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Vol. 13, #36 - Sep 1, 2008 - Issue #690
Gotcha: IE8 Lock-In With XP SP3

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Gotcha: IE8 Lock-In With XP SP3
    • Sunbelt Makes Inc 5000... Again
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Upcoming Sunbelt Seminars
    • Free One-Day Seminar: Optimizing Exchange Performance
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Microsoft Releases IE 8 Beta 2
    • Make Sure Your ISP Isn't Interfering
    • New Website Focused On Enterprise Desktop Technologies
    • Server Virtualization At The Hardware Level With Hyper-V
    • Microsoft Exchange Server Backup Method Pros And Cons
    • Tip: Free Security Testing Toolkit Review Of BackTrack 3
  5. Windows Server News
    • Small Business Server 2008 Hits Metal
    • Small Business Server 2008 Gets New Exam
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver V3.6: What's New?
    • Are Your AV Signatures Outdated? SNSI Will Tell You
  7. WServerNews FAVE Link
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

Gotcha: IE8 Lock-In With XP SP3

This week, Redmond on its IE blog warned XP SP3 users that in some circumstances they will not be able to uninstall either SP3 or IE 8

This heads-up was similar to an earlier warning in May, when XP SP3 had just been released. Redmond said then that you wouldn't be able to downgrade from IE7 to the older IE6 browser without uninstalling SP3.

Jane Maliouta, an IE program manager, gave specifics about this new gotcha, which impacts you when you downloaded and installed IE8 Beta 1 prior to updating XP to SP3. If you then upgrade IE8 to Beta 2, which Redmond unveiled on the 28th, you will be stuck with both IE8 and Windows XP SP3.

You will get a warning dialog: "If you continue, XP SP3 and IE8 Beta 2 will become permanent, you will still be able to upgrade to later IE8 builds as they become available, but you won't be able to uninstall them." So how to get around this lock-in? First uninstall XP SP3, then uninstall IE8 Beta 1; then reinstall XP SP3 and follow that by installing IE8 Beta 2. Dang, that's a hassle. Here is the blog with the write up in detail:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-IE8-Beta2

Here is the link to the IE8 download itself:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-IE-8-Download


Sunbelt Makes Inc 5000... Again

Sunbelt made the Inc 5000 list again this year! We moved up the list a few hundred spots from last years position. We'll tell the world about it in the next few days, you heard it here first:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Inc-5000


Quotes of the Week

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." -- Ronald Reagan

"Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act". -- Albert Einstein

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein

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

The End Of AV As You Know It

Finally, powerful endpoint security that ISN'T a resource hog. Sunbelt Software introduces VIPRE Enterprise; a completely new technology combining corporate antivirus plus an enterprise antispyware solution for total endpoint security designed by admins for admins. Save your IT budget and don't renew products from Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro, Learn how VIPRE Enterprise takes much less resources than the competition! It's clearly time to ditch expensive, bloated, old-style AV products. Get your 30-day eval here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-VIPRE-Enterprise

Webinars and Seminars

Upcoming Sunbelt Seminars

"Implementing an Effective Email Archiving Strategy for Exchange" - Join Sunbelt and Mike Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research, Inc., one of the leading analyst firms in the messaging and collaboration space, for an engaging discussion on how an effective email archiving strategy can help you deal with the issues resulting from growth in email storage and new discovery and privacy requirements.

Hosted at Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada on Tuesday, September 16th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Seminar-Toronto

"Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security" - Join Sunbelt and Mike Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research, Inc., for an informative seminar that will examine why older, traditional antivirus approaches don't work and why a new approach to endpoint security is required to better protect your users, your data and your long-term viability as a company from malicious threats.

Hosted at Microsoft in Waltham, MA on Thursday, October 2nd. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Seminar-Waltham

"Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Applications" - Join Sunbelt and Double-Take Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability, remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for SQL, Exchange and other mission critical apps using Double-Take. Learn about Double-Take v5.0 and Double-Take's NEW solutions that power your keys to recoverability.

Hosted at Microsoft in Hartford, CT on Thursday, September 25th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Seminar-Hartford

Direct from Microsoft: Tips for Integrating Exchange 2007 and Double-Take Software
Date: September 9, 2008
Time: 11pm - 12pm ET
4pm - 5pm London Time
5pm - 6pm Paris Time

Exchange Server 2007 represents a new platform for messaging, collaboration and communication from Microsoft. It creates new opportunities for e-mail data protection and availability including Exchange-specific replication capabilities for the first time with the inclusion of Local Continuous Replication (LCR) and Continuous Cluster Replication (CCR) for Exchange data. Together, the protection and recovery capabilities of Double-Take Software combined with the new recovery features within Exchange 2007 provide an end-to-end solution for Exchange protection, eliminating single points of failure and providing the utmost flexibility and redundancy for your business-critical Exchange messaging data.

