Sam the SBS 2003 Server ….the Spammer

On January 29, 2005, in Rants, by

We start this interview with Sam the SBS 2003 server

Q.  Hi Sam…. uh Sam?  You okay?

A.  Uh… well.. I’m kinda embarrassed,

Q. Embarrassed?

A.  Yeah, some of my fellow SBS 2003 server boxes …well their owners and consultants haven’t patched me like they should.

Q.  Patched you?

A.  Yes, well just like you would with a car, I need monthly maintenance and that includes patches.  And the thing is Windows Update is not enough.

Q.  It’s not?

A.  No, it’s not.  You need to visit my download page in addition to Windows Update.  And people running Popconnector and haven’t visited that page….well… they kinda got into trouble the other day.

Q.  Into trouble?

A.  Yeah they kinda caused a mess by sending a bunch of emails.

Q.  Oh wow that’s a really big mess.

A.  Yeah, a real big mess.

Q.  So what’s the best thing to do.

A.  Well obviously download those patches.  And I’d also recommend folks review the password on the Administrator account.

Q.  The admin account?

A.  Yes, by design the admin account cannot have a lockout policy applied to it so it’s really important to ensure that a VERY strong password or passphrase is selected for this account.

Q.  That’s good to know.  So Patching and Passwords is the lesson for today?

A.  Patching and Passphrases, actually!

Q.  Cool, Thanks Sam!


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