Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Thu, Mar 15, 2001 (Vol. 6, #17 - Issue #252)
W2K Complexity Delays Deployments
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Active Directory Slowing Down W2K Deployments?
- TECH BRIEFING
- W2K Complexity Delays Deployments
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Economic Downturn Might Spell IT O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Failed Your Security Audit?
- Which Migration Tool To Use?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network
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Active Directory Slowing Down W2K Deployments?
Again, a reminder: in the next few weeks you'll get an invitation to
have W2Knews at all times in HTML or in TXT, once we get your new
profile on-line. This allows you to opt-in to the way YOU want it.
I'll repeat this reminder a couple more times so you will remember
to actually *do* it when you get it [grin].
The big release this newsletter is the W2K DEPLOYMENT RESEARCH we
have just finished with the Giga Information Group. The role Active
Directory is playing may mean a two edged sword for MS. See the Tech
Briefing for the results.
And, you are invited to participate in the NEW SUNPOLL:We have no schedule. I apply them when it looks they are needed
About every three months
About every month
Question: How often do you check for and apply Hotfixes to the
machines in your domain?
Let's see how everybody does this, interesting! Vote here, left column:
PS, Plagued by time-outs when you want to get to our website?
try our mirror-site http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com instead! (no dash between sunbelt and software)
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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W2K Complexity Delays Deployments
Sunbelt and the Giga Information Group have done another in-depth
survey of the speed of and problems with W2K implementation. We now
have the full research on our website and I strongly suggest you
read the whole first part of this series of three by clicking on the
link at the bottom of this article. I'm quoting the recommendations
here, but you need to read the full analysis to understand how we
Based on the constancy of the responses between the initial December,
1999 Giga/Sunbelt Software survey and the latest February, 2001 survey,
Giga strongly advises all users, including those who have no immediate
or firm plans to deploy Windows 2000 Server, to begin planning and
In summary, the results of the latest Giga/Sunbelt Software Windows 2000 Deployment survey nearly identically track with earlier surveys that indicate the measured adoption pace will continue in the coming months. Additionally, many corporations indicated they will adopt Windows 2000 Server but delay a full Active Directory implementation.
Start by taking a realistic inventory of your existing Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0
domain directory architecture and consolidate it where necessary. Determine what
hardware needs to be upgraded, which third-party add-on packages you will need and which existing applications must be upgraded. Most important of all: fully assess your service and support personnel (both internal and external) before committing to a time line.
The ongoing industry-wide shortage of trained IT personnel is real. Windows 2000 will
exacerbate this situation. There are simply not enough trained Windows 2000 MCSEs.
Taking the weekend correspondence course or cheat-sheet exams do not count, and they
are certainly not a substitute for experience. Therefore, Giga believes that it is
crucial for businesses to fully assess both the number and expertise of their
available support staff. These people will make the difference between a smooth,
successful Windows 2000 Server rollout and a nightmarish experience fraught with pain
and network outages.
Buttress your internal IS staff with experienced Microsoft, Compaq, IBM, EDS, Lucent
and other well-known and trusted system integrators and outsourcers. Meet with these
outside service providers well in advance and make sure they can fulfill their
promises and deliver reliable, experienced personnel. The key word here is
experience; a Windows 2000 upgrade is neither the time nor the place to learn on the
Corporations do not risk anything by delaying a Windows 2000 - particularly Server
deployments. Identify and develop a clear and compelling business case. Make a
realistic assessment of the costs and training required for your IT staff and put
together a pilot test network that most closely reflects your planned production
environment. But above all, do not rush to deploy before your organization is ready.
Here's the full article:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Economic Downturn Might Spell IT O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y
As a Microsoft specialist, you are to some extent the effect of the
swings of the economy and how MS is doing in that area. Most of the
large Tech providers like Intel, Cisco and EMC preannounced that their
revenues and profits would fall short. MS is currently staying pretty
healthy but when server hardware drops, in a few months their sales
will show some slowdown too. Not to worry though. There is a silver
Recently, a bunch of the world's largest companies CIO's came together
in a meeting called the Strategy 21 Executive Conference. Surveying
them showed that 87 percent of these big guys plan to either keep
investments level or increase their IT spending in apps like supplier
management, sales and channel management, and the B2B marketplace.
And guess what? Most of the new development in that area will be XML
based. And guess who is coming up really strong in that area? Right:
In other words, it is always a good idea to invest counter-cyclical.
Whazzatmean? If the economy goes down, then the people with a strong
position should invest in areas that have a positive effect on both
their top and bottom lines. That means in many cases IT projects. These
increase revenues and should cut cost at the same time. Sure, areas
like personnel and admin usually get the ax, but IT is an 'island of
Probably you remember why Accounting are sometimes called the 'bean
counters'. It comes from the 'bean theory'. You have 100 beans, and
need to decide what to do with them. Eating them is a short term
solution. Better is plant a bunch and get a huge return on your
investment that way. Management does this all the time. They need to
decide where to invest to get maximum beans back for their shareholders.
Putting money in W2K based XML business process automation makes a
whole lot of sense at the moment.
With the current economic weather, your IT strategy should be investing
in (or promote and support) projects with a measurable return. That's
what the top execs are looking for: stuff that both helps their profits
and total revenue. And we'll help you keep those servers up & running.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Failed Your Security Audit?
Most of the security audits that are being done in large companies
start their search by focusing on a few well known major procedural
omissions. One of these is not changing passwords of services. This
is something you simply *have* to do on a regular basis.
Service Explorer allows you to manage multiple services across multiple
servers simultaneously. Ever come across the familiar loophole of
unchanged service accounts that have Domain privileges? Service Explorer
fixes this by allowing you to change passwords on hundreds of services
located across your network, all in one single operation.
You can target multiple services on multiple systems in one operation.
For example, you can now change the password on hundreds of services
spread across your network. You can control any service on any server
in your network easily with Service Explorer. Easy to use GUI allows
you to stop, start, restart, and change any property of services on
any system on your network.
Service Explorer requires no agents to be installed on managed systems,
and you can easily install and remove Windows 2000/NT services. You can
choose to remove a single service on a single system, or remove ten
services on a hundreds systems in one simple operation. Service Explorer
fully supports Windows 2000's services as well as Windows NT. This puppy
is worth a look.
Which Migration Tool To Use?
As you have seen in the Tech Briefing above, getting to W2K is no breeze.
It will take a lot of preparatory work, and then you need to migrate. You
will need tools and even *with* the tools, it's still a headache. Network
World just did a review that I liked and think will save you a lot of
time. It starts like this:
"If you're not concerned about the magnitude of the task required to
migrate to Active Directory, you probably don't run Windows NT. But
the reality is that if you're planning a migration, don't plan to take
any time off soon. Four firms offer tools that can help you make the
transition from an NT 4.0 domain-based network to Windows 2000 Active
Directory. These third-party products are Aelita Software's Controlled
Migration Suite, BindView's bv-Admin for Windows 2000 Migration, FastLane
Technologies' DM/Manager and NetIQ's Domain Migration Administrator (DMA)."
Actually I have a fifth you should have on your shortlist, www.altiris.com
but these are the main players in that niche for sure. The article on
the network world site is here and warmly recommended:
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
A bunch of cool games were announced for the XBOX (which runs the W2K OS)
Remember I talked about the Kyocera Smartphone with the Palm OS? Here's
the Microsoft alternative (only available in Europe for the moment)
Article about anti-piracy poison pill that destroys file if messed with
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