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Mon, Apr 14, 2003 (Vol. 8, #15 - Issue #421)
W2K Server Been Discontinued?
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • OK, So How's W2K3 Performing?
    • Report Finds 84 Percent Jump In Security Incidents
    • Here Is 'EVERYTHING' You Need To Know About W2K3
    • Active Directory Delegation: Look Before You Leap
    • Information Technology Survey: 3 prizes of $500 each
    • W2K Server Been Discontinued?
    • What MS Did Not Tell Us About Windows
    • W2K3 Code Leaks Onto Internet
    • Microsoft: Beware Of Bogus Bulletins
    • Is MS going to "Netware" Google and Overture?
    • iHateSpam Rated #1. Gets PC World 'Best Buy' Award!
    • How To Cut Your Help Desk Support Calls by 50%
    • Lawyers Lie In Wait For HIPAA Regs
    • Very Useful Little Tool: Attachment Options
    • Winternals Product Outdoes MS System Restore
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • Who's Helping You Migrate to Exchange 2000?
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OK, So How's W2K3 Performing?

Well, since the code has now gone gold, we decided to take a look. It's actually the best Windows Code to come out of the gate. Its performance is indeed better, there are again better management tools and AD is maturing rapidly. This is actually a version you can look forward to, especially since it now comes out of the box being paranoid with everything locked down. You need to "open it up" and make it trusting, which is a 180 degree change from how it used to be.

Obviously I'm not saying you should take this into production right away. Create a testbed of power users that can handle some downtime without flinching. And a good thing is to wait for SP1, which I expect roughly Fall 2003.

I looked at it in a role of domain controller but also app server, and it was tested both on new machines and upgrades. No serious problems were encountered. A small hint is that you need to reduce your amount of domain controllers as much as possible before you upgrade, to reduce the number of failure points. The new built-in System Resource Management snaps into the MMC and provides you with a highly granular process management that feels like the old VMS or Unix days.

The pricing is created in such a way that you can just buy what you need. The W2K3 Enterprise Edition with 25 client licenses is $3,999; the Standard Edition with 10 CALs is $1,199; and the web-server only edition is just $397.

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

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Report Finds 84 Percent Jump In Security Incidents

InfoWorld came out with some interesting statistics this week.

The number of computer security incidents and attacks detected at businesses worldwide soared by 84 percent between the fourth quarter of 2002 and the first quarter of this year, fueled in part by a surge in the number of mass-mailing worms.

"What we're seeing out there is a lot more folks being extremely active and a lot more malicious behavior," said Pete Allor, manager of ISS's X-Force Threat Analysis Services division, which compiled the report. "We've also seen a corresponding high degree of Web site defacements." For the full story:

Check out the latest tools that will help you to plug holes:

Here Is 'EVERYTHING' You Need To Know About W2K3

MS has put everything about Windows Server 2003 together in sections. All in all a pretty useful resource. Here are all the links:









Active Directory Delegation: Look Before You Leap

Are the risks associated with the delegation of authority in Active Directory worth the operational efficiencies and cost savings? SearchWin2000.com asked Doug Paddock and Carol Miller, two of its most informed and opinionated contributors, to weigh in on the subject. In the first of this two-part series, Paddock and Miller discuss the politics of delegation: How do you choose users or groups of users to empower? Here is the article:


Information Technology Survey: 3 prizes of $500 each

W2Knews subscribers are leading edge IT people, so you are invited to participate in an extremely sensitive and important research study. We cannot reveal publicly what the survey is about, except that it is very relevant and that while you fill it out, you will see what it is they are after. [grin] Please take part by clicking on the link below or pasting it into your browser:


This is a US-only survey. If you're from another country, please ignore this.

The survey is variable in time, depending on what you enter, but will take max 10 minutes to fill out, and after you complete the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 3 cash prizes of $500 each. The data you submit will remain confidential and will not be released, sold, or used for any purpose other than this research. Thank you very much for your time.

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W2K Server Been Discontinued?

A reader in New Zealand received this message from their MS reseller. They had received this from Microsoft locally.

"Windows 2000 Server Has Been Discontinued.

On 26 March Microsoft announced that Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 CALs, Windows 2000 Terminal Services CALs and Windows 2000 Internet Connectors were to be discontinued as of 1 April 2003. If you require Windows 2000 Server/CALs etc. they can purchase Windows Server 2003 instead and downgrade to 2000. They can do this without relinquishing the rights to Windows Server 2003 so they can install this version whenever they like. Media kits for Windows Server 2003 are expected to be available on 24 April."

