April 2005 - Posts

Sad but true...
30 April 05 08:56 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

"Realistically, this is probably the last year we'll get William Shatner, since he's at the peak of his career and he's 74," said Stephen Walker.

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~78~2839422,00.html

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Checked with Nextel today...
29 April 05 04:11 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

After seeing John Gormly’s phone at MMS (it’s a Windows Mobile/cell phone), I thought — wonder when my contract with Nextel is up?

I called them today and apparently my contract was up in November of 2004.  I’m free and clear to get a new phone and a new service.  Whew!

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Apple still putting company dollars behind a failed technology...
29 April 05 10:14 AM | rodtrent | with no comments
Apple Releases New QuickTime Player
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HP OpenView Radia Management Agent Unspecified Vulnerability
29 April 05 08:47 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

NGSSoftware has reported a vulnerability in HP OpenView Radia Management Portal (RMP), which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.

http://secunia.com/advisories/15089/

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Netscape DOM Nodes Validation Vulnerability
29 April 05 08:47 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

A vulnerability has been reported in Netscape, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

http://secunia.com/advisories/15135/

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New Lavasoft Customer Center
29 April 05 08:43 AM | rodtrent | 2 comment(s)

Lavasoft is delighted to announce the launch of the Customer Center. By logging in to the Center, you are provided with a number of useful resources.

You can browse through your personal or company information and your registered Ad-Aware licence(s). For instance, you can check the status of your license(s) as well as the purchase and product ID’s.

The Customer Center also contains an online store, to help both home and corporate customers to make their online shopping for new Lavasoft products or to renew existing licenses. Additionally, you can find information on our product offerings under the Product section.

On the Support section, you can explore answers to the most frequently asked questions, or contact our sales or technical department..

Visit the Customer Center at:

www.lavasoftcustomercenter.com

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Are you using DHCP?
28 April 05 06:00 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

If not — I need to know.  Want to make a case for having OSD handle configuring Windows PE with the static IP from the original OS?

Let me know!

rtrent@cinci.rr.com

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IBM wants in on the systems management space.
28 April 05 05:55 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Too late — to little?

http://news.com.com/IBM+Tivoli+plan+knits+in+Rational+tools/2100-1012_3-5689034.html?part=rss&tag=5689034&subj=news

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Latest Windows in the Enterprise Newsletter...
28 April 05 02:27 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Jeremy is a great guy — but how much are you really worried about using Linux AND Windows in the same environment?

April 28, 2005 Published by  TechTarget

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Windows and Linux: Unraveling support options
[By Jeremy Moskowitz, Contributor]

There are lots of commercial and free versions of Linux available for integration in a Windows enterprise. Each Linux option comes with its own support mechanisms and issues for Windows IT managers to consider.

If you choose multiple Linux distributions -- one for the servers, one for desktops and one for specialty machines -- you could be juggling multiple and completely different kinds of support levels and technical issues. The bugs that one distributor fixes in one distribution, for example, may be untouched in another. This is going to create headaches and add time to your workday.

The known: A Microsoft support process

Today, most enterprises rely on some kind of support from Microsoft. Microsoft's array of options range from technicians in field offices, Web resources, newsgroup support, volunteer MVPs, Microsoft-sponsored (and third-party) conferences, phone support and Product Support Services (PSS). Whatever your commitment is to Microsoft support, it's a good bet you have some kind of codified "process" in house for when things go wrong.

Usually, your first-level technicians give the problem a whack. When it's necessary, they'll defer to second- and third-level technicians and on to architects. All along the way, the in-house technicians are scouring technical databases and online community forums and asking their peers for the answer. If the problem is still too great, then they finally call the Microsoft "cavalry."

Now, imagine that same problem occurring after you integrate Linux into your environment. It's at that point in problem resolution that you'll come face to face with your decision about how much Linux-specific support you actually need and have. Are you comfortable only with community-based support? Many Linux distributions come only with community-based support. If an emergency strikes, will community-based support be enough for you?

Microsoft, on the other hand, makes Windows support an incremental choice. That is, you decide how much security you want to pay for along with the software license. As you go down the path with Linux, you'll want to make sure you are as comfortable with your Linux support as you are with your support from Microsoft.

In my experience, if the path you seek is an integrated Windows and Linux environment, Microsoft support in this area is very good. Microsoft has free Services for a Unix 3.5 (SFU 3.5) download. If you need help with the product, there is excellent newsgroup support and pay-as-you-go PSS support. Of course, Microsoft's expertise will be with the SFU 3.5 product. But in integration cases, I have found that Microsoft makes an effort to go the extra mile to help with whatever the integration scenario is, when it's possible.

