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Mon, Aug 5, 2002 (Vol. 7, #54 - Issue #385)
Future IT Trends
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Follow-up on how Many WinXP licenses were sold
    • Register For MEC Today
    • Future Information Technology Trends - Your Vision?
    • OK, Which Tools Are Selling The Best?
    • MS Boosts SMB/SBS Consultants With $500 Rebate Per Customer
    • Corporate Users Really Like iHateSpam
    • Ultimate W2K Network Mgmt, Design & Engineering Reference CD
    • Retina Network Security Scanner Releases New V4.8
    • NTAccess Saved My Butt
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices
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Follow-up on how Many WinXP licenses were sold

Quite a few people told me that the MS numbers of WinXP licenses sold might be somewhat misleading. With the July 31 Licensing deadline, many companies are using software assurance and upgrade advantage to upgrade their licensing to XP, but using the backwards licensing compatibility to continue to utilize Win2k instead of upgrading to XP. The main reason for that is that you can't buy licensing upgrades for Win2k any longer. This greatly inflates the XP numbers actually "in use".

The feedback from the market however is that many people are installing XP Pro on just about all of the new systems they build. The general level of confidence in the OS on new hardware is good, as long as you test all the components. I would estimate that half of Microsoft's clients are now licensed for XP, but only a smallish percentage actually using it. So, let's do a SunPoll and check what the reality out there is! Here is the new SunPoll: "What percentage of your current Windows XP licenses are you actually using for a "downgrade" and use Windows NT or W2K instead on these machines?" Vote here, leftmost column:

Register For MEC Today

The MEC is October 8-11 in Anaheim, California. Sunbelt will have a booth and you can come pick up your iHateSpam toy-gun. But the scheduling is a bit rocky as the MEC is at the same time as the HP Enterprise Technical Symposium. See what I just received from some one who sent this to HP. [grin]

"So, which rocket scientist in your employ decided to schedule the HP Enterprise Technical Symposium 2002 conference on the same dates as the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2002? As a Compaq/HP Accredited System Engineer I would have loved to attend the HP ETS 2002 event (www.hpets2002.com), however, as a Microsoft Certified Professional, I also need to attend the MEC 2002 event. To truly make me and the rest of the ASE engineers here laugh, you guys (HP) are Platinum sponsors of the MEC event. Purely brilliant guys. Given the fact that Microsoft had announced their date well in advance of yours, we're already scheduled to go to MEC event. Maybe we'll see you next year..."

Here is where you can register for the MEC. See us in Anaheim!

Quote of the day: "There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't."

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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Future Information Technology Trends - Your Vision?

Instead of telling you about Tech, this time we're "reversing the flow", we want you to tell us about tech! We're currently conducting an online study examining current and future information technology trends. As a leader in the information technology space, we are very interested in your thoughts and opinions. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. To thank you for completing the survey, we will enter you into a drawing to win a cash prize of $1,000.

Please take part in this research by clicking on the link below or pasting it into your browser:

The data you submit will remain confidential and will not be released, sold, or used in advertising. It will only be used to compile aggregate stats for a summary report. Neither you nor your company will be identified in any way. Your input is important, so please respond now, or no later than Tuesday August 13, at 5pm. Thank you very much for your time!

OK, Which Tools Are Selling The Best?

We get this request on a very regular basis. Everyone always wants to know what everyone else is buying/using. So we report on monthly basis about the tools that are actually being BOUGHT. These numbers are based on sales volume in US Dollars, not amount of tools downloaded. This is the LIST:

  1. Double-Take
  2. iHateSpam
  3. Update Expert
  4. Retina
  5. ScriptLogic
  6. Event Log Manager Enterprise Edition
  7. Sunbelt Remote Admin
  8. L0phtcrack
  9. SecureIIS
  10. Storage Central
And you can find this month's list here:

MS Boosts SMB/SBS Consultants With $500 Rebate Per Customer

Starting August 1st and running six months, Microsoft will cut up to $500 rebate checks to SMB consultants, VARs, resellers and system builders that provide Small Business Server 2000 (SBS) services (installation, training, consulting). To participate, you must pass an SBS exam and then sell SBS-related services. "This isn't a price cut in the SBS product," states Harry Brelsford, author of Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices.

