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Thu, Dec 13, 2001 (Vol. 6, #95 - Issue #330)
NT4.0 Farewell Party
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Win an XBOX for Christmas / Turn off third party mailers
- TECH BRIEFING
- Sticking With NT 4.0 After All?
- Warning for Bogus Holiday e-Cards
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- NT4.0 Farewell Party: July 1, 2003
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- STAT Scanner, V4.0, Update 9 (released December 10, 2001)
- New Version Of High-End Job Scheduler
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Building Lego Mindstorm Robots
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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.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
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.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
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
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
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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:
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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