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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Apr 11, 1999
Win2000 Shipdate October 6-th?
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER 

2. TECH BRIEFING
* 21 NEW VULNERABILITIES FOUND IN NT

3. NT RELATED NEWS
* W2K SHIPPING ON OCTOBER 6-TH?
* MICROSOFT HAS FREE EXCHANGE MIGRATION KIT
* COMPARISON BETWEEN SMS 2.0 AND NOVELL Z.E.N-WORKS
* DESKTOP W95 TO W2K MIGRATION: UP TO $1,700 PER PC.
* GOOD NEWS: MICROSOFT RESELLERS GET FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT
* BALLMER: LINUX IS THREAT TO MS
* MERGER OF W95/98 AND NT INDEFINITELY POSTPONED!

4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* SUPERDISK & SUPERCACHE NOW IN ENTERPRISE EDITIONS
* NEW STAT V2.0 DEMO FIXES 20 MOST COMMON VULNERABILITIES
* DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DISK SPACE WENT? DISK ADVISOR KNOWS.

5. HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

6. THE NT STOCK WATCH - Friday April 9, 1999

7. Y2K WATCH 

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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

If this is your first issue, welcome. Our subscriber base is still
growing rapidly. For new subscribers, Sunbelt is giving away a free 
permanent copy of our AutoPilot for NT WS. This is a performance 
booster tool that will squeeze maximum speed out of your NT box. 
This is the URL where you can get your free permanent license: 
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Opting out of this list takes 5 seconds and you will not be mailed
again. But close to a quarter million of your NT colleagues really
appreciate getting the important NT news in their in-box once 
every two weeks. I suggest you read a few issues and check it out.
Oh, and before I forget, all past newsletters are indexed and are
searchable via a web-interface at the Sunbelt website.

The column is going to be short this time, as there is a lot of 
very interesting news. Let's get to work!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* 21 NEW VULNERABILITIES FOUND IN NT

Most of you know that Security Threats continue to increase as more
companies provide external access to their internal systems via the
Internet for mission critical applications. This requires an ever
increasing vigilance to make sure you are hacker or cracker-proof.
These are the new vulnerabilities you have to protect yourself
against when you run NT. A good example was the Melissa Virus.

This list was compiled by the developer of STAT, which has proven 
to be an instant HIT at Sunbelt. Over 30 licenses were sold in less 
than 3 weeks. Here are the latest culprits that STAT will find and
warn you about: The number in front of each vulnerability is simply
the next in sequence.

V467 Footprint Macro Virus - The W97M.Footprint Word macro virus 
overwrites the footers on all open documents. It also overwrites all 
macros in open documents and open and attached templates with the 
macro virus code.

V468 Marker virus - W97M.marker is a Word macro virus that uploads 
users information to an FTP site. V469 Boserve.exe - The executable 
program, boserve.exe, usually contains a virus called CDC-BO.A 
(Hacktool).

V470 Whack.exe - The executable program, whack.exe, usually contains 
the W32.CIH. SPACEFILLER virus.

V471 Reboot.ini - BackOffice Server 4.0 does not delete the installation 
setup file, "reboot.ini". This file may contain the account userid and 
password for selected services.

V472 Outlook Express - Microsoft Outlook Express and Outlook 98 can 
crash when attempting to open a file attachment with an extremely 
long file name.

V473 KnownDLLs List - Core operating system DLLs are kept in virtual 
memory and shared between the programs running on the system. A data 
structure called the KnownDLLs is referenced to determine the location 
on the DLL in virtual memory. By default, any user can read from and 
write to the KnownDLLs list. A user can load a malicious DLL to 
increase privileges.

V474 Sndvol.exe - Sndvol.exe is a trojan horse program that mails 
information back to a Bulgarian Internet Service provider. The trojan 
horse is installed when users click on a message supposedly from 
Microsoft about an Internet Explorer update. The program may delete 
the original sndvol32.exe sound volume program.

