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Thu, Jun 7, 2001 (Vol. 6, #41 - Issue #276)
MS Denies OXP Crack
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • MS Denies OXP Crack
    • Bandwidth Flavors
    • How the OXP Licensing Works
    • Windows XP May Have Instant Messenger On Steroids
    • Look Before You Leap to AD. Then Check TEM!
    • June Special for Print Queue Manager
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference
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MS Denies OXP Crack

Hi NT/W2K-ers,

It sounds like I have made some people in MS a bit concerned. They came out with a denial of my Office XP crack and said this may have been a confusion about licensing. More in the NT/2000 Related News section below. Boy, a lot is happening in the industry. It's hard to keep up. I'm getting input from about 25 channels and picking out the really interesting stuff is almost a full time job. But hey, I'm not complaining. This is fun stuff to do.

HINT: If you need a quick test to see if your email works, send one to this email address. It sends one back immediately! [email protected]

Warm regards,

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Bandwidth Flavors

Last issue, I pulled a bandwidth out of my hat (OC148) that I thought would be high up there. One of those unattainable "ideal-scenes". Well, some one helped me out of my dreams and sent me a very helpful explanation of how the Internet speeds actually stack up. Most people start with a T1, but if you want more, here goes!

OC (Optical Carrier) circuits come in a variety of bandwidths, but "OC-148" is not one of them. The OC hierarchy goes as follows, starting with a T3/DS3 electrical carrier and then on to an OC-1:

DS3 (Electrical) = 44.736mbits/sec = 28 T1s/DS1s
STS1 (Electrical) = (1) DS3 @ 44.736mbits/sec with SONET (Synchronous Optical NET) overhead = 51.840mbits/sec
OC-1 (Optical) = (1) STS1 on Optical facilities
OC-3 = (3) OC-1's = 155.52mbits/sec
OC-9 = (9) OC-1's (not commonly used) = 466.56mbits/sec
OC-12 = (12) OC-1s or (4) OC-3's = 622.08mbits/sec
OC-18 = (18) OC-1s (not commonly used) = 933.12mbits/sec
OC-24 = (24) OC-1s (not commonly used) = 1.244gbits/sec
OC-36 = (36) OC-1s (not commonly used) = 1.866gbits/sec
OC-48 = (48) OC-1s or (4) OC-12s or (16) OC-3s = 2.488gbits/sec
OC-192= (192) OC-1's or (4) OC-48s or (16) OC-12s or (64) OC-3s = 9.953gbits/sec

The reason for the stair-stepping of the OC Hierarchy is due to the fact that the next available level of multiplexing ('muxing") of lower-level circuits is usually 4: (4) OC-3s = (1) OC-12, and (4) OC-48s = (1) OC-192.

This muxing scheme is usually dictated by the equipment manufacturers and is pretty much an adopted standard in the Telecom industry - hence the lack of the lesser-common bandwidth aggregations like OC-9, OC-18, etc. The only exception is the OC-3, which was needed to allow the upper-level hierarchy to work. Hope this tidbit of info helps in the future! -- Scott Kindorf -- Network Technician

Thanks a lot Scott :-)


How the OXP Licensing Works

You all read the last issue #275. Some one sent me an email and said "with this key, I can run it all". MS denies that, and said that the real answer may lie in a misunderstanding over the details of MS new licensing agreement. Well, no one from MS took the trouble to pick up the phone and explain me how I was wrong, so for the moment I'm in a wait-and-see mode.

The article goes on with (and I quote)

"If you buy a copy of Office XP off the shelf, or for a single user, the accompanying activation key will allow Office XP to be installed and activated on two machines: a primary desktop and a secondary laptop.

"But in a corporate environment the activation key does not have to be entered on every machine, otherwise the systems administrator would be "tearing his hair out in frustration", according to a MS spokesman.