Please join this webinar, with a guest speaker from Microsoft, to learn: More from Microsoft about the strong partnership between Microsoft and Double-Take Software. Why you should upgrade to Exchange 2007 (if you haven't already). How to provide an additional level of protection for Exchange 2007 server Hub and Transport, Mailbox Server and Client Access Server roles by replicating the data using asynchronous, byte-level replication to standby systems. How to use Double-Take Software solutions in addition to Exchange 2007 for advanced disaster recovery or remote availability purposes - including recovery of Microsoft Clusters running Exchange Server 2007.
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Exchange-DT-Webinar


Free One-Day Seminar: Optimizing Exchange Performance

Independent expert Richard Luckett provides real world advice and best practices to solve your Exchange performance issues and properly maintain your servers. He also takes time to explain the changes and advantages of Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1. This event comes to Chicago, Dallas, and New York starting in September. Reserve your seat today!
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Exchange-Seminars


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Make it easy to track user access to your Windows file servers. ScriptLogic's File System Auditor: Free Trial!
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Protect Your Organization with a Strong, Relevant Acceptable Use Policy. Get the E-Policy Best Practices Guide with Free Templates from St. Bernard!
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-E-Policy-Best-Practices-Guide

Learn more about the first Microsoft-based enterprise platform capable of solving your most complex Identity Management challenges!
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Tech Briefing

Microsoft Releases IE 8 Beta 2

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, and the company spilled a lot of pixels explaining the beta's new features. Full article at MCPmag, by Kurt Mackie:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-IE-8-Beta2-Released


Make Sure Your ISP Isn't Interfering

Is your ISP interfering with your BitTorrent connections? Cutting off your VOIP calls? Undermining the principles of network neutrality? Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Switzerland is an open source software tool for testing the integrity of data communications over networks, ISPs and firewalls. Download here, but it may be very slow:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Switzerland


New Website Focused On Enterprise Desktop Technologies

SearchWindowsSecurity.com is now the brand new SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com, your best resource for desktop management, desktop virtualization and security. Visit today to access the latest tips, articles, podcasts, guides, webcasts and more.
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Enterprise-Desktop-Technologies


Server Virtualization At The Hardware Level With Hyper-V

Microsoft changed its approach to server virtualization with the release of Hyper-V. In this tip from SearchWindowsServer.com, find out how the new technology changes the way virtual machines interact with physical hardware. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Hyper-V-Server-Virtualization


Microsoft Exchange Server Backup Method Pros And Cons

Past options for backing up Microsoft Exchange Server were to perform either an online backup or an offline backup. Other technologies, such as continuous data protection and continuous replication, have been added to the mix. This tip explains various available backup methods for Exchange Server, and the pros and cons of each. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Exchange-Backups


Tip: Free Security Testing Toolkit Review Of BackTrack 3

BackTrack, one of the most popular Linux-based security toolkits, has introduced a new "live" version for the first time in 18 months. Learn what BackTrack 3 has to offer, and how these new updates will help you in your enterprise security testing efforts. (registration required)
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-BackTrack


Windows Server News

Small Business Server 2008 Hits Metal

Microsoft released Windows Small Business Server 2008 to hardware manufacturers, with an eye toward achieving a full product launch in November. Story at the MCPMag site:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-SBS-2008


Small Business Server 2008 Gets New Exam

Microsoft is developing a new exam for IT professionals who plan to implement Small Business Server 2008; the exam is in beta until Sept. 12. Story at the MCPMag site:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-SBS-2008-Exam


WServer Third Party News

Sunbelt Exchange Archiver V3.6: What's New?

What's New In SEA Version 3.6? Apart from a series of bugfixes, here are the highlights:
  • DirectArchive redesign - The synchronous event sink was replaced by an asynchronous event sink.
  • DirectArchive support on MS Exchange 2007. The synchronous event sinks are supported on Exchange Server 2007 (64-bit). The DirectArchive registration is the same for all Exchange server types.
  • Ability to place legal hold on documents through ArchiveWeb.
  • Initial database recovery model is set to FULL.
  • Shortcut synchronization for faster public folder processing.
  • PST import/export optimizations; more information is available during the import/export process.
  • ArchiveWeb export redesigned - using the same export functionality as EnterpriseManager.
  • New setup for 64-bit Exchange Server 2007
  • Orphaned shortcut handling; shortcut synchronization job will remove any orphaned shortcuts in the mailbox when setting the configuration key AllowDeletingPugedShortcuts=1.
  • Enhanced statistical reporting grouped by hour, day, week, month, and year.
You will find the new Release Notes on the SEA page:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


Are Your AV Signatures Outdated? SNSI Will Tell You

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

S484 Emulex SAN adapter error handling - Solaris 8 - 10
S487 Java Portal Server XSLT handling - Solaris 8 - 10
W1714 Nslookup Vulnerability - W2K/XP
W2618 VideoLAN VLC player TTA processing vulnerabilities

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 1.6.113.0 was released August 25, 2008. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.113.0, scan, and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/080901-SNSI


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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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Instant recovery of Active Directory without rebooting, panic or stress. Rebuild memberships and attributes on the fly. No one will ever know... Active Administrator from ScriptLogic allows you to recover, audit, assign permissions, make and track changes to Group Policy and set security settings in Active Directory from the safety of an integrated management console. Download now and see why Active Administrator was voted #1 in systems management and group policy management.
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