V475 Mprexe.dll - Mprexe.dll is a trojan horse program that mails 
information back to a Bulgarian Internet Service provider. The trojan 
horse is installed when users click on a message supposedly from 
Microsoft about an Internet Explorer update. The program may delete 
the original sndvol32.exe sound volume program.

V476 Rundll - Rundll2.dl_ is a trojan horse that is installed when 
running a game such as whack-a-mole (game.exe or whack.exe). this is 
part of the NetBus backdoor utility.

V477 Args.bat - The args.bat demo file that comes with O'Reilly's 
Website Pro 2.0 webserver allows a user to run arbitrary commands on 
the web server by placing cgi scripts there. This could compromise 
a web server. This file is usually found in the /cgi-dos directory.

V478 IISADMPWD - When IIS 4.0 server is installed, the 
\winnt\system32\inetsrv\iisadmpwd directory by default has a number 
of .htr files that anyone can access over the Internet. A remote 
attacker can attack user accounts or gain user information through 
this directory and default files.

V479 JavaScript Enabled - Enabling JavaScript on a browser may 
introduce malicious Java scripts that could cause a denial of service 
or be used for information gathering.

V480 Java Applet Enabled - Enabling Java applet on a browser may 
introduce malicious Java scripts that could cause a denial of service 
or be used for information gathering.

V481 Form Data Submit Warning Disabled - There is a default warning 
that is displayed when submitting non-encrypted forms. The warning 
prompt makes sure users are alerted if a script attempts to submit 
data using forms. Users should be cautious if they see this warning 
when browsing and have not actually chosen to submit any data.

V482 Scripts Directory - When IIS 4.0 server is installed, the
\winnt\system32\inetsrv\scripts directory by default has a repost.asp
file that anyone can access over the Internet. This could potentially
allow users to upload files to the /users directory.

V483 Photo Trojan Horse - The photos17.exe is a trojan horse email 
attachment, usually sent from Harvard. When executed, it deletes the
sndvol32.exe sound volume program, installs sndvol.exe and creates a 
registry key. When Internet Explorer is open, this program conducts 
a port scan across a class C network in Bulgaria. This program can 
also overload a firewall memory table space.

V484 WinFreeze - WinFreeze is an ICMP/Redirect-host message storm 
program that will cause a denial of service

485 Word Macro Virus Protection - Disable macros in Microsoft Word 
to prevent macro viruses such as the Melissa virus.

486 Excel Macro Virus Protection - Disable macros in Microsoft Excel 
to prevent macro viruses such as the Papa virus.

487 PowerPoint Macro Virus Protection - Disable macros in Microsoft 
PowerPoint to prevent macro viruses.

For info on STAT, see NT Third Party News Section.
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* W2K SHIPPING ON OCTOBER 6-TH?

It looks like Microsoft is trying to clarify when W2K will ship, and 
it seems that October 6 has been pegged as an internal target date. 

We told you earlier that Release Candidate 1 for Beta 3 of W2K already
shipped a few weeks ago, and they are on track to get the final Beta 3 
out the door on April the 21-st at the Comdex Show in Chicago.

A Microsoft spokesman said: "Yes, that date was an internal goal date, 
But no, I don't think that's the set RTM [release to manufacturing] 
date. What's important to remember is that date does not include any 
customer feedback."

Steve Ballmer, who is now the Microsoft 'Prez' has continued to say 
that they will ship W2K when beta testers tell them it's ready. This 
means that if an large amount of feedback tells them Beta 3 is unstable, 
they will wait until well into 2000 to ship.

Most of the NT users that Sunbelt has talked to voiced that they would 
prefer to wait until Q2, 2000 after the Y2K fallout has come and gone,
than see something quickly pushed out just for marketing reasons. MS 
might also ship it without some of the promised additional tools but 
that does not make a lot of sense. Better wait until it's complete.

