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Vol. 13, #47 - Nov 17, 2008 - Issue #701
How Does Your 2009 Look?

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editors Corner
    • How Does Your 2009 Look?
    • Win7: End Of Next Year
    • "Why We Switched From Symantec AV to VIPRE"
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving
    • Protecting Against the New Wave of Malware: A New Approach to Endpoint Security
    • Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Apps
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • On-Premises Cloud Computing
    • Windows 7 In-Depth Review And Video: This Time Microsoft Gets It Right
    • How 10 Famous Tech Products Got Their Names
    • SharePoint E-zine: Practical IT Strategies For Collaboration
    • Managing Single Sign-On Security Burdens In Windows
    • TIP: Backing Up Virtual Machines In Hyper-V
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft's Exploit Predictions Are Right Less Than Half The Time
    • Implementing Security Audit In SQL Server 2008
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • What If Your Management Asks You To...
    • New List Of Vulnerabilities
    • Print Manager Plus Attains A 50% Saving On All Printing Costs
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. 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

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/081117-EmpowerID


Editors Corner

How Does Your 2009 Look?

As the old Chinese proverb says, "May you live in interesting times." These times are certainly interesting in terms of technology and IT budget and staffing issues. The latest ITIC and Sunbelt Software 2009 Global Forecast Survey covers an interesting range of technology and business topics. Please take 5 minutes out of your busy day to answer the questions to the best of your ability. As always, anyone who completes the survey can receive a free copy of the Report by sending an Email to Laura DiDio at: [email protected] An Executive Summary will be posted in this newsletter once we have tabulated the results, so all of you can see how your organization compares to your peers. There are questions about Vista, virtualization, IT Budget issues and Macintosh usage but don't worry, it's point and shoot and you'll be done in no time. Thanks so much for your participation! Here is the survey:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Forecast-Survey


Win7: End Of Next Year

Microsoft late Thursday admitted that it was ultimately targeting the public release of Windows 7 for 2009, confirming suspicions of an early release. In a presentation for its Vista Velocity program, which speeds up and improves the user experience of upcoming PCs, the company largely confirmed that its attention for Velocity would be on Windows 7 for later in 2009. The focus is "definitely" on having 7 ready for holiday 2009, according to Microsoft director Doug Howe. More at:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Windows-7


"Why We Switched From Symantec AV to VIPRE"

I received this email a few days back:

"Hi Stu, Just thought I'd let you know that we have switched our security solution to VIPRE Enterprise from Symantec Endpoint Security. As a trial, Roger rolled it out on some of the PCs in our office (a couple Vista desktops and a "legacy' XP Pro desktop that had some "speed issues." There has been a noticeable improvement in performance on all day-to-day tasks...lacking the overhead imposed by Symantec, we'll probably be able to stretch the life of a couple office PCs by another year. And as part of switching our security to a single vendor, we've added Sunbelt firewall to our desktops behind our other layers of security. As efficient as the VIPRE is handling our PC resources, it also improved our "cash" resources. Talk about a lower total cost of ownership affecting multiple parts of a small business!

We've been with Sunbelt since the early days of PestPatrol and I HateSpam.... We're thrilled to see the evolution of security from a company we've trusted for over 5 years. Thanks for a great product!"

-- Sy Marsh, Economic Concepts, Inc.

Quote of the Week

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." -- Mark Twain

Warm regards, and thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber. No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. Please tell your friends about us. They can subscribe here:
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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Automated Uninstall of Symantec AV

No more 2-day SEP V11 Migration Classes! Sunbelt built VIPRE Enterprise; a completely new technology combining corporate antivirus plus an enterprise antispyware solution for total endpoint security designed by admins for admins. And that means EASY DEPLOYMENT. 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:
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Webinars and Seminars

Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving

What if your management asks you to come up with any of these six types of important email discovery queries about:
  • Litigation
  • Freedom of information request
  • Compliance investigation
  • Harassment complaint
  • Patent and trademark search
  • Suspicious activity, such as confidential information leaks.
Join us for a look at Sunbelt Software's Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. If you need a powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool that automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email, then don't miss this webinar! The webinar will explain the features and benefits of implementing a powerful email archiving solution on your Exchange Server at an affordable price. Learn how Sunbelt Exchange Archiver can help you:
  • Improve Exchange performance
  • Eliminate PST headaches
  • Dramatically reduce backup times
  • Use up to 80% smaller message store
  • Meet compliance requirements
  • And more
When: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Webcast_SEA


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 St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, December 3rd. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-New-Wave-of-Malware


Recovery Made Easy for Exchange, SQL, and other Critical Apps

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 applications using Double-Take. Learn about Double-Take v5.0 and Double-Take's NEW solutions that power your keys to recoverability.

