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IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 10

From the business wires this week: an application control manager for Windows servers, backup and recovery software and an authentication appliance.

SecureWave released Sanctuary Server Edition, a program for extending application control on Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003 Servers. With Sanctuary, admins can grant access rights to users or user groups without them needing to reboot or logoff; log all users’ requests for authorized or unauthorized executable files; and manage the execution of VBScript, Microsoft Office VBA and JavaScript. The solution also features support for Microsoft Active Directory and can also automate the authorization of software installation packages, updates and patches including native support of Windows Server Update Services and Software Update Services. http://www.securewave.com

EMC Corp. updated its Retrospect backup and recovery software for Windows. With the latest version, Retrospect 7.5, users can restore lost data via a Web browser, perform single-write/multiple-read backups to disk, automated deployment of Windows clients through Microsoft SMS or Active Directory, automatic login of Windows clients, offline backup verification, faster backups of Windows File Servers, and more. Retrospect 7.5 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 R2 and SQL Server 2005 as well as non-Microsoft clients including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Novell Linux Desktop 9, and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. http://www.emc.com

ThinPrint released the Second Edition of Remote Desktop Suite Standard, a SMB solution for setting up a secure server-based computing architecture using Microsoft Terminal Services with Windows Server 2003. The suite includes Best Practice Wizard, which turns Windows Server 2003 into a secure remote desktop environment offering print management and certificate-based SSL encryption. http://www.thinprint.com

RSA SecurID
Secure up to 50,000 users with RSA SecurID 2.0.

RSA Security Inc. released RSA SecurID Appliance 2.0, a scalable and easy-to-deploy authentication solution. The solution can scale up to 50,000 users and is pre-loaded with RSA Authentication Manager 6.1, which powers RSA SecurID’s two-factor authentication. The appliance, built on a hardened Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, enhances security for remote access servers, IP/Sec and SSL VPNs, wireless access points, terminal services, Microsoft Windows desktops and networks, and over 300 third-party solutions (e.g., routers, servers, Web portals) certified through the RSA Secured Partner Program. http://www.rsasecurity.com

LSI Logic Corp. announced the immediate availability of its low-profile SATA II 3Gb/s MegaRAID adapter. The MegaRAID SATA 300-8XLP adapter, with a 133MHz PCI-X host interface, features eight SATA II ports and 128 MB of onboard DDR I cache. The adapter is fully backward compatible with all SATA II 1.5Gb/s drives and supports the full Serial ATA Revision 2.5 specification. Featuring an Intel XScale processor, the MegaRAID adapter supports Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2000/XP and various Linux platforms. http://www.lsilogic.com

All hail Master Chief!
Halo 2: Users now have one more reason to upgrade to Vista.

In unrelated news, Microsoft yesterday announced Halo 2 will be coming to PCs but that it will only run on the upcoming Windows Vista operating system. The PC version of the popular first-person shooter will include the complete single-player campaign and multiplayer maps of the Xbox version with content from the Multiplayer Map Pack as well as the addition of a map editing tool. No release date has yet been set.

About the Author

Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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