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Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Mar 1, 2004.

  1. Small Business Server Usergroup News...

    What is a User group? Its' a group of people that are passionate about
    the SBS platform

    Hi all,
    FYI the Adelaide SBS Users Group has been running in Adelaide, Australia,
    for the last 6 months.
    We meet monthly to discuss various issues including technical, business
    and training. Where possible we also invite presenters for "value add".
    Details of future meetings, meeting notes etc are available at
    www.sbsusers.net. Site includes links to register interest to attend, or
    emailing questions.

    Membership is free

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Dean Calvert

    All Chicago area SBS consultants and administrators are welcome to our
    first meeting of the Chicago SBS Users Group. Here's the link to the
    Microsoft Events page:


    Bob Hood
    Hood Consulting Group - Chicago
    MCP - Small Business Networking

    Bill Gates opened up the RSA Security conference

    In his RSA Conference keynote, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates touched on
    lots of security promises. He talked up enhancements that Microsoft is
    building into Whidbey, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Exchange Server and a
    host of other products and services.


    Some documents of interest [but not SBSized]

    This book guides you through the process of hardening your Exchange 2003
    environment, including configuration recommendations and strategies for
    combating external threats.


    This guide provides instructions and templates for protecting a domain
    name from spoofing using the Caller ID Technical Specification.


    "Caller ID for E-Mail: The Next Step to Deterring Spam" is Microsoft's
    draft technical specification to address the widespread problem of
    domain spoofing.


    This is the patent license for those interested in implementing the
    "Caller-ID for E-Mail Technical Specification."


    Microsoft's long-range, industry-focused framework for dramatically
    reducing junk e-mail (or spam)

    Microsoft has packed more of a punch into Windows XP Service Pack 2.
    Details have emerged indicating that a new "Security Center" will be
    incorporated into the update to further secure the three year old
    operating system.

    Contrary to some reports, Security Center is not the PC Satisfaction
    code that Microsoft tested several months ago. Instead, Microsoft drew
    upon the feedback gained during the trial to introduce a new user
    interface concept.

    The PC Satisfaction trial shined a spotlight on how Microsoft thought
    Windows could be improved to provide customers with better security and
    reliability. Testers reported features that are normally not included in
    Windows but supplied by independent software vendors including: a
    full-fledged antivirus scanner, a self updating firewall, and
    programmatic data backups.

    While similar in its appearance and style, the Windows XP Security
    Center interface does not contain those elements. Instead, the interface
    display dialogs telling whether "Security Essentials" such as a
    firewall, automatic updating, and virus protection are turned on.

    Other items in Security Center focus on tuning Windows security
    settings, provide helpful hints and manage ActiveX controls.

    Microsoft provides recommendations in the event that no virus protection
    is present on a system. The company will not provide its own scanning
    engine despite having partnered with F-Secure for PC Satisfaction, and
    acquiring GeCAD in June 2003.

    Commenting on the updated service pack, a Microsoft spokesperson told
    BetaNews, "Microsoft did utilize feedback gained during the PC
    Satisfaction Trial in building the Windows Security Center user
    interface that is planned for SP2."

    Other improvements destined to be included in the service pack are a new
    version of Internet Explorer, safeguards for Outlook Express, improved
    memory protection, and a more powerful firewall - now enabled by default.

    The most recent beta release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 -- build
    number 2082 -- has bundled support for the forthcoming "Lonestar" Tablet
    PC upgrade, and Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition. Windows
    Media Player is also scheduled for an update.

    Windows XP SP 2 is expected to ship midway through 2004.
    In other news.....

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    Hackers gain free access to MSN Premium
    Programmers in China have exploited a security
    hole in Microsoft's MSN Explorer software to win
    free access to paid services. A flaw in Microsoft's
    MSN Explorer software has allowed some Web surfers
    to gain free access to features and services that
    normally cost $9.95 (£5.35) a month, the software
    giant confirmed on Thursday.
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    Virus damage tops $80bn in February
    According to security experts mi2g, virus activity
    caused as much as $83bn in economic damage in February.
    With numerous variants of MyDoom, Doomjuice and NetSky
    causing havoc over the wires, the shortest month of
    the year looks set to be one of the largest in terms
    of virus impact.

    MyDoom and Netsky cause chaos
    F-inSecure mailing list spreads Netsky-B virus
    ISPs' virus protection under scrutiny
    Counting the cost of cybergeddon
    Microsoft emphasises security for XP Service Pack 2
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    International push to fight high-tech scams
    With cybercriminals based all over the world, governments
    must cooperate to clamp down on one of technology's ugly
    sides - the mass-marketing scam. Representatives of more
    than 60 law enforcement agencies and regulators from
    around the world gathered in London on Friday to try
    and formulate international cooperation against the
    rising tide of marketing fraud schemes, many of which
    rely on computers and mobile phones.
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    Spam villains: named and shamed
    The US sends out more spam than the rest of the
    world put together according to inbox defenders
    at Sophos. Researchers at the anti-virus firm
    checked the origins of two days worth of spam,
    and compiled a list of the worst offenders.
    Although the vast majority of spam comes from
    computers in the US, the picture is not as
    simple as it appears.

    US tops international spammers' list
    Winning Ways to Stop Spam
    South Korea mulls spam curfew regulations
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    CIA slipped bugs to Soviets
    In January 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved
    a CIA plan to sabotage the economy of the Soviet
    Union through covert transfers of technology that
    contained hidden malfunctions, including software
    that later triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian
    natural gas pipeline, according to a new memoir by
    a Reagan White House official.
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    Ferocious new Mydoom variant destroys files
    A new, fast-spreading version of the Mydoom worm
    destroys files on computers worldwide as it increases
    attacks via e-mails, Finnish computer security experts
    warned Thursday. The "Mydoom.F" worm, discovered on
    Feb. 20, has so far infected about 5 percent of all
    Internet e-mail traffic, said Mikko Hypponen, director
    of research at a leading antivirus company F-Secure.
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    Netsky.C worm starts to spread
    Security experts have discovered a new version
    of the Netsky internet worm, warning that it is
    spreading around the world.

    Netsky causing billions in damages
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    Anti-Spam Solutions and Security
    In a recent survey, 93% of respondents reported
    dissatisfaction with the large volume of unsolicited
    email (spam) they receive. [ref 1] The problem has
    grown to the point where nearly 50% of the world's
    email is spam [ref 2], yet only a few hundred groups
    are responsible. [ref 3] Many anti-spam solutions
    have been proposed and a few have been implemented.
    Unfortunately, these solutions do not prevent spam
    as much as they interfere with every-day email

    New Spam Filters Cut the Noise
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    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Mar 1, 2004
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  2. And Kevin's song of the week is on vacation this week, while he does a
    customer upgrade from SBS2000 to SBS2003! So, you all can just start hummin'
    Margariteville on your own!

    Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
    "The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long"

    Kevin Weilbacher, Mar 1, 2004
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  3. Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP]

    MCSE_in_PA Guest

    Hi Susa

    I just registered for the AICPA Tech Conference in Las Vegas in May and saw you are on the planning committee ... YET ... I see no breakout discussions about the SBS 2003 product!! What's the deal? ;-

    Ken Sax
    ( - remove NO.SPAM. to send email)
    MCSE_in_PA, Mar 1, 2004
  4. My salt shaker must be in the same place as those MS Office serial numbers
    I'm looking for ;?}
    Dave Stoecker, Mar 1, 2004
  5. Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP]

    MCSE_in_PA Guest

    Well ... okay ... that counts. :-

    Ken Sax
    MCSE_in_PA, Mar 2, 2004
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