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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Sep 18, 2000 (Vol. 5, #42 - Issue #216)
MS Backs Down On Double Licensing
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Windows ME for Business Use? Naah, Not Exactly.
    • Top Ten Signs Your Servers Are Out of Control
    • Paul Maritz Leaves MS
    • How do I SlipStream Service Packs?
    • Microsoft's Top 10 Reasons why you should migrate to W2K Pro
    • Cracked Companies: Good Reasons For QualysGuard.
    • Netware to W2K Kit by NetIQ
    • Would You Like 30% Of Your Storage Back? Like... Now?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Windows 2000 DNS
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Windows ME for Business Use? Naah, Not Exactly.

Hi NT/2000 Pros,

Well, MS introduced Windows ME which is supposed to be the last upgrade based on the Win9x kernel. For business use, I would not recommend ME. It's a consumer version with some multimedia add-ons that you can get free by simply downloading the latest version of Microsoft's Media Player.

The OS is preinstalled on most consumer PC's, and you can get upgrades online for about 50 bucks. The only thing that is nice is the "PC Health" subsystem. That lets you roll back to a stable installation if you install some software and things go haywire.

MS is smart enough to continue to produce Win98 for business users that need more of that and do not want to move to ME. And it looks like MS would like them to migrate to W2K in any case so they cannot afford to alienate these corporate users.

Since SP1 is out, Sunbelt US is now preparing to move to W2K wall- -to-wall on all our workstations and servers. I'll keep you up to date on the progress.

Would you like 30% of your storage space back? Right after Security and W2K Migration, our recent survey showed your third biggest headache is Storage Management. So the new V4.1 of Storage Central is timed right. You should check out all the new features. The specs are in the NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS section below. Oh, and if you want to win one of those cool new RIO players, better have a look!

UNDO: last week I said we would announce the W2Knews Target Awards in this issue. I was wrong! It's going to be at the MS Exchange Show Oct. 10 to 13-th in Dallas. Visit our booth and pick up goodies.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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Top Ten Signs Your Servers Are Out of Control

I have to admit that this item is more an attempt at some light humor, but there is a core of truth that most of us will recognize instantly. Here goes:

  1. You habitually spend your evenings or weekends adding more disks to your servers.
  2. Your users have turned the S drive into an MP3 juke box.
  3. You have 12 copies of Doom! on the network.
  4. You spend two days cleaning up the mess from the LoveBug virus.
  5. You spend four hours a week manually deleting large, non-work related files off the server.
  6. You get dirty looks on the elevator after personally emailing your disk space hogs to clean up their home directories.
  7. Your servers contain the Budweiser ad, the Kenneth Star papers, and the Pamela Lee video.
  8. Your backup cycles take 26 hours to complete.
  9. Bob has 200MB in his home directory, and he left the company 2 years ago.
  10. The dancing baby and frog in blender cartoons take up the same amount of space as your mission critical data.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, RUN, -- don't walk -- to your nearest web browser and download the free eval of StorageCeNTral, the industry standard real-time quota software with the only patented real-time quota filter driver. Microsoft selected StorageCeNTral to take control of its NT/2000 storage space at corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA. And you can too.

With the event of the 'Net, exploding storage is getting to a real pain and needs to be managed badly. This product is an excellent, very low cost tool that will help you to get rid of babysitting disk space and get your real work done for a change. Download, and make a chance on one of those cool RIO players at:



Remember that in W2Knews issue #208 August 7, 2000 - I was grumbling about double payments if you would 'Ghost' your systems? Well, it looks like they listened to me and changed the policy.

Computer Reseller News reported that "Microsoft announced the scrapping of the licensing change on Wednesday in a statement posted on its Web site. "Based on both customer and analyst feedback, Microsoft has changed its licensing policies to allow Select and Enterprise Agreement customers to reimage Microsoft software products licensed via a finished goods channel without buying a volume license," the statement read.

Microsoft had recently told Open and Select customers who buy Windows based PCs from OEMs that they would have to pay for its costly Upgrade Advantage maintenance agreement in order to reimage or reinstall the Microsoft media obtained through their volume licensing agreement on those PCs."

Below is the exact reference on the MS website in case you need it:

And all W2Knews back issues are over here if you want to do a full-text search on a topic you read about but cannot find anymore.

