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Mon, Jun 12, 2000 (Vol. 5, #26 - Issue #199)
Impact of Microsoft Split
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Help me out with a list pollution problem. Aaugh! Think
    • All the Goodies from TechEd
    • Next Generation Web Services
    • MS Moves Into Firewall Market
    • NetIQ announces AppAnalyzer for MS Exchange
    • InstallShield and WinInstall fight deployment battle
    • Sybari previews Antigen for Exchange 2000 (E2K)
    • And who were the Best of Show Winners?
    • Impact of Microsoft Split - Analysis.
    • Early Beta of AutoPilot for Windows 2000 sees light
    • Running Exchange? Need to upgrade? Subscribe here.
    • Dell features GeoCluster/Double-Take at Tech Ed and in Power Solutions Magazine
    • Need to migrate a server but keep security intact?
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    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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Help me out with a list pollution problem. Aaugh! Think

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I'd like to ask your help as we are faced with a bit of a screwup. Sometimes we receive a list of email addresses from the software developers we work with and they request us to take care of their downloads and follow up with these. These addresses were also automatically plugged in this newsletter list in opt-out fashion.

The last list we received was a non-sanitized one and there are wrong addresses in there. I'm faced with some list pollution with no means to roll back without losing thousands of legit subscriptions. Aaugh! Yes, I can hear you think: backups... [blush]. Anyway, we have learned something here (understatement of the year).

To prevent this from happening in the future we have changed our procedures to 100% opt-in. But you may get this and feel it is unsollicited commercial email (UCE) and not want it. Please REPLY with in the subject line the word SUPPRESS. Guaranteed you'll never hear from us again, and our apologies for the hassle.

We have asked some email abuse specialists for their input and we're implementing all procedures to make this list 100% opt-in. And for your info, Sunbelt does not scrape internic records, harvest usenet, or falsify headers which is illegal spam. We honor both 'unsubs' and your requests to be put on our 'suppress' list. (A list of email addresses that explicitly do not want to receive this newsletter). And _that_ list is also protected by our privacy policies. So do not hesitate to reply back with SUPPRESS in the subject line. Please check our privacy statement at the end of this page:

Jeez, confessing and taking responsibility for your errors ain't easy. At least that will _never_ happen again! But now, let's have a look at the NT/2000 events of this week, there is a whole lot of exciting news from TechEd and the MS breakup.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

UNDO DEPT: The cisco exam 640-407 will be retired this July 31, not July 2001.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])

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All the Goodies from TechEd

I was at TechEd in Orlando last week and a whole bunch of new stuff was announced, including the Best of Show Awards by Windows 2000 Magazine. Here is a roundup of a bunch of short items:

Next Generation Web Services

1) Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced the new MS vision on web services (called Next Generation Web Services and here is another ugly acronym: NGWS). Bill pledged $2 Billion to developers to help build it.

NGWS is the way MS defines how Windows delivers and integrates services over the Internet and Web specifically. MS uses W2K as the server and provides all the development tools you need. These tools are the SOAP toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0. SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. It's simply a set of wizards to turn existing apps that were written with Visual Studio into Web services utilizing XML extension.

Bill also talked about BizTalk. This is a drag-and-drop tool to help visualize interactions between apps at high level and build complete business process solutions. Another interesting part they came out with was a Rapid Application Development tool for Visual Studio. This speeds up and simplifies building complex server- side apps and Web services.

MS Moves Into Firewall Market

Also at TechEd, Microsoft launched ISA Server 2000 Beta. The beast is at the same time a multilevel firewall and a high-performance web-caching server. ISA stands for 'Internet Security and Acceleration Server' A few years ago, MS introduced its Proxy Server and has been modestly present in the web security segment, but this is a major new incursion in this field. Similar to the MS proxy, the ISA 2000 has a bunch of APIs so that third party vendors can add things to it, like content security, anti-virus software, or management and reporting tools.

