said they only had a few Macs (from 1-to-5), nearly one-quarter or close to 25% of the survey respondents have a significant number (>50) of Macintosh desktops installed in their organizations. Fueling the growing acceptance and adoption of the Macintosh hardware and OS software are the leading edge, sophisticated anywhere features of the overall Apple platform which in turn has resulted in many corporations using Apple as a virtualization platform. Among the other survey highlights:
  • Reliability: An overwhelming 78% of businesses rated the reliability of the Macintosh desktop and server hardware and OS X 10.x operating system excellent or very good.
  • Security: A 70% majority of companies rated the security of the Macintosh hardware and OS X 10.x operating system excellent or very good.
  • Usability: the breadth and depth of leading edge features such as advanced graphics, a leading edge search engine, the Safari Web browser, high reliability and strong security were among the chief reasons their firms are gravitating toward Macintosh hardware and the OS X 10.x operating system environments.
  • Increasing Momentum: With overall satisfaction so high, over one-third of businesses -- 34% -- said their companies were very likely to allow more end users to deploy Macintoshes and OS X 10.x as their enterprise desktop within the next 6-to-12 months. Another 17% said they were "unsure" at this time but are considering the matter.
  • Virtualization: One of the biggest surprises served up by the survey was the prevalent use of Macintoshes for virtualization. Approximately 28% of the 700 businesses polled said their firms run Microsoft Windows XP or the Vista operating system on Macintosh hardware in a virtual environment. This combination users said, allows their firms "to circumvent the viruses, spyware and disruptive automatic updates" that are common in the Windows environment.
  • Dual Booting: Roughly 22% of corporations said their PCs dual boot the Mac OS X 10.x alongside Windows XP or Vista under Apple's BootCamp facility.
  • Pricing: Apple's new lower hardware and OS X 10.x retail prices are also allowing end users to successfully plead their case for utilizing the products as their enterprise desktops. However, some businesses noted that executives still incorrectly perceive Apple hardware to be more expensive than PCs and opined that Apple needs to do a better job of touting its new lower prices.
  • Challenges: Of the 49% of corporate survey respondents who said their companies were not likely to expand their Macintosh and OS X 10.x usage in the same 6-to-12 month timeframe, the majority cited the lack of advanced, heterogeneous management tools currently available for the platform. Many respondents also expressed the opinion that Apple must provide more comprehensive, sophisticated technical service and support suitable for today's heterogeneous network environments.
As promised, anyone who participated in the survey can Email me at [email protected] and I will send you a complimentary copy of the full Report once it's published.

Microsoft Slates Seven Fixes, And Sends Kill Bit

The June batch of patches has seven security updates, three of them critical. They patch Windows components such as Bluetooth, DirectX and (IE). More interesting, it also looks like Redmond will kill a vulnerable third- party program. The list is at Redmond's Advance Bulletin, link below.

Three more patches are tagged "important", and the seventh -- the kill bit update -- was marked as "moderate." It's assumed this is a third party ActiveX app that is being disabled. We'll know more next week:
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-Kill-Bit


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Learn about benefits and systems requirements of TimeData:
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WServer Third Party News

How Does CounterSpy Enterprise Compare?

We received the following this week. "Hello, I just wanted to let everyone know how great CSE is compared to other products. We currently use CSE in conjunction with McAfee EPO and counterspy catches things McAfee has never heard of. Keep up the good work, without CSE our network would have some major issues. For example our SQL server caught about 10 nasty Trojans and SQL exploits and McAfee didn't even detect one while CSE cleaned them all out. Can't wait for the VIPRE Enterprise so I can ditch this McAfee EPO for a quality Sunbelt product. Keep it up! Any ideas on when VIPRE Ent might be in twinkle in the developers eyes? Thanks!" -- Tony Pollicito.

Editor's Answer: Well, we're happy to announce we'll demonstrate the VIPRE Enterprise Beta at TechEd, June 10-13 and you will be able to download the VIPRE Enterprise Beta next week as well!

Speed P2V Migrations While Online with Virtual Recovery Assistant

Join this live webinar from Double-Take Software to explore Virtual Recovery Assistant (VRA) - a new enhancement to Double-Take that simplifies the process of migrating to VMware ESX virtual machines. The new feature automates the provisioning of the virtual environment and reduces end-user downtime associated with traditional physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration products. It can also be used to automate the protection of workloads running on physical servers, moving them to virtual machines automatically in the event of a server outage or site-wide disaster.

Join us to explore the many exciting new features of VRA, including: P2V or V2V Protection
  • Real-time P2V Conversions
  • Automatic Creation of Target Virtual Machines
  • Many to One Protection
  • Failover Monitoring and Automatic Failover
  • Automatic Push Installs
Date: June 24, 2008
Time: 11am - 12pm ET / 4pm - 5pm London Time / 5pm - 6pm Paris Time
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-P2V-Migration-Webinar


And The Holes Keep On Coming

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 Checks

H169 SSH X11 DISPLAY hijacking - HP-UX 11
L630 Flash-plugin content display & TCP establish errors - RHE
L675 Dbmail anonymous authldap bypass error - FC
L729 Nss_ldap race condition request answer flaw - RHE
L730 MySQL lack of table statement privileges - RHE
L732 Dovecot mail_extra_groups flaw - RHE
L733 VSFTPd memory leak deny_file option flaw - RHE
L735 Gnome-screensaver user password attack - RHE
L736 Setroubleshoot diagnostic message write error - RHE
L738 Gpdf CairoFontEngine file handling error - RHE
L740 GnuTLS client connection handling - FC
L741 Django login form XSS vulnerability - FC
L742 VSFTPd memory leak deny_file option flaw - FC
L743 VSFTPd memory leak deny_file option flaw - FC
L746 OpenSSL doublefree and TLS handshake errors - FC
L747 Snort preprocessor IP fragment reassemble flaw - RH
L748 OpenSSL doublefree and TLS handshake errors - MDV
N84 UCM multiple denial of service flaws
N85 SSH may induce device reload - IOS
N86 Cisco CSM memory leak vulnerability
S371 Crontab may allow execution of arbitrary code - Solaris 8 - 10
S392 STREAMS Admin Driver Vulnerability - Solaris 10
S466 Flash Player multiple vulnerabilities - Solaris 10
W2769 CA Internet Security 2008 UmxEventCli.dll ActiveX Vulnerability
W3358 Safari user bypass carpet bombing / blended threat vulnerabilities

Updated Checks H178 Xserver vulnerabilities Medium H182 OpenView Operations Agent Vulnerabilities - HP-UX 11 S403 ICU 3.2 library regular expression parsing - Solaris 9 - 10 W1142 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - McAfee W1986 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Symantec W1999 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Trend Micro W2067 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - F-Secure W2070 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - CA eTrust
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 1.6.103.0 was released June 6, 08. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.103.0, scan, and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-SNSI


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Win a 50" Plasma TV, Just for Viewing a Product Demo

When it comes to managing your Internet access, don't break your budget and tie up your resources with a complex software solution like Websense. Get the iPrism Web Filter! Our powerful h-Series appliances offer a model to fit any requirement and performance that leaves Barracuda in the dust. And solutions like 8e6 require extra hardware. Need more convincing? iPrism got the highest rating from SC magazine, 5 stars, and our renewal rates are over 95% -- no one can match that. See a demo, get a free T-shirt and maybe win a 50" plasma TV. How cool is that?
http://www.wservernews.com/080609-iPrism