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What does VDI awareness in Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5 imply?

November 10th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software, Trend Micro

One of the new features of Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5 is “Virtual Desktop Infrastructure awareness”.
But what does this mean? Trend has implemented two features, to ease the performance impact of running anti-virus in a virtual environment.

First of all, before performing a full system scan, OfficeScan will check with the server if other systems in the environment are also running a full scan. In order to avoid multiple full system scans in the same environment.

Second, they implemented the option to scan a virtual machine template. And save the results as a cache (which will be used when performing a full system scan).

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Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5 Features and thoughts

October 11th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software, Trend Micro, Windows

It’s almost 2 months since the release of OfficeScan 10.5. Anyone out there upgraded yet? If so, what’s your experience?
I’ve done a couple of installations and upgrades, and I’ll share my experiences:

First, what’s changed in OfficeScan from version 10.0 SP1?

– Active Directory Integration
– Smart Protection Solutions
– Security Compliance
– Virtual Desktop Support
– Role-based administration
– General Product enhancements

So, what is my experience with the new features?
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Check Point Security Gateway R71 Virtual Edition

October 6th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software

If you along with the rest of the world, failed to notice the announcements NOT written by Check Point’s marketing people, Check Point Security Gateway is now available (General Availability).

Codename “Avatar”, if you want to know more, you could read more at Check Point’s product page:

Or head over to fireverse.org.

In short, Security Gateway Virtual Edition (Avatar) is a VMWare virtual appliance (for vSphere) that uses the VMSafe API. Same as IBM ISS Virtual Server Security and Trend Micro Deep Security.

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WMware Workstation 7.1.2 (New Release)

September 24th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Software, vmware

Yesterday VMware released a new maintenance release for VMware Workstation.

The new release includes over 50 bugfixes + security fixes.
– Support for Live Debugging with Visual Studio 2010
– Fixed issues with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, RHEL 6.0 Beta and Fedora 13.
– Its also supposed to be improved performance with “NAT”.
– And its tested with VMware Converter 4.3

The release notes can be found here.

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Netcat for VMware ESX 3.5

August 23rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Software, vmware

How to install Netcat on VMware ESX 3.5.
When migrating from a standalone VMware ESX 3.5 server to a vSphere 4.x server, you might want to use netcat and tar. Instead of using SCP.
Why? Because VMWare ESX throttles the service console, resulting in ridiculously low speeds (everything from 5-15 MB/s on a 1Gbit).

By using tar and SCP, you should be able to get at least 30 MB/s.

But, netcat is NOT included in VMware ESX 3.5. It is included in 2.5 and 4.x.

So how do you install netcat on VMware ESX 3.5?

1. Grab the RPM here:

(Don’t use any newer versions, like 1.10, because you will run into dependencies problems, like this:
[root@vmware-esx]# rpm -ivh netcat-1.10-980.1.i586.rpm
warning: netcat-1.10-980.1.i586.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 9c800aca
error: Failed dependencies:
libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.3.4) is needed by netcat-1.10-980.1
rpmlib(PayloadIsLzma) <= 4.4.2-1 is needed by netcat-1.10-980.1 [root@vmware-esx] 2. Install the RPM: rpm -ivh netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm [root@vmware-esx bin]# rpm -ivh netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm warning: netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID b2d79fc1 Preparing... ########################################### [100%] 1:netcat ########################################### [100%] [root@vmware-esx] And you’re done!

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Trend Micro OfficeScan: Installation

July 2nd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software, Trend Micro

Here we go. The first article in my OfficeScan how-to series.

So, how to install Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.0:

These are the steps:

1. Generate Trial license

2. Download software

3. Prepare server

4. Install OfficeScan server

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OfficeScan how-to series

July 1st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software, Trend Micro

I have had an overwhelming response to my “Thoughts about OfficeScan 10“.

And I’m simply not able to answer all the questions regarding installation and troubleshooting.

Therefore I have decided to write a series of posts/articles, to try to answer all of your questions, and to cover some general topics.

So, this is the articles I’ve planned to write:

Trend Micro OfficeScan: Installation

Trend Micro OfficeScan: Smart Scan Server

Trend Micro OfficeScan: Deployment

Trend Micro OfficeScan: Server Components

Trend Micro OfficeScan: Troubleshooting

If anyone has any request/wishes regarding content and topics, please feel free to leave a comment!

Read the original thoughts on OfficeScan 10 (just me ranting):


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Mac OS X Security Configuration Guides

June 2nd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software

Apple has now released a 272-pages Security Configuration Guide for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Security guides for Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5 are also available at the same site:

Mac OS X Security guides:


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Check Point SecureClient Vista and Windows 7 64-bit

June 1st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Security, Software

Check Point just announced public Early Availability for their new VPN client “Discovery”.
Which is going to replace SecureClient. With Discovery comes support for XP, Vista and Windows 7 for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Read Check Point SE Patrick Waters’ full blog post here:

And download the Migration Guide here:

Why You Should Migrate to Discovery (copied from the Migration Guide)
Check Point recommends that all customers upgrade from SecureClient to Discovery as soon as possible, because Discovery has these capabilities:
–  Supports both 32 and 64 bit Windows Vista and Windows 7
–  Uses less memory resources than SecureClient
–  Automatic disconnect/reconnect as clients move in and out of network range
–  Seamless connection experience while roaming
–  Automatic and transparent upgrades, with no administrator privileges required
–  Supports most existing features of SecureClient, including Office Mode, Desktop Firewall, Secure
Configuration Verification (SCV), Secure Domain Login (SDL), and Proxy Detection
–  Supports many additional new features, and will support even more new features in the near future
–  Does not require a SmartCenter server upgrade
–  Discovery and SecureClient can coexist on client systems during migration period

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Trend Micro OfficeScan 8.0 Windows 7 Support

January 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Posted in Security, Software, Trend Micro

With the newest patch, OfficeScan 8.0 supports Windows 7.

This is Trend Micro OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 Patch 5

Full readme can be found here:

It’s important to notice that only the following drivers are compatible with Windows 7:

Virus Scan Engine (8.952 or higher)
Virus Cleanup Engine (6.2.1016 or higher)
Anti-rootkit Driver (2.8.1063 or higher)
Common Firewall Driver (NSC) (5.8.1092 or higher)

Virus Scan Engine and Virus Cleanup Engine can be updated from the Active Update server.

Anti-rootkit Driver and the Common Firewall Driver (NSC) are included in this patch.

I haven’t had time to test if this actually works on Windows 7. If anyone has, please feel free to leave a comment. I will test it as soon as I can.

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