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IT Weekly Roundup, May 5

From the business wires this week: a server password management app, .NET rules and Group Policy tools, an enterprise security report solution, and more.

Cloakware announced the availability of Cloakware Server Password Manager (CSPM) 2.5, a solution that automates the process of securely changing server IDs and passwords. CSPM now offers: RSA SecurID authentication support; a new Server Node-Locking feature for establishing and validating servers' physical characteristics; authenticated release of credentials and scheduled automatic updates for Unix privileged accounts; and the ability to update and release LDAP stored credentials. http://www.cloakware.com

Fair Isaac Corp. released the latest version of its rules management solution for Microsoft .NET. Blaze Advisor 6.1 uses a proprietary rules execution technology called Rete III for data and rules-intensive problems. http://www.fairisaac.com

Special Operations Software released a new Active Directory Users and Computers extension called Specops GPUpdate. The free downloadable tool provides system administrators with the ability to update Group Policies in the Active Directory Users and Computers user interface and the ability to restart and wake up computers. http://www.specopssoft.com

Specops GPUpdate
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Easily update Group Policies or restart your computers with Specops GPUpdate.

Scriptlogic Corp. Tuesday released Enterprise Security Reporter 3.0, a compliance and security auditing solution that automates the generation of turnkey and customized reports on Windows security across an enterprise. Upgrades include a new discovery engine that is five times faster than the previous version, the ability to centrally install and manage discovery engines on remote servers, a "delta comparison" option for comparing snapshots of Active Directory resources, and storing of reports in a central SQL database. http://www.scriptlogic.com

Enterprise Security Reporter 3.0
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No dog-ate-my-report excuses with Scriptlogic Enterprise Security Reporter's centralized SQL database reports.

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Tuesday its Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance, the first NAS solution based on the AMD Opteron processor model 252. It boasts a 55 percent increase in performance over the previous generation's model, the company said in a statement. Other key features include iSCSI support and is Microsoft Windows Hardware (WHQL) certified, real-time anti-virus support and certified for multiple scanning engines, and write-once-read-many (WORM) functionality. http://www.sun.com/emrkt/nas/

In Microsoft news, the company shipped SP1 of its virtualization platform, Virtual Server 2005 R2. The highlight of the beta is support for hardware virtualization in both Intel and AMD chips. Vista, unfortunately, isn't expected to be as punctual, according to analyst firm Gartner's predicted timeframe of between March and June 2007 -- a couple months behind Microsoft's publicized release date in January.

And not that Microsoft really needs its online advertising unit, adCenter, to recoup the $70 million lost to California over antitrust charges or its stock valuation with its 11 percent dive last Friday, but it sure wouldn't hurt if its consumer units, like MSN, started making money instead of losing it. Integrating MSN Search into the next version of Internet Explorer could do just the trick, but Google doesn't think it's a good idea (for it, most likely). Of course, the easiest solution would be to just buy out a market leader like Yahoo -- which isn't unreasonable, given MSN's new head -- former Ask.com CEO Steve Berkowitz -- had a hand in over 40 acquisitions in his career.

But then again, maybe money isn't such a big deal since Bill doesn't particularly enjoy being the richest person in the world.

The Redmond, Wash.-based company also started shipping Monday a packaged solution for third parties to offer hosted application services over the Internet.

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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