Archive 43

office     Update Rollup for Exchange 2000 (KB836488) (May 27)

This Update Rollup resolves problems that were found in Exchange 2000 since Exchange 2000 SP3 was released.

Download: Update Rollup for Exchange 2000 (KB836488)


info     US Government reads emails (May 27)

Nearly a year after Congress shut down a programme that would have allowed the Pentagon to data mine to read emails, other spy schemes that do the same thing are alive and well and sniffing.
According to a congressional report obtained by Reuters, 36 of the government’s 199 “data mining” efforts collect personal information from the private sector.

Fears that the Pentagon’s $54 million Total Information Awareness program would do just that and kill civil rights resulted in the scheme being culled.

However it seems that all the spooks have done is launch programmes that are remarkably similar including plans to read emails.

According to the report, at least one unnamed agency is mining intelligence reports and Internet searches “to identify foreign terrorists or U.S. citizens connected to foreign terrorism activities”.

View: US Government reads emails


info     Buffalo spammer gets 3.5 to 7 years (May 27)

A New York man convicted of using the network of Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. to send out hundreds of millions of unsolicited commercial (spam) e-mail was sentenced to between three-and-a -half and seven years in prison Thursday, according to Brad Maione, a spokesman for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

Howard Carmack of Buffalo, New York, also known as the “Buffalo Spammer,” was sentenced by senior Erie County Judge Michael D’Amico in Buffalo. The sentence is the first obtained following a conviction using the state’s identity theft law, Maione said.

Carmack was found guilty in April by a jury in Erie County, New York, on 14 counts, including charges that he stole the identity of two Buffalo-area residents, which he then used to send out more than 800 million spam messages, the attorney general’s office said.

View full article: Buffalo spammer gets 3.5 to 7 years


office     Microsoft Office Data Assistant for Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2003 (May 27)

The Data Assistant for PowerPoint 2003 provides an easy-to-use method of inserting and managing graphical data objects such as Microsoft Office Visio® drawings, Microsoft Office Excel charts, and named ranges into PowerPoint presentations.

Download: Microsoft Office Data Assistant for Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2003


office     Q&A: Microsoft Office Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit (May 25)

Among the technology offerings to be previewed at Tech·Ed 2004 this week is the Microsoft® Office Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit, which has proven to greatly streamline conversion of Microsoft Office Access databases and ease deployment of Microsoft Office 2003. The toolkit is scheduled to launch later this summer, in conjunction with the release of Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 1.

Tech·Ed is Microsoft Corp.’s most comprehensive technical event for IT professionals and developers. This year’s event, held May 23–28 at the San Diego Convention Center, marks the largest presence ever for Microsoft Office at the show and demonstrates the group’s commitment to connecting with the developers and IT professional community. Today, Senior Vice President of Microsoft Office Steven Sinofsky will announce the intent to deliver the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit later this summer. To get a better understanding of the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit, the factors that led to its creation and the benefits it will offer to customers and partners, we spoke with Jon Sigler, group program manager for Microsoft Office Access.

View full Press Release: Q&A: Microsoft Office Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit Will Significantly Streamline Database Conversion and Ease Deployment of Microsoft Office 2003 for Customers


office     Exchange Intelligent Message Filter (May 25)

Intelligent Message Filter is based on Microsoft SmartScreen Technology from Microsoft Research. By using e-mail characteristics tracked by SmartScreen technology, Intelligent Message Filter can help determine whether each incoming e-mail message is likely to be spam. Based on this likelihood, you can choose to block e-mail messages at the gateway or at the mailbox store. For more information about Intelligent Message Filter, see Exchange Intelligent Message Filter Overview.

Important: Before installing Intelligent Message Filter, you must read the Microsoft Exchange Intelligent Message Filter Deployment Guide. If you do not configure Intelligent Message Filter correctly, your messaging environment can be negatively affected.

Download: Exchange Intelligent Message Filter
View: Microsoft Exchange Intelligent Message Filter Deployment Guide


office     Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (May 25)

Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) offers new updates and improvements to Exchange Server 2003. Enhancements include new language support for Outlook Mobile Access and Microsoft Office Outlook® Web Access spelling checkers, and out-of-office modification, a larger text entry field, search folder support, and improved menu navigation for the Outlook Mobile Access user interface.

Updated deployment tools are included with SP1 to help you with site consolidation. Site consolidation involves moving Exchange servers from remote sites into a larger central site and allowing users in remote offices to access their mailboxes and public folders over the network. Site consolidation provides the following benefits:

  • The Exchange topology is simplified.

  • You can administer Exchange centrally and reduce administrative costs.

  • You can make better use of hardware because there are fewer mailbox servers as well as fewer auxiliary servers. A centralized datacenter can also increase scalability and availability.

  • Consolidating sites can help your organization reach the goal of running Exchange in native mode by reducing the number of Exchange 5.5 servers in the organization.

  • With fewer mailbox servers, there are fewer targets for security issues.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1
Download: Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Notes


office     Exchange 2003: All-In-One Tools Download (May 25)

This package contains all the Exchange tools bundled together in a single download. The following tools are included:

  • Add Root Certificate

  • Address Rewrite

  • ArchiveSink

  • Authoritative Restore

  • Importer for Lotus cc:Mail Archives

  • Disable Certificate Verification

  • DNS Resolver

  • Error Code Look-up

  • Exchange Server Stress and Performance 2003

  • Inter-Organization Replication

  • Exchange Deployment Tools

  • Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge)

  • GUIDGen

  • Jetstress

  • Load Simulator 2003

  • Information Store Viewer (MDBVU32)

  • Management Pack

  • MTA Check

  • SMTP Internet Protocol Restriction and Accept/Deny List Configuration

  • Up-To-Date Notifications Troubleshooting

  • WinRoute

Download: Exchange 2003: All-In-One Tools


office     Office 2003 Updates (May 25)

Cool! The Dutch Spelling Checker bug got fixed!

Office 2003 Dutch Spelling Checker Update for Office Proofing Tools
Office 2003 Dutch Spelling Checker Update for Multilingual User Interface Pack
Under certain circumstances, Office 2003 can quit unexpectedly when the user accesses the Dutch spelling checker. This update corrects that potential error. The Dutch spelling checker is included in Office Proofing Tools.

Word 2003 Update for Multilingual User Interface Pack
This update fixes an issue with the user interface for the Finnish version of Microsoft Office Word 2003.

Access 2003 Danish Update- KB834013 for Multilingual User Interface Pack
This update from Microsoft prevents a potential error. If this error occurs, the three Danish characters Ø, æ and å do not appear correctly in Help while the user is disconnected from the Internet.


office     Update Rollup for Exchange 5.5 (KB841765) (May 25)

This Update Rollup resolves problems that were found in the Exchange 5.5 since Exchange 5.5 SP4 was released.

Download: Update Rollup for Exchange 5.5 (KB841765)


info     Attack of Comcast’s Internet zombies (May 25)

Comcast’s high-speed Internet subscribers have long been rumored to be an unusually persistent source of junk e-mail.

Now someone from Comcast is confirming it. “We’re the biggest spammer on the Internet,” network engineer Sean Lutner said at a meeting of an antispam working group in Washington, D.C., last week.

Lutner said Comcast users send out about 800 million messages a day, but a mere 100 million flow through the company’s official servers. Almost all of the remaining 700 million represent spam erupting from so-called zombie computers–a breathtaking figure that adds up to six or seven spam-o-grams for each American family every day.

View full article: Attack of Comcast’s Internet zombies


info     Secure E-Mail Specs Could Merge (May 22)

After submitting its Caller ID e-mail authentication specification to a standards body, Microsoft is discussing merging its spec with another, called Sender Policy Framework, or SPF.

E-mail experts from Microsoft will spend a weekend meeting with SPF author Meng Weng Wong of Pobox.com, looking for ways to merge the closely-related Caller ID and SPF standards, according to Wong.

“Basically, we’re going to take SPF and Caller-ID and do a ‘cut and paste,'” Wong said Friday, en route to Microsoft headquarters.

View: Full article: Secure E-Mail Specs Could Merge


info     FBI plans spammer smackdown (May 22)

It’s been nearly six months since President Bush signed the first federal spam law with criminal sanctions–and not one bulk e-mailer has been criminally charged under it so far.

But the FBI told Congress on Thursday that it has “identified over 100 significant spammers” so far and is targeting 50 of the most noxious for potential prosecution later this year.

“Such cases may be investigated and prosecuted as computer intrusion matters, or as online cyberfrauds which may lend themselves to a variety of existing state or federal statutes, including the recently passed Can-Spam Act,” Jana Monroe, the FBI’s assistant director of the cyber division, told the Senate Commerce Committee.

She didn’t offer much in the way of details, except to say that an “initiative is being projected for later this year in which it is anticipated that criminal and civil actions under the Can-Spam Act of 2003 will be included.”

Monroe was among a handful of witnesses to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee in its first look at how the Can-Spam Act has worked since it took effect Jan. 1.

“Since our review of this issue last May, the volume of spam received by American consumers has risen unabatedly,” said committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. “Spam now accounts for anywhere from 64 percent to 83 percent of all e-mail traffic on the Internet.”

View full article: FBI plans spammer smackdown


office      Office 2003 Editions: VBA Language Reference (May 22)

This download contains documentation (such as programming references and technical articles), and may contain tools and sample code designed to help you customize the Office Editions and to extend Office Editions and integrate with other applications.

Download: Office 2003 Editions- Office Web Components VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- Outlook VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- Publisher VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- Word VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- VBA Language Reference for the Office Object Model
Download: Office 2003 Editions- FrontPage VBA Language Reference (Web Object)
Download: Office 2003 Editions- VBA Language Reference for the Web Discussions Client Object Model
Download: Office 2003 Editions- Excel VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- FrontPage VBA Language Reference (Page Object)
Download: Office 2003 Editions- VBA Language Reference for the Document Imaging Object Model
Download: Office 2003 Editions- Access VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions- PowerPoint VBA Language Reference
Download: Office 2003 Editions: VBA Language Reference for the Graph Object Model


office     Backup Process Used with Clustered Exchange Server 2003 Servers at Microsoft (May 22)

I have to say that I think it’s very cool of them to publish this to the public. This time the paper is even less then 10 pages so it’s actually worth looking at ;-)

Detailed information on how the Microsoft IT group backs up its clustered Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 mailbox infrastructure by using a modified version of the Backup feature in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The modifications enable Microsoft IT to increase throughput and back up the data faster, thereby meeting service level agreements (SLAs) despite the very large quantity of data backed up nightly.

Download: Backup Process Used with Clustered Exchange Server 2003 Servers at Microsoft


 


Archive 42

other     The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide (May 22)

Microsoft Solutions for Security: The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide provides an easy to understand overview of the assorted types of malware, their risks, characteristics, means of replication and payloads. The solution also details the considerations for implementing a comprehensive antivirus defense for your network, servers and clients which goes beyond simply installing antivirus software into the related tools which will help reduce your risk of infection. Lastly, the solution provides a comprehensive methodology for quickly and effectively responding to outbreaks or incidents when they occur.

Download: The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide


office      Information Bridge Framework Documents (May 22)

The Information Bridge Framework is a set of tools, technologies, and prescriptive guidance used to build solutions that facilitate easy, efficient connections between the Microsoft Office applications and enterprise line-of-business information. This presentation provides a technical overview of the Information Bridge Framework including solutions, the Information Bridge Framework components, and the typical scenarios for solutions in the enterprise. Subsequent sections present technical detail on the Information Bridge Framework and describe the development process.

Download: Information Bridge Framework Document: Technical Overview (RTF document)
Download: Information Bridge Framework Document- Introducing the Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework (RTF Document)
Download: Information Bridge Framework Presentation- Technical Overview (PowerPoint document)
Download: Information Bridge Framework Presentation- Business Overview (PowerPoint document)
Download: Information Bridge Framework Document- Data Sheet
Download: Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework 1.0 Resource Kit
Download: Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework 1.0


addins     Added Section: Add-Ins (May 20)

The title says it all; I added a section to my website! This section is all about add-ins; third party applications that increase the functionality of Outlook.

With this new section I would also like to welcome MAPILab as my new sponsor. As is the case with my current sponsor –Sperry Software– the same is true for MAPILab; visitors of https://www.howto-outlook.com/can get their add-ins with a discount! To get the discount simply place your order and use the following code;

  • Sperry Software (discount code “BH93RF24”)

  • MAPILab (coupon code “4PM76A8”)

Just a couple of examples of the add-ins provided;

Sperry Software

For the complete list of available add-ins go to https://www.howto-outlook.com/addins

I hope you’ll enjoy the new section and the addins provided there! If you provide Outlook addins yourself and want to be listed in the add-in section as well send an e-mail to me.


info     Gates thinks big, gives big (May 19)

Forbes magazine puts a dollar figure on the Seattle, Washington-area native’s net worth — $46.6 billion in 2003 — and crowned him the world’s richest person for the seventh year in a row.