Hosted at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, November 19th. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Recovery-Made-Easy-1

Hosted at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Louisville, KY on Tuesday, December 2nd. Register here (seating is limited):
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Recovery-Made-Easy2


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:

Find out if your PC can run Win7. InfoWorld released a free tool so that you can check Win7 compatibility, and monitor a PC's performance in other areas:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Can-You-Windows-7

NetPro Users can now receive 50% off The Dot Net Factory's best-in-breed identity management solutions -- EmpowerID and AD Self-Service Suite!
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-EmpowerID-Toolbox

Help Desk Application Now Available for the Rest of Us. Try BridgeTrak Free for 30 Days:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Help-Desk

See why Foster's chose PerfectDisk 2008, the world's #1 defragmenter. MS-certified, true free space consolidation. Single pass and low resource usage:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-PerfectDisk


Tech Briefing

On-Premises Cloud Computing

It is official: cloud computing is coming to the enterprise. It's coming fast and with lots of players. This week, EMC announced its first cloud infrastructure offering, an information management solution designed to help customers automatically manage and optimize the distribution of information across global, cloud storage environments. The software can either be purchased by itself and run on virtualized servers with VMware's hypervisor, or it can be purchased with EMC's own hardware, which combines x86 servers with high-capacity SATA drives.

Who else is releasing cloud computing on premises? Maybe Microsoft? Continue reading on azurejournal.com
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-On-Premises


Windows 7 In-Depth Review And Video: This Time Microsoft Gets It Right

In his hands-on review of the Windows 7 pre-beta, Preston Gralla decides that Microsoft's upcoming OS shows great promise. Microsoft may call the newest version of its operating system Windows 7, but you may want to think of it as Windows 6.5. In overall look and feel, it mimics Vista, although there are enough changes to make it far more than just a juiced-up service pack. Anyone looking for massive changes or some kind of paradigm shift will be disappointed. But those who want a better-working Vista with the kinks ironed out and some nifty new features introduced will be very pleased. More at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Windows-7-Review


How 10 Famous Tech Products Got Their Names

Get the skinny on iPod, Blackberry, Firefox, Twitter, Win7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, the Mac OSen and Red Hat Linux:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Tech-Products


SharePoint E-zine: Practical IT Strategies For Collaboration

Are you deploying SharePoint for the first time or looking to expand your installation? SearchWinIT.com's new monthly SharePoint eZine is full of articles and tips on governance, management and implementation to help you tackle your technical questions and become a SharePoint master. Every month you'll find articles on key SharePoint issues that have the biggest impact on your deployment:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Windows-eBook


Managing Single Sign-On Security Burdens In Windows

Remember the promises of single sign-on (SSO)? "One user account and one password are all you need," the vendors proclaimed. Even before Active Directory became mainstream, many vendors were touting SSO solutions. But that was in the mid-1990s. Fast forward to today. We've got Active Directory, eDirectory, Federated Identity solutions and so on. But we're still having to manage multiple user accounts and passwords in many areas of what we do with computer systems. Find out more in this exclusive article:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Single-Sign-On-Security


TIP: Backing Up Virtual Machines In Hyper-V

Backing up servers has never been easy, but at least in the past you could say that the process was trivial. Today, however, with the introduction of virtualization into server environments, it's apparent that this new technology makes backups ever more complicated while at the same time making them more reliable. In this tip: Learn how to execute backups with Microsoft Hyper-V, get insight into key features and tips for avoiding common pitfalls: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Hyper-V


Windows Server News

Microsoft's Exploit Predictions Are Right Less Than Half The Time

Microsoft says its efforts to predict whether hackers will create exploit code for its bugs are a success -- even though the company got its first monthly forecast right less than half the time:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Predictions


Implementing Security Audit In SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 introduces new auditing capabilities that can be invaluable to the DBA tasked with producing detailed audits tracking database usage. Auditing can be implemented at the server and database levels, enabled on individual database objects and saved to different formats, such as binary files or the Windows Application log. This tip reviews the four steps for setting up an audit:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Security-Audit


WServer Third Party News

What If Your Management Asks You To...

Come up with any of these six types of important email discovery queries about:
  • Litigation
  • Freedom of information request
  • Compliance investigation
  • Harassment complaint
  • Patent and trademark search
  • Suspicious activity, such as confidential information leaks.
Join us for a look at Sunbelt Software's Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. If you need a powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool that automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email, then don't miss this webinar! The webinar will explain the features and benefits of implementing a powerful email archiving solution on your Exchange Server at an affordable price. Learn how Sunbelt Exchange Archiver can help you:
  • Improve Exchange performance
  • Eliminate PST headaches
  • Dramatically reduce backup times
  • Use up to 80% smaller message store
  • Meet compliance requirements
  • And more
When: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Registration


