Friday, October 24, 2008

Windows Server Service Vulnerability

Microsoft has notified all of its partners about a critical vulnerability in the Windows Server Service. Rather than wait for the usual update cycle, Microsoft published this fix immediately as even a fully patched machine can be compromised without any user action.

MS TechNet has posted an article explaining the issue from a technical standpoint. Click here for more info.

So, patch your all servers and workstations today.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Trend Micro hosts SMBTN members in Lake Forest, CA

On Saturday, Bill Kam, Nicole Sharratt and their colleagues with Trend Micro hosted an all day workshop session for SMBTN members at the Lake Forest facility. The event covered the technical aspects of their SMB product line :

  • Worry Free Business Security 5.0 and the upcoming 5.1 (includes support for Small Business Server 2008 and the soon to be released Essential Business Server 2008
  • Interscan Hosted Messaging Security 1.9
  • Worry Free Business Security Hosted 1.0
  • Worry Free Remote Manager 1.7
  • Worry Free Secure Site 1.0
  • Message Archiver 1.1

A big thanks to Bill, Nicole and everyone involved. It was very informative and helpful!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Acronis True Image Echo Server update released last week

A new maintenance release, version 8163, addresses the in place upgrade problem we experienced earlier this year. There are numerous other bugfixes and a handful of enhancements as well.

StorageCraft ShadowProtect 3.3 released yesterday

StorageCraft updated ShadowProtect yesterday with version 3.3. The update corrected some issues and added these enhancements:

• Shrink volume (for restoring to smaller volumes)
• Support for additional languages (Supported languages are English,French,German and Japanese)
• ShadowProtect’s recommended recovery environment is now based on Vista SP1

I wish Acronis would let its partners know when minor software updates are released.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Windows 2008 Backup now image based

Similar to Acronis and StorageCraft products, Microsoft has dumped the old file by file backup strategy used since Windows NT and has replaced it with an image backup.

More interesting, however is Small Business Server 2008 does not support tape drives. According to several Microsoft employees assigned to the SBS project, tape is too slow, too fragile, unreliable and inconvenient for the large files generated by the new backup software.

I've heard grumbling about the lack of tape support. Since external disks are so inexpensive, what's the problem?