SQL Server Magazine UPDATE, February 17, 2005--Microsoft Security Investments

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February 17, 2005

1. Perspectives

  • Microsoft Security Investments
  • 2. News and Views

  • Microsoft Fixes Deallocation Problem in SQL Server 2000
  • Article Describes How to Set Up Application Names
  • Results of Previous Instant Poll: SQL Server Magazine E-Newsletters
  • New Instant Poll: Accessing Data
  • 3. Events and Resources

  • SQL Server Summit in Minneapolis, March 31, 2005
  • New Web Seminar--SQL Server Administration for Oracle DBAs
  • SQL Server Magazine Connections Conference
  • Discover All You Need to Know About 64-bit Computing in the Enterprise
  • 4. Peer to Peer

  • Hot Tip: OSQL Returns Strange Results
  • Hot Article: ADO.NET 2.0
  • Kevin Kline's "In a Nutshell" Blog: Analysis Services 2000 vs. Analysis Services 2005
  • Hot Threads
  • 5. Announcements

  • Nominate Yourself or a Friend in the MCP Hall of Fame
  • Introducing the SQL Server Magazine Monthly Pass
  • 6. New and Improved

  • Give Small Businesses Affordable Data Recovery
  • Create an Encryption Shield to Foil Intruders
  • Track Down File and Directory Differences
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    1. Perspectives

  • Microsoft Security Investments

  •     by Brian Moran, [email protected]

    Last week, Microsoft announced that the company will purchase Sybari Software, a company that provides comprehensive anti-virus and malicious-software protection for messaging and collaboration servers, including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Live Communications Server, as well as other non-Microsoft products (see "Microsoft to Acquire Enterprise Anti-Virus Security Provider Sybari Software" at http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=26C9:7B3DB ). Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Nash of Security Business and Technology, says that the acquisition will provide Microsoft customers with "a server-level anti-virus solution that delivers advanced file and content-filtering capabilities and the use of multiple scan engines."

    Sybari technology is deeply embedded within the server infrastructure it protects, an architecture that provides high-level security while maintaining reliability and performance. Before the Sybari purchase, Microsoft used Sybari technology extensively on internal systems for several months. An interview with Microsoft CIO Ron Markezich describes some of the company's experiences with the tool and explains why Microsoft decided to purchase Sybari (see "Microsoft's Sybari Experience: How the Antivirus Software Protects Microsoft's Crucial Communication and Collaboration Infrastructure" at http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=26C7:7B3DB ). At this time, Microsoft hasn't announced how it will sell, price, or integrate Sybari technology into Microsoft products.

    Microsoft's Sybari acquisition and the Giant Company acquisition I wrote about in "Spyware: An Evolving Threat" ( http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=26CB:7B3DB ) indicate that the company is taking a comprehensive approach to security. That's good news for SQL Server professionals. Sybari doesn't have a SQL Server-specific module, but given Microsoft's recent security purchases, I won't be surprised to see the company build a homegrown SQL Server solution or buy one of the leading providers of threat avoidance for SQL Server.

    I readily admit that I'm not a security expert, so I read the white paper "Helping Customers Secure Messaging and Collaboration Infrastructure" at http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=26C5:7B3DB . The paper presents an interesting discussion about how Sybari technology adds protection to a collaboration environment by providing layered defenses, native integration with the server infrastructure, and constant protection from the latest threats. I use various security products to protect my home and business computers. It will be nice if in the future Microsoft products ship with native, robust, easy-to-use security and protection mechanisms that do a better job of protecting my systems than I can do on my own. Microsoft's new spyware-protection software will be free. If the company's virus protection is also free, I wonder what will happen to commodity anti-virus tools like Norton Anti-Virus. Remember Netscape? Me neither.

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    2. News & Views

  • Microsoft Fixes Deallocation Problem in SQL Server 2000

  • Microsoft has released a hotfix for a problem that occurs when you perform large deallocation operations. When a large deallocation occurs in SQL Server 2000, SQL Server might temporarily stop responding to other requests. Operations such as dropping tables, dropping work files, and dropping indexes that are performed on objects that are multiple gigabytes in size might cause 17883 error messages in the error log, timeouts, or slow performance symptoms. To find out more about this problem and the supported hotfix, read the Microsoft article "FIX: SQL Server 2000 may stop responding to other requests when you perform a large deallocation operation" at

  • Article Describes How to Set Up Application Names

  • Microsoft has released an article detailing how to set up application names in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services. You can set up application names on computers running Analysis Services, then use the application names to connect to Analysis Services by using an alias name. It's useful to set up application names in disaster-recovery situations when a standby server has the same analysis data as the production server. When you promote the standby server to production server, you move the alias name to the standby server in the Domain Name System (DNS). In this scenario, clients are then redirected to the standby server. To find out more about this process, read the Microsoft article, "How to set up application names in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services" at