Microsoft still has a lot to do. Some new stuff will be introduced in
Beta 3 that could break even more apps. A good example is DLL (Dynamic 
Link Library) version checking. This is a feature that is geared to
eliminating the well known "DLL hell". This causes apps that contain
DLLs that conflict with system-level DLLs to break. It would be a
very welcome addition if it works.
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* MICROSOFT HAS FREE EXCHANGE MIGRATION KIT

In many cases, the choice for NT follows the choice for MS Exchange.
This messaging platform is making inroads into the business world
rapidly. To help this migration, MS makes the following package 
available for free:
- A 120-day trial version of Exchange Server 
- Migration tools, technical white papers, best practices, and case
studies to help you move from Lotus cc:Mail, Microsoft Mail, Lotus 
Notes, and Novell GroupWise to Exchange
- Technical white papers, presentations, and other information to 
help you improve deployment of your Exchange Servers.
- Sample applications, technical white papers, presentations, and 
other information to help your company collaborate using Exchange 
Server and Microsoft Outlook 98.
You can get it at: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/migration.htm
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* COMPARISON BETWEEN SMS 2.0 AND NOVELL Z.E.N-WORKS
If your organization requires a business case to be made before you
standardize on a management environment, you generally need to do
a significant amount of research. This is a resource that will help
you get faster to the actual nitty gritty of costs per desktop.
It's a recent study done by NorthEast Consulting Services and is 
called a 'Real World Examination' of these two platforms.
Check it out here http://www.ncri.com/sms_vs_zen.html
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* DESKTOP W95 TO W2K MIGRATION: UP TO $1,700 PER PC.

In a worst case design you could spend up to seventeen hundred bucks 
per workstation in when you decide to upgrade from W95 to Win2K.
That is because the performance requirements of W2K are much higher.
W2K migration is not trivial, and to a large extent even more involved
than migration from W95 to NT. It's a move to an entirely new O/S
with different file and registry structures, file location and system
operations. It is to be expected that the W2K roll-out will be on a
'per workstation' basis and in small increments when older PC's are
replaced. More about this in an article at PCWorld:
http://www.pcworld.com/pcwtoday/article/0,1510,10397,00.html
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* FOUR-WAY CLUSTERING IN W2K DEMONSTRATION AT WINHEC

Microsoft offers a glimpse at the future this week at the Windows 
Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles. MS outlines its 
strategy for Windows 2000, Windows 98, Embedded NT and Windows
CE. 

For the first time, Microsoft will demonstrate four-way clustering 
on W2K. Also they are showing the 64bit version of NT, referred to
as Win64 and an Intel processor running in the IA-64 emulation mode
to demonstrate that Wintel can scale beyond departmental servers.

Ed Muth, MS' product manager for NT Server stated that "Microsoft
is making very good progress from an engineering point of view 
and plans to be able to expand the current 2 nodes to more nodes 
for 32-bit W2K".

It looks like MS will bundle Compaq's clustering technology into
Win64, which is funny as this technology was acquired by Compaq 
from Digital Equipment, and they created this for VMS, which in 
turn was largely built by Dave Cutler when he worked for Digital.
So Dave as the NT chief architect gets some of his old work back 
from the VMS days. It's still a small world.
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* GOOD NEWS: MICROSOFT RESELLERS GET FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Value Added Resellers have asked Microsoft for more support for a 
long time. MS said on April 6-th it will now offer VARs free phone 
support to help users with "business-critical" problems. Microsoft 
says it will work like this: The thousands of engineers who now 
answer e-mail support questions 24/7 will also answer telephone 
inquiries. 