New List Of 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
L1178 PHP-Smarty security features repair - FC  
L1684 Enscript read_special and other vulnerabilities - FC  
L1685 Net-SNMP getbulk code repeat response flaw - FC  
L1686 Ktorrent multiple restrict and sanitize errors - FC  
L1687 Wordpress httprequest Snoopy.class error - FC  
L1692 Ipsec-Tools racoon daemon memory consumption - FC  
L1693 Moodle snoopy.class metacharacter flaw - FC  
S7 SVM may dump core - Solaris 10  
S168 Solstice X.25 /dev/xty reads induce panic - Solaris 8 - 10  
S269 DHCP Server request handling vulnerabilities - Solaris 8 - 10  
W160 WRITE_ANDX SMB malformed packet flaw - Vista/XP/W2K/W2K3/W2K8  
W2618 VideoLAN VLC player RealText and CUE demuxers vulnerabilities  
W3494 Windows XML Core Services 3 corruption and scripting errors - W2K/XP/W2K3/Vista/W2K8
W3495 Windows XML Core Services 4 corruption and scripting errors - W2K/XP/W2K3/Vista/W2K8
W3496 Windows OS XML Core Services 6 corruption and scripting errors - W2K/XP/W2K3/Vista/W2K8
W3497 MS Office 2003 XML Core Services corruption and scripting errors - W2K/XP/W2K3/Vista
W3498 MS Office 2007 XML Core Services corruption and scripting errors - W2K/XP/W2K3/Vista
W3499 MS Office XML Core Services corruption and scripting errors - W2K3/W2K8

Updated Checks S 249 Kernel Mutex Alignment Rules induce 32 bit application failure - Solaris 10 S 416 Kernel fifofs patch may induce panic - Solaris W 1142 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - McAfee W 1986 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Symantec W 1999 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - Trend Micro W 2067 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - F-Secure W 2070 Anti-virus Signature Outdated - CA eTrust W 2493 Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Tool Not Updated W 3358 Internet Explorer Domain enforcement iFrame hijacks
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 1.6.123.0 was released November 12, 2008. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new SNSI version 1.6.123.0, scan, and patch your machines today. To get the latest SNSI version, visit:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-SNSI


Print Manager Plus Attains A 50% Saving On All Printing Costs

Software Shelf International, Inc. is proud to announce the results of a recently conducted client survey which looked into the degree to which Print Manager Plus - its leading print control and monitoring software - reduces the printing costs of its clients.

The key findings were that: the software can save between 30% to 50% of all printing costs, and that the software usually pays for itself, easily, within its free 30-day evaluation period. This is because it has an instant effect on the consumption of toner, paper, printer wear and tear and IT resources.

"This all adds up to huge savings," says Software Shelf CEO, William Feeley. "Print Manager Plus not only audits all aspects of printing, but also allows an organization to fully control its printing with quotas, restrictions and reports. This control and report data can be used to cut back on wasted printing, restrict any aspect of printing, fully utilize current print resources, and fully account for all printing expenses. And so, this usually hidden expense can now be fully accounted for and controlled," he concludes.

Because Print Manager Plus allows companies to successfully audit, restrict, quota and control print traffic over any network and any heterogeneous environment, they can really control their printing and so not only gain instant and complete return on investment, but also achieve a massive reduction in costs.

Auditing & Reporting Include:
  • Over 130 individual reports, statements, and charts.
  • Reports by User, Groups, OU, Workstation, Server, Accounts, Client, Billing Code.
  • Detailed Savings Reports.
  • Audit heterogeneous network environments.
  • Supports Work Groups, Active Directory and LDAP.
  • Printers Audited includes: Dot Matrix, Inkjets, Laser Jets, Multifunctional devices, Large Format Printers, and Plotters.
  • Print Job data collected is: Time/Date Printed, Document Title, Document Type, Page Count, Copy Count, Page Size, Print Job Size, Black & White Output, Color Output, Duplex, N-Up, Large Format Printing by Inches and Centimetres.
Printing Restrictions Include:
  • Deny printing for print jobs over certain number of pages.
  • Deny printing if the number of copies exceeds.
  • Deny printing if the document size is greater than.
  • Deny printing if the document is reprinted within so many seconds.
  • Deny or Allow printing if the document title contains specific keywords.
  • Deny printing if the document is color.
  • Deny printing if the document is Black and White.
  • Enable Date/Time Restrictions.
Printing Quotas Include:
  • Set a currency quota to a user.
  • Set a page quota to a user.
  • Set a quota by user by printer or group of printers.
  • Reset or Increase quotas automatically.
Printing Security and Authentication:
  • Set print job verification.
  • Set print job authentication by user password.
  • Set print job authentication by username and password.
  • Set print job client billing verification
  • Set print job client billing authentication by client password.
  • Set print job client billing authentication by user password.
  • Set print job client billing authentication by username and password.
  • Allow users to create client accounts on the fly.
  • Allow users to add comments to their print job.
  • Allow batch printing.
Download Print Manager Plus eval copy here:
http://www.wservernews.com/081117-Print-Manager-Plus


WServerNews Fave Links

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



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/081117-POTW