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Wed, Oct 11, 2000 (Vol. 5, #48 - Issue #222)
The Target Award Winners!
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- The Target Award Winners!
- TECH BRIEFING
- New MS-EXCHANGE 2000 Released: Important Features
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Winners of the W2Knews Target Awards
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
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The Target Award Winners!
I'm at the MEC in Dallas today, just attended the Keynote intro of
Exchange 2000, here is the interesting hot show news, and the
winners of the W2Knews Target Awards that many of you voted for.
See you next Monday,
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
New MS-EXCHANGE 2000 Released: Important Features
First of all, Exchange 2000 was officially released just an hour ago.
Surprisingly, this new version has so much new functionality you
could see it as a webserver on steroids. You can build whole web-
based collaborative applications in it now.
Some of the highlights (especially for administrators) of this new
- They waited with the release until they were 100% sure it was OK.
- You can now have 3000 users per server instead of 1000: very
attractive as you can consolidate to less servers: less headaches.
- The 'move' tool in the ResKit can get 4000 users from one server
to another overnight.
- There are now multiple 'stores' or databases.
- And you can use Windows Explorer to browse these.
- There are already 250,000 seats deployed in production environments.
- Instant Messaging and Real-Time conferencing are built in.
- It can be extended to pocket PC's and even Cellphones.
- It has a lot of the data cached locally for faster performance,
and that means less Outlook reboots.
- Everything will be Web (URL) addressable, it relies heavily on XML.
- Single point of management will make Exchange admins's lives a
- Quite a few (160) third party developers are busy creating apps
for the new Exchange.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Winners of the W2Knews Target Awards
Today the Winners were announced. You have been voting for these
since spring this year and after we did the tabulation of the
votes (and weeded out some invalid ones as we allow only one
unique IP address per vote) here are the results!
Category Product Developer
Active Directory Management Directory Analyzer NetPro
Availability/Fault-Tolerance Double-Take NSI Software
Backup Backup Exec Veritas
Communications Management RAS Manager NTP Software
Disk Defragmentation Diskeeper Executive Software
Disk Quota Management Quota Advisor WQuinn
Domain Mgment/W2K migration DM/Suite FastLane
Emergency (Disk) Management ERD Commander SysInternals
Event Log Mgment/Monitoring Event Log Monitor TNT Software
Exchange Management Exchange Admin NetIQ
Network Traffic Monitor Observer Network Instruments
Network/ Domain Reporting Domain Reporter Sunbelt Software
Performance Enhancement AutoPilot Sunbelt Software
Print Management Print Manager Plus SoftwareShelf
Remote Control pcAnywhere Symantec
Scripting/Automation ScriptLogic Inteletek
Security L0phtCrack L0pht Heavy Industries
Software Distribution WinInstall Veritas
Software Metering Express SW Manager Express Metrix
Tie Storage Management Storage Resource Mgr Highground
Tie Storage Management StorageCeNTral WQuinn
System/App Monitoring AppManager Suite NetIQ
Undelete Tools Fundelete Winternals
User Management Hyena Adkins
Virus Protection VirusWall Trend Micro
And you will find all of them, including the runners-up over here
until we do next year's vote. Thanks for your contributions!
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Hot Show News
Here are a few short items of things I found interesting at the
trade show. 180 vendors were there and presented their solutions.
MicroData Group announced Cameo V2.0 that both audits internal
AND now external email for Exchange. It's a non-invasive type audit,
(after the fact). You can select specific words like profanity or
company related terms you want to monitor for. Runs from an NT
WS or W2K Pro. Available in November 2000.
Disappearing, Inc presented a solution that really can get rid
of email you do not want anymore. You may not know that sending
an email does more than transmit a single copy to the recipient.
It also creates numerous copies on mail servers and backup devices.
That makes deleting all copies of an unprotected email message
effectively impossible. Disappearing[tm] Email ensures that
email messages expire accoring to the central policy that you set.
Check them out at
OTG Software released a tool called EmailXtender that copies
every email message to a centralized message center and can offload
older data to near-line storage so it frees up space. You can also
do a full test search of all email, protect your system from virus
attacks and reduce message bottlenecks.
Messages with large attachments often contribute to network
bottlenecks. To fix this problem, C2C Systems announced their
MaX Compression that intercepts attachments and compresses them
automatically before sending. When they arrive it decompresses
transparently. Useful. check:
The Haaverson Corporation showed OProfile. It's an automated
profile generator for MS Outlook. No more panic calls from end
users that are confused about what to enter in the profile screen.
In an Exchange environment, users can log on anywhere and Outlook
starts without prompting for a profile.
Had a chat with the people from Raxco, that released their
version of PerfectDisk which defragments not only files but
also the data stores where Exchange files its data. They claim
this online defrag can reclaim about 30% of the storage space
and is much easier to use than the built-in Exchange tool.
Note: you need free space >= 110% or your largest data store.
In the newsletter coming weekend I'll go into some more
technical detail on some other tools I found. Also, we'll
announce the Sunbelt Windows 2000 Survival Kit that we put
together for you.
But for the moment, I'm back to the show!
Later, Stu Sjouwerman