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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - April 2001
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. So we developed a small section on our front page to highlight these, and will archive the rest here.

Security - The Enemy Within
Most break-ins happen because systems administrators lack the right resources or employees don't understand security procedures. Sound business practices, not more technology, are often the key to good security and must be made a top priority. Source: Information Week (April 2001)

The Five-Access Point Security Plan
You can keep your network safe and secure by focusing your attention dependant on 5 critical points within your system. In this article, we identify those points and establish a plan that tells you the considerations and best options for each. Source: EarthWeb

Chernobyl virus hangs on
Remember CIH? The 3-year-old virus that wiped out the hard drives of almost a million PCs--mostly in Asia--may do some more damage some Thursday, when it's set to strike again. Although the outbreak may not be severe or widespread, CIH can still wreak havoc on a Win9x computer's hard disk by deleting the information the disk needs to find files. Source: ZDNet (April 25, 2001)

Designing Active Directory (Study Guide and Practice Tests)
A sample chapter from MCSE in a Nutshell: The Windows 2000 Exams, published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc This chapter address various topics covered on Exam 70-219, Designing A Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure:

Microsoft's mastermind brews a rival to Java
An interview with Anders Hejlsberg, the brain behind C#, Microsoft's answer to Java. Hejlsberg discusses the new software programming language, the future of Web services and why his invention will win over Java-lovers. Source: ZDNet (April 23, 2001)

Calculating the Cost of Terminal Services
A case study shows where many of the hidden costs and pragmatic issues lie behind deploying Microsoft's Terminal Services. It outlines the technical and TCO issues you need to consider before buying into and deploying this technology. Source: EarthWeb

Microsoft Kills SP7 for NT4
After a year-and-a-half of banging an optimistic drum, Microsoft Corp. confirmed what many a savvy IT manager had already begun to suspect: It had officially abandoned its plans to release Service Pack 7 (SP) for Windows NT 4.0. Source: ENT (April 18, 2001)

Time to go to hacker school?
Hacker classes are now in session! Many companies are considering sending their employees to school to teach them how to combat hackers and crackers. Should you attend? Source: ZDNet (April 17, 2001)

Is it a bug, a feature, or an Easter Egg?
According to Microsoft KB article <="140422900-17042001">Q281923, if a Windows 2000 user group contains more than 500 users, the hair color of the "person" icon for the group changes to gray. This applies built-in groups, local groups, and global groups, but does not affect functionality.

Do you trust Microsoft?
Microsoft's .Net vision asks consumers to fork over their most personal information and promises to keep it private. Some think it's an impossible goal for a company with already questionable records on trust, privacy and security. Source: ZDnet (April1 6, 2001)

IT workers are plugging into hot skills
As the economy cools, employers are becoming more selective about which IT skills they'll pay extra for. Find out which industry certifications and skills are hot and which are not. Source: E-Week (April 12, 2001)

'Oh my god, they killed Clippy'
Microsoft's obnoxious little Office assistant will be relegated to a mock layoff site that also trumpets Office XP's lack of need for the feature. Source: ZDNet (April 11, 2001)

How to protect your IT career
Whether it's a correction, a slowdown or a full-fledged recession, one thing is certain: The economic outlook is anything but rosy. Faced with declining budgets, companies must cut duplication and inefficiency. The key to keeping your job is to prove your value to the bottom line and business strategy. Source: ComputerWorld

Where's NT 4 Service Pack 7?
Users are still waiting on the next service pack for Windows NT 4.0 more than 17 months after the last service pack came out. For its part, Microsoft maintains that it's still committed to delivering an SP 7 for Windows NT 4.0. Microsoft representatives are tight-lipped, however, when pressed to pinpoint when NT 4.0 IT managers will actually be able to obtain SP 7. Source: ENT (April 10, 2001)

SAN Advice
Take heed when a systems integrator says they can deliver a total SAN solution. You might be buying into a needlessly expensive and restrictive storage topology. We tell you what the issue are, and what questions you need to ask your vendors. Source: EarthWeb

Profile of a Profiler
Best known for creating an accurate profile of the Unabomber, retired FBI agent Bill Tafoya now works on identifying "the hollow men of hackerdom." Source: Information Security Magazine (April 2001)

Keeping Windows 2000 Functional
As complex as it is, Windows 2000 has the ability to protect itself and to counteract common causes of system crashes. This article explains some of the ways that Win2K safeguards itself and discusses steps you can take to preserve the integrity of the OS. Source:

Remote users need firewalls too
Recently, an online customer asked a California bank why one of its computers was trying to hack into his system. It turned out that the machine doing the hacking belonged to the bank's president and had been remotely commandeered by an employee. With such events in mind, IT managers soon will re-examine firewalls to make sure their virtual private networks are really private. Source:

Defining enterprise class: Is Windows 2000 ready?
Many different elements comprise true enterprise class computing. In order to determine if Windows 2000 fits this elusive bill, Aberdeen Group's Tom Manter takes a detailed look at Microsoft's efforts to distinguish Windows 2000 among its operating system peers. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage

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