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Mon, Oct 6, 2003 (Vol. 8, #40 - Issue #446)
So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Military Servers Hacked By Internet Security Company Pres
    • Linux, Linux, Linux Adoption
    • MS Gets Patent For Reporting Program Failures
  3. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Security Class-action Suit And Other News
    • Case Study: Why Would You Choose Windows Datacenter?
    • MS Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
  4. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • iHateSpam Server: Now 1,000+ Sites Installed
    • Finally Got AD Rolled Out? AD Security Now A Problem?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  6. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • New Version Of AutoPilot For WinXP
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  EDITORS CORNER

So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?

Here are some interesting numbers that came out of Redmond I thought you'd be interested in.

  • 350 million PC's still run Windows NT or Windows 9x
  • 130 million XP client licenses shipped to date (70% is XP Pro)
  • 100,000 Web sites are now using Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 is selling at 3x the rate of Windows 2000 and will hit 1 million installed within 9 months
  • Windows owns 53.1% of server market (2004 projected at 53.7%, and Server sales grew 7.7% in FY03)
  • Linux owns 16.7% of server market ( 2004 projected at 19.2% and their Server sales grew 19.2% in FY03)
  • UNIX/Other owns 30.2% of server market (2004 projected at 27.1% and these sales decreased 2.6% in FY03)

Now, keep in mind that a lot of people buy W2K3, and then happily downgrade those servers back to W2K, since that is the platform they want to run. The percentage of those downgrades might be something like 20 or 30% but that is basically just an educated guess of mine.

Quote Of The Day:
"Some end users should come with warning labels"

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

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  TECH BRIEFING

Military Servers Hacked By Internet Security Company Pres

You can go a little too far in hacking Windows Servers. Here is a story of some one who was raided by the FBI after he said he identified 34 military sites he could crack.

The gent in question is the 36-year old Brett Edward O'Keefe. He was indicted on six counts of conspiracy to access military, government and private computers. The indictment claims O'Keefe shared military files with news media to generate favorable publicity for his San Diego company, ForensicTec Solutions Inc. He had unauthorized possession of files from NASA, Army, Navy, the Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health.

O'Keefe said at the time that the company's goal was to call attention to the need for better security and "get some positive exposure" for his fledgling firm. Sure. A misguided and pretty stupid ploy to get notoriety. He's going to get exposure all right, in jail that is.

Linux, Linux, Linux Adoption

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MS Gets Patent For Reporting Program Failures

Client Server News reported that The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted MS a patent for a technique they developed to report program failures. If you look at the abstract, the code extracts data about a failure in a program module and communicates with a a server to see if that bug may have been fixed. If that is the case, the software points to the download for the hotfix. If the bug was unknown, the data gets uploaded so the developers can test it and develop patches. Now the question is if you want your machines to talk to Redmond's about bugs, automatically.

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Security Class-action Suit And Other News

A single lawyer, with a single plaintiff (a mother of two who was a victim of identity theft), filed suit in California. I guess he thought "it can't hurt to go after a 49 Billion cash hoard". The proposed class-action suit claims that Microsoft's market- dominant software is vulnerable to viruses capable of triggering "massive, cascading failures" in global computer networks. But just have a look at the End User License Agreement that you operate under when running MS-ware. I do not think this guy is going to get anywhere, except lose a lot of time. MS is going to fight it of course, with their army of 600 lawyers.

In the mean time, a digital risk assessment firm in the UK called "mi2g", this week compared the economic damage from malware targeting Microsoft systems in 2003 to the cost to the global insurance industry due to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

MS spokespeople alluded that they would announce changes to their security and patching strategy in New Orleans next week. It's called "securing the perimeter." A Redmondian said his company will form closer ties to makers of firewall products.

MS is are expected to host well over 5K resellers at their three-day Worldwide Partner Conference. They are going to give everyone anearly copy of Longhorn, the next Windows with a new rich-media-sensitive user interface. Attendees are also expected to get early betas of Yukon and Whidbey, the next-generation SQL Server and Visual Studio.NET. One of the Big deals will be the announcement of Redmond's $600 or $1,500 Small Business Server 2003 which is squarely positioned against Linux.

Case Study: Why Would You Choose Windows Datacenter?

The SearchWin2000 site has a nice article about a site that had the luxury of starting from scratch. Sage Telecom Inc. was a brand new company in the mid-1990s, so it had no old computer applications sitting on legacy hardware to worry about. This meant that, when it came to choosing an operating system on which to run its business, it had the pick of the crop.

The competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) opted to place its single customer care database on SQL Server and the data center version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Other CLECs spent millions on packaged software and have multiple databases with gateways between them, said Peter Basta, director of information systems at Sage, which is based in Allen, Texas. "Our customer information is in one database, on one program," he said.