"It is likely that, in this case, someone had obtained a copy of the corporate edition of Office XP, which would already have been activated. A spokesman for the Redmond giant said that, as far as Microsoft is concerned, "the code had not been cracked" and, although some bootleg copies of Office are appearing, "the activation system was only designed to stop casual copying of software". (end quote)

Yeah, right. Here's how it looks like it works. Here is a story from some one who just received their brand new OfficeXP. Thanks Daniel!

All Office XP Media is "keyed" for a type of media - Retail boxed copies will only accept retail keys (I don't know if it is an algorithm within the key or a block of keys assigned as retail). But Corporate IT staff would go bonkers trying to lock down all these "ACTIVATIONS" to their installed copies of Office. So MS came up with a solution and it is to be implemented with all XP designated licensed products - Corporate version media keys!

My newly arrived media did NOT have a product key sticker anywhere to be seen. I got confused and then remembered a nightmare I had the other night. MS Open licensing's website stores the key to my 30 copies! I have to go to that site and enter the new agreement number to get my Product Key and there it stays nice and safe until something yucky happens to their server or something. That's not the nightmare though.... Here's what I found, this was taken directly from the MS eOpen site that stores my license information.

"Open Product Key. To install certain licensed products you will need to use a specific Open product key (OPK). This OPK is issued to your company for your exclusive use for each specific license purchase. Because your company will be held responsible for unauthorized use of the product keys assigned to your Open License, you agree to use your best efforts to keep a secure record of this product key including not disclosing this product key to any unauthorized third party."

YIKES! Better not share that key! On the line item that contains Office XP is a golden (yellow) key icon (really small and at first I did not even realize what it was) and if I click on that I get the following: Product Key Product description: Office XP Pro Enterprise Win32 OLP NL. Your Open License Product key is xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.

Do not share this information with anyone outside of your organization This text within the pop up can not be selected for copy/paste so you have to write it down the old fashioned way. Now I used my key on that copy of RETAIL software and guess what? No activation needed! I used the RETAIL key on my Open License Media and guess what - that key no workie!

So corporate users can purchase ONE boxed copy of Office XP and use their Open license KEY with it for all installs or they can order media from Microsoft's World Wide Fulfillment center (you will need your license agreement number to complete the order) and use that same key. It's not hacked it's just what key you use!"

Fair enough. So one corporate key that leaks out to the Internet and everyone can use it. OK, I got it. Sure. OXP is not hacked. [grin] And fair warning, there is a lot of new code in OXP. Test, Test, Test and test again before you deploy. There will be bugs and some of them are going to be serious. Here's the article:

Windows XP May Have Instant Messenger On Steroids

MS will intro a field-test version of WXP that boosts the features of its instant-messaging software. This puppy does text, chat, video, audio and telephony services.

It's supposed to be called the "Windows Messenger", and the code is MS's attempt to bundle IM with other communications code and to beat AOL Time Warner's IM technology. AOL is already screaming bloody murder.

This field-test happens to be at the same time as negotiations between the MS and AOL that are about whether MS will include the AOL icon into WXP. They are running into some hitches. Up to now the two have worked together but this may fall apart now. Windows Messenger will be more closely tied to the OS compared to earlier MSN messaging service flavors.

MS is looking to add a bunch of features and more or less redefine the IM category. If you look at the past, they are doing the same thing they did with Outlook. Version 1 was bare bones. Now it has all kinds of bells and whistles, including a calendar. The new MS-IM will have built-in telephony, and video conferencing. But if the quality is actually good enough, this will open up a whole other can of worms. Will it bypass your local PBX? What's the network load going to be, and how about security? Hmmm, not even to think about the connection speed issues.

This stuff is all peer-to-peer. Kinda like Napster as you are talking directly to the IP address of the other person. If you are in the corporate side of things, this needs to be thought through before you deploy. I can think of a few things that not everyone will like with this concept. Also, later today I'll be shown a fully secure, in-company IM application. More about that later. Background article on ZDNet:


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

  • The Launch of Office XP. A good 60 sec. summary of features & background.
  • Steve Gibson claims WXP allows uncontrollable DDOS attacks. Yowser!
  • Want to know more about Itanium. HP has a page about it.

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