Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Apr 2, 2001 (Vol. 6, #22 - Issue #257)
Sunbelt Launches Services Organization
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- New SunPoll: Your Fave OS?
- TECH BRIEFING
- Sunbelt Launches Services Organization
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- W2K2 Licensing Changes / Product Support Phase outs
- Win X Support Phase Outs
- New WinUpdate
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Cybercrime - You Can Team Up With The FBI (USA only)
- Make a Six Figure Income with your CCIA Certification
- Super Happy Event Log Monitor Camper
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Exam 70-220, Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network
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New SunPoll: Your Fave OS?
I'm keeping the column short this time: The new SunPoll and the
announcement about our new Services Division. Here is the latest
"What do you consider the most compelling OS of the next 5 years? (whether or not you intent to use it)"
Vote here, the left column has the SunPoll. No religious wars please ;-)
- Windows 2000/Whistler
- Windows ME
- Some other OS
Next, I invite you to read the Tech Briefing about the new Services
Division we are launching. We may be able to help you out getting
your projects done before those dreaded deadlines.
PS, the work on your Profile is almost done!
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Fix Them Holes: For Security's Sake!
The message is clear. You simply -have- to apply the hotfixes on both
NT and W2K. Apart from vulnerability scanners, here is a -really- useful
little tool that is cheap, does what you need it to, and is extremely
easy to implement: SPQuery. Scans your domain, reports on missing fixes,
and implements the ones you want. Integrated with the MS-websites. Easy
as pie. This kind of utility is one of these tools you cannot afford NOT
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Sunbelt Launches Services Organization
We all know you guys are under pressure. Lack of budget and time are
the # 1 and 2 problems, but in the same breath the lack of IT manpower
is always mentioned as well. And then there are deadlines for urgent
projects. It's always the same old song. And since the word deadline
starts with the word 'dead', there is some urgency that comes down
from top management.
Guess the picture is painted clearly. Especially for mission-critical
projects that cannot stand any downtime. Well, Sunbelt comes to the
rescue. We are launching our Services Division to help you out installing
popular tools we carry. It's actually already been running since Q4
last year but now we're ready to come out in the open after the bugs
have been ironed out.
Take a look at our Installation Services
I'm inviting you all to have a look at the new page where we describe
what we can do for you. And make sure to check out the million dollar
smile of Julie Seijo. She is the Services Coordinator you'll be talking
to :-) You should have a look at this page, just so that you know what
the new installation services are that we now offer, and the cost of it.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
W2K2 Licensing Changes / Product Support Phase outs
It looks like MS is going to make a change in the way W2K2 (Codename
Whistler) will be licensed. They are looking at demoting W2K Server to
be a small business product (with built-in limits) and want to have
everyone standardize on W2K Advanced Server. Brian Valentine said
as much at the WinHEC conference this week.
They also plan to create a new sort of license for webfarms that
use large racks with lots of servers-on-a-board on top of each other
which are called "blades". As you know, W2K Advanced Server with 25
Client Access Licenses costs 120 percent more than W2K Server with
the same number of CALs, so they will have to modify their prices
to get away with a standardization on W2K AS. Sunbelt runs its own
webservers on W2K AS for the simple reason that this puppy can be
Win X Support Phase Outs
Still using Windows 1.x through 3.x? Or W95, Windows for Workgroups
or versions of DOS up to V6.22? Well, it's going to get cold out
there at the end of this year. No more Redmond support. And in the
summer of 2003, they are planning the same thing for Win NT Workstation
and Windows 98. I do not care about all the old W9x stuff, but I
object to phasing out support for NT WS that early. There are many
machines still running NT4 and they should at least extend support
for NTWS through summer 2004 or 2005. Write your MS-rep!
Also, in WXP there will be an new version of the Windows Update.
This time, home users will have the option to have the OS patched,
updated, and Service Packed all transparently via the Net. It will
also have a humongous repository of 'MS-approved drivers'. Nice
for home use. But in production environments MS better allow a
simple opt-out. I don't want no friggin automatic updates on my
business boxes until I see what the fix is and what it does. How
'bout you? :-)
In case you haven't got the info yet, the Win2K fix for the stolen
Verisign certificates is available at this URL on MS's site:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Cybercrime - You Can Team Up With The FBI (USA only)
The FBI/NIPC is beginning a group called InfraGard. There are groups
in about 25 major cities. FBI Agents are coordinating founding local
chapters. The purpose is to share knowledge and coordinate defense.
For chapters near you, check out the following link:
Make a Six Figure Income with your CCIA Certification
The buzz around Cisco certification goes like this: "If you're a CCIE,
you can write your own ticket -- and plan to earn in the six figures."
This new survey done by TCPMag.com bears that out to some extent. Not
only did they find that CCIEs on average earn in the six figures, but
they reported larger bonuses, a greater number of stock options, more
paid training -- and higher job satisfaction.
But CCIEs make up only a small portion of the total number of Cisco
certified professionals in the world. Most of you reading the results
of the first annual TCPmag.com salary survey fall somewhere short of
the CCIE in your certification efforts. In fact, most of you, if you
hold any Cisco title, are CCNAs. There is hope though. Check the survey!
Super Happy Event Log Monitor Camper
This is the actual email we received from Bruce:
"I am blown away with the ELM software! A little history.....maybe it
will come in handy for future sales. In July of 2000, we made the
decision to purchase and install Computer Associates NetworkIT
product. After paying approx. $8,000 for the product, we paid another
$19,000 to a consulting firm to come and install, configure, test and
perform some knowledge transfer on the product. This 10-day project
proceeded to take 30+ days, at which point we decided we'd be better
off ourselves without the consulting firm.
"That was the first of September. As of yesterday, I still had 80% of
my initial objectives to meet with NetworkIT. At noon today, I installed
ELM to take another look at what gaps it could fill in that NetworkIT
was having such problems doing. Utterly amazing....by 2pm today, only
2 hours after begin to configure the product, I had ALL BUT 20% of
my objectives met, with ELM alone! Another hour later, and I had
several of my secondary obectives met, things I had completely given
up with under NetworkIT!
"I had to call tech support for one question about syslogs, and they
fixed it within 5 minutes. I'm floored. So, I need some pricing on
this baby. One console on Windows 2000, and 40 agents for NT/2000
Servers. If I'm close to a price break, let me know, as I'm purchasing
servers at the rate of about one per month right now.
"In addition, I want to verify licensing for SNMP and syslog events. It
appears that ELM is licensed per number of console and gents. I have many
routers and switches that I want to report to the console via syslog
and/or SNMP. Do these need to be licensed in some manner as well?"
Here is the brand new updated ELM webpage with the latest features:
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
The best MCSE and Cisco Certification Boot Camps. Told Ya so.
Vending Machines go high tech. Pay via your cellphone.
MS developed a TabletPC running WXP. Here's the specs, check 'em out.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Exam 70-220, Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network
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