They told us ISA Server will not be released until late this year, but quite a few third party add-ons were already announced by names like Content Technologies, NetGuard, NetIQ, surfControl, Trend Micro and WebTrends. I'm sure quite a few others will follow. It will very likely become a whole category of tools in itself, similar to the industries that sprouted up for Exchange and SQL. You can download the 8.3MB beta code at

NetIQ announces AppAnalyzer for MS Exchange

They demo'd their new web-based reporting, analysis and chargeback tool for Exchange Admins that helps you to understand and monitor Exchange usage. AppAnalyzer for Exchange gets you pretty complete data about Exchange Servers across your enterprise, like message traffic analysis, message delivery times, historical and current mailbox and public folder storage data and message content notification.

InstallShield and WinInstall fight deployment battle

Both products came out with new versions at TechEd. InstallShield V6.2 touts the industry's first 'One-Click Installation Experience'. Take that with a grain of salt, but the concept looks good. The latest flavor combines the multiple steps of first downloading from the Web, next installing and then launching the app into one. The new 'smart download' feature cuts down on bandwidth by checking the client machine for existing DLL's and only pulls the files down needed to run the app. No rocket science but pretty clever.

Veritas' WinINSTALL 2000 was announced at the same time. This is a new version of their automated software-distribution tool you can use to push or pull apps to a mixed set of OS'es all from one console. You can choose from a bunch of different distribution methods for the MS Windows Installer packages so that you can migrate from PS workstations to W2K. This product is the 'full feature' version of the bare bones freebie that is included in W2K.

Sybari previews Antigen for Exchange 2000 (E2K)

At TechEd, Sybari gave attendees an early look at their upcoming version for E2K. Antigen has a unique scanning technology that accesses, scans and manages incoming email and data before it reaches Exchange itself. It does the scans in memory so that takes less resources. BTW, Sunbelt runs this puppy in house.

And who were the Best of Show Winners?

Windows 2000 Magazine had 3 categories for their Best of Show Awards: W2K, Exchange and SQL. The tools were selected for their innovation, were unique and really made the life of a system admin easier. Mike Otey made the announcement and a whole bunch of software developers were there anxiously waiting to see if they were the lucky ones. Out of about thirty finalists, six winners were chosen, two in each category.

1) GeoCluster from NSI Software:
- Extends MS cluster nodes as far as you want.
2) RoboER from Heroix:
- Reach and repair Windows NT/2000 systems, anywhere, anytime

1) KnowledgeMail from Tacit Knowledge Systems
- Innovative way to manage corporate knowledge
2) Unity Connection from Active Voice Corp
- Control over voice, fax and email messages from anywhere

1) ProClarity from Knosys
- Intuitive data visualization and analytical application
2) cLAN from Giganet
- Use commodity servers to build low cost, high performance clusters


Impact of Microsoft Split - Analysis.

Well, I'm sure that this week millions of words were written about Judge Jackson's verdict of the Microsoft Split. And I sure feel like I have read them all. I'll give it to you in the proverbial nutshell. Both Gates and Ballmer stuck to their guns and objected to it. Said they would appeal it, and I'm sure they will. It's just a bit unsure where. The assistant Attorney General wants it to go direct to the U.S. Supreme Court. MS wants to go to the appellate Court as they have ruled in their favor before. Both Steve and Bill ripped into the ruling and said that it will make their products (a lot) more expensive and it will be bad for business in general.

It does not look like the Supreme Court will hear the case though, they do not have the resources for a case like this, and they usually like to let the appellate Court chew on things like this. Let me give you some highlights of the Ruling first:


  • Operating System Company: Will get assets and technology to current and all future version of Windows, plus a one time IE source-code license.
  • Applications Company: Will get Office and everything else, and that includes IE, Internet content, Websites like MSN, Hotmail & Expedia.

