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Vol. 13, #25 - Jun 23, 2008 - Issue #679
Electronic Bermuda Triangles

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  1. Editor's Corner
    • Electronic Bermuda Triangles
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Webcast June 24 at 1pm EDT
    • Tech-Ed Wrap Up Part Deux
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without>
  3. Tech Briefing
    • Update Snafus Dog Redmond This Week
    • FAQ: XP Deathwatch, T Minus 2 Weeks
    • Free One-Day Seminar: Moving To Windows Server 2008 With Mark Minasi
    • Tip: Maintaining The Balance In Windows Capacity Planning
    • IT Pros Still Kicking Tires On Virtual Desktops
    • Virtualization News: Hyper-V Won't Sail Past VMware On Price Alone
  4. Windows Server News
    • Weighing Hyper-V Against VMware
    • Hooking Up iPhone 3G To Your Exchange Server: Pitfalls
    • Video Techtalk: New AD Features You May Have Missed In W2K8
  5. WServer Third Party News
    • Most Recent Multi-Platform Vulnerabilities
    • More On Tech.Ed Third Party Tools
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Editor's Corner

Electronic Bermuda Triangles

Huh? Yes, they exist for real. I was trapped in one this week. No, I'm not talking aliens and tin foil hats. However, to my great surprise, tin foil does play a roll in this story. And no, I'm not smoking lunch either. To start off with, I will disclose here that I went to see a live Eddie Izzard show on Tuesday, which tells you something about my warped sense of humor.

The other thing you need to know is that since about a year I ditched the Jag and I drive a Toyota Camry Hybrid. I live 4 miles from work, so I go to the gas station about once a month. I never took the Camry to downtown Tampa until this week. And that is where I got into a 'dead zone'.

I park the Camry, and press the ON/OFF button to shut down the engine. So far so good. Next, I get out and use the wireless key fob to lock the car. No luck. Get back in, try to get it started. Error message: "Cannot Detect Key". Car sits in park and is totally dead. I can only lock it manually with the hidden little key in the fob. Call the Toyota Dealership for tech support (this vehicle is basically 30 computers on wheels).

They make me do a few things, but conclude that the battery in the key fob is probably dead. "Call your roadside assistance" was the advice. OK, I get the car towed to the dealership and after the show, I grab a taxi home. Cost? $150 plus the Izzard ticket so I'm over 200 bucks out of pocket. Great show by the way, the man is hi-la-rious.

Next day I call the dealership. They tell me, "Sir your car is fine, it worked when we started it here, and we tried 4 times. You can come pick it up any time". I'm asking customer service: "but, but, but... what caused this?" And then she said, "yeah, it's funny, I had the same problem with some one else this morning, identical car and identical spot in downtown Tampa."

And then the penny finally dropped! I remembered an article a few months back in the Saint Petersburg Times about cars not behaving in two spots in the USA: Around the Empire State Building in New York, and downtown Tampa. Focused electronic interference caused car alarms to go off, kill switches to kick in, cars not starting and similar problems. The suspected reason?

Anything from GPS tracking systems to TV satellites to other cars' alarm systems could be responsible, said Robert Martin, who owns Alarmtek Auto Alarm, a Tampa-based online auto security business. "It could be a combination of all those things downtown," he said. "If you're getting blanket radiation from another frequency, you could be in a field that nullifies the wavelengths used to operate your car's alarm."

Apparently, this also causes Toyotas to lose contact with the key fob and since there is no way to bypass that, you are up the creek without a paddle. But here comes the kicker. The Toyota Dealership Customer Service Rep calls me back and states: "If you hold some tin foil or even a tin can above the key fob, this should not happen". I swear, I'm not making this up! But I'm sure as heck not going to drive to Tampa and try that out. As the story unfolds, I'll keep you updated (I asked Toyota for a refund of my expenses). In the mean time, here is a link to the SP Times article of April 22 that proves I'm not entirely off my rocker. There are probably more of these 'Electronic Bermuda Triangles', not yet identified!
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Tampa-Triangle


Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Webcast June 24 at 1pm EDT

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Tech-Ed Wrap Up Part Deux

One of the interesting things was that the major Veep that was featured by Redmond turned out to be Server and Tools VP Bob Muglia. That shows you how much Mr. Muglia must be regarded by Microsoft Top Brass. Muglia talked a lot about dynamic computing and virtualization. The term "dynamic" doesn't really mean anything obvious as Redmond Mag's Executive Editor Doug Barney commented. He said "If you peek below the surface, it means IT that is adaptive, self-healing and adds business value. Why didn't you just say so?" I could not agree more.

Muglia promoting virtualization legitimizes the market even more, and will have a positive effect on VMware who are getting more system management tools in place for both their own hypervisor and Redmond's.

For the first Tech.Ed issue of last week, check our archive here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-TechEd-Issue


Quote of the Week

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." -- Benjamin Franklin

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Tech Briefing

Update Snafus Dog Redmond This Week

ComputerWorld reported this week that just days after fixing a glitch in one of its enterprise patch-distribution tools, Microsoft Corp. said that another of its patching programs has been blocking last week's security updates. According to a Wednesday post to the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) blog, some Windows client systems that rely on the free WSUS have been unable to retrieve the June 10 patches.

"Computers that have Office 2003 or components of Office 2003 installed fail to run a detection against a WSUS server that has the latest Office updates," said Cecilia Cole, a WSUS program manager. "This prevents the computers from receiving any updates from the WSUS server."

