Sunday, December 28, 2008

Microsoft Offers Free Consumer Antivirus Software

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it will discontinue its Live OneCare security product line in June 2009 and release a free consumer antivirus solution in its place.

We're surprised by this move, especially since a server version of Live OneCare was included in the recently released Small Business Server 2008 line. Besides a quick look over during testing, we never deployed the server product.

We did use the consumer version for several months. As far as consumer products go, Live OneCare was OK. It included a few utilities to check and back up disks which in turn led Symantec to develop its Norton 360 product.

MS must have a good reason for this. Time will tell.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

December '08 MS08-078 Critical Update

In late October, Microsoft announced a critical issue that required an immediate update. Click here for more info.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a another vulnerability that allows a malicious user to remotely control your PC without your knowledge, however this time it affects Internet Explorer.

If you haven't already, install the update ASAP on all PCs and servers.

The update may be downloaded from Windows/Microsoft Update or from here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-078.mspx

Saturday, December 13, 2008

SonicWall Licensing Issue

Our colleagues at SonicWall had a hiccup of sorts with one of their licensing servers this week. It erroneously suspended subscription services including gateway anti-virus/antispyware and web content filtering.

While most units were unaffected, the unit in our office was.

We received at least four communications on the topic asking us to check the devices we manage to ensure everything was OK. They also released an online tool to alert you of any units affected by the issue.

It's nice to see SonicWall be so open and proactive about this issue.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Second Beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Vista is Released

This week, Microsoft released beta 2 of its Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Vista operating systems. If you're so inclined, you can download the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version to test on your systems. YMMV, of course, as these are intended for testing only and not for production systems. So go ahead and check 'em out in your sandbox.

According to Microsoft, the Service Pack is intended to improve performance and stability, increase hardware support and make it easier to manage both products in large deployments.

It's interesting to note that both Windows Server 2008 and Vista are now based on the same code, so they get the same service packs.