The same support was previously sold to resellers to the tune of 
$195 per incident, said Nigel Burton, director of small business 
and value-added channel programs. Microsoft defines business-
critical as anything that grinds a business to a halt. It took, 
on average, two hours for Microsoft to respond to a VAR's e-mail 
query. But VARs told Microsoft that wasn't enough. "They felt 
[free phone support] was the single most important investment 
Microsoft could make," Burton says. More details can be found in 
a full article over at:
http://www.varbusiness.com/news/breakingnews.asp?ArticleID=3333
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* BALLMER: LINUX IS THREAT TO MS

WIRED Magazine's website features an article that comes straight
from WinHEC and shows Steve Ballmer to admit that LINUX is a
threat. Well, when Steve 'sez so' it must be true, unless this
is a strategic move in the negotiations with the Department of
Justice. Read more about it over here. PS while you are there,
get a subscription to WIRED. This is one of my personal favorite 
mags. One of those 'Stu's Warmly Recommended'. Click here:
http://www.wired.com/news/news/email/explode-infobeat/politics/story/19002.html

Steve spoke about MANY other things as well, including the new
Win64 and W2K innovations. They ran a HUGE SQL demo that you can
read about in Steve's full KEYNOTE SPEECH: here you go:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/04-07winhec.htm
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* MERGER OF W95/98 AND NT INDEFINITELY POSTPONED!

MS plans to release a new consumer version of Windows next year 
based on the Windows 95/98 platform, postponing indefinitely a 
merger of its two desktop operating systems, executives said 
last Wednesday at the WinHEC.

Steve Ballmer said that the new consumer version of Windows would 
be available sometime in 2000 and have improvements including a 
faster boot-up sequence and better ability to handle digital images. 
But Bill Gates had said previously stated that future consumer 
versions of Windows would be based on its NT technology. 

We all know MS has had a rough time bringing out W2K, but it turns 
out to be more difficult than expected to unify the two platforms 
in a way that pleases the customers. If their existing W95 apps do 
not run on W2K, "Well, I'm not going to use it" they are increasingly 
voicing.

MS plans a small update called Windows 98 Second Edition in Q3 which 
will include the latest version of IE and support for the latest 
hardware devices. MS's ultimate goal is still to produce a consumer 
version of Windows based on the NT code base but gave no timetable 
for that. Looks like Bill was a bit too quick to announce they wanted 
to merge the two code bases. 


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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* SUPERDISK & SUPERCACHE NOW IN ENTERPRISE EDITIONS

Developer EEC Systems announced the Enterprise Editions of SuperDisk
-NT and SuperCache-NT software. These products can speed up NT apps
by providing high speed in-memory disk caching. The new versions 
operate with Windows NT Server/Enterprise Edition and offer expanded 
cache sizes of up to 63 GB.

While system processor and memory speeds have continued to increase
rapidly, application performance is constrained by slow disk and I/O 
speeds. SuperDisk uniquely frees the application to operate at high 
memory speeds by caching disk data in the computer's main memory. 
These virtual disks appear to the application as standard hard disk 
drives, yet operate 100 times faster.

"With computer memory prices below $2.00/MB, the new SuperDisk-NT 
offers the simplest, lowest cost route to increased performance for 
I/O intensive apps", said Eric Dickman CEO of EEC. "SuperDisk-NT 
has shown dramatic results with database, mail server, graphics and 
Internet-related applications such as web serving, browsing and 
searching."

Performance Results

In Iometer testing, SuperDisk achieved over 100x performance increase 
on a 4-processor Intel Pentium II/Xeon server with 8GB of RAM. The 
Iometer is a new Intel-developed performance analysis tool for servers.

Testing at BackOffice CTO Magazine found that SuperCache-NT achieved
160MB/s of sustained throughput on a 4 CPU Pentium II system. This 
speed is 13 times faster the 12 MB/s achieved with native Windows NT 
caching alone. Similar results have been obtained with applications 
ranging on Internet and Intranet web serving, database management 
and software compiling.