His company, Microsoft, reports that it raked in $32.19 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending in June 2003, ranking it among Fortune’s top 50 largest U.S.-based corporations.

And by donating $600 million a year and creating a charitable foundation with a $26 billion endowment, Gates is the world’s largest private giver, according to The Washington Post.

His trademark glasses and restrained speech notwithstanding, most everything about Gates is big — his business, wealth and philanthropy. He’s a hero to some; a reviled monopolist to others.

“I think we are a little bit like the Yankees in that we’ve got a good track record, and sometimes people get a kick out of saying if we don’t win, ‘Hey, that’s fascinating, why didn’t they win?'” Gates said in late March 2004 of Microsoft, according to the high-tech publication eWeek.

The son of an attorney and a schoolteacher, Gates began computer programming in 1968, when he was 13. He entered Harvard in 1973, where he befriended future Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Gates developed a version of the BASIC computer language for the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair, during his stint at Harvard.

Gates left college in his junior year and launched Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As the personal computer market exploded, so did Microsoft, growing into the industry leader in computer software.

Read full article: Gates thinks big, gives big


office     Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Spotted Helping Customers Work Smarter to Play Harder (May 19)

Disc jockey discovered creating fiscal budgets in Excel. Graphic designer found using PowerPoint® for new-business pitches. Available today, Microsoft® Office 2004 for Mac helps Mac customers get in touch with their inner business suit to take care of business more efficiently, leaving more time for the pursuit of passions. In addition, Microsoft Corp. today announced that the popular Office 2004 Test Drive offers Mac users the opportunity to take this latest version for a free spin for 30 days.

“Office 2004 offers a new level of productivity never seen before on the Mac platform, and now users can try it free for 30 days before they buy it,” said Tim McDonough, director of marketing and business development for the Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) at Microsoft. “Office 2004 is packed with the tools to help Mac users work more efficiently. We all want to get our work done and move on to the fun things in life.”

Office 2004 for Mac Standard and Student and Teacher editions are now available at major resellers nationwide, including The Apple store (http://www.apple.com/) and Apple’s retail stores CompUSA, MacConnection, MacMall and Mac Zone. Consumers can check http://www.microsoft.com/mac/ for more information and links to resellers.

“We are excited about the availability of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, the most innovative version of Office yet,” said Ron Okamoto, vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple Computer Inc. “Office 2004 offers many Mac-only and Mac-first features, making it a great productivity suite for consumers, professionals, educators and students.”

Office 2004 was built to help Mac users work smarter by offering better ways to manage information, share ideas and create documents. The following Office 2004 features, announced today, are designed to help Office users seamlessly share their ideas, whether collaborating with other Mac users or across platforms.

View full Press Release: Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Spotted Helping Customers Work Smarter to Play Harder
View: online Flash demo of the tools and other Office 2004 features


info     Porn Spam Gets Canned (May 19)

New FTC rule requiring pornographic e-mail to be labelled takes effect.

U.S. e-mail users who have resigned themselves to being shocked by eye-popping pornographic messages in their inboxes can expect some relief, as federal legislation governing sexually explicit unsolicited commercial e-mail takes effect.

New Rules
In April, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission adopted the rule, part of the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, which requires spam containing sexually oriented material to contain the label “SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT” in the subject line. The FTC likened the requirement to putting an electronic “brown paper wrapper” around raunchy spam. Spammers who ignore the law risk fines, the FTC said.

The rule is designed to protect e-mail recipients from graphic and unsolicited sexual images. The labels make it easier to spot and filter out such messages before they land in a recipient’s inbox. In addition to the label, explicit spam must include a valid postal address for the sender, the FTC said.

The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act was signed into law by President Bush on December 16, 2003 and required the FTC to adopt a mark or notice identifying sexually explicit spam within 120 days after passage.

The final rule, which goes into effect Wednesday, reflects feedback from the public on the label, which was originally supposed to read “SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT-CONTENT,” but later shortened to allow more of the e-mail subject line to be readable, the FTC said.

Spammers Snagged
In April, the FTC announced the first criminal cases stemming from violations of CAN-SPAM. Two alleged spammers, Phoenix Avatar of Detroit and Global Web Promotions of Australia and New Zealand, were charged with violating CAN-SPAM and other federal laws governing false advertising when they used e-mail messages to market bogus human growth hormone and diet patch products.

Spam allegedly sent by the two companies was responsible for more than 889,000 consumer complaints to the FTC between January 1 and April 24, the largest numbers of complaints about any alleged spammers, the FTC said.

View: Porn Spam Gets Canned


office     Outlook 2003 Sample: Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2003 (May 19)

This download provides sample files for use with the MSDN Article “Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2003.” To view the article, click the link available from the Related Resources box.

Stephen Toub walks you through customizing native Outlook integration with the Lists Web service from Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services to build a custom Web application that actually serves up custom data instead of that from an events list.

Download: Outlook 2003 Sample: Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2003


office     PowerPoint 2003 Add-in: Template Creation Wizard (May 19)

This download gives you the ability to create your own PowerPoint 2003 design templates incorporating custom backgrounds. The Template Creation Wizard allows you to create new design templates using custom images as title master and slide master backgrounds.

Download: PowerPoint 2003 Add-in: Template Creation Wizard


info     Microsoft Confident Reward System Will Lead To Arrest of Blaster, MyDoom Writers (May 19)

Bulked up by a recent arrest in the Sasser worm case, Microsoft is confident that the creators of the infamous MyDoom and Blaster worms will be brought to justice.

On Tuesday, Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Nancy Anderson said the software giant’s $5 million reward program is beginning to pay off–and future arrests are likely.

Anderson said Microsoft provided technical assistance to the FBI, Secret Service and German authorities that led to the arrest on Saturday of the teenager believed to be responsible for creating both the Sasser and Netsky worms that infected millions of PCs. Information leading to the arrest resulted in part from Microsoft’s antivirus reward program.

“Since November, a number of individuals have come forward providing information about worms and malicious code being distributed,” Anderson said, adding that the FBI is pleased with the quality of information received after the program was launched last fall. “They have ongoing investigations, and we do expect [more arrests]. These are truly criminal activities,” she said.

On Saturday, May 7, German authorities arrested 18-year old Sven Jaschan for allegedly creating five variants of the Sasser worm that crippled millions of systems in early May and 28 variants of the Netsky worm. The teen’s mother owns a computer store, PC-Help, in the small town of Waffensen, AP reported.

View full article: Microsoft Confident Reward System Will Lead To Arrest of Blaster, MyDoom Writers


office     Added to Site: Creating Signatures (May 17)

Creating and selecting a signature is not that difficult in Outlook. However creating the signature you want with for example a company logo in it can be quite of a hassle. Lately quite a number of posts in the newsgroups were regarding signatures. Therefore I thought it would be nice to create a guide that will cover both the basics and advanced examples on creating a signature in Outlook. The guide covers the following;

Signature basics

  • Creating separate signatures for Plain Text, HTML and Rich Text formatted mail

  • Creating an HTML signature with a picture/company logo

  • Creating a company wide signature/disclaimer with Exchange

  • Random Quote Insert

With that comes a FAQ article which explains why sometimes your signature ends up double spaced.

View How To article: Creating Signatures
View FAQ Article: Signatures Appear Double Spaced


info     German police release Agobot Trojan author (May 17)

A 21-year-old man who was arrested in Germany last Friday and charged with creating a malicious computer program called Agobot was released from police custody.

The man, who has not been named, was being held following his arrest because of fears he might flee the country. He was required to surrender identity papers and report regularly to police as a condition of his release, said police spokesman Ullrich Heffner.

German police arrested the man in the southern town of Waldshut and charged him under the country’s computer sabotage law for attacks on computers in Germany, the UK and the US linked to Agobot and Phatbot.

Five other men were also charged in connection to the so-called Trojan programs, but were not taken into custody, according to Horst Haug, a spokesman for the State Bureau of Investigation in Baden-Württemberg.

View full article: German police release Agobot Trojan author


office     What’s New in Exchange Server 2003 (May 17)

This online book provides important information about using Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003. The purpose of this book is to outline the new features in Exchange Server 2003 and provide the basic information necessary to begin using these new features. This is not a comprehensive document about Exchange, but a guide for getting started with testing and running Exchange 2003.
This book supplements the release notes (releasenotes.htm), and should be read only after reviewing the release notes. The release notes contain critical information about known issues with Exchange 2003.
This book is designed to benefit Exchange administrators who will be testing and deploying Exchange 2003. Furthermore, this book assumes that you have an excellent working knowledge of Exchange 2000. Its structure is based on Exchange components; specifically, each chapter itemizes the new component features and discusses how to begin using them.

Download: What’s New in Exchange Server 2003


info     Transmeta Efficeon Defends Against Virus and Worm Attacks on Microsoft Windows XP (May 17)

Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today announced that its Efficeon microprocessor family will offer increased protection against many of the most common types of virus and worm attacks. This capability will be provided in conjunction with the Execution Protection feature shipping from Microsoft in the forthcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). New Efficeon processors scheduled to ship in mid-year 2004 and beyond will include “No Execute” (commonly known as “NX”) support as a standard feature.

In response to the growing threat of malicious virus and worm attacks on the Internet, Microsoft has announced plans for an upcoming release of Windows XP SP2, which will feature an integral virus protection feature known as Execution Protection, enabled only on systems with specific processor support. The Efficeon processor will provide this capability to protect against the execution of code from memory regions intended for data.

“Transmeta’s support for ‘No Execute,’ working in conjunction with the safety features of Microsoft’s Windows XP SP2, will significantly reduce computer vulnerability to some of the most prevalent malicious code attacks,” said Matthew R. Perry, President and CEO of Transmeta Corporation. “Our release of cutting edge features aligned with Microsoft’s release of Windows XP SP2 yields a crucial solution for the future of computer security.”

Transmeta is providing advance versions of Efficeon-based systems with “No Execute” support to Microsoft this month for internal evaluation and use.

View full article: Transmeta Efficeon Defends Against Virus and Worm Attacks on Microsoft Windows XP


info     Court Reverses Pro-Spam Rule (May 14)

A California federal court has dissolved a restraining order against SpamCop.net, just a day after ordering the antispam service to stop warning warn ISPs about complaints of spam coming from their networks.

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California dissolved a temporary restraining order against IronPort Systems, which owns SpamCop, according to a statement Wednesday from IronPort.

The judge granted the order Monday in a case pitting IronPort against online marketing company OptInRealBig.com. Attorneys for OptInRealBig asked for an immediate injunction against SpamCop, saying SpamCop’s reports have caused OptInRealBig to lose contracts with ISPs and customers.

After analyzing opposition papers filed by IronPort after the injunction, the judge decided that “the interests of justice favor dissolution” of the order, the company says.

View full article: Court Reverses Pro-Spam Rule


office     MapPoint and Location Services discussion with Alex Nanos of Microsoft Canada (May 14)

Sean : Alex, thanks for giving us a few minutes. Tell us what this stuff is all about.

Alex : About a year ago we took MapPoint, our mapping technology product and converted it to a web service so that application developers can drag and drop a literal XML web service into their applications. You send the address information and we’ll send you back a map, you send a latitude – longitude, we’ll send you back a map. So it’s an over the network service that is being leveraged by Dollar Rent-A-Car and MSN Autos and others that want driving directions on a web site and instead of having localized information, they can pull it over the network as a service.

So what we did at that point was about two months ago we announces a product called MapPoint Location Server. The MapPoint Location Server again is what will take this to the next level. Typically we would have installed MapPoint on multiple desktops to make an application but now you can draw from a web service.

Read the full interview: MapPoint and Location Services discussion with Alex Nanos of Microsoft Canada


Archive 41

office     Office 2003 Tool: Add a Bilingual Translation Dictionary Service to the Microsoft Office System (May 14)

The download includes a set of files required to build and install a minimal Office System 2003 bilingual translation dictionary, available by using the research pane.

This tool accompanies the article, “Add a Bilingual Translation Dictionary Service to Microsoft Office System” available on MSDN. (available when clicking the download link)

The Translation Dictionaries article enables Microsoft’s partners – be they specialized ISVs or dictionary publishers – to create additional bilingual dictionaries and deliver these to users of Office within the familiar Office interface. With the help of this resource, partners can adapt dictionary content they already own and integrate it completely into Office 2003.

Once the new dictionary content is ready, the partner makes this available to the user for a one-time installation (e.g. from CD or the Web) to their hard drive. The user can then access it in the same way as the bilingual dictionaries which ship with Office 2003, i.e. through the Research Pane or by simply right-clicking on the word to be translated.

Download: Office 2003 Tool: Add a Bilingual Translation Dictionary Service to the Microsoft Office System


office     Deploying SharePoint Products and Technologies for Enterprise Collaboration (May 14)

Detailed discussion about the design and deployment of the Microsoft IT hosted collaboration platform. The platform supports personal storage, team Web sites, group and division portals, and enterprise services. With server farms centralized in three regional data centers, Microsoft saves both hardware and support costs.

