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Mon, May 28, 2001 (Vol. 6, #38 - Issue #273)
New 64-Bit Windows Only Via OEM's
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Nasty Viruses
    • My Exchange Transaction Logs Fill Up My Drive. HELP!
    • Another Windows Flavor Only Via OEM's: 64-Bit
    • So, What ARE The Differences between WXP And The Others?
    • Is Microsoft Making Windows 2000 MCSE Certification Easier?
    • Where Would You Like Your Data To Go Today?
    • Dataquest: Storage Management Software Market To Triple
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Configuring ISA Server 2000
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Nasty Viruses

Hi NT/W2K-ers,

There seem to be a couple of nasty viruses doing the rounds again, so make sure you warn your users (again) to not open emails and/or attachments with titles like virtual flowers or cards for them. And of course have your anti-virus email apps at the ready.

Let's have a look at the news!

Warm regards,

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(email me with feedback: [email protected])

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My Exchange Transaction Logs Fill Up My Drive. HELP!

In the Exchange & OutLook UPDATE, an e-zine that I definitely recommend if you are running Exchange (like we are too in Sunbelt), I found this short point which I'm sure you are all going to run into one day:

Q. I need to move my transaction logs to another drive because they keep filling up the partition they're on now. What's the best way to do this?

A. You've hit on the only real drawback of Exchange Server's transaction-oriented architecture. Because each change to the Information Store (IS) databases generates a transaction in the transaction log files, anything that makes lots of changes to your IS (such as a mail loop or moving lots of mailboxes) makes your log files balloon in size. If you don't have enough space on the drive where the log files are stored, the IS shuts down, logging a message in the event log at the same time. When this happens, you have a problem: You shouldn't delete the log files manually, but if you don't do something to make more space available, you won't be able to restart the IS. Find out what you can do at the following URL.

You can subscribe to that newsletter over here:


Another Windows Flavor Only Via OEM's: 64-Bit

ENT Mag came out with the scoop that the 64-bit Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition will only be available via OEM's. This is just like W2K Datacenter Server. Both distribution and pricing via OEM's exclusively and this means you only can get it together with the hardware. This 64-bit compiled version is based on 2002 code, not W2K! You can expect to get your hands on this puppy at the same time Intel will ship Itanium, and 25 OEM's will come out with systems starting Q3 this year.

Now, do not expect to immediately see benefits like more adressable memory which a 64-bit wide data-path would offer. This first version allows 64Gig RAM and 8 CPU's max. OEM's like NEC and Unisys are working on 16, 32 and even 64-CPU monster machines. MS will allow OEM's to come out with different configurations, and get these certified before they get shipped. This is going to get interesting, as now you're looking at a hardware-software combo pretty much on par regarding reliability with high-end Unix, but the code is much more recent. This stuff might just give Sun/Solaris a run for its money. We'll see.

Look at Dell to come out with an early Itanium-based server. They chose to go with a "rack dense" server configuration that you cannot distinguish from one of their four-CPU machines.

The system has been christened PowerEdge 7150 and will ship with the new Windows 64-bit "Limited Edition" and also Red Hat Linux if you'd like that.

The Dell guys said the 7150 will come with up to four 733MHz or 800MHz Itanium CPU's and up to 64GB of RAM. You can have up to four redundant hot-pluggable hard drives with a max of 144GB of disk storage. Not to be sneezed at.

So, What ARE The Differences between WXP And The Others?

Quite a few. MS took the time to compare them, and provides us with a look at the home and professional versions of Windows. Here's the URL's you can check. The first compares the features in Windows XP Home Edition to those in Windows 95, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition, and see how Windows XP Home Edition will let you do more.

The features in the table below shows why MS wants every business to upgrade to WXP Pro. This saves some time.


Is Microsoft Making Windows 2000 MCSE Certification Easier?

The 70-244 Exam is now available as an elective for Windows 2000 MCSE Certification. This exam should be easier for those individuals that are currently maintaining NT 4.0 Networks. This exam has been available since April 17, 2001. There is a bit more about this over here:

Where Would You Like Your Data To Go Today?

How safe is your data... really? Energy mismanagement that causes unannounced hours-long rolling blackouts will be happening this summer for sure in California, likely in a few neighboring states, and the Wall Street Journal also pointed to New York as a place where this might occur. Your little UPS-es are going to conk out in 10-20 minutes. Unless you have invested something like 20 to 30 grand in large battery backup systems that guarantee 8 hours of power, you're going to be in trouble.

We in Sunbelt live in Florida, so we have a double backup system: indeed 8 hours of in-house battery backup for the server room, but also our data gets pumped out in real-time to Texas into a co-located server at DataReturn. That server has a slightly different URL. You can try it out: www.sunbeltsoftware.com (no dash) but the content is replicated in real time from our source systems in Clearwater. And of course we are using Double-Take for all this.

The developer recently announced that Double-Take is now W2K certified as the first data replication tool for Windows 2000 Advanced Server. If you want to get your data off site in real time, we have something for you that will help you with that problem. Check out this page:

Dataquest: Storage Management Software Market To Triple

According to a new report from industry analyst Dataquest, the worldwide storage management software market is going to triple from a "paltry" $5.3 billion in 2000 to a whopping $16.7 billion in 2005. Just this year 2001, this market is projected to grown 26.4% to $6.6 billion.

Dataquest said that despite the current soft market (meaning sales cycles take longer), the outlook over five years remains strong. That is because of continued growth of data storage. And sure enough, all kinds of apps ranging from the web to data hungry warehouse deployments all gobble up space and need a higher level of admin utilities.

In 2001, the largest segment of the pie was storage infrastructure, with 41%. Next slice is data management with 40%. This will change little over the next 5 years.

Dataquest analyst Carolyn DiCenzo said: "Data replication products have been driving the growth in the storage infrastructure segment". Where this stuff will be going is so called "virtualization software". It is still new, but you will see vendors come out with products that support SANs. These kinds of tools allow you to optimize your storage resources via pooling of disk storage.


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

  • Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with Only One Reboot
  • Want to quickly see how much defragging a disk could speed up your box?
  • Interesting study & white paper about Denial Of Service Attacks

    Configuring ISA Server 2000

    If you are into building firewalls for W2K, this is a MUST-Have book. This time, instead of a short dry description, one of the Amazon.com Reader Reviews from May 17, 2001. Reviewer: James Glenn from Phoenix: "One of the best computer books I've read. I bought this book after having read the Shinders Windows 2000 TCP/IP book, and also several of their MCSE study guides, and I'm very glad I did. Anyone who has worked at all with ISA Server knows just how complex it really is. This book will make you truly understand all of these complexities".