To download and try out for 30-days if your apps speed up, click here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/sdnt.htm
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* NEW STAT V2.0 DEMO FIXES 20 MOST COMMON VULNERABILITIES

Many of you downloaded STAT and this tool has shown to be an instant H
IT. Over 30 licenses sold in less than 3 weeks is pretty impressive. 
The developer Harris has come out with a NEW DEMO that now finds and 
fixes 20 vulnerabilities instead of the original 12 that were in the 
first demo. I strongly suggest you grab a copy of the latest demo and 
run it on your systems, _again_ if need be as there is some good stuff 
in it. You can find the list of these 20 vulnerabilities on the STAT 
page, where you can also get the download. 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/stat.htm
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* DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DISK SPACE WENT? DISK ADVISOR KNOWS.

You all know QuotaAdvisor. Microsoft Redmond recently selected this 
tool for storage-monitoring and policy-enforcement software in the 
company?s worldwide corporate data centers. Here is the Press Release.
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/qamsnod.htm

But now the QuotaAdvisor developer WQuinn announces its new Disk-
Advisor at a special introductory price. DiskAdvisor 4.0, is a 
comprehensive disk reporting tool for Windows NT. DiskAdvisor 
contains 18 predefined storage management reports. Additionally, 
you can create your own reports through its powerful Custom Report 
Writer.

DiskAdvisor addresses issues of space usage, wasted space, file 
ownership, file security and disk administration. Most sites recover 
at least 30% of their currently used disk space. DiskAdvisor is 
completely flexible, reports can be generated on a single server 
or across the entire domain. Imagine looking at all the duplicated 
files across your file and print servers sorted by User.

Reports are generated in a variety of formats, HTML, ASCII, CSV, 
and DBF. These reports can also be emailed to your users automa-
tically. Report sets are run either interactively or can be 
scheduled to be generated and distributed automatically through 
our batch report processing scheduler. 

Just add QuotaAdvisor, the disk quota tool for NT chosen by MS to 
be used in their own data centers, and the reports can even be 
generated automatically, in response to the real-time disk space 
consumption patterns of users and their shares. 

DiskAdvisor allows you to take immediate action against files 
contained in the interactive report sets. The DiskAdvisor report 
scripting facility also allows you to take programmatic action 
against files that meet your report criteria.

DiskAdvisor is fully independent and requires no additional products 
to be installed on your server. Just install DiskAdvisor and start 
identifying your space hogs! You'll be up and running in just a 
matter of minutes, and that includes the time to download the demo! 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/diskadvisor.htm


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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

Most of you are interested in becoming MCP's and MCSE. Recent research
shows that you use an average of 2.3 study methods to get there. Books,
self-paced study, computer based training, classroom training, there is
a whole gamut of different ways to study. There is even a thing like
MCSE Boot Camps where you can get drilled and take all exams in 2 weeks.

Discussion with peers is also popular. IRC is one of the ways you can 
do that. Apart from the existing IRC discussion about #mcse there is 
also a new channel on Efnet that is called #ccna on EFnet to discuss
the cisco certs, and especially the increasingly popular CCNA. 

This option is easier than the CCIE so when you are done with your MCSE,
this is an excellent way to get networking certification. Here is some
information about it:

Cisco Certified Network Associate. Exam 610-407 is for routing/switching:
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/certprog/testing/pdf/ccna_407.pdf
Exam 610-410 goes into WAN switching.

Learn more about IRC at brain dump heaven at http://209.207.167.177/
via #mcse Chats on IRC. This will give you directions how to hook up
to the EFnet IRC network.
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All of us have had the same Search Engine problem:

The Engines (like Alta Vista) return thousands of pages "in no 
particular order". On the other hand, the human-indexed services 
(like Yahoo) often do not have what you are looking for because 
they're only able to index a tiny part of the entire web (not 
enough resources). That means you are out in the cold with the 
uncomfortable feeling that the truth must be out there somewhere ;-)

Here's a brand new cool solution. Some very smart people at 
Stanford University solved the above Web Search Engine Problem 
in a very innovative way.

What's their secret? They use web robots to explore and index 
the entire Web. But then they determine the quality of each 
resulting link based upon the quality of the OTHER sites that 
link INTO that site. So, THE ONLY WAY a site can be highly
rated, under Google, is if other highly rated sites have links
pointing into it! Very smart indeed.