    CONDUCT PROVISIONS (The main ones only. The two MS-parts cannot:

  • Enter into a joint venture with each other
  • Enter into any agreement where one develops software for the other
  • Provide tech info or API's, if not made available to everybody else at the same time
  • License, sell or provide any product or service to one another on terms than those more favorable to another company


  • Restrictions on MS's business conduct starts in 90 days.
  • Microsoft must submit its plan to comply with breakup in 4 months
  • The split in 2 companies will last for 10 years. (Source: Wall Street Journal June 8, 2000)

    So what does the U.S. Public think of this case?

    InterSurvey just finished a true random survey, not commissioned by MS. (They did the survey to get PR value for their company). Only 23% of the American public supports breaking up Microsoft. 54% of the US public agrees with the remedies that Microsoft proposed for itself. Another 33% don't have an opinion and only 13% oppose the remedies plan that Microsoft submitted to the judge.

    Just 23% showed support for the breakup plan designed by the Justice Department. 55% opposed the plan and 32% didn't have an opinion. InterSurvey wrote in its own analysis of the survey results: "While the US government has made its case in the court, it has not convinced the American public that breaking up Microsoft will provide the described benefits,". They also said that its results are valid to within plus or minus 2.9%, and sampled 1,147 panelists.

    And what is the impact for us, users of Windows in the trenches?

    For the moment, nothing much. The Windows 2000 machine is rolling on, driven by MS marketing and for a change its own quality as well. The Supreme Court could take almost a year to decide to hear the case. MS staff may start to position themselves for a cool job in either MS-A or MS-B, but as NT/2000 consumers we should actually see very little impact if any out of this in the near future. So, in short, business as usual.

    Early Beta of AutoPilot for Windows 2000 sees light

    Many people asked about AutoPilot for Windows 2000. It's almost there! We received an early beta last Friday and it's already up on a couple of in-house systems and some sites that help to find any remaining bugs. One of the benefits is that this version does not need to be modified when Service Packs arrive. I'll keep you up to date!

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    Dell features GeoCluster/Double-Take at Tech Ed and in Power Solutions Magazine

    As you know, Dell Computer recently invested several million into NSI Software, developers of Double-Take and GeoCluster. Last week Dell featured a demonstration of GeoCluster in their booth at Tech Ed 2000 in Orlando. GeoCluster allows the geographic separation of nodes in the same Microsoft cluster through replication of cluster data and management of the quorum resource.

    By eliminating the shared storage requirement, GeoCluster provides an added layer of protection against hardware failure and site disasters. For the demo, one node of MSCS running SQL was located in the Dell booth and the other across the showroom in the Sunbelt booth. GeoCluster was awarded "Best of Show" by Windows 2000 Magazine.

    Dell is also featuring an article on Double-Take in their up- coming issue of Power Solutions magazine. The article describes how Double-Take can be used to provide local high availability, off-site disaster recovery, geographic cluster protection and storage consolidation. For a sneak peek at the article and to request your free subscription to Dell Power Solutions Magazine (Recommended!) Click:

    Need to migrate a server but keep security intact?

    Just read what Jim Danvers (Network Admin) from The Gunlocke company had to say: "Secure Copy has proven to be a great time saver. I moved close to 50,000 files in 6,700+ directories this morning across RAID arrays on one of my servers and it did it in a little over an hour while re-creating shares and security settings - it would have taken me weeks to recreate all that [email protected]%!*+ manually! For the time that I saved with just this one use of it, the money we spent on it has more than paid for itself many times over". Allright, what can we add?


    This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

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  • Get W2K through the MS Direct Access program for just $130.00 (some limitations apply)
  • Used to read BYTE Magazine? Contrary to popular belief, Byte does still exist and Jerry Pournelle's column continues. They are no longer on paper but www.Byte.com has many of the old contributors, along with many others. I have read Jerry's column for years and this time he came up with something very useful after he turned some systems off. Here's the Old Man of Personal Computing: "(1) If it runs fine, why turn it off? (2) Always have a backup server ready to take over if the primary fails. (3) Be sure you have made your emergency startup disk for EVERY SYSTEM, but particularly for the primary domain controller.