Paul Maritz Leaves MS

After 14 years in the trenches and becoming a very rich man to the tune of about 600 Million, Paul Maritz is calling it quits at Microsoft. Paul is one of the MS Top Dogs at about the same level as Ballmer and Gates and another one of the 'first-generation' leaders that leaves Microsoft. He'll still be available to MS as a strategic consultant.

Some people saw this coming as already last year he relinquished some of his 'high-stress' responsibilities of software development including NT. It was clear that battle fatigue had set in after 14 years of MS pressure. Maritz owns a big chunk of land in his native Zimbabwe and he is turning that into a nature preserve.

Maritz was the guy that made Gates see it was a good thing to move away from IBM's OS/2 and build their own Windows instead. That move was the first step that gave us W2K a good many years later. (Did you know Gates just said that 7 Billion dollars has been invested in W2K?). But there are lots of smart, hungry and ambitious people in MS that are ready to jump in. I do not see this as a major loss for MS in any way.

How do I SlipStream Service Packs?

I found a good article about this on BrainBuzz. It starts like this: "One of the irritants of applying Service Packs in the NT4 world was that they could only be applied AFTER the installation of the operating system. When you do a lot of NT4 installs in the course of your work, this translates into a lot of time that could be spent on far more important tasks. (Quake, anyone?)

In Windows 2000, Microsoft has delivered a new feature called "Slipstreaming" which takes the hassle out of installations. Now you can install Windows 2000 and the most recent Service Pack at the same time. In Microsoft's literature, this feature is also referred to as the "Integrated Installation".

The rest is here and is a recommended read. [link is wrapped]

Microsoft's Top 10 Reasons why you should migrate to W2K Pro

It's always interesting to see the MS marketing machine in motion. They do a lot of legwork, studies and get a multitude of people to say they love it and why (referrals, testimonials and case studies). All of that stuff is compiled into one page that might help you if you need to justify the cost of going wall-to-wall on W2K. Check this one out:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/guide/professional/ solutions/toptenupgrade.asp


Cracked Companies: Good Reasons For QualysGuard.

QualysGuard is a SMASH HIT. We've had over 2,300 people check out the demo this week! Here is some ammo for you.

I subscribe to the newsletter of the SANS Institute, which is a nonprofit cooperative research and education organization that promotes IT security. Just in this week's SANS NewsBytes there are two good examples that will help you get approval for your yearly subscription to QualysGuard. The following are two short quotes:

" --11 September 2000 Western Union Cracked Crackers broke into Western Union's web site servers and made off with nearly 16,000 customer credit and debit card numbers. The company began informing affected customers of the breach, and the site remains off-line. A security specialist with underground connections says the hole was opened during routine site maintenance and that crackers who happened to be monitoring the site at the time took advantage of the opportunity just to prove they could."

" --11 September 2000 Legoland.co.uk Defaced A cracker defaced Legoland's UK website late last week; the site was back to normal by noon Monday. Experts say that the administrator password on the SQL server was still on the default setting; the same cracker has used the same vulnerability to deface other sites."

(For a free subscription to SANS NewsBytes, e-mail [email protected] with the subject: Subscribe NewsBites. This is one I recommend.)

And to take a look at the web-based instant-demo of QualysGuard (takes about 5 minutes and you'll have the whole concept) go here and read this:

Netware to W2K Kit by NetIQ

One of the largest players in the NT/2000 space NetIQ recently has upgraded its tool that migrates NetWare users to Windows 2000. It has support for migration to AD, a bunch of features that allow you to customize it, and you can run incremental file migration. The product name is NetWare Migrator 6.0, and it's main claim to fame is that file permissions assigned to organizational units and accounts in Novell's high-end Directory Services can be migrated to Active Directory.

As an admin, you can just migrate files that have changed on a source NetWare server since the last file migration operation. That is very handy when you are migrating users from NetWare to Win2K in batches. Migrator 6.0 costs $6 per migrated user. Check this website fore more:

Would You Like 30% Of Your Storage Back? Like... Now?

Check out StorageCeNTral 4.1 New Features and Enhancements.

WQuinn has developed a series of new, market-driven features to StorageCeNTral that provide you with dramatically increased storage management capabilities. These enhancements automatically push file management responsibility to the end-users via your intranet and also accurately plan for future storage requirements and deployment of SAN and backup technologies.

