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Thu, Sep 6, 2001 (Vol. 6, #68 - Issue #303)
WPA Loosened Up
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Industry Consolidation / Public Service Announcements
- TECH BRIEFING
- A Glossary Of All W2K Services
- European WinSummit Conference
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Windows Product Activation in WXP Loosened Up
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- SuperCache Boosts Exchange Performance
- Prevent Potential Hard Drive Crashes
- Why A Commercial But Low Cost Remote Control Tool?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Windows 2000 Professional On Site
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Industry Consolidation / Public Service Announcements
Everyone has been talking about it since yesterday. These kinds of
things are like an earthquake in the Industry. Numbers 2 and 3 merging
into a giant that is just a few billion per year short of big kahuna
IBM. Personally I think this is not a particularly good idea for either
HP or Compaq. The IT industry is littered with failed mergers. From
a marketing perspective the Compaq brand is worth literally billions.
They would be smart to at least keep the sub brands like Proliant and
Presario, or come out with a new line called "H-Paq" or something.
Anyway, combining two companies that both lose money in the consumer
PC space only gets you... right. One big company that loses even more
money in that area. Think of the maximum of 100% available Top Management
CPU cycles (or attention units if you will). At least 30% of those
units will be focused on merging the two mammoths together instead of
optimizing market share. Guess who is going to benefit? Right. Dell.
And what's this got to do with Microsoft and W2K? Not all that much
really. Just one large player that they cannot leverage anymore against
the others. The new HP will be able to push back to MS a bit better,
but that is all. Government regulators will probably stall this deal
for a year, and when all is said and done, I do not think much good
will come out of it for the two players involved in this consolidation
dance, and unfortunately neither for their shareholders. Who knows,
this whole idea might not even make it into reality. It seems I'm not
the only one who thinks this way. Investors hammered both HP and Compaq
stock right after the announcement.
We're going to add a Fave Link now and then, which are so called "Public
Service Announcements". If you do not live in the USA, PSA's are free
promo for non-profits, usually charities. I was originally trained as
an educator before I moved to the computer bizz in the late seventies,
so Kids and Education are still close to my heart. Now and then you'll
see some Fave Links to sites that focus on these areas from here on out.
if you have some sites you'd like to propose, send them over!
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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A Glossary Of All W2K Services
A subscriber in Sunbelt's NTSYSADMIN list mentioned a very
useful link. He had found a reference article that summarizes
all of the approximately 100 services in the W2K Server family.
They are in alphabetical order and the article provides general
info on how each service is related to the functioning of the OS
and describes the major effects of disabling each service. That
last part is really interesting.
A "service" is a process or set of processes that adds functionality
to Windows by providing support to other programs. The default
installation of each version of W2K Server provides a core set of
services and configurations designed to suit most needs, but you
can mix and match if you want.
Every service in W2K 2000 has three states, which you can control
with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Snap-in:
This is a very interesting link. Plug it in your own Favorites,
you'll come back there often enough to do so. And if you want to
subscribe (free) to the server you can do that here. Note, this is a high-volume list with up to 100 messages per day
- Disabled. These services are installed but not currently running.
- Set to manual. These services are installed but will start only
when another service or application needs its functionality.
- Set to automatic. These services are started by the operating
system after device drivers are loaded at boot time.
And here is the link to the article itself:
Contributed by roving editor Sandy VandeBult.
European WinSummit Conference
The Microsoft .NET Development Platform, Windows XP, Windows 2002,
HailStorm and compare technologies are the heralds of new programming
paradigms. How those affect the developer world will be presented in
all details to developers at the WinSummit-Conference, October 8th
to 12th 2001 in Davos, Switzerland.
This fall, hundreds of professional developers will be gathering in
Davos for the third WinSummit Conference. This year?s conference program
features again some truly exciting speakers like David Chappell, Charles
Petzold, Don Box as well as all the great speakers the attendees expect.
