Archive for November, 2011

Visio 2010 add-in to monitor disk space

November 22nd, 2011

Hi guys,

Microsoft has a new product to keep track of your diskspace with te use of Visio.

The Visio 2010 add-in for Disk Space Monitoring provides a graphical view of free space available in the server machines on a network. This add-in has a client and a server component. The client component requires Visio professional 2010 or Visio Premium 2010 and the server component requires SharePoint Server 2010. The client component of the add-in uses the new data graphics feature of Visio 2010 to display the results of server monitoring and integrates with the System Center Operations Manager 2007 to get the disk free space details. The server component makes it possible to publish the data linked diagram to SharePoint Server 2010 and refresh it in real-time for broader consumption.

Download

The Visio Add-in for Disk Space Monitoring is available for download at the Microsoft-website. There is a x86 and a x64-version, both are 2MB in size. Besides the add-ins Microsoft also offers through the site a clear how-to for the installation and use of the Add-in.

McAfee VSE 8.8 Patch1

November 15th, 2011

Hi guys,

Patch 1 for VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 is now available from the locations below:

Patch 1 is considered a Mandatory release. For information on ratings, see KnowledgeBase article KB51560: https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB51560

Customers with McAfee Application Control or Solidcore version 5.1.2 should be aware of the issue and resolution described in KnowledgeBase article KB73274:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB73274

Documentation:

McAfee VSE-Storage 1.0.x RPC Timeout and 0×14 Errors

November 9th, 2011

Hi guys,

Just got word from McAfee about the following:

“NetApp ONTAP 7.3.6 and 8.0.2 introduced an option to handle idle RPC sessions and in particular idle RPC sessions by file ID. Generally, this new strategy behaves when a particular FID associated with an RPC connection does not have any activity for more than 20 minutes (by default), Data ONTAP disconnects the connection, considering it idle. This change was added to address a memory leak that was experienced by applications that were opening (many) RPC connections and never closing them out. This lack of closing out of connections creates the NetApp memory leak.

Because McAfee VSES uses the same infrastructure for keep-alive probes the disconnect/idle setting may cause performance issues when reading/writing large files to the filer(s).

IMPORTANT:
If you are experiencing VSE for Storage RPC Timeout disconnects with filers running 7.3.6 or 8.0.2 then current workaround steps are:

  1. Modify the following filer option cifs.rpcfd_timeout to a value of 0.
    To change the value run the following: options cifs.rpcfd_timeout 0 [ENTER].
  2. Confirm the option took by typing: options cifs.rpcfd_timeout [ENTER].
    The value returned for the option should be 0.
  3. Do one of the following to ensure the malfunctioning AV servers disconnect and reconnect:
    • Cycle the McAfee AV services on the server itself
    • Disable / Re-enable AV on the filer.

Monitor for the behavior to re-appear.
McAfee also recommends installing the latest hotfixes:

  • VSE for Storage 1.0.0 Patch 1 plus HF539302 and HF685485
  • VSE for Storage 1.0.2 plus HF672928 and HF692368

To access the above VSE for Storage hotfixes, contact McAfee Customer Support.

If you encounter VSE for Storage RPC Timeout disconnects with filers running 7.3.6 or 8.0.2, see “ONTAP RPC connections” when querying NetApp Knowledge Base Database or when opening a case with NetApp.”

 

Free eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

November 5th, 2011

Hi guys,

Just got a tweet about e free MS ebook about virtualization R2 solutions. I wanted to share it with you.

Learn about the latest Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions, written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch along with the Microsoft Virtualization team.

The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. The book assumes that you are familiar with core Windows Server technologies and how to implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure. The book also assumes you have experience working with the latest client and server versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Finally, the
book assumes you are already familiar with earlier Microsoft virtualization products such as Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

Download a free e-book offer on Microsoft Virtualization solutions (updated for Windows Server 2008 R2)

Link to original post.

Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 3 Availability

November 3rd, 2011

Hi guys,

Microsoft has released service pack 3 for Office 2007  on October 25th. This service pack contains all the Cumulative Updates and Public Updates for Office 2007 that have shipped since SP2 for both the Office client suites and applications, and the SharePoint server applications. The Project Server updates are included along with the SharePoint updates in the Office Servers SP3 updates. SP3 also contains additional new fixes which are described here. For a list of changes for each product, please refer to their individual KBs. The KB Articles referenced below will be updated throughout the day to include the live links to the published articles. » Read more: Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 3 Availability

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

November 3rd, 2011

Hello guys,

Security Compliance Manager 2 (SCM 2) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerator team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your desktops, traditional datacenter, and private cloud using Group Policy and System Center Configuration Manager.

SCM 2 provides ready to deploy policies and DCM configuration packs that are tested and fully supported. These baselines are based on Microsoft Security guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to manage configuration drift, address compliance requirements, and reduce security threats.
Easily configure computers running the latest Windows® operating systems, Microsoft® Office applications, and Windows Internet Explorer® with industry leading knowledge and fully supported tools.

Take advantage of SCM to import the configuration of a “golden master” reference machine or existing Group Policy. Compare your standards to industry best practices, customize them using rich knowledge, and seamlessly create new policies and DCM configuration packs in the user-friendly UI designed to work with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Read more about SCM version 2 here.

MED-V configuration pack for SCCM

November 1st, 2011

Hello folks,

Microsoft has released a configuration pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to facilitate MED-V.

This MED-V Configuration Pack tracks the successes and failures of FTS using the Desired Configuraiton Manager in Configuration Manager 2007.

After MED-V and its required components are installed, MED-V must be configured. The initial configuration of MED-V is known as first time setup (FTS). This is a critical step and if not completed users will not be able to use MED-V. This MED-V Configuration Pack provides a way for administrators to use the Desired Configuration Management feature of System Center Configuration Manager to track the successes and failures of FTS..

On this page you can download the pack and the reference guide.

ePO Hotfix to Remediate Apache HTTP Server

November 1st, 2011

Hello friends,

On August 20, 2011, the Apache Software Foundation released a vulnerability announcement (CVE-2011-3192) concerning a flaw in the way the Apache HTTP Server handles Range HTTP headers that could result in a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
Because McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator versions 4.0, 4.5, and 4.6.x make use of the Apache HTTP Server software, McAfee has developed Hotfix 701318 to remediate this issue for ePO 4.5 and 4.6.x.

IMPORTANT: ePO 4.0 reached End of Life (EOL) on September 30, 2011. Users with ePO 4.0 must upgrade to a current supported version of ePO to apply the hotfix.
To access the Hotfix, log into the ServicePortal at: http://mysupport.mcafee.com, click Download Software Updates under Self Service and locate the entry: EPolicy Orchestrator EPOHF701318.

For more information on this issue, see KB73310https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB73310