We got a bit mystified, and asked MS for clarification. This is their answer:

"Although a number of the Windows 2000 Server SKUs came off the April Price book there is still, Windows 2000 Server "Licenses and CALS" available. There is no "official" notice in such things. If a customer wants to buy Windows 2000 server licenses they can, by purchasing the Windows 2003 license which is cheaper and then use the downgrade rights to get Windows 2000. Once they use Windows 2000 (by ordering the media still available on the price list if they don't already have it) then the Windows 2000 EULA and rights come into effect so they are not disadvantaged in any way. To the contrary in fact as the customer then also has rights to change up to Windows 2003 when they wish.

My comment: Oh. So it has not been discontinued, but you cannot buy it anymore. [grin]

What MS Did Not Tell Us About Windows

Microsoft is becoming less and less talkative about exactly how it will deliver and price all of the elements that will comprise the "Windows platform". The Microsoft Watch site has a good item here, that we should keep in mind. Link to the site at the end of this article.

Last year, Microsoft execs talked about its plan to make a variety of layered services part of "the Windows platform." A number of journalists interpreted this as meaning these layered services would be delivered separately on CD and via Windows Update this year, but folded into Windows, over time. Microsoft did nothing to correct their impressions on this.

But increasingly, it is looking as if Redmond is planning to deliver the myriad Windows "services" that it is building to run atop Windows Server as standalone servers that never will be rolled into the Windows Server base.

During a recent teleconference, Microsoft execs declined to answer questions about how Microsoft would package and price its layered services. They confirmed that Redmond is planning to roll out most of its add-on services within the next 60 to 120 days, but they refused to say more.

A number of these "services" are elements that the Microsoft of old would have been quick (and more than happy) to integrate into the ever-growing Windows operating system. These include:

  • Windows Real Time Communications Services (code-named "Greenwich")
  • Windows Rights Management Services (code-named "Tungsten")
  • Windows Sharepoint Services (team collaboration services, formerly known as Sharepoint Portal Services)
  • Windows Automated Deployment Services (Microsoft is categorizing this as a value-added "tool" for Windows Server)
When pressed, a Windows spokeswoman provided a bit more info: "These features are not core to the OS and not needed by all customers. That is why we are delivering these components out of band. This is all we know right now-I think some of the plans are still TBD (to be determined)."

W2K3 Code Leaks Onto Internet

Windows Server 2003 keys have "sprung from the bag". Redmond confirmed that a code for installing and activating Windows Server 2003 has leaked onto the Internet. They have unleashed the hounds to hunt down the code -- they're afraid pirates could get hold of it and start counterfeiting away. Company officials think a Microsoft corporate customer is responsible for the leak. Story over at C|NET:

Microsoft: Beware Of Bogus Bulletins

In an otherwise light week for infrastructure security news, Microsoft issued a reminder to customers to beware of bogus security bulletins that look like they come from Microsoft. This is something you might want to remind your end-users of! Read more at ENTMag:

Is MS going to "Netware" Google and Overture?

To "Netware" is a verb I just coined, meaning to make it irrelevant. OK, OK, I know a lot of you are still running Netware, and it's actually great technology, but you know what happened to Novell. PS, Novell is actually porting Netware to Linux, did you know? Here is the link to the story:

Anyway, Redmond is significantly increasing their investment in Internet search technology. They have tripled their search team and are preparing their own paid listings platform, according to a report from industry analysts. This would compete directly with outfits like Overture and Google that provide this kind of service. The funny thing is that Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Novell is now CEO of Google. Is the writing on the wall for Eric. . . again?


iHateSpam Rated #1. Gets PC World 'Best Buy' Award!

Told you so. Best of Breed products. Now it's confirmed too. PC World just compared the anti-spam market leaders. They gave iHateSpam for Outlook a whopping 4.5 Stars and awarded it as Numero Uno with their BEST BUY Rating, with 98 percent spam caught. Here is what they said: "Sunbelt is the only antispam vendor that offers toll-free phone support; we called and were connected with a human immediately. And at $20 its software is also the cheapest. That price, combined with the program's ease of use and top-notch performance, makes iHateSpam a no-brainer for Outlook users." Get your copy now. Just $19.95 with an unconditional money back guarantee, and immediate online delivery:

If you are interested in iHateSpam Server Edition, here is some ammo for your management. San Francisco-based Ferris Research Inc., a high-tech consultancy specializing in e-mail and communications, which found that in 2003, junk mail accounted for 15 to 20 percent of inbound corporate e-mail, and dealing with it will cost U.S. organizations $10-billion (U.S.), up from $9-billion last year.

