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Vol. 13, #43 - Oct 20, 2008 - Issue #697
Deploy Vista Or Windows 7?

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Deploy Vista Or Windows 7?
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • "Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security "
    • "No Server Left Behind"
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Warning: Microsoft Security Fix Is Really Malware
    • How to virtualize Exchange Server 2003 in production
    • SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Delivers New Features
    • High-Tech Solutions For Monitoring Computer Heat
    • Improved Resource Management In Terminal Services
    • With Live Migration, Microsoft Hyper-V inches closer to VMware ESX
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft To Release OCS Server 2007 Update In February
    • Want Palin's E-Mails? That'll Be $15 Million
  6. WServer Thrid Party News
    • These Vulnerabilities Seem To Never Go Away
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • NetPro Customers Receive 50% Transition Discount to The Dot Net Factory Products
NetPro Customers Receive 50% Transition Discount to The Dot Net Factory Products

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Editors Corner

Deploy Vista Or Windows 7?

The next Windows flavor will be called (drumroll... "Windows 7!" This is a lot like Apple does it, i.e. capitalizing on existing code name recognition and simply adopt the code name as the final product name. (Sunbelt did the same with Ninja by the way). The "7" moniker is not so surprising really, as a trip down memory lane shows it's the next major release in a series that started with Windows builds of the past.

To reach the magic number 7, they tallied all Win9x versions -- 95, 98, 98 SE and Millennium -- as Windows 4.0. By that reckoning, Windows 2000 is 5.0 and Vista is 6.0. Mike Nash, vice president of Windows product management, explains here how they got there in more detail:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-Why-7

During a Q&A session with some Gartner analysts Ballmer said that people can wait for Windows 7 if they want to. He also said "Windows 7 will be Vista, but a lot better", and here is one more Ballmer quote: "If people want to wait they really can, but I'd definitely deploy Vista". Sure you would Steve. Microsoft will be revealing all about Windows 7 at the coming Professional Developers Conference in LA, Oct 27-30. At that time we will go into more detail and we'll be able to answer the question if waiting for Win7 is going to pay off. The code is supposed to hit final release by the end of 2009, worst case early 2010.

Quote of the Week

"When there is disaster, two things occur, change and opportunity." -- Old Chinese Proverb

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Webinars and Seminars
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"Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security "

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

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Tech Briefing

Warning: Microsoft Security Fix Is Really Malware

Scammers are sending trick emails that claim to have critical Windows security alerts, Microsoft warned this week. These fake warnings describe themselves as a new "experimental private version of an update for all Microsoft Windows OS users". The e-mails then instruct you to download an attachment, which is actually a malicious Trojan Horse program known as Win32/Haxdoor. This malware records your passwords and credit cards and sends this data back to the attackers. "As a matter of company policy, Microsoft will never send you an executable attachment," Microsoft said. "If you get an e-mail that claims to be a security notification with an attachment, delete it. It is always a spoof." You might want to warn your users once more. Social engineering attempts are not going to stop.

How to virtualize Exchange Server 2003 in production

Microsoft's Hyper-V technology has a feature that allows you to create a virtual hard drive based on the contents of a physical hard drive. In this tip, SearchExchange.com contributor Brien Posey describes a few lessons he learned when virtualizing Exchange Server 2003: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-Virtualize-Exchange-Server


SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Delivers New Features

Integration Services in SQL Server 2008 provides three new features for better performance and ease of use for administrators and developers. In this tip, SearchSQLServer.com contributor Mark Kromer discusses how data integration has been kicked up a notch with improved scripting capabilities, data profiling and data flow: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-Integration-Services


High-Tech Solutions For Monitoring Computer Heat

Excessive heat can be dangerous to your server. This tip describes creative ways of figuring out if your server is running too hot:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-High-Tech-Solutions


Improved Resource Management In Terminal Services

Learn the five ways in which accessing local hardware has improved in Windows Server 2008's Terminal Services:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-Terminal-Services


