Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Oct 1, 2001 (Vol. 6, #75 - Issue #310)
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- TECH BRIEFING
- Only See Half Of W2Knews? Fix This Bug
- Sunbelt Knowledge Base Revamped
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- What Does It Take To Get Datacenter Certified?
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Real Boot Camps vs. Cheat Camps
- Automate Hotfix Management: IIS, SQL, E2K, IE, NT, W2K, WXP
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- FREE STUDY GUIDES-MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for Dummies!
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Thanks very much for all your feedback on the last issue. And another
thank you for everyone that filled out the Microsoft Licensing survey.
We had a whopping 4,500 people respond. After we nixed the double votes
the preliminary results show that MS has not made many friends with
this new licensing scheme. Coming Thursday you will get the Executive
Summary. Giga and Sunbelt are now busy tabulating all the results.
And quite a few of you commented on my rant about Gartner and IIS in
issue #74. You mentioned that Apache already had double the market
share of IIS and would not necessarily become a target for cracking.
You are right of course. IIS is being attacked because it is an easy
target that still has more vulnerabilities than Apache. MS is rewriting
IIS for the .Net environment in a secure way but that may take a while.
Another thing they should have come out with by now is a Service Pack
In the mean time, if you want to stick with IIS and not move to Linux
and/or Apache, you are forced to manage it well and keep hotfixes
applied (there are automated tools for that purpose).
When you read this on Monday, I will be at the Microsoft Exchange
Show in Orlando where we will present the Target Awards to the lucky
winners. Coming Thursday I'll tell you about all the new stuff at
And? we have a new SunPoll that might be interesting for everyone:
Q: Are you going to do what Gartner proposes and trash your IIS?
You can vote on the W2Knews Site over here, left most column, down
- Yup! Moving away to another one.
- Seriously thinking about it.
- Not so likely.
- No Way! We're standardized on IIS and we like it, holes and all.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Only See Half Of W2Knews? Fix This Bug
The Langalist reported last week the following, and we've seen this
with W2Knews as well: Outlook would truncate some -- but not all--
HTML emails; especially if IE6 had been installed. Messy problems
like this are sometime a bear to resolve.
But this one turns out to be a re-occurrence of a problem we
previously covered when IE6 was in beta: A corrupted system file
- MLANG.DLL - is the culprit. Originally, it tended to cause HTML
pages (and emails) sometimes to display as blank pages.
If that bad beta DLL file is on your system and did not get over-
written when you installed the final version of IE6, one consequence
now is that you may see arbitrary page cut-offs. This issue occurs
because the Mlang.dll file for IE6 Public Preview for Windows 98
is incompatible with Outlook 2K and Outlook Express 5, 5.01, and 5
What Win 98 users must do is run System File checker and extract
the MLANG.DLL file from the Win 98 CD. That has and will solve the
Sunbelt Knowledge Base Revamped
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answers available for you 24/7? The Sunbelt Knowledge Base has been
cleaned up, given a new interface and updated. You can:
Check it out over here, our techies are proud of the results and
a lot of work has gone into it!
- Search for Answers
We store all resolved problems in our solution database. Search by
product, category, keywords, or phrases.
- Ask a Question
Submit a question to our technical support staff who will reply to
you by e-mail.
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Login to check the status of your questions, modify your answer
update notifications, update your personal profile, or access
restricted information and features.
- Provide Feedback
Submit a suggestion, complaint, or other feedback about the site.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
What Does It Take To Get Datacenter Certified?
To get the highest approval rating from Veritest, the company that
does the torture tests for Microsoft's Datacenter certification,
an app has to survive a 48-hour stress test on a 32-CPU monster,
and a 24-hour four-node cluster failover test, all this while the
vendor must provide and log 24x7 technical support calls.
Recently three major players received this high standard: SAP AG,
Tivoli and NSI Software's high availability / disaster recovery
Double-Take have received Redmond's kudos and are now certified
to run on the Windows 2000 Datacenter Server platform which last
Wednesday was 1 year old. For Double-Take, check this link:
Quite a few other enterprise software outfits are in the same
process of obtaining their apps certified. Some examples are Baan,
CA, SAS and Software AG, and IBM that got its DB2 certified. And
Microsoft's very own SQL Server 2000 got through the trial by fire.
The certification process is slow. There are just 15 vendors that
made it. Outfits like NetIQ, Veritas, BMC Software, and CommVault
have certified apps, but like always it's the chicken or the egg
type of scene. Why buy Datacenter when your apps do not run on it?
So, the wait is for killer apps that are Datacenter certified. Next
step is the implementation which usually means a replacement of
either a high-end Unix machine or even a small mainframe. Those
vendors will go through great lengths to stop that from happening.
Microsoft needs to show a skeptical MIS management audience that
Datacenter can compete in the truly mission-critical glass house
environment. Apps like SAP and DB2 are the way MS will break into
the super high end as the cost of high volume, off the shelf Intel
components with MS software will be lower than boxes from for
instance Sun. Or so MS hopes. Source: ENT Magazine.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Real Boot Camps vs. Cheat Camps
Let's face it: Boot Camps are about getting your Certification. In
good economic times, you get certified to cash in and get better pay.
In bad times, you get certified to hold on to your job when laid off
techs out there are trying to get yours. In both cases certification
is needed. Certification can be a valid measure of real world skills.
According to one study, only 8% of today's NT 4.0 MCSEs will have
upgraded their certification to Windows 2000 by January 1st. Now,
that might end up to be a bit more, but still the number will drop
drastically. This does represent an opportunity! Read More at:
Automate Hotfix Management: IIS, SQL, E2K, IE, NT, W2K, WXP
Been hit by viruses lately? Need to keep IIS up to snuff? The new
version 5.1 of UpdateExpert adds a tremendous amount of value to
overworked and underpaid system- and security administrators. Just
ask yourself if any of these statements apply to you:
"Microsoft just released the latest security hotfixes for IIS and W2K
UpdateEXPERT solves these and many more problems. Here are the new
features in Version 5.1. UpdateEXPERT now supports Windows XP and
the following Microsoft apps:
- I don't have time to write scripts and test them.
- I'm too busy cleaning up after Nimda.
- I need to know if the hotfix installations I deployed last month are
- Since Microsoft's updates are not regular, I am forced to
reprioritize my day, as well as figure out which ones apply to my
- I need to define what hotfixes are required and detect what machines
conform to my policies".
In addition to installing the updates, UpdateEXPERT will ensure that
the update is correctly installed. This validation can be performed
at any time and as part of the deployment process. You can designate
updates as required. This enable you to manage hotfixes by policy,
something that is regarded as the holy grail but just wasn't available
up to now.
- SQL Server
- Exchange Server
- Internet Explorer
- Media Player
- Windows Media Services
- Office (Summer 2001)
- Outlook (Summer 2001)
You can simply define what updates are required with a click of the
mouse. The sum of required updates equals the user's policies. Policies
are used for many configuration parameters. Security and staging are
just a couple of policy factors.
You can run reports to verify your policy adherence. This report makes
it easy to see how your inventory matches up against what updates are
required. Policy management is enforced by defining policy (with
required Updates) and managing by exception those machines that are
incomplete. Note on the Eval you can download: This version of
UpdateEXPERT will allow you to evaluate 5 machines for 15 days.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Silicon.com reports on IT managers not so happy with MS licensing
A new, technically leading edge, blisteringly fast virus scanner
Hit back against worms by throwing them into a tarpit. Article here:
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