Sage resells local and long-distance carrier service at a monthly price that's about $5 less than that of Southwestern Bell, the local incumbent carrier. Sage currently has about 500,000 customers.

When the company was first getting started, money was so tight that some employees brought their own home PCs to work to save money. Rest of the article over here:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006RN-Sage

MS Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004

MS launched their consumer-oriented Windows XP Media Center Edition. You'll get questions from end-users about this. Just say NO. [grin] Why? No work will get done!! The new beast is called Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004. It was designed in conjunction with hardware providers so that digital entertainment centers could be integrated, which makes music downloads and movie subscriptions possible, among other entertainment-oriented features. A few new names among hardware vendors showed up: Sony and Dell. They had been holding out with earlier versions of this. For consumers, this is a winner. Movie rentals are included! I want one for the house.

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

iHateSpam Server: Now 1,000+ Sites Installed

Version 1.1 was also released, and Laura DiDio, senior analyst with the Yankee Group, says "This new version is a key addition to Sunbelt?s successful iHateSpam product line. Sunbelt now provides Exchange system administrators with a complete line of solutions for their anti-spam problems, from the client to the server, to the gateway."

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"Please pass along my sincere congratulations to everyone at Sunbelt for winning the Windows Magazine "New Product-Rookie of the Year". We here at the Luse Company are very satisfied with our purchase. It's not often you get a bug-free, reasonably priced, easy-to-use, functionally superior solution all in the same box. Kudos!" Wayne Vinkavich - System Admin, Luse-Stevenson Co.

Check it out for yourself over at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006TP-iHateSpam_SE

Finally Got AD Rolled Out? AD Security Now A Problem?

Directory Inspector gives you comprehensive Directory Reporting, Analysis and Insight on AD Security.

You have AD rolled out. And now you are stuck with having to keep it secure and pass the audits. Moreover, you may have other directories to manage as well. Need to audit, analyze and report on AD (or all of these disparate environments) and lack the tool to do it? Do not have the utility that enables the auditor or the network- and system admin to audit and analyze directory information in a uniform, homogeneous manner?

Perhaps you have cobbled together a time-consuming home-brew solution that forces you to correlate information manually obtained from each directory. Well, here is your solution. Sunbelt Directory Inspector is a brand new, wizard-based tool that provides you with a suite of analyzers addressing topics such as directory structure, security and integrity, and standards and policy compliance. Perfect for use in an AD-only environment, but even more useful when you run multiple directories.

The wizard guides you through the process of choosing what directory objects to include in your analysis, determining which analyzers to employ, tailoring your requirements for each selected analyzer and viewing the results of your analysis. The Sunbelt Directory Inspector is a crucial element of keeping your directories secure. It helps uncover weaknesses in users' security settings, standards and corporate policy non-compliance. And it is unique in its support for all the major industry standard directories: IBM, Microsoft, Netscape, Novell and all LDAP-based directories. Here are some of the most popular features that directory admins need and want, and that this new product provides:

  • Identify user accounts that are no longer in use
  • Ad hoc query tool to generate reports containing filtered directory objects
  • Templates to report on objects, memberships, access control, authorizations, etc.
  • Identify user accounts whose logon-related property values are unrestricted
  • Identify user accounts across multiple directories that have similar or identical names
Check out an eval at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006TP-Directory_Inspector
  FAVE LINKS

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

  • Take a look at some of these new videos, all done on cheap PC's with little or no budget, in an apartment!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-Videos
  • AntiSpam Black Hole Lists Shut Down By Online Attacks. The upshot is that you cannot rely on RBL's anymore.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-Black_Hole_Lists
  • A W2Knews subscriber has written a bunch of useful WinAdmin e-books:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-eBooks
  • The Matrix Revolutions (#3) opens at the same time the world over...

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-Matrix_Revolutions
  • This tiny digital camera fits into a ZIPPO-type Lighter case.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-ZIPPO_Cam
  • And here is the ultimate for your system admin desktop. Watch THIS!!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006FA-Multiple_Screens
      PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

    New Version Of AutoPilot For WinXP

    Finding your XP System Admin Workstation is getting slow? Things like video getting jerky and music skipping? Applications getting "sticky"? Try this brand new solution with a real supercomputer pedigree. AUTOPILOT XP is a real-time tuning solution that squeezes the max out of your hardware, and now supports Windows XP. It's got a brand new interface showing real-time performance. And the price for the XP flavor is just unbelievable: Only $29.95. Get your copy from the Sunbelt OnLineShop with a 30-day money back guarantee. Read the user success story on the product page to begin with.

    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031006PW-AutoPilot