Download: Deploying SharePoint Products and Technologies for Enterprise Collaboration


office     Project Server 2003: UPDATED MIGRATE.SQL (May 14)

The file Migrate.sql that was included on the Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 CD in the \SUPPORT\DATABASE folder does not support partitioning the Project Server database across multiple database servers when there are also multiple code pages across the database servers.

This download updates the file Migrate.sql and allows the Project Server 2003 database to be partitioned across multiple database servers that have multiple code pages.

The updated Migrate.sql supports all Project Server 2003 languages and is recommended to be used instead of the file included on the Project Server 2003 CD for all languages. The updated Migrate.sql is required for:

  • Any deployment using Hebrew.

  • Any deployment using more than one code page across partitioned database servers.

Download: Project Server 2003: UPDATED MIGRATE.SQL
 


update     New Security Bulletin! (May 11)

This update resolves a newly-discovered vulnerability. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Help and Support Center because of the way that it handles HCP URL validation. The vulnerability is documented in the Vulnerability Details section of this bulletin.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system, including installing programs; viewing, changing, or deleting data; or creating new accounts that have full privileges. However, significant user interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability.

Important: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-015.mspx
Run: Windows Update


office     MapPoint Streets and Trips Construction Update (May 11)

Download the construction update to keep your maps current. Save the file in the Data folder, located where you installed the program files for MapPoint or Streets & Trips. For example C:\Program Files\Microsoft MapPoint\Data\

Download: MapPoint 2004 Streets and Trips Construction Update 2004
Download: MapPoint 2003 Streets and Trips Construction Update 2003
Download: MapPoint 2002 Streets and Trips Construction Update 2002
Download: MapPoint 2001 Streets and Trips Construction Update 2001


update     Sasser (A-E) Worm Removal Tool (May 11)

This tool will help to remove the Sasser (A-E) worm from infected systems. Once the tool has run—after the End-User License Agreement (EULA) is accepted—it automatically checks for infection and removes any of the targeted worms that are found.

Download: Sasser (A-E) Worm Removal Tool


info     Microsoft Reward Program Helps Lead to Information Resulting in Arrest Related to Sasser Internet Worm (May 11)

Microsoft Corp. today commended German law enforcement for its prompt arrest relating to the Sasser worm and confirmed that the company’s anti-virus reward program investigators had worked with informants on the case during the past week. German authorities were able to arrest the alleged perpetrator of the Sasser worm within seven days of its launch, based on fast action by local police and broad cooperation among German law enforcement agencies, the FBI and Secret Service in the United States, and Microsoft.

Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, confirms with reporters an arrest in Germany of the alleged perpetrator of the Sasser worm virus.

“As this case demonstrates, we will move quickly to support law enforcement worldwide to identify and hold responsible those who break the law by launching viruses and worms targeted at our customers,” said Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft. “The information leading to this arrest resulted in part from Microsoft’s anti-virus reward program, as well as new technical and investigative techniques we have developed during the past year to address precisely this type of situation.”

Microsoft entered into a partnership last November to create a $5 million anti-virus reward program, supporting Interpol, the FBI, and the Secret Service. Aware of this program, certain individuals in Germany approached Microsoft investigators last week, offered to provide information about the creator of the Sasser virus, and inquired about their potential eligibility for a reward. Microsoft informed the individuals that the company would consider providing a reward of up to $250,000 if their information led to the arrest and conviction of the Sasser perpetrator.

View full Press Release: Microsoft Reward Program Helps Lead to Information Resulting in Arrest Related to Sasser Internet Worm


office     Exchange 2003 Guides and Recommendations (May 8)

Exchange Server 2003 Security Hardening Guide
This book guides you through the process of hardening your Exchange 2003 environment, including configuration recommendations and strategies for combating external threats.

Exchange Server 2003 Performance and Scalability Guide
This guide provides information about Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 performance and scalability.

Preview: Making Your Exchange 2003 Organization Fault Tolerant
“Exchange Server 2003 High Availability Guide” is an upcoming addition to the Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library. This preview chapter provides information about how to maximize the fault tolerance of you Exchange 2003 messaging system.

Slowing and Stopping E-Mail Viruses in an Exchange 2003 Environment
This document provides you with recommendations on how to fortify an Exchange environment against e-mail transmitted viruses and worms. Resources for the implementation details related to the recommendations are included. Suggestions are given on what to do when a virus attack occurs.


other     Sperry Software add-ins got updated! (May 8)

There were a number of bug fixes made to several of the add-ins, especially right around the time that Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Outlook 2002 (more on that below). Here’s the list of recent bug fixes and version numbers;

  • Add Email Address v2.2.4 – Corrected problem when using custom categories under Outlook 2003.

  • Always BCC v1.4.1 – Similar to the above problem, two emails were being sent when using Word as the email editor.

  • Auto Print v2.2.7 – Fixed bug when printing multiple attachments all having the same name.

  • Follow Up Reminder v1.1.3 – Fixed a bug that caused two emails to be sent when using Word as the email editor.

  • Insert Date/Time v2.0.8 – Corrected intermittent problem that reported “InsertDateTime.AddMenuHook”, “Type Mismatch”.

  • Print On Demand v1.4.1 – Fixed a bug that caused HTML emails to list the attachments in one long line and also added the ability to clip the number of email addresses shown (to avoid wasting paper).

  • Random Quote Insert v2.0.0 – Added a button to the Outlook toolbar to allow insertion of quotes whenever they’re wanted not just when the email is sent.

  • Reply To All v1.0.26 – Fixed a bug that prevented the Reply To All Self Removal feature from working when the Reply To All Confirmation button was checked and HTML emails were the default format. Also fixed the bug where multiple copies of the email were saved (one in the Sent Items, one in the Outbox).

  • VCard Converter v1.0.8 – Corrected a bug that prevented the vcf files from being written to the save folder that the user picked, when the user did not assign a save folder immediately.

  • Watch Outlook Folders v1.4.5 – Forced notification message windows to be “on top” of other windows, even if Outlook is minimized.

To get these latest versions, just go back to your original order email to get the URL locations and download the add-ins again. It is necessary to uninstall the current version first, by going to Control Panel…Add/Remove Programs. Find the add-in in the list and select “Remove”. Then, install the new one by double clicking on the installation file. Outlook should be closed during this process. By the way, you can tell what version you currently have by going to Tools…Options, then finding the add-in in the list of tabs. The version number is in the Support frame.

Interested in Sperry Software add-ins? Just click here. If you see anything you like use “BH93RF24” to get a discount when ordering!


office     Spam filter, Exchange 2003 SP1 to launch at TechEd (May 6)

Look to late May for a bounty of new messaging tools from Microsoft, including the release of the IMF and the first service and feature pack for Exchange Server 2003.

The Intelligent Messaging Filter [IMF] will be released later this month, likely at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in San Diego, said Edward Wu, a product manager for Exchange Server at Microsoft, during a Webcast hosted by the company.

Wu said Microsoft is still reviewing whether IMF will be offered only to customers with Software Assurance, as it was originally intended, or whether it will be made available to all customers. A decision is expected at TechEd, he said.

The software runs on Exchange 2003 and uses the same Smartscreen technology that was recently added to Outlook 2003, MSN and Hotmail. IMF uses Bayesian analysis to learn to identify spam, and considers the whole message, not just a few key words, to identify spam.

The messaging filter has been in a limited beta for several months. It will come as welcome relief to enterprise customers who continue to fight the deluge of spam that flood their corporate networks.

“No one is satisfied with the antispam tools available today,” said Lee Benjamin, a consultant and chairman of the Exchange Server Boston User Group. “No vendor has a clear product strategy that deals with the problem.”

Wu also said Exchange Server 2003 will see its first service pack at the end of May. The service pack will be released in two parts. SP1 will contain the bug fixes and a second Web release will contain the new features.

View full article: Spam filter, Exchange 2003 SP1 to launch at TechEd


office     Exchange Server 2003 Administration Guide (May 6)

Geared toward the experienced IT administrator, this book shows you how to configure and manage Exchange Server 2003 organizations and servers. It also explains how to set up and use recipient policies, messaging, client access, mailbox and public folder stores, and Exchange clusters. It includes detailed appendixes on Exchange tools, services, store management, folder replication, and full-text indexing.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Administration Guide


update     Sasser (A-D) Worm Removal Tool (KB841720) (May 6)

This tool will help to remove the Sasser (A-D) worm from infected systems. Once the tool has run—after the End-User License Agreement (EULA) is accepted—it automatically checks for infection and removes any of the targeted worms that are found.

After running, the tool displays a message describing the outcome of the detection and removal process. The tool can be safely deleted after it has run. Also, the tool creates a log file named sasscln.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.

Download: Sasser (A-D) Worm Removal Tool


info     Microsoft Offers Anti-Spam Capabilities to Distinguish Legitimate E-Mail (May 6)

Microsoft Corp. and IronPort Systems Inc. today announced initial success with the Bonded Sender Program, IronPort’s legitimate e-mail sender program to reduce the deluge of unwanted e-mail sent to Microsoft® customers. For the past five months, Microsoft has worked with IronPort Systems’s Bonded Sender Program (http://www.bondedsender.com/ ) legitimate e-mail sender program on its MSN® and MSN Hotmail® platforms. The Bonded Sender program, powered by IronPort and certified by TRUSTe, identifies legitimate senders of e-mail based on their adherence to program standards and the posting of a financial bond.

Programs such as safe lists reputation, rating and e-mail accreditation have emerged to help prevent good e-mail from accidentally being blocked by filters. Such programs reinforce the importance of allowing legitimate marketers to communicate with their customers and help ensure that customers can correspond with institutions and organizations such as banks, political groups and retailers. These approaches are the inverse of the early e-mail-blocking lists and avoid many of the pitfalls associated with those lists. Microsoft continues to evaluate a variety of programs for potential implementation on its MSN and Hotmail platforms.

“Because spam is our e-mail customers’ No. 1 complaint today, our technology arsenal must include a process that works in tandem with our filters to differentiate good e-mail from junk e-mail,” said Ryan Hamlin, general manager of the Anti-Spam Technology and Strategy Group at Microsoft. “Bonded Sender is an example of a program that effectively raises the bar on conduct for good e-mail senders, while simultaneously helping recipients such as Microsoft identify important messages that consumers have requested.”

View full press release: Microsoft Offers Anti-Spam Capabilities to Distinguish Legitimate E-Mail


info     MS to Help Zap Worms Automatically (May 6)

Microsoft (Quote, Chart) is working on a plan to include worm removal tools in a new feature called Microsoft Update that’s on schedule for release by this year’s end.

With the proliferation of destructive worms like Blaster, NetSky and Sasser escalating daily to pose an ever-greater threat to home users, Microsoft plans to release the new Microsoft Update as part of the larger Windows Update patch management platform.

Depending on the threat level of malicious worms, the software giant will automate the worm removal process. This goes beyond Microsoft’s latest moves to create disinfection tools to deal with major virus outbreaks.

Earlier this year, Microsoft distributed a detection and removal tool for Windows XP and Windows 2000 machines infected by the Blaster virus. The tool was released as a 317 KB download (3 to 5 minutes for dial-up connections) after ISPs complained that infected home users were “actively transmitting” the worm.

Last weekend, when the Sasser worm and several mutants started exploiting the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) vulnerability, Microsoft again released a removal tool for customers.

However, as security experts have repeatedly warned, home users need to be actively prodded into applying software fixes. A Microsoft spokesperson told internetnews.com that the company’s long term security vision was outlined in a recent executive e-mail issued by Chairman Bill Gates, where “significant investments” in four key areas were identified.

View full article: MS to Help Zap Worms Automatically


info     Gartner: Worms Jack Up the Total Cost of Windows (May 6)

Dealing with widespread worms like Sasser raises the cost of using Windows, a research analyst said Wednesday.
Mark Nicolett, research director at Gartner, recommended that enterprises boost spending on patch management and intrusion prevention software to keep ahead of worms, which are appearing ever sooner after vulnerabilities in Windows are disclosed.

“This is part of the carrying cost of using Windows,” said Nicolett. “The cost of a Windows environment has gone up because enterprises have to install security patches very rapidly, deal with outages caused by secondary problems with these patches, and deploy additional layers of security technology.”

Although he placed some caveats on his numbers, Nicolett said that informal surveys with Gartner clients indicate that simply moving from a no rapid patch deployment capability to an ongoing process that can respond quickly to vulnerabilities raises the cost of using business by about 15 percent.

View full article: Gartner: Worms Jack Up the Total Cost of Windows


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office     Microsoft Unveils Live Communications Server 2005 (May 5)

Microsoft Corp. today announced the opening of the beta program for Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server 2005, or LCS 2005, previously code-named “Vienna.” LCS 2005, a next-generation enterprise instant messaging (IM) and presence-awareness server, will be a significant next step toward Microsoft’s vision of seamlessly connecting people, information and business processes in real time to increase productivity and enable better decisions faster.