This simple concept works very well. You might want to make google 
your web search engine of choice, I did! And of course it's free
... so give it a shot for yourself: http://google.com

(Thanks to Steve Gibson who made me aware of google)


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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Closing day Friday April 9, 1999

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 15 5/8 33 12 3/4 0.0%
BMC Software............. 35 60 1/4 30 1/8 26 -5.4%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 32 53 3/4 23 1/8 48 -15.3%
Compaq Computer.......... 30 15/16 51 1/4 22 15/16 -1.9%
Computer Associates...... 35 15/16 61 15/16 26 36 +2.4%
Data General Corp........ 10 7/8 21 13/16 7 -2.2%
Dell Computer............ 43 9/16 55 15 3/4 83 +5.7%
Gateway 2000 Inc......... 72 3/4 84 1/2 36 1/8 33 +5.1%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 69 5/8 83 7/8 47 1/16 24 +2.5%
Intergraph Corp.......... 6 5/16 10 9/16 4 11/16 -2.8%
International Business Ma 186 5/16 199 1/4 103 9/16 28 +5.2%
Micron Electronics Inc... 10 7/16 24 3/4 9 11/16 27 -9.7%
Microsoft Corp........... 94 1/4 95 5/8 41 80 +1.6%
NCR Corp................. 49 3/16 55 3/4 23 1/2 41 -0.6%
Network Associates Inc... 16 5/16 67 11/16 14 1/2 63 -46.9%
Novell Inc............... 24 7/8 28 1/8 9 3/16 75 -1.9%
Oracle Corp.............. 25 7/8 41 1/8 12 1/8 33 +0.2%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 145 9/16 155 1/4 37 3/4 90 +6.2%
Qualix Group Inc......... 6 3/8 9 1/8 0 15/16 -1.9%
Seagate Technology....... 28 7/16 44 1/4 16 1/8 -5.6%
Silicon Graphics......... 12 1/2 20 7/8 7 3/8 -3.8%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 70 1/4 72 1/2 19 1/8 64 +11.2%
Sybase Inc............... 7 5/16 11 5/8 4 1/2 -1.6%
Symantec Corp............ 13 9/16 32 5/8 8 11/16 18 -15.8%
Unisys Corp.............. 29 7/16 36 1/2 17 1/4 28 -1.2%
Veritas Software Corp.... 79 1/2 90 1/8 23 3/4 80 -3.3%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 10,173.84 +3.4%

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7. "Y2K WATCH" Only 264 days to Jan 1, 2000 

Microsoft _will_ make W95 fully and completely Y2K compliant they
announced this week. That is in contrast to earlier statements where
100% compliance was not guaranteed. Microsoft will also commit to 
ensuring a 100%-compliant status for Windows 95 through Jan. 1, 2001.
The free patch will be available at Microsoft's Web site, but the 
exact Web address was unavailable at press time.
------

The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) recently did
a Y2K Drill, and one of the participants was Southern Company. This is
a very large outfit that produces energy for quite a few states in the
south of the USA.

"Southern Company conducted a successful drill," said Bill Newman, 
senior vice president of transmission planning and operations, who 
helped to plan Southern Company's participation in the drill. "We 
experienced no Y2K problems, we were able to communicate via primary 
and backup methods, and we were able to monitor the balance of our 
bulk power system. Overall, we achieved the goals of the test."
------

April the 1st was not only April Fool's day but was also the day 
when Canada and New York State entered their fiscal year 2000. This 
means that for their systems, the year 2000 bas basically started
already. It was also the date when several other governments like 
Japan entered their fiscal 1999 year, meaning their computers would 
encounter dates with "2000" in them for the first time. 

So what happened? The simple answer is, "Nothing." For more details 
about this nothingness see: 

http://www.zdnet.com/enterprise/zdy2k/stories/0,6158,2236059,00.html

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