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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - June 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. 
 
Stronger Passwords Aren't
In the real world, an eight-character mixed alphanumeric password is no more secure than a simple four-character password according to Peter Tippett. If you want to cut costs and solve problems, think clearly about the vulnerability, threat and cost of each risk, as well as the costs of the purported mitigation. Source: InfoSecurity Magazine

Microsoft releases Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2000
Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2000 was released to the web today. It includes a number of feature enhancements and utility updates, as well as fixes to server issues. It also includes Outlook 2002, improved migration tools and more security features.

Microsoft: Audit or else there's trouble
In its continuing jihad against software piracy, Microsoft's legal department has sent letters to corporate customers demanding they conduct internal audits of their software licenses and submit their findings within 30 days to the software giant. Source: ZDNet

Tech Alert: The .ida ISAPI Filter Offers Keyless Entry to IIS
An in depth look at the .ids ISAPI filter vulnerability that was recently discovered in IIS. The article was written by Marc Maiffret is the cofounder and Chief Hacking Officer of eEye Digital Security, the company who first discovered the exploit.

Microsoft debating World-wide MCSE name change
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine
reports in its July 2001 issue that Microsoft is considering a world-wide revision of the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) moniker. The article is the first time that Microsoft has publicly acknowledged that it is considering changing the name of the title for all MCSEs, or perhaps even scrapping the acronym for something else altogether. Source: CertCities

The Do's and Don'ts of Certification
A lot of consideration should go into any certification decision, and we©ve got a guide to help you make the right choices. Certification magazine columnist Phil Croucher takes a look at the certification process, evaluates study options, and offers some real world advice.

NSA Releases W2K Security Guidelines
The National Security Agency posted guidelines this week for locking down Windows 2000 for maximum security. The U.S. intelligence shop released five security templates in .inf format, 17 security recommendation guides (.pdf) and three supporting documents. 

Navigating the Used Network Equipment Market
Business failures among dot-coms and online retailers have brought a slew of used switches, routers, and other networking gear to market. We'll give you some tips on navigating the auction scene and resale market and show you how others have fared.
Source: 8Wire

10 Hard Truths About Layoffs
How do you respond to the new era of downsizing without downsizing your dreams? We begin our layoff series with tough lessons from CEOs and top recruiters who have been there, done that. Source: FastCompany

Fundamentals of Enterprise Security
NetIQ is sponsoring a free one hour webcast today at Noon EST that explores the key elements of networked security. Security experts from NetIQ, Trend Micro and Check Point will reveal the essentials of developing and implementing a successful security strategy to protect your corporate network infrastructure.
Click here to register

Limited Time: Discounts on Selected Windows 2000 Exams
Microsoft is offering the Windows 2000 core and a few elective exams for the MCSE track at a 25 percent discount off the regular exam price (typically, $100 in the U.S. for the core exams) until August 31, 2001. The discount is available through Prometric and VUE testing centers worldwide.

Missing the Boat
ENT
Columnist Greg Scott provides a couple of anecdotes for why you have more value as an IT professional when you understand how to troubleshoot systems than if you steep yourself in details of one product. Source: ENT Online 

Users See Some Silver Linings in Redmond's New Licensing Scheme
The software licensing changes Microsoft Corp. revealed to its customers last month settled over IT like a dark cloud. While many users have serious concerns, they are beginning to see silver linings in Redmond's new pricing.

Break Glass. Pull Handle. Call FBI
We're going to convince you that you should call the FBI if your company is ever the victim of a computer crime. That's right, the FBI. The feds. Government agents. Now, before you say "I don't think so" in your most sarcastic voice, read on. Source: CIO Magazine 

Windows 2000 Post SP-2 Hotfixes
If you need to keep your servers up to date, tracking post service pack hotfixes can be pain. So, Microsoft has put together a cumulative list the hotfixes that have been released since Service Pack 2 Cool!

Making IT Accessible
IT has made great strides in accommodating workers with physical limitations, but few IT managers are aware of them - or how many people can benefit. And the costs are relatively low when compared with the potential productivity benefits, say practitioners. Source: ComputerWorld.

Sneak Preview: NetIQ End2End
End2End is not a total network and application performance monitoring tool, but it's moving in the right direction. If you are looking for a product that provides end-to-end network- and application-performance data and aren't too concerned about custom application support, End2End will thrill you. Source: Network Computing

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