A Ferris spokesman later explained that the average corporate e-mail user receives three or four spam messages each day, spends an average of 4.5 seconds on each one, and costs the company an average of $10 a month to dump it. Over time, the Ferris spokesman said, these figures add up.

Ferris arrived at the $10-billion figure by calculating such things as the cost of computing resources, time spent by the e-mail admin and help-desk personnel and lost productivity. Check the specs on iHateSpam Server Edition here, we have just added a bunch of screenshots that "open the kimono":

How To Cut Your Help Desk Support Calls by 50%

A lot of the time, help desk support people get confronted with very simple questions to do with logging on, passwords, and things that seemingly "do not work". Very often this is caused by configuration problems, and editing logon scripts is something all of us can do without.

MCP Magazine recently said: "Every once in a while a product comes along that just seems to get the pieces right, providing both simplicity and power. ScriptLogic fits the bill on both counts."

Scriptlogic allows you to automate logon, logoff and shutdown scripting, install/update software packages, create Outlook mail profiles, create/remove shortcuts, enforce security policies and much more.

ScriptLogic actually combines the functionality found in logon scripting, group policies, and user profile management into this extremely useful desktop administration tool. You can put an end to the complexity and limitations of batch files, shell scripts, KiXtart and VBscript with an intuitive point-and-click graphical management console.

Users can log in from any PC, running any Windows 32-bit OS, over any LAN, dial-up or VPN connection and instantly have access to their unique desktop configuration. ScriptLogic is used every day, by millions of desktops around the world. Find out why and download your 100% functional 45-day evaluation edition today at:

Lawyers Lie In Wait For HIPAA Regs

Attorneys nationwide reportedly plan to deploy decoy patients at health care organizations to see if doctors, dentists, hospitals and insurance companies have the policies, procedures and protections that ensure patients' privacy, as required by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The long-awaited privacy rule goes into effect Monday. Health care organizations that don't comply risk hefty fines, possible criminal prosecution and costly civil lawsuits. Companies have had two years to educate staff, designate a privacy officer and adopt basic security measures. But there's a good chance some providers will miss the deadline.

The threat of lawsuits may be a stronger motivator than government fines or jail time, says Kate Borten, a security consultant and president of The Marblehead Group in Massachusetts. "The government has publicly stated it will be very forgiving if an organization demonstrates it meant well and has taken steps to become compliant," Borten says.

While most of the privacy rule revolves around policy and procedure, it does outline some mandatory security measures. Another HIPAA component, the transactions and code rule, includes requirements for using AES-strength encryption for any electronic data transmissions, such as claims sent between medical providers and insurance companies. Read more at the site of InfoSecurity magazine, also in this issue a bunch of your peers are asked if they consider spam a security problem. Interesting reading:

Here are best-of-breed security tools to help you get compliant:

Very Useful Little Tool: Attachment Options

Attachment Options is an Outlook 2002, Outlook 2000 SP3 and Outlook 2003 COM add-in that provides a user interface for changing which file types are restricted as Level 1 attachments. Level 1 attachments are hidden by Outlook, and cannot be seen, saved or opened from Outlook items. Moving an attachment extension to Level 2 enables the user to see the attachment and to save it to the file system. The attachment saved to the file system can later be opened by the user. This little program is a Godsend. I couldn't get .HLP files, driving me nuts:

Winternals Product Outdoes MS System Restore

Winternals launched an administrative tool for recovering failed servers and desktops that is modeled after Microsoft's Windows XP System Restore technology but takes the capability further. Read more at the ENTmag site:


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

  • Compare the features of the Windows Server 2003 family using this set of tables, which is organized by function:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-Compare_W2K3
  • Want to see how the new W2K3 CD looks?

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-W2K3_CD
  • A hacker has succeeded in running Linux on an unmodified XBOX:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-XBOX
  • Use your nose as a mouse. No kidding:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-Nose_Mouse
  • Take a walk down Windows Memory Lane with the Microsoft Windows History web site:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-Windows_History
  • The Geobytes IP Address Locator Tool tells you where an Internet server is physically located. Check out their animated demos too:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-Geobytes
  • Have a meeting soon? Wait for someone to say something really dumb. Then hand them this disposable BS bag:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-BS_Bag
  • The Federation of American Scientists keeps a list of Liberation Movements, Terrorist Organizations, Substance Cartels, and Other Para-State Entities. Quite interesting reading:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=030414FA-FAS

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