Jeffrey Richter as technical chair has setup 130 in-depth sessions with
more than 25 expert speakers to present the whole range of the new Windows
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NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Windows Product Activation in WXP Loosened Up
Thanks for listening Microsoft! Heaven knows I have been screaming
about this issue, but I really had severe doubts. Now I'm much less
pessimistic about WPA. It's been loosened up significantly, but no
one wasn't told a darn thing. Good that Paul Thurrott, from the
wininformant site gave everyone a heads-up.
Two major changes were made in WPA early August as a result from
consumer and Analyst "feedback". (read acrimonious accusations).
The first one is that new users who get XP preinstalled on their
new box will NOT have to activate or reactivate WXP. This is about
90% of all machines out there, so this is a major change in policy.
Copies of XP that ship with new PCs are coded only to the BIOS, so
you can change as much hardware as you like, just leave the BIOS
Change number two is when you buy XP as a separate product in your
local store. XP looks at 10 hardware components when it determines
if reactivation is needed. You can now change 6 of these components
(that used to be four) before you need to reactivate, assuming you
leave the Network Interface card alone. More over, you can change
a particular hardware component as many times as you want, and if
you add something that does not count either.
I'm really happy with this policy change in MS, and it still does
something against casual piracy so all in all this is now a much
more palatable solution. Here is the latest specific info on WPA
from the Microsoft site. (And thanks Paul for letting us know).
But what I do not understand is that the MS PR-machine did not make
a humongous amount of noise about this. They should have. Oh well.
Another Redmond mystery. [grin]
(Note, this is a MS Word Document. If you don't have Word, you can get a viewer here)
THIRD PARTY NEWS
SuperCache Boosts Exchange Performance
So here are a few technical tests that show clearly that caching data
can reduce Exchange response times significantly. We ran SuperCache 2000
on a Dell PowerEdge server at a customer site, and the results follow.
System Under Test: Windows AS 2000 SP1 with Exchange 2000. Dell
PowerEdge Dual 550Mhz processors with 8GB memory with extended
- System disk - 9GB
- Information Store -- 100 GB (4 * 25 GB databases)
- Log file -- circular logging only.
Results: LoadSim2000, MMB2,
- Enable SuperCache on Information Store drives ONLY.
- SuperCache index size is set to be 100, and Buffer size is set at 64KB.
exp_name, task_name, 95%tile RT, mean RT
------------ ------------- --------------- -------------
S02 SEND 10109 1563
S02 weighted 2785 297
S05 SEND 3465 496
S05 weighted 1963 129
S02 is the reference base line for 1200 MMB2 users with Exchange Cache
Enabled. S05 is the SuperCache run with 1200 MMB2 users, with Exchange
Cache Minimized to 10 MB and SuperCache Enabled using extended memory.
These results indicate that SuperCache 2000 reduced 95%tile response
time significantly, which are the rules used to qualify Exchange
Performance. This also tells us SuperCache reduced the standard
deviation of the exchange mean response time distribution to a MORE
- For SEND operation, the 95%tile response time improved 291%,
(10109/3465) * 100.
- For the weighted 95%tile response time improved 142%,
(2785/1963) * 100.
- For SEND operation, the mean response time improved close to 315%,
(1563/496) * 100.
- For the weighted mean, the response time improved 230 %,
(297/129) * 100.
All of this relatively technical evidence simply points to the fact
that if you plug enough RAM in a server and then use that to cache a
lot of data, your Exchange performance soars. And RAM is dirt cheap
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Every organization develops its own vocabulary. (And subsequently has
communications problems with its surroundings) ;-) Here is Microsoft's
internal dictionary. Entertaining! You need the MS reader, so 2 links.
first download the reader and install it, then click on MicroSpeak
Each OS has its own DeathMarch, here's the last few weeks before the XP release.
The US Government Project to saveguard privacy while web surfing.
Public Service Announcement: Know a Charity that does something with Kids, Education and/or computers? Let me know at my email address up in the Editor's Corner.
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