LCS 2005 builds on the foundation of the current version, LCS 2003, which provides a standards-based enterprise IM solution and an extensible real-time collaboration platform. Foundation elements include these:

  • Presence. LCS incorporates presence capabilities into productivity and line-of-business applications within the enterprise. All participating users will be able to see whether someone is online and available.

  • Encrypted instant messaging. LCS provides easy-to-use and familiar text-based messaging within an encrypted and authenticated environment.

  • Microsoft Office System integration. LCS acts as a “presence engine” behind the Microsoft Office System, enabling out-of-the-box presence integration within Microsoft Office System applications, servers and services. LCS also enables the viewing of presence information directly from Microsoft Outlook® 2003, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word as well as team sites and portals, such as Windows® SharePoint (TM) Services.

  • Standards-based architecture. LCS is built using industry-standard protocols Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE), enabling a broad partner and developer ecosystem.

View full Press Release: Microsoft Unveils Live Communications Server 2005


office     InfoPath 2003 Training: Hands-on Exercises (May 4)

The package contains practice files for use with InfoPath 2003 SP1 Training: Hands-on Exercises. To view the training labs, click the link available in the Related Resources section of this page.

This set of labs will help you learn how to design and deploy Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based forms in InfoPath 2003 SP1.

Download: InfoPath 2003 Training: Hands-on Exercises


info     Three Minutes: Will We Get a Do-Not-Spam List? (May 4)

Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle, 67, chats about his agency’s popular Do-Not-Call list and the proposed Do-Not-Spam list. A former Marine aviator, Swindle spent more than six years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

PC World: Isn’t the FTC’s Do-Not-Call telemarketing list one of the most popular citizen-participation programs ever
Orson Swindle: Certainly since I’ve been here. It’s made real heroes out of us. We see people with T-shirts on, saying, “I like Do-Not-Call.” In fact, one of our employees jogging one day had an FTC T-shirt on, and somebody stopped and said, “Thank you for Do-Not-Call.”

PCW: And now the FTC is considering a Do-Not-Spam registry?
Swindle: A part of [the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003] directs the FTC to take a very serious look at the possibility of a Do-Not-Spam list similar to the Do-Not-Call list. We are in the process of going through that right now. We expect to hear from an awful lot of people, and probably some spammers, too. We have a big task before us…to come up with a report to Congress by mid-June as to what might be done and whether or not it’s feasible.

View full article: Three Minutes: Will We Get a Do-Not-Spam List?


update     What You Should Know About the Sasser Worm and Its Variants (May 2)

Microsoft teams are investigating reports of a worm, identified as W32.Sasser.worm, and its variants, which are currently circulating on the Internet. Microsoft has verified that the worm exploits the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) issue addressed in Microsoft Security Update MS04-011 on April 13, 2004.

View: What You Should Know About the Sasser Worm and Its Variants
View: Microsoft Security Update MS04-011
Download: Sasser.A and Sasser.B Worm Removal Tool (KB841720)


update     Netsky Remains Big Dog In April (Apr 30)

The Netsky worm continued to dominate the virus charts for another month, security vendor Sophos said Friday as it released its April Top Ten list.
Seven of the ten viruses Sophos named to the monthly list were variations on Netsky, with Netsky.p, Netsky.b, and Netsky.d most prominent. That trio accounted for 23.2, 20.2, and 16.8 percent, respectively, of all viruses detected by the U.K.-based vendor.

Netsky.p, which in March accounted for a paltry 2.1 percent of all viruses, leaped to the top spot in April, while March’s leader, Netsky.d (at 30.2 percent) dropped by almost half to just 16.8 percent. Variants new to the list, including Netsky.q and Netsky.t, totaled just 3 percent, proof that newer worms are not always the most deadly. Netsky.q, for instance, had the entire month of April to run, since it was first discovered March 28, while Netsky.t hit the Internet a week later on April 5.

All told, Netsky variants made up 69 percent of all malware in April, a bump up from the 59.8 percent the worm family tallied in March.

The most likely explanation for the rise in Netsky was the release of the worm’s source code.

“With the original Netsky author claiming to have shared the viral code, it’s quite possible that other virus writers jumped on the bandwagon,” said Chris Kraft, Sophos senior security analyst, in a statement.

View: Netsky Remains Big Dog In April
View: latest virus threats on Symantec


info     First complaint filed under Can-Spam (Apr 30)

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a criminal complaint against four Detroit-area men under the federal Can-Spam Act, in the first case sparked by the legislation.

In a filing Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of Michigan, federal attorneys contend that Daniel J. Lin, James J. Lin, Mark M. Sadek and Christopher Chung violated the terms of the Can-Spam Act by creating massive e-mail campaigns that marketed fraudulent weight loss products. The Can-Spam Act takes aim at individuals who create and dispense unsolicited and fraudulent e-mail.

Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Detroit, said Chung and Sadek were arrested and appeared in court on Wednesday. The men were subsequently released on unsecured bonds of $10,000.

The two Lins have not yet been reached by authorities, she said. The criminal complaints are good for a period of 30 days, during which Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Berg will decide whether to seek an indictment.

According to court documents, the four men are accused of generating hundreds of thousands of different e-mails that hid their identities and advertised a weight loss patch. The e-mails were sent out under a variety of company names, including AIT Herbal, Avatar Nutrition and Phoenix Avatar, identified collectively as the Avatar Companies. The e-mails were allegedly sent to millions of e-mail accounts over the course of several years.

View full article: First complaint filed under Can-Spam


office     TechNet Support WebCast: An overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (Apr 30)

Wednesday, June 16, 2004: 10:00 AM Pacific time (Greenwich mean time – 7 hours)

This Support WebCast session introduces Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). It talks about the various changes that are included in SP1 and the benefits of installing SP1. The session also briefly introduces some of the Web release tools that will be released at the same time as SP1.

This is a Level 200 session that will be presented by Evan Dodds .

Evan Dodds has been supporting Exchange Server at Microsoft for four years and most recently was involved with the Exchange 2003 SP1 project.

View: TechNet Support WebCast: An overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1
Download: Add a reminder to your calendar for this event


office     Project 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) (Apr 30)

The Microsoft Office Project 2003 SDK is designed for solution providers, value-added resellers, and other developers to help customize Project 2003, and to extend and integrate Project Server 2003 with other applications for Enterprise Project Management. It features articles, programming references, tools, and sample code, including extensive articles called Solution Starters.

Download: Project 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK)


office     Project Server 2003: Project Data Service (PDS) Usage and Methods Reference (Apr 30)

This reference explains how to use the PDS Application Programming Interface (API) to allow client applications to access Project Server portfolio data. Client applications can programmatically log on to Project Server and use SOAP to call PDS API methods. The PDS implements a SOAP listener, which receives method calls in XML format and returns an XML response.

Download: Project Server 2003: Project Data Service (PDS) Usage and Methods Reference


office     SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit Chapter 28: Disaster Recovery (Preview) (Apr 30)

The most important step in solving critical problems is to think ahead and record your problem-resolving strategy in a disaster recovery plan. Before you can do that, you must be aware of the problem-solving tools available. This chapter covers operational tasks common in disaster recovery scenarios using the native tools provided by Microsoft® Office SharePoint™ Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows® SharePoint Services. In addition, this chapter discusses how to leverage Microsoft SQL Server™ backup and restore processes to safeguard your data in Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies solutions.

Download: SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit Chapter 28: Disaster Recovery (Preview)


info     Worms create rough ride for Symantec (Apr 27)

While a continual flow of new viruses boosts Symantec’s bottom line, the company risks being stuck without a revenue stream if the situation changes

The good news is that a series of worms, viruses and other security headaches has been a windfall for Symantec. That’s also the bad news.

Since arriving in 1999, Symantec chief executive John Thompson has tried to transform the security software maker, to make it less dependent on the volatile consumer market and more reliant on stable corporate revenue. Thompson made some headway in 2002 and 2003, but the recent rash of viruses threatens to undo that limited success, as analysts forecast that the consumer businesses will end the fiscal year as Symantec’s chief revenue source.

“The company has been told many times by Wall Street it was not growing its enterprise business fast enough. It has been showing some growth, but not to the degree people had hoped for,” said Tom Berquist, a Smith Barney Citigroup analyst. “There is risk in relying heavily on consumer sales. If virus attacks slow down and people have bought all the protection they need, then Symantec’s growth will slow down to the rate of IT as a whole. They need to step up their enterprise-security business that is not tied to antivirus, in case consumer antivirus slows.”

View full article: Worms create rough ride for Symantec


office     Microsoft Project 2002: System Policy Editor and Templates (Apr 27)

The Microsoft Project 2002: System Policy Editor and Templates download includes the Microsoft Project 2002 system policy template. You must install the System Policy Editor and the template on your computer before you can create a system policy file.

Using the System Policy Editor, you can control which Microsoft Project 2002 options are available to your users. You can create system policies and easily distribute the settings from a central administrative installation point.

This download is part of the Microsoft Project 2002 Resource Kit, which is available online at TechNet.

Download: Microsoft Project 2002: System Policy Editor and Templates


info     Coder serves up poetry with newest Bagle (Apr 27)

The author of the latest variant of the Bagle worm has gone beyond penning just a piece of code: The writer has also included a poem in the document attachment on which the worm piggybacks.

The malicious program, known as Bagle.Z, has not spread very quickly, said Vincent Gullotto, vice president of the antivirus emergency response team for Network Associates, which makes security software.

“I don’t anticipate this one to last long,” he said, adding that the variant has had some initial success because the worm attaches itself to e-mail in a control panel file, which is an executable not used by virus writers before. “It is not a file that most people would typically block, so it may penetrate into some environments.”

The release of Bagle.Z is the latest in what appears to be a contest between the writers of two worms: Bagle and Netsky. A recent version of Netsky, or Skynet, as the author calls it, included a promise by the writer to keep creating new versions as long as the creator of the Bagle worm keeps revising that program.

View full article: Coder serves up poetry with newest Bagle


howto     Added to site: Setting Permissions on a Mailbox (Apr 25)

Setting the correct permissions on mailboxes and Outlook folders can be done in several ways when you are in an Exchange organization. The correct way for you depends on your needs. While some methods look quite the same the results can be very different. This guide explains in which way you can set permissions and what their results are.

View: Setting Permissions on a Mailbox


update     ‘Osama Captured’ e-Mail is Malicious Trojan (Apr 25)

Those “Osama Bin Laden Captured” e-mails hammering your in-box today will attempt to download a Trojan if the embedded URL is clicked, anti-virus experts warned Friday.

Glendale, Calif.-based Panda Software said the URL embedded in the e-mail directs users to what appears to be an advertising page before exploiting a known security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser to download the trojan.

The fake news item, purporting to come from CNN or the BBC and promising photographs and video of Bin Laden’s capture, first appeared on instant messaging networks earlier this month. According to security analysts, it is yet another use of social engineering tactics by spammers to direct traffic to Web sites.

The “Small.B” trojan opens ports on an infected machine and can be used to hijack PCs for use as spam zombies. The trojan has the ability to listen on the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP addresses.

A spokesperson for anti-virus firm Sophos told internetnews.com the malicious trojan will only affect users using an unpatched IE browser. Microsoft has issued cumulative patches the IE browser to plug known vulnerabilities.

View entire article: ‘Osama Captured’ e-Mail is Malicious Trojan
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Archive 39

office     Microsoft Office 2000/XP to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues (Apr 25)

This paper explains the basic differences between Microsoft Office 2000/XP and Microsoft Office 2003 at a cursory level. It describes the obvious changes a user might see in the menu bar user interface and what a user might perceive as a bug, depending on his or her advanced usage of the various Office applications. This paper also provides a summary of the most likely issues an administrator might encounter during and after a migration of Office 2000/XP to Office 2003. Included is information about several design changes that affect programmatic access to Office application objects, which may also affect custom applications.

Download: Microsoft Office 2000 to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues
Download: Microsoft Office XP to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues


office     Exchange Server 2003 Client Access Guide (Apr 25)

This guide provides information about working with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 and client access. It describes the new features for Exchange 2003 and Office Outlook® 2003, in addition to improvements in Outlook Web Access 2003. It contains configuration information, such as how to secure your messaging environment, deploy the server architecture, and configure Exchange servers for your supported client access methods. This guide also describes how to manage protocols, Exchange Virtual Server, Outlook Web Access, Exchange ActiveSync®, and Outlook Mobile Access.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Client Access Guide


info     Spam showing little sign of abating (Apr 25)

Two factors are combining to ensure that combating spam will continue to be a near-impossible task – the fact that companies are happy to continue flouting anti-spam legislation and the fact that a lack of education among end users is set to keep aggravating the issue.

However, blame for the latter issue can hardly be laid at the feet of employees when 57 per cent of companies are failing to communicate their policy relating to unsolicited email, according to mail-filtering firm Clearswift.

