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by John Savill, FAQ Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, I tell you how to determine which version of Microsoft SQL Server you're running and describe the details of the Mydoom email virus. I also explain why you might receive errors after installing Microsoft IntelliType Pro 5.0 or IntelliPoint 5.0 and why you might not be able to back up the system state on a Windows 2000 Server system.
In news around the industry, Microsoft has released a tool to remove the MyDoom virus at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c14bfbe4-3d50-464d-a26c-9c287f8a08c5&DisplayLang=en. Microsoft has also outlined a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerability and provided a fix at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-004.asp.
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Q. How can I determine which version of Microsoft SQL Server I'm running?
A. Start the SQL Server Enterprise Manager application (go to Start, Programs, Microsoft SQL Server, and click Enterprise Manager), right-click the SQL server name, select Properties, then select the General tab to view the product version number, as this figure shows. You can also obtain the version number by starting the SQL Query Analyzer and running the command
The following table lists the SQL Server version numbers and the corresponding product and service pack level:
Version Number Product and Service Pack Level =========
Q. What's the Mydoom (aka Novarg) virus?
A. Mydoom is a new email virus that spoofs the sender so that the message appears to have come from a friend or respected source. The email message can carry any of several subjects, including
- Mail Delivery System
- Mail Transaction Failed
- Server Report
- Server Request
The body of the message contains various phrases, including
- "The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment."
- "The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment."
- "Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available."
The message always contains an attachment (e.g., a .zip, .exe, or .bat file). If the recipient opens the attachment, the virus creates some registry keys to ensure that it autostarts at reboot, then harvests email addresses so that it can mail itself to other people.
The virus includes a Denial of Service (DoS) attack on Microsoft and the SCO Group that's scheduled to run on set dates. In addition, the virus opens port 3127 on the local machine to let the virus writers access and control infected machines. To avoid the spread of this virus, download up-to-date virus definition files and, as always, never open an unsolicited email attachment.
Q. Why am I receiving errors since I installed the Microsoft IntelliType Pro 5.0 and IntelliPoint 5.0 software on my Windows XP machine?
A. After installing version 5.0 of either software package, you might encounter any of the following problems:
- The scroll wheel doesn't function.
- Neither horizontal nor vertical scrolling functions as expected.
- Programmable hot-key assignments don't function.
- Button assignments don't function.
- When you shut down your computer, you receive the error message "Type32.exe is not responding."
- When you shut down your computer, you receive the error message "Point32.exe is not responding."
These errors will appear if the machine isn't running Windows 2000 Server Terminal Services. To resolve this problem, you can either install a patch from Microsoft that's available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=22009 or start Terminal Services on your machine. To start Terminal Services from the command line, type
net start "terminal services"
To configure Terminal Services to start automatically at reboot, perform the following steps:
- Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, and click Computer Management).
- Expand "Services and Applications," then select Services.
- Right-click Terminal Services and select Properties.
- Under "Startup type," change to Automatic, then click OK.
Q. Why can't I back up the system state on my Windows 2000 Server system?
A. The system state contains core system elements such as Active Directory (AD); the System Volume (Sysvol), the machine's domain controller (DC) status (i.e., whether the system is a DC); the boot files; the registry; and COM+ configuration information. To back up the system state, the user must have "Back up files and directories" and "Restore files and directories" rights; otherwise, the option to back up the system state might be unavailable in Windows Backup. To grant these rights, perform the following steps:
- Log on to a DC.
- Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Domain Security Policy snap-in (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, and click Domain Security Policy).
- Expand the Security Settings, Local Policies, and User Rights Assignment branches.
- Double-click the "Back up files and directories" policy.
- Select the "Define these Policy Settings" check box, then click "Add Users or Group."
- Click Browse and locate the user you want to add (or a group that the user is in), then click OK.
- Click OK to return to the main policy dialog box.
- Repeat Steps 5, 6, and 7 for the "Restore files and directories" policy.
- After you finish Step 8, close the snap-in and force a refresh of the policies. To refresh the policies, open a command line and type
secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce
- Log off and log on.
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