With Live Migration, Microsoft Hyper-V inches closer to VMware ESX

Last month Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Live Migration, which will be released in the next version of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V R2. Live migration refers to the ability to move a virtual machine from one physical host to another without taking it down. VMware's equivalent, VMotion, is the foundational technology behind many of the company's high-availability and load-balancing products. Read this article for more on Hyper-V's latest addition and how it will help Microsoft gain momentum in the fight to be top dog in virtualization: (Registration Required)
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Windows Server News

Microsoft To Release OCS Server 2007 Update In February

InfoWorld reported that Microsoft plans to add VoIP, collaboration, and Web presence enhancements to the next version of its unified communications software, which is due out in early February 2009. Microsoft on Tuesday revealed details of Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 (R2), which customers should be able to download on Feb. 3, 2009, at the VoiceCon show in Amsterdam. The software is currently in private beta testing. Released just last year, OCS 2007 is the first software from Microsoft for making VoIP a part of integrated communications services alongside corporate instant messaging, e-mail, and videoconferencing, all running on one IP network. It works in conjunction with Office Communicator 2007, its accompanying desktop software.

In terms of OCS 2007's R2 VoIP capabilities, Microsoft will make it far easier for mobile users and what it calls "nomadic" workers -- or people who often work away from their usual office desk -- to use a mobile phone as an extension of their fixed telephone line, said Moz Hussain, a director of product management at Microsoft. More at InfoWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-OCS-2007-Update


Want Palin's E-Mails? That'll Be $15 Million

Check out this article at MSNBC. A horror story about archiving gone wrong. Even at that $15Mil price, many records won't be available until after the election. Make sure you read the whole article to see the gruesome details, simply from an IT perspective and leave the politics out of it:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-Palin-Email

Sunbelt's Exchange Archiver could have (and can) prevent such messes:
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WServer Thrid Party News

These Vulnerabilities Seem To Never Go Away

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
N106 Juniper IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol Vulnerability  
W204 CA ARCServe Backup Vulnerabilities  
W3463 Microsoft Office XP CDO Information Disclosure - W2K/XP/W2K3  
W3464 Microsoft Excel 2000 crafted file handling error - W2K/XP/W2K3  
W3465 Microsoft Excel 2002 crafted file handling error - W2K/XP/W2K3  
W3466 Microsoft Excel 2003 crafted file handling error - W2K/XP/W2K3  
W3467 Microsoft Excel 2007 crafted file handling error - XP/W2K3/Vista
W3468 Microsoft Excel Viewer 2003 crafted file handling error - XP/W2K3/Vista  
W3469 Microsoft Excel Viewer crafted file handling error - XP/W2K3/Vista
W3470 Microsoft Office 2007 crafted file handling error - XP/W2K3/Vista
W3471 Microsoft Excel services crafted file handling error - XP/W2K3/Vista  
W3474 Active Directory on Windows 2000 - W2K  
W3479 Message Queuing Service (MSMQ) RPC flaw - W2K 

Updated Checks S150 Veritas Fibre Channel Disconnection panic - Solaris 8 - 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 W2493 Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Tool Not Updated
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 1.6.119.0 was released October 15, 2008. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.119.0, scan, and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-SNSI


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

NetPro Customers Receive 50% Transition Discount to The Dot Net Factory Products

NetPro customers can now transition to the best-of-breed Identity Management solutions for Microsoft environments at a 50% discount - discover EmpowerID 4.0 and the Active Directory Self Service Suite from The Dot Net Factory. EmpowerID is the only enterprise IAM platform designed for Microsoft-centered enterprises. Built on Windows Workflow Foundation with multi-platform support for AD and ADAM Users and Groups, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, and LDAP, EmpowerID securely automates all of your identity management and self-service tasks. And check out www.ADSelfServiceSuite.com for our fast to deploy AD-only password self-service, AD user info self-service, and AD White Pages.
http://www.wservernews.com/081020-EmpowerID-POTW