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Can you spot the April fools?

Separating Pranks From Fraud on the Web – NYTimes.com:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/technology/personaltech/01basics.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Tomorrow (or today if you are in the AU) you will be bombarded with the April fool day jokes.  As that article points out, use tomorrow as your “Phish” test.  Can you spot which things are April fools and which ones are not?


Check yourself and ask yourself if what you are reading is too good to be true.

Online Security Center: Security alert – Phishing Alert for Intuit Small Business Customers– digital certificate:

Online Security Center: Security alert – Phishing Alert for Intuit Small Business Customers– digital certificate:
http://security.intuit.com/security-alert-3-8-2010.html

If you get an email supposedly from Intuit telling you you need to install a digital certificate in order to continue to run your Accounting software, don’t install it. It’s a phishing scam.


We saw some earlier last year and we’re seeing emails floating around again this year.

In April some changes will come to the VLSC web site.

Microsoft SMB Community Blog – By Eric Ligman : Announcing Microsoft VLSC 3.5 with “Add Open License” coming in April:
http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2010/03/30/announcing-microsoft-vlsc-3-5-with-add-open-license-coming-in-april.aspx


In April some changes will come to the VLSC web site.


Good news.

Keeping track of dat file versions

https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/RSS/UpdatesRSS.aspx


For those that use MSE at home and for those that use forefront at the office, a nice RSS feed if you want to keep an eye on what viruses are being updated/caught/stomped on.

APPLE-SA-2010-03-29-1 Security Update 2010-002 / Mac OS X v10.6.3:

APPLE-SA-2010-03-29-1 Security Update 2010-002 / Mac OS X v10.6.3:
http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?n&storyid=8521

Is there anything they DIDN’T UPDATE with that patch of 88 different issues?


No VSS writers are listed when you run vssadmin list writers on Windows Server 2008:

No VSS writers are listed when you run vssadmin list writers on Windows Server 2008:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;2009533


One to bookmark just in case.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2010:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2010:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-mar.mspx

For those that attended the SMBItPros event in Sydney this is one of those “out of band” patching events I talked about.


Tomorrow there will be an out of band IE patch that will not be on the regular patch Tuesday event.  That means they are seeing risk of infection out there and releasing it early.


Be prepared to test fast and deploy fast to workstations.


Do not test and deploy to servers.  Why?  Because we don’t surf on servers do we?

Three ways to get 969121 installed on SBS 2008

I see a lot of servers that don’t have update rollup 3 installed.  What’s that you ask?  It’s the SBS specific update rollup that ensures you can attach Windows 7 machines to your network.


Description of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Update Rollup 3:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969121

The good news it fixes a lot of things.


The bad news is that I see a lot of servers that don’t have that installed. 


Way one is to flip your server over to Microsoft update.


Way two is to go into the patching section of the Console and look for KB969121 and approve it.


Let me show you way three.


First go to the Microsoft update catalog — http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx


In the search box in the corner, enter 969121



You may be prompted for an ActiveX control.  Approve it.


Now see that KB969121 that showed up?



Click add


Now click on the basket icon at the top



Now you’ll get a download icon



Find a place to stick the update and click continue



And the download will occur



Now that patch is in your location to be put on a usb flash drive and taken from computer to computer.

Two forum posts of interest when working with Server 2008.

Windows Server General FAQ:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/be9029ec-67d1-4980-a380-076741394b86
Windows Server Forum FAQ:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/98a013c7-57c5-4e15-b795-35e3dc8b6896

Two forum posts of interest when working with Server 2008.

So you missed out on the Security and Optimization day at the Sydney SMBiT Pros?

#SMBITPRO – Twitter Search:
http://twitter.com/search?q=%23SMBITPRO

So you missed out on the Security and Optimization day at the Sydney SMBiT Pros?


Well don’t miss out on the next one in May on Backup and Disaster Recovery…


http://www.smbitpro.com.au/


Welcome to the registration site for the SMB IT Professionals Sydney Backup++ workshop. Here you’ll find information about a 2 day workshop for IT Professionals that focuses on Backup and Disaster recovery. However, you’ll also find that it includes many additional topics that are relevant to IT Professionals including sessions on SharePoint, Group Policy and Windows Server.


The workshop will be held at North Ryde RSL Club, 33 Magdala Road North Ryde on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of May.


We are currently taking registrations for the workshop from both attendees and vendors who maybe interested in attending. You’ll find all the information you require on this site that will also be updated regularly.