Brelsford continued with: "Rather, it's Microsoft saying SMB consultants/ resellers/ system builders know the SMB space better than the MS SMB marketing pros in Redmond - and hence can better spend the $500 rebate per customer. Interestingly, if the rebate is passed to the customer, SBS becomes the same estimated retail price as standalone W2K Server. What's really happening is that Microsoft is engaging in fiscal policy and in effect giving a tax cut to the SMB crowd to boost SBS product demand."

Brelsford is the author of "Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices" which is this week's Book Of The Week. See below. Small Business Server includes numerous Microsoft Servers products including Windows 2000 Server, Exchange 2000 Server, ISA Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000 along with custom components for faxing, shared modem and management consoles. More information on the SBS rebate can be found at:


Corporate Users Really Like iHateSpam

"I'm testing the product right now, but I have to say it's amazing. It works better than any anti-spam product that I have ever seen. At my company I receive an average of 14,000 internet messages a month for 75 employees. I don't have to tell you how much of that is spam. So far it has caught every piece of spam that I have received and not touched the important messages. I was looking for a server side product but iHateSpam works so well I might settle for a desktop solution. Thanks for creating such a great product and hopefully I will be purchasing several copies very soon. -- Shane Hiett, Director, Information Systems

Ultimate W2K Network Mgmt, Design & Engineering Reference CD

Syngress offers their entire Windows 2000 Library on a single CD for only $49.95. These books would cost over $300 in print. You'll get e-versions of:

  • Managing Active Directory for Windows 2000 Server (List price: $49.95)
  • Managing Windows 2000 Network Services (List Price: $49.95)
  • Configuring Windows 2000 Server Security (List Price: $49.95)
  • Windows 2000 Server System Administration Handbook (List Price: $49.95)
  • Deploying Windows 2000 with Support Tools (List Price: $49.95)
  • Windows 2000 Configuration Wizards (List Price: $39.95)
  • Troubleshooting Windows 2000 TCP/IP (List Price: $49.95)
Check them out at:

Retina Network Security Scanner Releases New V4.8

The specs of the new Version 4.8.28 are:

  • Added expanded REM Event Agent support.
  • Several UI improvements / fixes.
  • Fixed problem where command line scans might delete default policy.
  • Added Ability to sort IP list by maximum severity found.
  • IP list is now color-coded depending on maximum vulnerability risk.
Downloads and updates here:

NTAccess Saved My Butt

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

  • How to track spam and complain to their ISP's. Instructive!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-Track_Spam
  • Megacar a 150Kbps mobile Internet car. Pretty cool.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-MegaCar
  • Boeing is doing anti-gravity research. No, I'm not smoking anything...

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-Boeing
  • Want to know what your fave site looked like in a gray past (like 1998?)

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-Site_Archive
  • Resume Rabbit offers a One-Stop Resume Posting on 75 Career Sites.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-Resume_Rabbit
  • And this one takes the cake. US Chopper with incredible paint job.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020805FA-US_Chopper

    Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices

    By Harry Brelsford. Published by Hara Publishing in Seattle, Wash. It lists for $69.95 US and $92.95 Canada. This 800-page plus treatise on Small Business Server 2000 will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Microsoft SBS package. Author Harry Brelsford is an independent consultant and longtime Microsoft insider who also edits and publishes the free monthly SBS newsletter, Small Business Best Practices and writes regular columns for Microsoft Certified Pro Mag.

    The book provides a detailed overview of all of the SBS components and netting out the business case justification and costs associated with SBS. It also delves into all-important installation and setup procedures (with detailed step-by-step instructions), configuring Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, IIS and the Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA). All in all, this book is well worth the price and is sure to be a fixture on IT desktops where it will be an excellent and oft-used reference guide.