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Last Updated December 10, 2003

LabMice Link of the Day Archive (September 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.

Three minutes with Microsoft's Scott Culp
Scott Culp, program manager for Microsoft's Security Response Center, describes the Center's dilemma: Warn customers about bugs, but don't tip off malicious hackers. Source: PCWorld

Server size matters
Servers are getting smaller and smaller. Here's how some users are finding new space -- and sometimes new problems -- by using small-form-factor rack-mounted servers. Source: ComputerWorld.

10 Steps to Better IIS Security
You've done everything you can to install your Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) securely, making full use of the valuable checklists on the Internet and all the resources at your disposal. Now, how do you keep it secure? Russ Cooper offers these quick and easy tips will help you harden your Microsoft Web server. Source:InfoSecurityMag

Gartner: Drop Microsoft IIS now
Following another round of worm attacks, Gartner is warning enterprises to "immediately" replace their Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) server software. Source: ZDNet (Sept 25, 2001)

1,000 Hours for Free? No Thanks!
How many free AOL CDs have you received? Five, 10, 100, more? Well, wants to take 'em off your hands -- and in the process end the wanton distribution of these annoying disks. Its goal? Collect a cool 1 million disks and send them back from whence they came. Source: Network Computing  

Performance Issues Plague Windows XP MDAC 2.7
Attention all database admins: There's a rather nasty bug lurking beneath Windows XP's shiny new facade, and the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) group is to blame. Source:

A 'Tarpit' That Traps Worms
A security programmer, weary of protecting systems from malicious attacks, creates a free, open-source tool called "LaBrea" that can trap worms such as Nimda and Code Red. It functions by transforming unused network resources into decoy-computers that trap the computer connections of malicious hackers or mindless worms that attempt to connect to them. Source: Wired

Gartner: Beat Microsoft's Licensing Deadline
Analysts at Gartner this week urged enterprise customers to carefully review their Microsoft licenses -- enterprises may be able to save a lot of money by renewing contracts before Microsoft's new licensing structure goes into effect Oct. 1. Source: ENT Online

Disaster Recovery for Windows Environments
Gartner research on disaster recovery, made free as a public service in the wake of terrorist attacks, lays out disaster recovery options for Windows environments. To access Gartner's free section on disaster recovery, click here Source: ENT Online

The scoop on wireless LAN snoops
What's that unknown person with the laptop sitting on a bench outside your office doing? If you're running an 802.11-based wireless LAN, that person could be watching your employees' every online move. This article highlights a demonstration by Guardent, a consulting firm that develops technology for assessing companies' network vulnerabilities, that points to potential dangers of careless 802.11 network setups. Source: NetworkWorldFusion 

Don't overlook staff in disaster recovery
Most IT companies' disaster recovery plans account for the loss of data or facilities and not for the loss of employees. But people are critical to the implementation of those plans. Source: ZDNet

Terrorists use high-tech tools, low-tech tactics
Details on how terrorists managed to pull off the most coordinated, well-planned and destructive terrorist attack in history are beginning to emerge. Source: ComputerWorld (Sept 12, 2001)

Review: Put MOM to work
Your job is to keep 60 critical Windows 2000 server computers healthy. Those servers run core business automation software for your company. How can you monitor those servers on a 24-7 basis? Posting three shifts of 60 human sentries each certainly isn't an option, but having Microsoft's Operations Manager around is. MOM will keep your network in line. Source: Network World Fusion

Nine ways to tell that your IT department is a drain
As corporate profits shrink, demands of managers for accountability grow. Here are nine key indicators that can help you determine if your IT department is a drain. Source: InfoWorld

IT paper chase
As the number of IT certifications--and the number of those holding them--grows, it's getting harder to tell which certificates have real value and which are merely paper.
  Source: e-week

MS: New twist in error messages
Microsoft tweaks Internet Explorer's autosearch function to cash in on 'page not found' real estate. Type a misspelled or nonexistent domain name into some IE browsers and you'll get an MSN Search page--not a standard error message. Source: ZDnet

A Few of My Favorite Things
Compaq knows a thing or two about troubleshooting large networks. Here are some of the utilities and programs it uses most and likes best for Windows 2000. Source: MCP Magazine

Windows XP sends 9x into early retirement
Microsoft's upcoming OS will make Windows 9x join DOS in the OS graveyard. But it's a much closer call with Windows 2000, according to eWEEK Labs.

Not So Pretty in Pink
Pink slips are catching many IT professionals off guard this year. The smart ones will learn how to prevent it from happening again. Source:  ComputerWorld

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