To give some idea of the extent of the problem – spammers, who require a response rate of about one in one million emails, appear to be striking a chord with less tech-savvy UK workers.

Alyn Hockey, director of research at Clearswift, said: “The recent MyDoom email virus confirmed for the security industry the lack of awareness about opening spam email attachments, with too many people being tricked into opening the virus.”

View full article: Spam showing little sign of abating


other     MSN Messenger 6.2 out (Apr 22)

Microsoft have released version 6.2 of their popular messaging software, MSN messenger.

Download: MSN Messenger 6.2 out
View: MSN Messenger 6.2 out


info     Sex spam has to be clearly labelled (Apr 22)

FROM MAY 19, spam containing sexual content will have to be specifically marked, according to a new US law.
The FTC has ordered that the phrase ‘sexually explicit’ should be placed in the headers of all spam mail containing sexual content and forbidden spammers from putting graphic pictures in the bodies of messages.

They say that this will remove the old ‘brown paper bag’ type of sex spam in which the reader has not got a clue what they are seeing until it is opened.

According to a study by the Federal Trade Commission, 17 per cent of pornographic email offers contain images of nudity people are forced to see. The law should make it easier for spam filters to work better, however some think that the new law lacks teeth.

Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore told WRIC TV that the law makes the assumption that criminals will obey the law, which was always a bit silly.

View: Sex spam has to be clearly labelled


office     Preview: Managing Free/Busy Folders (Apr 22)

This chapter describes how Microsoft Exchange clients generate and retrieve free/busy data, and how Exchange stores the data. It recommends three basic ways to deploy free/busy servers for maximum efficiency. It describes the behavior of free/busy folders when you replicate free/busy data between Exchange organizations or between an Exchange organization and a messaging system other than Exchange. Finally, this chapter also provides some recommendations for cleaning up free/busy data.

Download: Preview: Managing Free/Busy Folders


office     Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administrator’s Guide (Apr 21)

This download contains information about managing Microsoft® Office SharePoint™ Portal Server 2003, including:

  • Planning

  • Deployment Scenarios

  • Installation

  • Security

  • Configuration

  • Administration

  • Backup and Restore

  • Maintenance

  • Customization

  • Troubleshooting

  • Reference

Download: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administrator’s Guide (version 2)


office     Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Help (Apr 21)

This download contains information about using Microsoft® Office SharePoint™ Portal Server 2003, including:

  • Startup and Settings

  • Customizing the Portal Site

  • Personalizing the Portal Site

  • Working with Alerts

  • Searching the Portal Site

  • Working with Areas

  • Working with the Site Directory

  • Working with Backward-Compatible Document Libraries

  • Managing the Portal Site

  • Working with Windows® SharePoint Services

Download: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Help


info     AOL opens its doors on e-mail (Apr 21)

America Online this week is expected to announce a new feature that will let subscribers access their e-mail through third-party applications such as Eudora and Microsoft’s Outlook, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Called Open Mail Access, the feature can be used on any e-mail software that supports Internet Message Access Protocol, which lets applications access e-mail off other servers.

The launch of the tool, expected Thursday, is the latest step in AOL’s attempts to ramp up its service in the face of dial-up subscriber losses and an uncertain future for its broadband product. AOL hopes that added offerings will make its service more appealing to existing subscribers and potential new ones.

The new feature could also mark a new direction in the company’s strategy. For most of its lifespan, AOL has prided itself on its exclusive content and services. But with the recent rebound in online advertising and the surge in paid search, the company has become more willing to push its propriety content and services outside its walls.

View full article: AOL opens its doors on e-mail


office     Word 2003: Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification (Apr 21)

The Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification provides a format for text and graphics interchange that can be used with different output devices, operating environments, and operating systems. Version 1.8 of the specification contains the latest updates introduced by Microsoft Office Word 2003. RTF uses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), PC-8, Macintosh, or IBM PC character set to control the representation and formatting of a document, both on the screen and in print. With the RTF Specification, documents created under different operating systems and with different software applications can be transferred between those operating systems and applications.

Download: Word 2003: Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification, version 1.8


office     Exchange Patches (Apr 21)

This patch resolves problems that were found in the Exchange 2003 Store since Exchange 2003 was released.

Download: Exchange 2003 Store Patch 6980.72
Download: Exchange 2000 Post-Service Pack 3 (SP3) Rollup Patch 6556.4


office     OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview (Apr 20)

Responding to enthusiastic feedback from OneNote (TM) users, Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of Microsoft® Office OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1 (OneNote SP1) Preview, a software update that delivers technical updates and feature enhancements requested by customers to help them better capture, organize and share their notes and information. Customer feedback from newsgroups, surveys, focus groups and customer visits directly impacted 90 percent of the new SP1 features, including increased integration with Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, the ability to copy notes from a Pocket PC into OneNote, and the ability to password-protect notes.

“A strong measure of OneNote’s success in meeting the needs of information workers is the enthusiastic feedback we’ve received from early customers. These customers are telling us that OneNote is helping them be more productive, and that they are engaged in the product’s future development,” said Peter Pathe, corporate vice president of Office Authoring Services at Microsoft. “The OneNote product team’s responsiveness to requests for feature enhancements in OneNote SP1 is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering valuable innovation to our customers.”

OneNote 2003 is a groundbreaking application for desktop, laptop and Tablet PC users. Since its release in October 2003, it has been applauded for improving productivity for individuals and teams by allowing them to capture and use their notes more effectively. While research from Microsoft shows that over 90 percent of adults in the United States take notes, few products have been developed specifically to aid in the process of capturing and managing this information. OneNote provides users with an easy and intuitive way to capture thoughts and ideas, which often serve as the basis for further documents such as presentations, memos, papers or speeches. Furthermore, the integration of OneNote with Microsoft Office 2003 Editions and Microsoft Windows® SharePoint (TM) Services enables users to easily share their notes and collaborate with team members.

View full Press Release: From Wish List to Check List- Customer Input Drives Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1
Download: OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview
View: What’s New in the Service Pack 1 Preview


info     Spam slips though the maintenance gap (Apr 19)

Even though most organisations know that they are not tackling spam adequately, many are still failing to take the elementary steps necessary to protect themselves.
Security company Clearswift found in its global 2004 Spam Monitor survey that, while more than 72 per cent of organisations have some form of spam defences in place, 55 per cent believe these to be inadequate.

Clearswift’s research showed that these firms have reason to be concerned because it found significant and serious gaps in anti-spam technology defences deployed by businesses.

Security threats include companies having their mail servers hijacked by spammers to send out spam.

Some 24 per cent of organisations admitted that they had been used as an ‘open relay’ to send junk mail, and a worrying 34 per cent did not know whether they had been infiltrated in such a way.

View full article: Spam slips though the maintenance gap


office     Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2003 Performance (Apr 19)

Having one or more subsystems that are underperforming alters the responses and behaviors of a server. Usually, this means that the server becomes unresponsive or falls below what is considered acceptable operational behavior. This diminished performance puts the service level agreement (SLA) at risk, which ultimately means the organization itself can suffer.

This technical article provides administrators of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 with information about how to isolate performance degradations and how to use existing tools and products, such as Performance, Load Simulator, Exchange Stress and Performance 2003, Network Monitor, and Filemon, for this purpose. The information in this article can also be used to ensure that a server is not degrading over time because of hardware issues or malfunctions.

Download: Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2003 Performance


office     Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley (Apr 19)

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 radically changes corporate governance and reporting obligations of publicly traded companies, and significantly increases personal accountability for organizations’ officers, auditors, securities analysts and legal counsel.

The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley can help organizations facilitate compliance initiatives related to sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The accelerator combines software components and templates, enabling customers and partners to implement solutions that enhance visibility over financial processes and internal controls.

Benefits for Businesses
The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley helps companies manage their financial processes and controls, not just collect data. The business benefits include the following:

• Increased visibility into processes, risks, controls and other documents
• An easier and accelerated compliance process
• A flexible foundation that is adaptable to customers’ evolving needs and longer-term compliance initiatives

Download: Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley


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office     Q&A: Microsoft Announces Availability of XML Schema for Microsoft Office Visio 2003 (Apr 15)

Microsoft today announced the addition of the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 XML Reference Schema to its open and royalty-free documentation and license program that was initially unveiled in November 2003. Microsoft Office Visio 2003 is the diagramming and data visualization tool in Microsoft Office 2003.

Microsoft is providing the complete description of the Visio Extensible Markup Language (XML) file format to enable organizations to access information captures in their Visio diagrams and to integrate with other XML-enabled applications, such as customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Extensive support of XML in the Microsoft Office suite will allow Office applications to create, view and edit structured data stored in disparate systems.

To learn more about how XML will impact users of Visio 2003, PressPass spoke with Jean Paoli, an XML architect at Microsoft. Paoli is one of the co-creators of the XML 1.0 standard with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and has played a significant role in the XML community since 1985. He has helped accelerate XML activity at Microsoft by creating and managing the team that delivered the software that XML-enabled both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows.

View full Press Release: Q&A: Microsoft Announces Availability of XML Schema for Microsoft Office Visio 2003


office     Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas (Apr 15)

This download contains the Microsoft Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas and related documentation and now includes:

  • Overview articles on WordprocessingML (the XML file format for Microsoft Office Word 2003), SpreadsheetML (Microsoft Office Excel 2003), FormTemplate XML schemas (Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003) and DataDiagramingML (Microsoft Office Visio 2003).

  • Reference documentation on the Microsoft Office 2003 schemas, detailing every element and types.

Download: Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas


office     Office XP Document: Update Deployment White Paper (Apr 15)

Three service packs for Office XP (and the stand-alone versions of Office XP programs) are available from Microsoft. This white paper describes how to distribute and install these service packs and other Office XP fixes and updates. It describes the different types of admin and client Windows Installer patches that you can use when you deploy updates and it covers methods for managing these updates.

Dowload: Office XP Document: Update Deployment White Paper


office     Microsoft Office XP Document: Pictures in Earlier Office Documents Appear Flipped WhitePaper (Apr 15)

Now this is a funny one!

In Microsoft Office XP, many users see flipped images in their documents. These images may be inverted, upside-down, or both inverted and upside-down. Most users can fix this issue quickly if it occurs in only a handful of their documents. However, this problem can be pervasive in organizations because of document-sharing and template sharing; therefore, the issue becomes more complex and sometimes confusing to resolve. Microsoft has released a fix to help correct the problem (Microsoft Knowledge Base article 312838), but the fix and its implementation have in some cases added to the confusion.

This white paper gives an in-depth history of the issue, in addition to a detailed explanation of the fix, its caveats, various scenarios in which to use its settings, and information about how to educate the organizational end user about this issue.

Download: Microsoft Office XP Document: Pictures in Earlier Office Documents Appear Flipped WhitePaper


office     Excel White Paper: OLAP PivotTable Considerations (Apr 15)

Microsoft® Excel 2002 and Microsoft Office Excel 2003 provide more OLAP PivotTable® functionality than earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, but the extra functionality may have a performance cost when you are using large data sets. This white paper describes these performance issues and some ways to minimize them.

Download: Excel White Paper: OLAP PivotTable Considerations


office     Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Guides (Apr 15)

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administrator’s Guide
Guide for installing, configuring, managing, and maintaining Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Help
Help for using the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003.


update     New and updated Security Bulletins (Apr 13)

Critical: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-011.mspx

Critical: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-012.mspx

Critical: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-013.mspx

Important: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-014.mspx

Bulletins updated to advise of the availability of an update for Exchange Server 5.0
Re-released: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS00-082.mspx

Re-released: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS01-041.mspx

Re-released: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS02-011.mspx

Re-released: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-046.mspx


office     Exchange 2000 Server Upgrade Series – Job Aids (Apr 13)

The Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Upgrade Series is specifically created to assist you in the process of planning, deploying, and operating Exchange 2000 Server. Whether you are part of a large multinational organization with branch offices all over the world or a small company based in one location, the information and best practices contained in this guide should save you considerable time and effort.

Download: Exchange 2000 Server Upgrade Series – Job Aids


office     Project 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) (Apr 13)

The Microsoft Office Project 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) contains documentation, tools, and samples called Solution Starters to help customize Project 2003, and to extend Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 and integrate with other applications.

Download: Project 2003 Software Development Kit


about     I’m back from the Summit! (Apr 12)

Alright, so I packed my laptop, I packed my power plug converter for the US (Euro plugs don’t-fit), I had Internet access on my hotel room and just when I thought I had it all I found that my own power plug doesn’t fit in my own converter. How stupid is that?  So I had no chance to update my site when I was away; Sorry!

Although without a laptop the Summit was still great! I finally met with some other MVP’s and with the Microsoft Developers who I mail with for some time now.

