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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Tue, Mar 7, 2000
MCSE Certification Uproar
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER
2. WHAT'S THE MCSE CERTIFICATION UPROAR ABOUT?
3. THE DISK QUOTAS IN W2K COMPARED TO QUOTA ADVISOR'S
4. NT/2000 TOOLS INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATES FAST
5. MICROSOFT SELLS 500,000 COPIES OF WIN2K
6. WHAT WAS NEW AT THE PARIS WINDOWS 2000 SHOW?
7. WHERE CAN I FIND IF APPS ARE WIN2K CERTIFIED?
8. MICROSOFT WILL PUSH W2K 64-BIT IN BETA Q2,2000
9. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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Every week we keep the Windows NT/2000 community informed and aware 
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT/2000 Pro's,

Last week I was in Paris and Amsterdam to visit the Sunbelt
Offices in Europe and to attend the Windows 2000 show in Paris.
That is why this Flash is a bit later than normal. No time to lose,
what is the really interesting news? Let's have a look. Much more
to come next weekend!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
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2. WHAT'S THE MCSE CERTIFICATION UPROAR ABOUT?

There are two sides in this furor, both stating opposite viewpoints,
about as 180 degree as it can get. What is the scene?

Microsoft recently announced a special exam 70-240. It's MS Windows 
2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. 
If you are an NT4 MCSE and take (and pass) this special test, NT you
will get your Windows 2000 certification in one fell swoop. 

What is in this single test? It combines all these core W2K exams:
- Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring and Administering W2K Pro,
- Exam 70-215: Installing, Configuring and Administering W2K Server
- Exam 70-216: Implementing and Administering a W2K Network Infra-
structure.
- Exam 70-217: Implementing and Administering a W2K Directory 
Services Infrastructure.

And guess what, you can take 70-240 for FREE until Dec 31, 2001. 
So you might say, "What seems to be the problem? 4-in-1 and no 
money to fork over". 

There is one little nasty complication. You can take the test ONLY
ONCE. If you do it and flunk the test, you gotta do the whole 4-unit
full course for W2K. It's tough love that Microsoft is dispensing.

So here are the two sides. One group thinks this is great and tells
the world that it will get rid of the 'paper MCSE'. The other side
is quite a big group of people that believe that you should be able
to take the test at least once or twice before you go for the real
thing. Some of them wrote an open letter to Gates and MS about it.
Check it out over here, and read the comments from people about
it. Very interesting: http://www.coriolis.com/tellmicrosoft/
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3. THE DISK QUOTAS IN W2K COMPARED TO QUOTA ADVISOR'S

As we have seen, all of us need to protect ourselves against Denial
of Service (DOS) attacks. What's that got to do with disk quotas?
More than you think. It can stop hackers from using unauthorized
space on your systems. InfoWorld gave a few quick checklist with
tips to prevent becoming a DOS-victim:

1) Implement router-based filtering
2) Check to see if TCP SYN flooding patches are available for you
3) Consider implementing disk quotas and partitioning
4) Monitor your system's performance
5) Deploy detection software that checks for config changes
6) Make sure your backups contain configuration info.

So, looking at disk quota's, what do we really need? W2K now does 
include the ability to set disk quotas on users. However, there are 
several limitations in its implementation. The real question is: 
Will it be good enough for your organization? Read on and find out
for yourself.

W2K only supports user quotas assigned at the volume level. When disk
quotas are enabled on a volume, all users on the system are learned 
automatically and assigned the same quota. W2K lacks directory quotas.

W2K can over-quota the disk quite easily. There is no way to set a 
quota to limit the size of a specific share or other directory 
structure.

There is no end-user notification as your users consume their disk 
allotments. There is only one notification that is generated as space 
is being consumed and that is sent to the event log at a predetermined
percentage of the disk quota being used. The only notification your
end-user will see is a 'disk full' error.

There is no way to monitor space consumption by user, however once a 
quota is learned it can be modified by hand. W2K does not allow you to 
use quotas with FAT drives. W2K quotas can not be used on NT 4.0 or 
NT 3.51 servers. W2K ignores compression when calculating disk space.

Users must recycle their deleted files to clear their quota of the 
files' disk-space usage. Users can't save the last file they're working 
on when if the file exceeds quota. W2K does not allow for the automatic
execution of any valid Windows command or command procedure. And last,
W2K does not offer email messaging or detailed disk reporting. 

Now, what has QuotaAdvisor to offer?

QuotaAdvisor offers hard or soft quotas on any User, Group, directory,
and/or homeshare. These quotas can be mixed and matched in any combo
based on the structure of the data being monitored. QuotaAdvisor offers 
5 threshold actions that support a variety of actions.