Next stop: Hardware vendors

Another avenue for support is through hardware vendors. Some top-tier vendors specialize in selling hardware geared for Linux. Dell Inc. is getting better, but Hewlett-Packard Co. is at the top. Smaller companies, like EmperorLinux Inc., sell laptops pre-loaded with Linux and offer support contracts for when the chips are down. However, in all cases, be sure to ask (and verify) that the company will support Linux in the system you're ordering once the sale is complete. And don't ignore device and hardware support, such as drivers, to run your network card, your wireless card, your laptop's touchpad and sound card or a server's RAID array.

Every once in a while, companies spring up and offer custom Linux support. Levanta, formerly Linuxcare, is one that initially provided just that. But today the company sells its own software for Linux configuration management, provisioning and software deployment across commodity hardware, blades, virtual machines and mainframes. Other organizations have stepped up to fill the support niche -- Progeny is one example. But finding a company that can handle your particular distribution can be tough. Novell Inc. offers support for its SuSE line of software, Red Hat Inc. for its. IBM and HP also have Linux support. However, the professional services folks at IBM and HP may or may not provide support for the specific distribution you're rolling out.

As a result, many businesses are simply seeking -- and paying for -- support from local consulting companies on Linux issues their own staffs cannot handle. If you're a national or global company, the challenge is to find a Linux consultant who can help you across all your field offices.

In all, the issue of Linux support is one that should not be readily dismissed. At this point, you'll likely not find the same level of support for Linux as you are accustomed to receiving from Microsoft. On the other hand, if your Linux support needs are modest, there are myriad options. The secret is to put support policies and mechanisms in place before integration troubles begin.

This is the second in an occasional article about Windows and Linux integration by Jeremy Moskowitz. Click for part one, Adding Linux to your network: Which flavor do you want?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeremy Moskowitz, MCSE, MCSA, founder of Moskowitz Inc., is the author of the upcoming Sybex book entitled Practical Windows/Linux Integration. He helps educate businesses about integrating Linux or Windows into existing environments and runs WinLinAnswers.com to help people answer their Windows/Linux integration questions. He has authored or co-authored six additional books, including Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror and Active Directory Administration Essentials. His two-day, hands-on intensive Windows Group Policy training has been attended by many of the world's leading companies.

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searchwin2000.com points to a "paid" solution in their downloads newsletter
28 April 05 02:19 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

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Where's Altiris?
28 April 05 01:56 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I had a con-call with some Altiris folks a couple months back.  They wanted to participate more in myITforum.com, because, well — this is the community they want to participate in.

2 months later?  Still no additional contact from them.  I’m getting worried.  I even sent them emails about how to submit articles (of course, I did this a few years ago when Altiris actually “owned” myITforum.com).  I’ve send reminders a few times.  The only response is “we’re trying to find resources for this”.  Quite honestly, I’ve heard this before and I’m getting impatient.

If you want Altiris content on myITforum.com, drop the Altiris folks an email:  support@altiris.com

Good luck!

If you don’t want Altiris content on myITforum.com, drop me an email:  rtrent@cinci.rr.com

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Sorry folks...
28 April 05 12:42 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Yeah, yeah — I’ve slacked off from blogging the last couple months — but there is good reason.  I’ve been busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  (I always wanted to use that one)

In a couple weeks, I’m off to Hawaii with the wife.  But, after that, watch my blogging numbers go up!  And, for those that like to email a person when they’re on vacation?  Yeah, yeah — I’ll be checking email there, too.  Dang — how many years has it been since I’ve had a REAL vacation?

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Unpatched Altiris Deployment Solution AClient Password Protection Bypass
28 April 05 12:36 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Reed Arvin has reported a vulnerability in Altiris Deployment Solution, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to bypass certain security restrictions.

http://secunia.com/advisories/15159/

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802.11 Wireless Security Primer
28 April 05 12:35 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Of course this doc in the worst format ever created (PDF), but it’s still a great read:

http://164.106.251.250/docs/netsec/260/80211_presentation_MacMichael.pdf

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Google kills another technology
28 April 05 11:53 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Sure — you may love Google search.  But, how much of Google’s other technologies do you actually use.  There’s a huge discussion in the industry about how Google is pushing their Advertisement technology into RSS feeds.

Hey, Google folks!  Please do NOT think you take over the Internet without a fight.

One person is unsubbing from all RSS feeds that have Google ads in them.  Not a bad idea, really.

http://home.planet.nl/~nhavd/clog/2005/04/28.htm#a1429

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