On the first day was the registration and the product fair where they were showing some new technologies. On the second day we went to the Microsoft campus where we had a Welcome session by Microsoft and some presentations from the other MVP’s on other Office products. Some were good and some were… well… could be better ;-)

On Tuesday it was CEO day and we had presentations by;
Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer
Jim Allchin, vice president of the Platforms Group
Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Servers and Tools
Lori Moore, corporate vice president of Product Support Services (PSS)
Rich Kaplan, corporate vice president of the Content Development and Delivery Group (CDDG)

All presentations were very good but of course Steve Ballmer’s presentation was the best. He can be very hilarious as well. Just like the whole week, but this day in particular, was under NDA so I can’t go into any details.

Wednesday was the last day already. In the morning we had a session with the Exchange MVP’s and Developers were we could give feedback on how Exchange works with Outlook and got info on current development. In the afternoon we had a “Product Deep Dive” with the Outlook Developers were we got more info on the development of Outlook 12 and Outlook 13. Again, I am under NDA so I can’t tell you anything about it but so far it looks promising!

In between the sessions I got myself a new toy: the Acer C302XMi-G Tablet PC! I’m writing on it at the moment and it recognizes my handwriting very nicely (go figure, it’s really awful writing!). It has a 14″ screen so it’s just like writing on A4 paper. Thanks Jeff for taking me to the shop!

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R.I.P. my dearest products…

View: Microsoft Opens Product Development Cycle and Knowledge Base To Most Valuable Professional Contributions


office     Outlook 2003/2002 Add-in: Notes Connector (Apr 12)

Outlook Connector for IBM Lotus Domino enables you to use Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2002 to access your e-mail messages, calendar, address book, and To Do (task) items on an IBM Lotus Domino Release 5.x or Release 6.x server.

Download: Outlook 2003/2002 Add-in: Notes Connector


office     Project 2003: Project Renamer PDS Extender (Apr 12)

The download includes the compiled ProjectRenamer.dll, and the Visual Basic 6.0 source code for the Project Renamer PDS Extender.

Note For an explanation of how to develop and test the Project Renamer, see the Project Renamer PDS Extender topic, under the section Programming Tasks, in the file pj11sdk2003.chm of the Project 2003 SDK Download. The complete Project 2003 SDK also includes the Project Renamer PDS Extender source code.

Download: Project 2003: Project Renamer PDS Extender


office     Project Server 2003: Project Data Service (PDS) Usage and Methods Reference (Apr 12)

This reference explains how to use the PDS Application Programming Interface (API) to allow client applications to access Project Server portfolio data. Client applications can programmatically log on to Project Server and use SOAP to call PDS API methods. The PDS implements a SOAP listener, which receives method calls in XML format and returns an XML response.

The PDS reference includes sample code and information about the following:

  • Using the PDS with Multiple Project Server Sites

  • What’s New in the PDS for Project Server 2003 (points to six updated topics)

  • Using the Project Data Service

  • The PDS and Project Server Security Architecture

  • Writing a PDS Extender

  • PDS Methods XML

  • Using SOAP to call PDS methods

  • Programmatic Logon to Project Server

  • API Reference (five updated methods)

  • Service for Enterprise Data Maintenance (EDM)

  • Error Codes

  • PDS Permissions (updated)

  • Field ID Values for Enterprise Custom Fields

Download: Project Server 2003: Project Data Service (PDS) Usage and Methods Reference


office     MapPoint and Streets & Trips Construction Update (Apr 12)

Download the construction update to keep your maps current in Microsoft MapPoint and Streets & Trip.

MapPoint 2001 and Streets & Trips 2001 Construction Update
MapPoint 2002 and Streets & Trips 2002 Construction Update
MapPoint 2003 and Streets & Trips 2003 Construction Update
MapPoint 2004 and Streets & Trips 2004 Construction Update


about     I’m off to the MVP Summit (Apr 2)

Well I’m off to Seattle for the Global MVP Summit where I’ll also be meeting the other MVP’s. Since we have a full schedule I’m probably not able to update my site daily with the latest news. I will however post pictures of the summit whenever possible so keep checking any way :-)

For the ones posting in the Outlook newsgroups; not all of the Outlook MVP’s will be at the Summit and they’ll continue posting answers to your questions but be patient with them!


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other     Office2PDF Launches Revolutionary New PDF Tools for Microsoft Office. (Apr 1)

Office2PDF tools provide PDF functionality and feature control from within Office. Used in conjunction with Adobe Acrobat, Office2PDF tools provide PDF feature management at the source.

The initial release brings three key products: DocInfo Pro, DocSlides and Destinations. DocInfo Pro allows the author to set document information settings and also document open settings in the PDF, with DocSlides providing Word authors with the ability to create PDF Slideshows directly from Word and Destinations allows the author to create and manage named destinations inside their Word documents for automatic conversion and creation in PDF.

For additional information or to download evaluation versions visit Office2PDF’s website: http://www.office2pdf.com

View full article: Office2PDF Launches Revolutionary New PDF Tools for Microsoft Office


office     Microsoft Office gets China boost (Apr 1)

A Chinese software company announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft to help popularize the Office productivity package in Chinese schools.

Tengtu International said its Beijing subsidiary, the largest supplier of educational software for China’s elementary and secondary schools, will develop an “Education Resource Kit for Office” to integrate the company’s educational software and services with Microsoft’s Office 2003.

Tengtu provides education software and distance-learning services to more than 35,000 Chinese schools, with 17.5 million students. The company was selected by the country’s Ministry of Education to run the main education portal and distance-learning network for the national school system.

View: Microsoft Office gets China boost


office     Word 2003: XML Viewer (Apr 1)

The Microsoft Office Word 2003 XML Viewer allows people who create WordprocessingML files in Office 2003 Editions to share their documents with people who do not have Word 2003 installed on their computers. When you post WordprocessingML documents on the Internet, you can include the Word XML Viewer to expand your online audience to people who might not have Word, or to those with previous versions.

This download includes the released version of the WordprocessingML to HTML transformation, which allows the viewer to display WordprocessingML files saved by Word 2003 by transforming the WordprocessingML file into HTML from within Internet Explorer.

Download: Word 2003: XML Viewer


office     Exchange Server 2003 Transport and Routing Guide (Apr 1)

Microsoft® Exchange servers use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to communicate with each other and to send messages. SMTP is part of the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 or Windows® 2000 Server operating system. This guide discusses basic components of transport and routing, explains how SMTP works in Exchange Server 2003, provides information on configuring a routing topology, discusses deployment scenarios, suggests ways to help secure your infrastructure, and offers troubleshooting tips.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Transport and Routing Guide


office     SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Advanced Migration Scenarios (Apr 1)

Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint™ Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, the next versions of SharePoint Team Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2001, respectively, provide easy-to-use collaboration tools for your organization. Windows SharePoint Services is a set of services that you can use to create and maintain many team sites, and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is a server product that adds features you can use to build and manage integrated, enterprise-scale portal solutions.

This white paper describes the most common scenarios that IT professionals encounter when migrating from SharePoint Portal Server 2001 to SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Each scenario is accompanied by a recommended migration approach. This white paper also introduces two new Microsoft migration utilities: the Document Library Export Tool (Spout.exe) and the Document Library Import Tool (Spin.exe).

Download: SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Advanced Migration Scenarios


office     Project Server Guides (Apr 1)

Project Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Guide
This guide provides guidelines for developing a disaster prevention and recovery strategy for computers running Microsoft Office Project Server 2003.

Project Server 2003 Administrator’s Guide
This guide provides information about managing users, managing security (categories and templates), managing views, and configuring Project Server settings for your organization.

Project Server 2003 Application Configuration Guide
This guide outlines what you need to know about configuring the Enterprise Global Template and populating the Enterprise Resource Pool.

Project Server 2003 Configuration Planning Guide
This guide helps you to understand the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution in great detail, including the applications and components that make up the EPM solution, their integration points, performance implications, and environmental considerations.

Project Server 2003 Installation Guide
This guide covers the installation of Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 and its related components.


faq     Added FAQ: Outlook Doesn’t Close (Mar 30)

t isn’t very common that Outlook doesn’t close on it’s own. Practically always this is caused by an add-in or another program that integrates with Outlook. Once this add-in is disabled or updated or the program is closed the problem will be gone and Outlook will close normally again. Click the link below for more details.

View: Outlook Doesn’t Close


faq     Added FAQ: Contacts are not available in the Address Book (Mar 30)

When trying to use the Address Book to address a message to a contact you could find that the contact from your Contact folder aren’t listed. Here are the two things you’ll need to check and set correctly.

View: Contacts are not available in the Address Book


info     Spammer’s Porsche up for grabs (Mar 30)

Internet giant AOL has ratcheted up the war against unsolicited e-mail with a publicity-grabbing coup – an online raffle of a spammer’s seized Porsche.
AOL won the car – a $47,000 Boxster S – as part of a court settlement against an unnamed e-mailer last year.

“We’ll take cars, houses, boats – whatever we can find and get a hold of,” said AOL’s Randall Boe.

According to Mr Boe, the Porsche’s previous owner made more than $1m by sending junk e-mail.

Hitting them where it hurts
AOL is one of the noisiest opponents of the evasive spam trade, and this month joined forces with Microsoft, Yahoo and Earthlink to sue hundreds of spammers.

Seizure of property is becoming a major tactic in these lawsuits, since guilty spammers often protest their inability to pay large fines.

View: Spammer’s Porsche up for grabs


update     Virus Alert! W32.Netsky.Q@mm and W32.Beagle.V@mm (Mar 30)

They just keep on coming. These viruses have had more sequels than Police Academy

View: more info about W32.Netsky.Q on Symantec
View: more info about W32.Beagle.V on Symantec


office     Project Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Guide (Mar 30)

System administrators must protect their networks from both data loss and system downtime. This guide provides guidelines for developing a disaster prevention and recovery strategy for computers running Microsoft Office Project Server 2003, and describes availability options and backup and recovery techniques for a Project Server deployment.

Download: Project Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Guide


office     Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) (Mar 30)

It looks like (almost?) all the languages are there now. Don’t forget to slipstream it.

Download: Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)


office     Visio 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) (Mar 30)

Visio 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Visio 2000. SP2 contains security enhancements and stability improvements. This service pack applies to Visio 2000 SR1 only. It contains all updates released after SR1.

Download: Visio 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2)


office     Live Communications Server 2003 Update: Daylight Saving Time Switch (Mar 30)

This update fixes an issue in Live Communications Server 2003 that occurs when daylight saving time begins. When the clock changes from standard time to daylight saving time, the Live Communications Server will prematurely expire registration and presence records. Because of this, users might experience presence and instant messaging inconsistencies.

Without this update, these symptoms will automatically recover within nine hours, though often within a few hours.

Download: Live Communications Server 2003 Update: Daylight Saving Time Switch


update     Virus Alert! W32.Beagle.U@mm (Mar 28)

Due to an increase in the rate of submissions, Symantec Security Response has upgraded W32.Beagle.U@mm to a Category 3 from a Category 2 threat as of March 25, 2004.

W32.Beagle.U@mm is a variant of W32.Beagle.T@mm. The worm sends itself as an email with a blank subject and body and a randomly named attachment. It also opens a backdoor on TCP port 4751.The attachment name is a random string of letters with an .exe extension.

View: More info on Symantec
Download: Removal Tool


Archive 36

office     Exchange SDK Documentation and Samples March 2004 (Mar 28)

The documentation and samples assist developers in building applications for Exchange 2000 Server.

Download: Exchange SDK 2000 Documentation and Samples March 2004
Download: Exchange SDK 2003 Documentation and Samples March 2004


office     Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley (Mar 28)

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 radically changes corporate governance and reporting obligations of publicly traded companies, and significantly increases personal accountability for organizations’ officers, auditors, securities analysts and legal counsel.

The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley can help organizations facilitate compliance initiatives related to sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The accelerator combines software components and templates, enabling customers and partners to implement solutions that enhance visibility over financial processes and internal controls.

Download: Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley


office     Outlook Deployment Options: Customizing a PRF File (Mar 29)

Most Microsoft Outlook profile settings can be configured and deployed to users by using the Microsoft Custom Installation Wizard or the Custom Maintenance Wizard. However, on occasion administrators might want to deploy Outlook settings that are not included in the wizards. When this is the case, the Outlook profile file (PRF file) can be used. This paper describes the PRF file, how to modify it with new settings, and how to deploy it to users.

Download: Outlook Deployment Options: Customizing a PRF File


office     Outlook 98 Update: E-mail Security (Mar 28)

To help protect you against most viruses spread via attachments in e-mail, Microsoft has introduced a significant security enhancement for Outlook® 98 and 2000 – the Outlook 2000 SR-1 E-mail Security Update and the Outlook 98 E-mail Security Update. This security update provides protection from most viruses, such as the Goner, ILOVEYOU, and Melissa viruses, as well as other viruses that spread themselves through e-mail, or worm viruses that can replicate through Outlook. This update limits certain functionality in Outlook to provide a higher level of security; it was not created to address a security vulnerability within Outlook. This update provides unprecedented security protection for Outlook and Microsoft encourages all users of Outlook 2000 and Outlook 98 to install the appropriate update for their version of Outlook.