This is the second time in a week that Microsoft has told customers that its patch software is unable to deploy the newest updates. Those updates, which plugged 10 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE) and Bluetooth, were released June 10. More at the ComputerWorld site:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Update-Snafus


FAQ: XP Deathwatch, T Minus 2 Weeks

WinXP is beginning that last long walk toward retirement on June 30, with its end-of-life due date staring it - and you - in the face. June 30 is Microsoft Corp.'s deadline for mainstream computer makers to stop selling new PCs with the old operating system, and the date that it will stop shipping boxed copies to retailers. That's just two weeks away. Here is an FAQ with a set of very useful questions and answers, including Redmond's most recent relaxation of the retirement rules and some details about which machines big-brand computer makers will be selling with XP after June 30:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-XP-Deathwatch


Free One-Day Seminar: Moving To Windows Server 2008 With Mark Minasi

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Tip: Maintaining The Balance In Windows Capacity Planning

Measurement, second-level analysis and business realignment are core principles that should be included in the capacity planning process for a Windows environment. In this tip, SearchWinIT.com contributor Russell Olsen takes an in-depth look at each principle, with screenshots and free tools to help guide you through the process. (registration required)
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IT Pros Still Kicking Tires On Virtual Desktops

Is VDI just another buzzword, or can it simplify or even revolutionize desktop management? This exclusive article reviews how IT pros at BriForum this week are intrigued by this new technology, but are still trying to figure it all out.
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Virtual-Desktops


Virtualization News: Hyper-V Won't Sail Past VMware On Price Alone

Microsoft's Hyper-V, set to debut in August, may be able to squash VMware in the price category, but users say it's going to take more than a smaller price tag to see widespread adoption. Learn how Hyper-V stacks up next to VMware when it comes to performance and what it will take for Microsoft, the unlikely underdog, to come out on top:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Hyper-V


Windows Server News

Weighing Hyper-V Against VMware

The buzz about Hyper-V, Microsoft's entry into the world of serious server virtualization, has been building for quite some time. This past week at Microsoft's mammoth North America TechEd 2008 conference held in Orlando, Fla., there was a focus on what Hyper-V (in Server 2008) was really all about and how it compares with VMware's ESX Server. Peter Bruzzese at InfoWorld wrote a good short blog entry explaining this:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Hyper-V-vs-VMware


Hooking Up iPhone 3G To Your Exchange Server: Pitfalls

You will get requests from all corners of the enterprise: "Can I now hook up my iPhone to Exchange? Well, not so fast. The iPhone still does not have a firewall or native encryption, so banks and FEDs are not going to use it for starters. More over, some testing needs to be done first, so wait till August before you make commitments. If security on your mobile devices is paramount, you need data encryption. This is available on the BlackBerry and the latest version of Windows Mobile as well as some other mobile OSen. If your employees are long- distance road warriors, what is Apple planning to do regarding hard- and software support, especially in countries outside the U.S? Last but not least, iTunes to deploy business apps is hardly mission critical. So stave them off for a while as these things get clarified.

Video Techtalk: New AD Features You May Have Missed In W2K8

In this video from TechEd 2008, Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham discusses some of the lesser known improvements made to Active Directory with Windows Server 2008. Here you'll get details on features such as stickiness prevention and fine-grained password policies, plus info on what new auditing enhancements to AD mean to administrators.
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-W2K8-AD-Features


WServer Third Party News

Most Recent Multi-Platform Vulnerabilities

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

H99  Apache PHP init_request_info Vulnerability - HP-UX 11
L772 Red Hat Linux Enterprise 2.1 end-of-life notice
L773 Net-SNMP HMAC verification & snprint_value flaws - FC
L774 Openoffice.org rtl_allocateMemory error - FC
L775 Kronolith addevent.php URL parameter flaw - FC
L776 Xorg-x11-server multiple vulnerabilities - FC
L777 RoundCube with Internet Explorer expression flaw - FC
N88  SNMPv3 HMAC Verification Vulnerabilities - IOS/CatOS
S227 Java System Calendar Server access logging vulnerability - Solaris 9/10
S310 Firefox 2 Multiple Vulnerabilities - Solaris 10

Updated Checks 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 1.6.105.0 was released June 19, 2008. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.105.0, scan, and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
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More On Tech.Ed Third Party Tools

Peter Varhol, Executive Editor of Redmond magazine picked up a few gems that most people including me overlooked in the rush. You should check his article which has links to Quest's new SQL Server management tools, and Lieberman's Password Manager 4.0:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-TechEd-Tools

And if you did not make it to Tech.Ed, here is a 5-second update on what Sunbelt showed at Tech.Ed. VIPRE Enterprise is the End of AV as you know it. It will save you considerable IT budget compared to old-style antivirus.

Here are the highlights:
  • High-performance threat protection with low impact on system resources
  • All-new technology delivers a unique single antivirus + antispyware engine
  • Rock solid Management Console is your "Malware Command Center"
  • Real-time monitoring with Active Protection(tm) and advanced anti-rootkit technology
  • Integrated, full email protection with support for Outlook and Windows Mail
You can get the VIPRE Enterprise Beta at the link below. Release this July.
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-VIPRE-Enterprise-Beta

The other product demo we gave was Ninja Email Security and Ninja Blade. Ninja Email Security is next-generation email security for Exchange. You can save 50% in both time and budget over your current product with multiple-award winner Ninja Email Security. It was Redmond Magazine 2008 Editors' Choice. They called it: "Low-Maintenance Magic". Get your 30-day eval copy here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Ninja-Email-Security

Last but not least, Ninja Blade is an appliance with the same rock-solid, commercial-grade, best-of-breed spam and antivirus filters but implemented on Dell servers with a 4-hour on site service. See it as a Barracuda Killer. Here is the website where you can check out the specs, and request an eval unit:
http://www.wservernews.com/080623-Ninja-Blade


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