  • Results of Previous Instant Poll: SQL Server Magazine E-Newsletters

  • "How often do you want to receive the SQL Server Magazine UPDATE email newsletter?" Here are the results from the 131 votes:

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  • New Instant Poll: Accessing Data

  • "What's your favorite technique of accessing data from several tables?" Go to the SQL Server Magazine home page ( http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=26DB:7B3DB ) and submit your vote for

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  • 3. Events and Resources

  • SQL Server Summit in Minneapolis, March 31, 2005

  • One full day, three tracks: DBA, Developer-DBA, and Business Intelligence. See the exciting new features of SQL Server 2005 up close. Keynote speakers include filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears, Microsoft senior vice president of Server Applications Paul Flessner, and Michael Otey of SQL Server magazine. Register online at (use event code 1032268846):

  • New Web Seminar--SQL Server Administration for Oracle DBAs

  • Sign up now for this FREE, one-hour Web seminar and get a quick start in mapping Oracle database-management skills, knowledge, and experience to SQL Server database management. Learn about the varying similarities and differences between Oracle and SQL Server and get a preview of real-world tips and techniques for managing these associated technologies. Register now:

  • SQL Server Magazine Connections Conference

  • March 20-23, Orlando, FL. More than 45 sessions presented by Microsoft and industry gurus. Registration includes an exclusive day of presentations on SQL Server 2005 by the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 product team. All attendees receive the latest SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 beta. Call 800-438-6720 or 203-268-3204.

  • Discover All You Need to Know About 64-bit Computing in the Enterprise

  • In this free Web seminar, industry guru Michael Otey explores the need for 64-bit computing and looks at the type of applications that can make the best use of it. He'll explain why the most important factor in the 64-bit platform is increased memory. Discover the best platform for high performance and learn how you can successfully differentiate, migrate, and manage between 32-bit and 64-bit technology. Register now!

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    4. Peer to Peer

  • Hot Tip: OSQL Returns Strange Results

  •     by Brian Moran, [email protected]

    Q. OSQL --L should locate all SQL Servers on the network, but lately I've seen OSQL --L return servers that don't have SQL Server or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) installed. Why does OSQL --L show SQL Server running on machines that don't have SQL Server installed?

    Read the answer today at

  • Hot Article: ADO.NET 2.0

  • News about data-access technology has taken a backseat to server news lately. But that doesn't mean there's no news about ADO.NET. On the contrary, there are several important changes in ADO.NET 2.0. In his February SELECT TOP(X) column, "ADO.NET 2.0," Michael Otey shares six of the most important changes. Read this article today at

  • In a Nutshell: Analysis Services 2000 vs. Analysis Services 2005

  • In this week's blog, "Analysis Services 2000 vs. Analysis Services 2005," Kevin Kline shares a great shortcut for getting up to speed on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services. If you're active in SQL Server business intelligence (BI), you need to get to know Mosha Pasumansky's Analysis Services blog. Mosha posted a great comparison of Analysis Services 2000 versus analysis Services 2005 by two Microsoft field people, Jamie Basilico and Mark Frawley. Let Kevin know if you're interested in business intelligence today at

    Hot Threads: Check out the following hot threads, and see other discussions in our 30 SQL Server forums.

    Upgrading SQL Server 2000/7.0: Error 8525 After SQL Server 2000 SP3 Install
    T-SQL: Return Rows With Latest Version of an Incident
    DTS: Problem With Batch File Execution
    Data Access: Testing Locally Stored Procedure With Linked Server
    Administration: Login to Enterprise Manager Not Working
    Security: Limiting Rights on New IDs

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  • Create an Encryption Shield to Foil Intruders

  • ActiveCrypt Software announced SQL Shield 2.0, software that provides a layer of encryption in addition to SQL Server native encryption and renders SQL scripts impenetrable by any known decryptor. The software provides SQL Server 2000 and 7.0 and Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) servers with encryption for triggers, views, and procedures. SQL scripts encrypted with SQL Shield remain executable, so you don't have to restore them for execution every time you need to run them. Plus, installing the software doesn't affect settings and doesn't entirely replace default encryption options; users can always choose which encryption settings to apply. The latest release of the product features a new GUI that lets you quickly encrypt a single procedure or a whole database. Pricing for SQL Shield 2.0 starts at $249 for a single SQL Server 2000 license and $199 for a single SQL Server 7.0 license. For more information or a free evaluation copy of the software, contact ActiveCrypt Software at [email protected]

  • Track Down File and Directory Differences

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