Download: Outlook 98 Update: E-mail Security


office     Guide to Microsoft Office Reference Implementation for Clinical Forms (Mar 28)

The Microsoft Office reference implementation for clinical forms includes a guide, an InfoPath form, and code samples, which together provide an example of the automation of patient information collection, retrieval, and sharing in an emergency department.

The sample form, code, and architecture can be used to jumpstart the development of your own solution for the healthcare industry.

Download: Guide to Microsoft Office Reference Implementation for Clinical Forms


office     Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server require NetBIOS name resolution for full functionality (Mar 25)

Interesting new KB article

SYMPTOMS
In larger Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 organizations and larger Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server organizations, some operations do not work correctly if NetBIOS name resolution is not working on the network.

CAUSE
Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2000 still have several NetBIOS dependencies. You may have to use NetBIOS name resolution across different subnets for the successful operation of all Exchange components, depending on the network topology.
RESOLUTION

Microsoft recommends that Exchange organizations use Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) and DNS for name resolution. Installations of Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2000 in large and subnetted organizations without WINS have not been fully tested. In large organizations, NetBIOS name resolution through broadcasts may not function correctly. Some Exchange functionality may also be affected.

View: KB 837391


other     Windows Messenger 5.0 (Mar 25)

Windows Messenger allows real-time communication with other people who use Windows Messenger and who are signed in to the same instant messaging service. It is the instant messaging client of choice for businesses in managed environments with connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Instant Messaging Servers and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based Instant Messaging Servers, in addition to connectivity to the Microsoft MSN Messenger service.

Download: Windows Messenger 5.0 (build 5.0.0482)


office     Project 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Multilingual User Interface Pack (Mar 25)

Microsoft recommends that you use the Office Update site to determine if your computer requires this update before installing it.

Project 2002 Service Pack 1 for Multilingual User Interface Pack ensures that Project 2002 Service Pack 1 performs with complete functionality when you use a Project 2002 Multilingual User Interface Pack.

Download: Project 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Multilingual User Interface Pack


office     Project 2003 Update: KB832887 (Mar 25)

Microsoft recommends that you use the Office Update site to determine if your computer requires this update before installing it.

This update fixes a problem where you cannot remove an indent of a task after the task becomes part of a summary in Microsoft Office Project 2003.

Download: Project 2003 Update: KB832887


other     Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1 (Mar 25)

Microsoft® ActiveSync® 3.7.1 is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.7.1 contains fixes making synchronization more trouble free than ever before and includes all the significant improvements brought to you in ActiveSync 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7: it is easy to install and use while offering the best levels of reliability. If you had not already installed ActiveSync 3.5, ActiveSync 3.7.1 will also bring you up to date with compatibility to Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP.

Download: Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1


info     Windows XP Box (Mar 23)

A Windows XP box as a computer casing? See the link below for pictures and how it’s done.

View: Windows XP Box


info     Enhanced Microsoft Exhibit Offers Sneak Peek at Office of the Future (Mar 23)

When the managers of a Danish manufacturing company arrived at Microsoft’s main campus here on an overcast afternoon recently, their expectations were as unclear as the weather outside. They wanted technology to eliminate the hassles created by their disparate business systems and streamline their operations. They just didn’t know how — or if — Microsoft could help them do these things any time soon.

Then they stepped inside the Center for Information Work (CIW). The center is Microsoft’s showroom for some of the technology innovations that the company expects will reach information workers in the coming years. This vision is of software that seamlessly links and offers instant analysis of sales projections and inventories, both in-house and through the supply chain. It’s also software that increases IT security through new methods of user identification and enables mobile employees to stay connected in real time, even if they are half a world away.

“Very inspiring,” said one of the managers after completing the tour and seeing in action software and hardware prototypes that addressed many of the business challenges he had outlined earlier in the day to a Microsoft sales manager. “I asked for this at 3 p.m.,” he said, a mixture of humor and surprise in his voice. “And I got to see it at 5,” — in the center.

View: Enhanced Microsoft Exhibit Offers Sneak Peek at Office of the Future


office     Partner Program for Microsoft Office System Generates More Than 1,800 Solutions, Stimulates Local Business (Mar 23)

At the CeBIT information and communication technology show today, Microsoft Corp. announced the one-year anniversary of its Office System Partner Solutions Program, which has generated a surge of innovation among solution developers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Only five months since the release of Microsoft® Office System, more than 1,500 solution partners in EMEA are developing approximately 1,800 complementary applications — 49 percent of the worldwide total. Of these, more than 400 solutions have been implemented or are available for customers to license and deploy.

“Since this program started, we’ve seen phenomenal uptake in the European market that has far exceeded our expectations,” said Jeff Raikes, group vice president for productivity and business services at Microsoft. “The amount of development activity that has emerged in this short time highlights the significance of technology improvements, particularly in XML, in the Microsoft Office System and the new opportunities it creates for customers and partners.”

View: Partner Program for Microsoft Office System Generates More Than 1,800 Solutions, Stimulates Local Business


office     Lots of Office Updates Today (Mar 23)

Project 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Project 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains significant security enhancements as well as stability and performance improvements.

Visio 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Visio 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Visio 2000. SP2 contains security enhancements and stability improvements.

Office XP Service Pack 3 for Multilingual User Interface Pack
Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Multilingual User Interface Pack ensures that Office XP Service Pack 3 performs with complete functionality when you use an Office XP Multilingual User Interface Pack.

Visio 2002 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Visio 2002 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Visio 2002. SP2 contains significant security enhancements as well as stability and performance improvements.

Project Server 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Multilingual User Interface Pack
Project Server 2002 Service Pack 1 for Multilingual User Interface Pack ensures that Project Server 2002 Service Pack 1 performs with complete functionality when you use a Project Server 2002 Multilingual User Interface Pack.

Office XP Input Method Editor Update: KB835727 for Multilingual User Interface Pack
The Microsoft Office XP Input Method Editor Update: KB835727 for Multilingual User Interface Pack provides the latest updates to Microsoft Input Method Editor. This update contains significant security enhancements in addition to stability and performance improvements.

Excel 2003 Update: KB834691
Under certain circumstances, a flaw in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 can cause the RAND(), RANDBETWEEN(), SLOPE(), INTERCEPT(), FORECAST(), and STEYX() functions to return incorrect values. This update fixes the flaw so that these functions generate the correct results.

Office XP Update: KB833858
Microsoft Office XP Update: KB833858 provides the latest updates to the Microsoft Script Editor. This update contains important security and stability enhancements and may require a reboot.

Access 2002 Update: KB833857
After installing Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3, descending indexes in Access 2002 that have been upsized to SQL Server may still be upsized as ascending indexes. This update ensures that Access 2002 wizard files are updated correctly.

Project Server 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Project Server 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains significant security enhancements as well as stability and performance improvements.

Run: OfficeUpdate


office     Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter Update (Mar 23)

This optional update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk. By installing it, you help the filter provide a higher level of protection against junk e-mail.

Download: Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter Update


Archive 35

info     Firms urged to rethink spam strategy (Mar 23)

IT managers should rethink their spam filter strategy as the market is expected to experience dramatic vendor consolidation this year, Gartner has warned. According to the analyst group, fewer than 10 of the 40 vendors in the market will still be in business by 2005. And current firewall, antivirus and web filtering vendor technology fails to meet enterprise requirements, while companies that do offer viable products are smaller and have a limited track record.

Enterprises need sophisticated detection engines that are constantly updated, said Arabella Hallawell, research director at Gartner, in a statement. “If a solution blocks legitimate business email, or is too restrictive or inflexible for an enterprise culture, it’s not viable,” she said. “If the spam filtering solution requires a team of administrators or heavy end user involvement to administer and update, then it’s not practical either.”

Before signing contracts with suppliers, enterprises should request protection clauses to cover them in the event of a vendor being acquired, and should also demand shorter-term contracts. “Companies must consider a vendor’s core business fundamentals. A quality installed base also indicates sufficient strength to mitigate short-term vendor risks,” added Hallawell.

Maurene Caplan Grey, research director at Gartner, added that enterprises cannot afford to delay decisions until the market shakes out. “Their problems with spam have become too enormous,” she said.

Gartner said 60 per cent to 75 per cent of the incoming email received by its clients is spam.

View: Firms urged to rethink spam strategy


office     InfoPath 2003 Training: Hands-on Exercises (Mar 22)

The package contains practice files for use with InfoPath 2003 SP1 Training: Hands-on Exercises. To view the training labs, click the link available in the Related Resources section of this page.

This set of labs will help you learn how to design and deploy Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based forms in InfoPath 2003 SP1.

Download: InfoPath 2003 Training: Hands-on Exercises
View: InfoPath 2003 SP 1 Training- Hands-on Exercises on MSDN


office     Outlook 2003 Add-in: Video E-mail (Mar 22)

It got updated again

Use a Web camera to easily send a video e-mail to your friends and family. It takes just two clicks on the Video E-mail for Outlook 2003 add-in.

Download: Outlook 2003 Add-in: Video E-mail


info     Spam reduces faith in email (Mar 21)

The growing problem of spam is taking a heavy toll on US internet users’ perception of the safety of email.
According to a survey by cyber-monitoring group Pew Internet and American Life Project, 63 per cent of users are becoming less trusting of emails, while over a third claim to have cut back their use of email as a communication tool.

The majority of those surveyed indicated that the volume of junk mail has increased this year. This is despite the ratification of recent US Can Spam legislation, which became law on 1 January.

The findings appear to be backed up by a recent review from anti-spam and security company Brightmail, which found that spam accounted for 62 per cent of all email sent last month.

According to Pew Internet, the apparent failure of the US legislation and the rise in spam is causing increasing discomfort to internet users.

Three-quarters found spam unpleasant and annoying, while 86 per cent said that unsolicited email caused them distress.

The survey gives credence to concerns voiced by critics of the Can Spam Act who have suggested that, while the penalties are strong, the law’s weakness is that it attempts to regulate rather than ban the practice of spamming.

It does this by requiring email marketers to include legitimate return addresses and opt-out information in all the unsolicited messages they send.

View: Spam reduces faith in email


office     Microsoft Online Seminars: Office Solution Accelerator for Recruiting (Mar 21)

See how to maximize your business potential with Microsoft solutions. Seminars are learning resources designed to meet the needs of developers, IT professionals, and business decision makers. In this presentation see how the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Recruiting automates interview scheduling, interview planning, and assessment processes for hiring managers, recruiters, and interviewers.

Download: Microsoft Online Seminars: Office Solution Accelerator for Recruiting


office     Windows SharePoint Services Administrator’s Guide (Mar 21)

Includes an updated index and a new topic: “Security Considerations for Server and Site Configurations”.

Download: Windows SharePoint Services Administrator’s Guide (version 1.3)


office     Microsoft MapPoint Location Server, Version 1.0 (Mar 21)

Microsoft® MapPoint® Location Server is an enterprise server product that works with PC and mobile device clients to help enterprise users determine the location of coworkers who are using a wireless devices. Mobile personnel can use MapPoint Location Server to locate each other and to find other places they want to visit; for example, to find a hotel or conference center while on a business trip.

MapPoint Location Server includes three main components:

  • MapPoint Location Server Web Service—A Web service, installed within the enterprise, that works with both mobile operators and MapPoint Web Service to provide location services, render maps, find points of interest, and supply driving directions.

  • MapPoint Location Server database—A SQL Server 2000 database that stores information about users, Find Nearby categories, and other information related to MapPoint Location Server.

  • MapPoint Location Server management console—A Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that can be used to administer MapPoint Location Server.

Download: Microsoft MapPoint Location Server, Version 1.0
Download: MapPoint MLS Fact Sheet
Download: MapPoint Location Server SDK, Version 1.0, for Visual Studio .NET 2003


info     Can I have an email quickie? – Phoenix says, ‘Yes!’ (Mar 19)

Phoenix Technologies this week has kicked off what will prove to be a protracted battle to own the PC before the OS loads with a new version of its FirstWare Assistant software that gives customers easy access to e-mail.

Unveiled at CeBIT, the latest version of FirstWare Assistant lets users check their Microsoft Outlook email, calendar and contacts data without booting Windows XP. By holding down the “F” key, users get instant access to this information – technology thought to be ideal for checking up on appointments, recalling a phone number or pulling up directions while on the road. Phoenix is just one of a number of companies including Intel that is trying to beat Windows to the punch.

“Users typically spend several minutes to boot up their machine and then boot up Outlook,” said Michael Goldgof, senior vice president of marketing at Phoenix. “Now, they can turn on their machine and a screen comes up that gives them immediate access to information that is synched up.”

View: Can I have an email quickie? – Phoenix says, ‘Yes!’


update     New Bagle Worm Variant Can Run Without Launching Attachment (Mar 19)

A series of new variants of the prolific Bagle worm has raised alarms in the security community through an innovative infection mechanism: The e-mail message in which the variants arrive may have no file attachment, and it’s possible for a user to become infected without having to launch one.

