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Thu, Dec 13, 2001 (Vol. 6, #95 - Issue #330)
NT4.0 Farewell Party
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Win an XBOX for Christmas / Turn off third party mailers
    • Sticking With NT 4.0 After All?
    • Warning for Bogus Holiday e-Cards
    • NT4.0 Farewell Party: July 1, 2003
    • STAT Scanner, V4.0, Update 9 (released December 10, 2001)
    • New Version Of High-End Job Scheduler
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Building Lego Mindstorm Robots
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Win an XBOX for Christmas / Turn off third party mailers

We sent this out as a stand-alone text message on Tuesday, and here is the reminder for our new "Refer A Friend" program. It's simple. You go to your profile and complete it. (We need an address to send that XBOX to, right? [grin]) Then add up to three email addresses of friends you'd like to invite to subscribe to W2Knews. Click on the Update Button and for everyone that confirms their subscription, your name gets added to the list of potential winners. And your friend that confirmed is added to that list too! Click here to update your profile and Refer A Friend.

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Sticking With NT 4.0 After All?

I found a pretty good article by Stephen Swoyer on the ENTmag site. It goes into detail why people stick with NT, the problems moving to W2K and Active directory, and the article explains why there are still new deployments rolling out every day with NT 40 SP6 even as we speak. Instead of sending the whole article, here is the link. Recommended reading from the "strategic" perspective.

And here is an article by the same guy about how to BUILD secure, reliable, and stable NT 4.0 boxes:

Warning for Bogus Holiday e-Cards

Just as a heads-up, least year more than 67 million of these e-Cards were sent during the Holiday season by popular companies Hallmark and AmericanGreetings.com. Warn your users that when they open these cards, they might be a virus in disguise. That could pose a serious problem if they forward them to co-workers. Good idea to send out a message to that extent.


NT4.0 Farewell Party: July 1, 2003

MS plans to officially withdraw NT 4.0 at July 1, 2003. From that day you will not be able to buy it anymore, and support slowly is phased out. MS has already started to try to phase out NT, as reported in W2Knews issue # 311 by stopping to sell NT volume licenses. That effectively forced anyone rolling out new servers to get the higher priced W2K licenses.

And last week Redmond unveiled their long-term support plans, which indicate that it really goes away. The 'shrinkwrap' NT Server and NT Server Enterprise Edition boxes disappear from shelves July 1, 2002. The rest of the Phase Out Schedule goes as follows:

January 1, 2003: Introduction of fee-based support for, among other things, bug fixes and Windows NT non-security hotfixes.
January 1, 2004: Redmond ends non-security hotfix updates.
January 1, 2005, online Windows NT support disappears.

This obviously will make people think about moving to W2K a bit faster these coming two years. MS is cutting off NT's life simply because they want people to upgrade, and to get out of supporting the now 5-year old code base.

Most of us though are very happy using NT as a plain vanilla mail server or file-print box, as it works like clockwork doing that. Oh well, the price of progress I guess.


STAT Scanner, V4.0, Update 9 (released December 10, 2001)

STAT Scanner now contains a total of 1315 vulnerability checks. Update 9 tests for the latest patches for Windows NT 4.0, W2K, WXP Professional, Red Hat Linux, and Sun Solaris. These patches prevent denial of service attacks or unauthorized access or privilege elevation.

Update 9 checks for new vulnerabilities in Microsoft Universal Plug & Play, Internet Explorer 5.5, and 6, Windows Media Player, and recent malware such as Badtrans and W32.goner. It also checks for the three critical updates for the new Windows XP operating system. STAT Scanner uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer vulnerabilities. The update can be downloaded from the STAT website:

New Version Of High-End Job Scheduler

The latest ActiveBatch, is a powerful Calendar, Event and On-Demand job scheduling system designed specifically for today?s enterprise that demands reliable coordination between disparate operating systems and platforms, complex dependent processes, interactive and batch tasks, and a lot more. Only ActiveBatch can deliver this level of sophistication at an affordable price because it is a Windows centric system not a re-hash of an older legacy scheduling system.

"Cypress Semiconductor ran ActiveBatch on six machines on our first project and the payback was immediate..." according to Dennis Bell, Director of Technical Operations.

Internet Week has just interviewed the people at Cypress Semiconductor and produced a great feature on their use of ActiveBatch, its immediate and future payback. ActiveBatch is being successfully deployed at hundreds of new customer sites as an effective and efficient solution to meet the needs for true job automation. Read why About.com reviewer, Douglas Ludens called ActiveBatch "the best product I?ve seen" in the November issue.

If you need more than the Task Scheduler or AT command can deliver, improved price performance over legacy scheduling systems, or just improved reliability and flexibility then download ActiveBatch today!


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

  • Google now has ALL 3 billion posts to usenet from 1981 forward on the web. Search for your name and get a "Blast From The Past" eyeful:
  • Always wanted to know how Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) really works? Here is a good primer:
  • Pretty useful site loaded with networking hints and tips. Recommended.
  • Christmas Vacation Reading. Ever wondered how the Sept 11 attacks slipped through the CIA's net? Here is a book that is a classic in intelligence circles describing how the CIA was formed and how it operates. Written by the expert in this particular field. I know him, Burton Hersh is a friend of mine. Check out: "The Old Boys" site:

    Building Lego Mindstorm Robots

    Some Christmas fun this time around. This book is about building robots using Lego bricks and components. In the first section of the book they discuss why Lego is an ideal system to build them The second section is about how to build a robot. Here they provide a set of tools you need to explore the world of robotics. Some basic knowledge about mechanics, motors, sensors, pneumatics, navigation, and many tips and tricks. In Part III they start to face the tough question, the one we actually would try to answer with this book: "I got a Mindstorms kit, I have learnt how to use it, what do I build now?".