Windows 2000 Support

WQuinn participated in the February Microsoft Windows 2000 launch at the Windows 2000 Expo in San Francisco. As a premier vendor, WQuinn showcased StorageCeNTral?s ability to manage enterprise Windows 2000 SAN environments and demonstrated the seamless inte- gration between their patented TruStor I/O filter technology and W2K. In fact, Microsoft is currently using WQuinn?s real-time quota technology on its internal Windows 2000 servers worldwide.

You Can Now Transfer The Burden of File Management To Your End-users.

You can distribute all StorageCeNTral disk and file management reports in a number of formats. However, with the Active HTML reports you can offer your users a unique method to take immediate corrective action on their files contained in the report.

Using Active-X controls embedded in the HTML reports, your users can launch, move, copy or delete files directly from the report. The result is a drastically simplified way for your users to stay within their allotted disk space and comply with corporate storage management policies. Active Reports proactively pushes file management responsibility back to your users. The upshot? Lower NT/2000 management costs, as you are losing way less time doing boring file management.

Dynamic Reports Generation based on Storage Related Events

You can configure StorageCeNTral 4.1 to dynamically generate file management reports and distribute them based on the real-time triggering event. These events include: excessive user storage consumption, size of shares, available free disk space and types of files being written to the server. You can also scheduled these reports to run on a regular basis.

Improved Performance and Reliability in V4.1

WQuinn has been closely involved with Microsoft?s file system development group prior to the launch of Windows 2000 in order to ensure adequate compatibility and reliability. WQuinn is involved in developing the File System Driver certification program for Windows 2000 and their Patented TruStor[tm] I/O Filter Technology has passed the current level of Microsoft tests.

In order to support large SAN environments, WQuinn has improved disk- scanning performance when performing trend and disk usage analysis. Large SAN environments may contain millions of files and StorageCeNTral?s ability to process this information in a timely fashion is much improved. Checks were added so that StorageCeNTral would not consume an excessive amount of virtual memory as to jeopardize the stability of the system.

Trend Analysis and Capacity Planning

  • You can track historic usage and plot future storage requirements
  • Use the historic storage patterns to justify your additional storage budget
  • It alleviates your burden of attempting to manage consumption and usage manually
  • It maximizes the efficiency of your storage hardware and eliminates unnecessary hardware expansion (money you can use for other stuff)
  • You get intelligence about consumption patterns among common applications such as Microsoft Exchange
  • You can easily determine when, where, and how much additional disk space will be required.

Expanded Reporting

StorageCeNTral 4.1 offers a very comprehensive Windows NT/2000 disk reporting solution available, revealing problem files that meet pre- defined criteria such as age, duplication, size or security. This latest release contains 35 predefined storage management reports -- nearly twice as many as the previous release -- including usage by user, workgroup, share, or directory giving you a birdseye view of disk consumption habits. These canned reports tell you about disk usage by the latest trouble file types such as MP3 and media files -- types that typically consume vast amounts of disk space and usually serve little business purpose on company servers.

StorageCeNTral continues to offer a Custom Report Writer (CRW), that you can use create reports based on your own needs. The CRW is a dual pass report generator that performs complex calculations such as totals and subtotals, and percents on percents.

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

  • Check out the Sunbelt BookClub, The Windows 2000 Reference Guide is 40% off.
  • Best Practices for Enterprise Security at MS Site. Lots of goodies.
  • W2K 2000 Administrators Black Book, written by yours truly is popular. Get Your Copy At:

    Windows 2000 DNS

    Windows NT/2000 ADSI Scripting for System Administration provides advanced system administrators, application developers, and IT managers with programmatic methods to help them simplify administrative tasks in large-scale environments. This practical guide includes:

    • Proven techniques to automate redundant tasks using Visual Basic and VBScript
    • Hundreds of administrative code samples that enable use of the Visual Basic IDE as an administrative console for one or one million machines
    • Ready-to-implement code covering almost every aspect of namespace administration supported by the WinNT, LDAP, and IIS ADSI service providers
    • With the aid of this reference, you will learn techniques to help you:
      • Develop reusable VB COM objects
      • Create a delegated administration model using ADSI, COM, and MTS
      • Programmatically enforce enterprise naming standards and process consistency
      • Script custom administrative workflow process applications for Windows NT/2000, IIS, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Netscape Directory Server