The message includes a Windows ActiveX control and uses a vulnerability announced and patched by Microsoft Corp. in August and another problem from last October. The most recent Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer also includes a fix for the more recently discovered flaw.

The ActiveX control does not contain the actual worm, according to McAfee Security. Instead, it creates and runs a VBScript on the system, which downloads and executes the worm from one of a list of IP addresses. According to McAfee, as of 06:45 PST on March 18, “The majority of the 590 IP addresses seen have been closed down. At the time of writing, 39 were still responding.”

The ActiveX infection mechanism requires that the e-mail client permit ActiveX controls to run in HTML e-mail. Microsoft e-mail clients have disallowed this feature by default for several years.

View: New Bagle Worm Variant Can Run Without Launching Attachment


office     Excel 2003 Sample: NCAA Results Tracker (Mar 19)

This download contains Excel spreadsheets that you can use to track predictions of winners and losers for each NCAA college basketball 2004 men’s and women’s Division I championship playoff games. It is designed to work with the NCAA bracket Excel templates that contains the names of the final 64 teams.

Download: Excel 2003 Sample: NCAA Results Tracker


office     Server Consolidation Using Exchange Server 2003 (Mar 19)

As e-mail messaging continues to grow in both volume and business importance, organizations are looking for new options to manage future demand in a reliable and cost-effective way. One option is to build a messaging strategy based on advanced technologies available in Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. This article discusses strategies for server consolidation using Exchange 2003.

Download: Server Consolidation Using Exchange Server 2003


office     Microsoft Project 2000 Resource Kit (Mar 19)

The Microsoft Project 2000 Resource Kit is designed for administrators, information technology (IT) professionals, and support staff who deploy and support Microsoft Project 2000 and Microsoft Project Central. It features a comprehensive set of tools to help you with installation and configuration, and it describes strategies and techniques that you can use to support Microsoft Project 2000 and Microsoft Project Central in your organization.

Download: Microsoft Project 2000 Resource Kit


info     Customers squeezed, as ISPs close in on viruses (Mar 18)

High-speed Internet service providers are increasingly putting their customers in the security hot seat, as they try to fight recent virus attacks that turn computers into spam factories.

Broadband companies have said they routinely monitor customer accounts for signs of abuse and take action when it’s appropriate. Although such policies have been in place for years, they’re now being invoked more than ever, due to the spread of viruses that allow spammers to spew out millions of junk e-mail messages under victims’ noses.

The virulence of these virus attacks has sparked a fierce debate over countermeasures, security experts said. The problem has become so bad that broadband companies are considering whether it’s time to substantially beef up policing on their networks–something they’ve avoided in the past because of the cost and potential privacy concerns involved.

“Nowadays, a person sending spam is Granny, and she has no idea she’s doing it,” said Joe Stewart, a senior security researcher at Lurhq, a corporate security company. “(ISPs) can pull the plug, but it’s hard and time-consuming to spend time on each user on tech support.”

The debate touches on far-reaching questions about the direction of Internet security policy and about the roles of ISPs and individuals in maintaining safe networks. Should the primary responsibility for security fall to broadband ISPs or subscribers?

View: Customers squeezed, as ISPs close in on viruses


office     Updated: Outlook 2003 Add-in: Video E-mail (Mar 18)

Use a Web camera to easily send a video e-mail to your friends and family. It takes just two clicks on the Video E-mail for Outlook 2003 add-in.

Note 1: This is a new version, updated December 3, 2003, that fixes an issue with a link in the body of the video e-mail.
Note 2: FireWire digital cameras are not supported by this download

Download: Updated: Outlook 2003 Add-in: Video E-mail


office     Windows SharePoint Services Administrator’s Guide (Mar 17)

Guide for installing, configuring, managing, and maintaining Windows SharePoint Services.

Includes an updated index and a new topic: “Security Considerations for Server and Site Configurations”.

This download contains information about managing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, including:

  • Planning

  • Deployment Scenarios

  • Installation

  • Security

  • Configuration

  • Administration

  • Backup and Migration

  • Maintenance

  • Customization

  • Troubleshooting

  • Reference

Download: Windows SharePoint Services Administrator’s Guide


Archive 34

office     Word 2003 Sample: Creating a Custom Spell Checker with Word 2003 and Visual Basic .NET (Mar 16)

This sample file accompanies the MSDN article “Creating a Custom Spell-Checker with Word 2003 and Visual Basic .NET” which demonstrates using the Word object model in conjunction with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET to create a simple spell-checker whose functionality you can add to your own applications. To view the article, click the link in the Related Links section.

You can tie into the objects and methods of Microsoft Office Word 2003 to create powerful applications. To demonstrate creating and using a spell-checker with object and methods from Word, the article describes how to create an application in Visual Basic .NET that checks a text file for spelling errors.

This download presents a complete example of this sample application.

Download: Word 2003 Sample: Creating a Custom Spell Checker with Word 2003 and Visual Basic .NET


office     Microsoft Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0 (Mar 16)

The Microsoft® Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0 brings the power of XML Web services to Office XP by enabling developers to use the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Business Registry or the URL to a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) file to reference XML Web services.

The Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0 supports SOAP 3.0 and complex data types. It was updated to support Windows 2000 SP4.

Download: Microsoft Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0


update     Bagle Latches on to Anti-Spam Ploy (Mar 15)

Three new Bagle variants discovered over the weekend differ from previous incarnations by using an antispam trick to try to avoid detection by antivirus software–but experts believe the attempt won’t succeed.

The Bagle worm installs a back door on infected systems and could allow a machine to be used as an e-mail gateway for sending spam. Since the beginning of March, Bagle has arrived under the guise of an encrypted Zip file with a password included in the e-mail text. Within days, antivirus companies updated their products to look for the password and decrypt the Zip file.

But now the Bagle author has released three new versions (N, O and P) of the worm that produce the password in the form of a graphic or picture file, so a simple text scan of the infected e-mail will not find the password. This trick is commonly used by Web sites to hide e-mail addresses from Web bots that trawl the Internet looking for potential spam targets.

Cluley said Sophos updated its systems over the weekend to include detection for the new variant. “We can pick up the password, even if it has been put inside a graphic,” he said.

View: Bagle latches on to antispam ploy


office     Trustworthy Messaging at Microsoft (Mar 15)

Microsoft needed to use e-mail for transmitting business-sensitive data but was concerned about security and data privacy. Microsoft’s internal IT group deployed a solution they called trustworthy messaging, offering both senders and recipients three levels of protection for their data. These solutions were based on applying Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) digital signatures, S/MIME encryption, and/or rights management policies.

Download: Trustworthy Messaging at Microsoft


office     Exchange Server 2003 Site Consolidation: Preliminary Results (Mar 15)

Description of how Microsoft is consolidating its Exchange Server 2003 infrastructure from seventy-two to six geographic sites. By deploying highly available clustered servers in regional data centers, Microsoft has simplified its messaging infrastructure and advanced its strategy to consolidate IT infrastructure.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Site Consolidation: Preliminary Results


office     Exchange Server 2003 Security Hardening Guide (Mar 15)

This guide is designed to provide you with essential information about how to harden your Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 environment. In addition to practical, hands-on configuration recommendations, this guide includes strategies for combating spam, viruses, and other external threats to your Exchange 2003 messaging system. While most server administrators can benefit from reading this guide, it is designed to produce maximum benefits for administrators responsible for Exchange messaging, both at the mailbox and architect levels.
This guide is a companion to the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide . Specifically, many of the procedures in this guide are related directly to security recommendations introduced in the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide. Therefore, before you perform the procedures presented in this guide, it is recommended that you first read the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Security Hardening Guide


office     Live Communications Server Architecture and Deployment (Mar 15)

Detailed discussion about how Microsoft IT designed and deployed the live communications platform at Microsoft. Microsoft Office Live Communications Server uses industry standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to provide presence information, encrypted real-time communications, a single namespace across trusted forests, and integration with Microsoft Office and other collaboration programs.

Download: Live Communications Server Architecture and Deployment


office     Custom solutions and add-ins that integrate with Outlook 2002 are affected after you apply Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) (Mar 13)

This article describes the security-related changes that have been made in Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). These changes may adversely affect custom solutions that integrate with Microsoft Outlook 2002.

Office XP SP3 includes a wide variety of security-related changes to help reduce the effects of various forms of malicious attacks on your computer and on your Outlook program. However, some of these changes may restrict the functionality that was available before you installed Office XP SP3. Although Microsoft regrets any adverse affect that these changes may have on custom solutions, these changes are necessary to help reduce risk.

The following issues may occur if you install Office XP SP3 with a custom solution, such as a custom form, a COM add-in, Outlook Visual Basic for Applications, or external code that automates Outlook.

View: Microsoft Knowledge Base Article – 838871


office     Exchange Supports Broader Range of Storage Solutions (Mar 12)

Microsoft Corp. today announced support for a broader range of storage solutions for use with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003, part of Windows Server System (TM) . Customers now will be able to enjoy the benefits of Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) and network attached storage (NAS) storage solutions that have qualified for the Designed for Windows® Logo Program. The Designed for Windows Logo helps customers identify products that deliver a high-quality computing experience with the Microsoft Windows Server (TM) operating system.

“Exchange Server customers have been asking us for the ability to utilize iSCSI and NAS storage devices in an Exchange environment,” said Kevin McCuistion, director of Exchange marketing at Microsoft. “These new storage solutions for Exchange 2003 bring exciting benefits to our customers and are especially valuable in small-business and remote-office scenarios.”

With iSCSI support in Exchange 2003, customers are able to take advantage of an industry-standard storage protocol that is designed to transport block-level storage traffic over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. iSCSI enables low-cost solutions that provide businesses with performance, reliability and security for their storage area networks. The capabilities announced today also will enable customers to easily deploy and maintain Exchange 2003 database files on qualified NAS devices, providing new opportunities for storage consolidation and user access from a local area network through network-addressable content.

View full Press Release: Exchange Supports Broader Range of Storage Solutions


office     Office XP update interferes with spam filters (Mar 12)

Microsoft’s latest set of updates for Office XP is causing headaches for users of two junk mail filtering products.

After installing Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), users of Sunbelt Software’s iHateSpam and Cloudmark’s SpamNet are complaining about security warnings popping up with each e-mail message they receive, according to reports on the Windows NTBugtraq mailing list.

Both Sunbelt and Cloudmark acknowledge the problem and have posted support bulletins on their websites. Sunbelt has released an update to its software to fix the problem while Cloudmark said it is working with Microsoft to solve the issue.

Office XP SP3 contains security enhancements for the Office suite in addition to stability and performance improvements.

After installing SP3, each e-mail received triggers a dialogue box alerting the user that a program is trying to access e-mail addresses stored in Outlook and warning that this could be related to a computer virus. There is no indication of what program is accessing Outlook, according to the NTBugtraq posting.

Microsoft is investigating the issue.

View full article: Office XP update interferes with spam filters


other     Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger update (Mar 12)

Windows Messenger 5.0
Windows Messenger is the instant messaging client of choice for businesses in managed environments.

MSN Messenger 6.1 for Windows
MSN Messenger is an instant messaging program that lets you send instant messages to your friends, and much more.


update     More NetSky worms. So much for quitting (Mar 12)

Two new NetSky worms appeared on the scene yesterday, despite a promise by the original author this week to refrain from releasing any more versions.

Differences in the code of NetSky-L and NetSky-M from their 11 older siblings have led anti-virus researchers to suspect that they are the work of a copycat. This suggests the source code of the virus has been leaked.

Text hidden inside NetSky-K said that it would be “the last version”, but warned that the source code would be “available soon”. Releasing the source code would make it far easier for other viruswriters to create new versions of the worm, such as NetSky-L.

Like previous versions, Netsky-L, spreads by email in an attachment. But it contains a number of significant differences from its predecessors.

View: More NetSky worms. So much for quitting


office     Improving Time and Absence Reporting Through Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 (Mar 12)

Discussion of how Microsoft IT improved the usability of its internal time and absence reporting tool through Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003. The InfoPath solution provides a more intuitive experience for the end user, and has contributed to an increase in compliance for reporting leave and absence data.

Download: Improving Time and Absence Reporting Through Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003


office     Exchange Server 2003 Transport and Routing Guide (Mar 12)

Microsoft Exchange servers use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to communicate with each other and to send messages. SMTP is part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system. This guide discusses basic components of transport and routing, explains how SMTP works in Exchange Server 2003, provides information on configuring a routing topology, discusses deployment scenarios, suggests ways to help secure your infrastructure, and offers troubleshooting tips.

Download: Exchange Server 2003 Transport and Routing Guide


office     Office XP Alternative User Input Update: KB832668 (Mar 12)

The Microsoft Office XP Alternative User Input Update: KB832668 updates the framework that is used to support advanced text services in Office XP.

Download: Office XP Alternative User Input Update: KB832668