QuotaAdvisor offers automatic adjustment of quotas, execution of any 
valid Windows command or command procedure, and/or the generation of 
disk management reports that can identify the various causes of runaway 
disk usage.

QuotaAdvisor offers integration with DiskAdvisor and Active Reporting 
for automatic distribution of detailed disk space information via IE5.

QuotaAdvisor is designed to make rolling out disk management policies 
quick and easy. Many of our new features were developed to coincide 
with Microsoft's ZAW (Zero Administration Windows) Initiative.

Microsoft has entered into a three year license with W. Quinn Associates 
to deploy QuotaAdvisor 4.1 on their own W2K servers worldwide, thereby 
demonstrating the absolute need for the advanced capabilities of 
QuotaAdvisor 4.1 in any W2K environment.

Last but not least, Quota Advisor is the ONLY Second Generation Disk
Quota Tool on the market. All the others are still in their 'first
generation' incarnation. This is a tool you definitely want to check
out (again). http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.cfm#5 
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4. NT/2000 TOOLS INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATES FAST

Two large players in the industry, NetIQ and Mission Critical agreed 
to merge in a $1.4 billion stock swap that will create a $100 million 
Windows NT/2000 networking management software powerhouse with 460 
employees and an estimated market capitalization of about $3 billion.

This deal was created before they started to actually compete with
each other by extending their product lines. If you look at it from
a technical perspective, NetIQ buys Mission Critical, trading 0.9413 
of one of its shares for each of Mission Critical. But a brand new 
company name and stock symbol will be used once the merger is done.
These two NT tools players found themselves with a substantial list 
of customers in common and it made sense to work together.

Headquarters for the merged companies will be where NetIQ lives in 
Santa Clara, California. Mission Critical's home base in Houston, 
Texas is going to be a development and operations center and house 
some of the company's top execs. NetIQ and Mission Critical together 
did about $63 million in sales last year, $29 million from NetIQ and 
$34 million from Mission Critical, and their new acquisition Ganymede 
made about $10 million. 
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5. MICROSOFT SELLS 500,000 COPIES OF WIN2K

ZDNet reported the following: At a briefing for Seattle-based media 
last week, Microsoft provided an update on Windows 2000 sales, which 
stood at 500,000 copies after two weeks of retail availability. 
According to Windows marketing director Keith White, the 500,000 
figure consisted mainly of Windows 2000 Professional sales. Noting 
that the figure doesn't include worldwide or major-account sales 
figures, White conjectured the figure consisted of individuals and 
small and midsize businesses. More at:
http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2456222,00.html
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6. WHAT WAS NEW AT THE PARIS WINDOWS 2000 SHOW?

Everything and nothing. Huh? Well for people that were at the show
in San Francisco earlier this month (like yours truly) it was a bit
smaller repeat of the SanFran show. But for France, this was
all pretty new. With more than 5,300 attendees this was a very well
attended show and a big success for the French Windows 2000 Magazine
that organized the show.

There were dozens of exhibitors at the show, and many sessions and
round tables were held. All in all a professional show, with good
results. Check out the website Windows 2000 Mag in France at:
http://www.windowsntmag.presse.fr/
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7. WHERE CAN I FIND IF APPS ARE WIN2K CERTIFIED?

The list of apps that are certified for W2K is growing slowly but
steadily. You may want to plug this URL in your favorites so that
you can check it on a regular basis. If you are now in the planning
stage to move to W2K, make triple sure that the apps you are going
to use in that environment also will work!
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/certified.asp
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8. MICROSOFT WILL PUSH W2K 64-BIT IN BETA Q2,2000

Computer Reseller News reported that Microsoft will release the 
first beta of its 64-bit version for Intel Corp.'s Itanium chip 
next quarter. The final version will ship concurrently with Intel's 
64-bit processor scheduled to ship later in 2000. Microsoft has its 
plate more than full. Not only the 64-bit upgrade, but MS is also
expected to ship Windows 2000 Datacenter this summer, and Windows 
Millennium Edition, also dubbed Windows Me. The latter is based on 
the current Win 9.X code and they say that this is the very last
upgrade based on that code base. We have heard that before so we'll
believe it when we see it.

Sources say that the consumer NT version being developed under the 
Whistler project is scheduled for release in March next year.
It is to be the first consumer version based on NT code. And the next
major upgrade of Windows 2000, will not ship until late 2001 at the 
earliest. Look out for SP1 in June, and a second one before the end
of the year.

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