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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jul 26, 2004 (Vol. 9, #29 - Issue #485)
The TOP 50 Tech Sites
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • It's Been A Busy Week
    • WebCast: Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Present:
    • New SunPoll: Your Fave Tech Website?
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Dell Jumps into the Virus & Spyware Battle
    • Group Policy Learning Guide
    • Eight E-mail Administration Blunders To Avoid
  3. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Built-in Windows Defragmenter Better by Leaps and Bounds
    • MS Financials: Positive News On All Fronts
    • WinXP SP2: Don't Tell Me I Did Not Warn You
  4. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Double-Take Passes Test iSCSI Storage Devices
    • Why Did We Buy Directory Inspector?
    • The TOP 50 Tech Sites
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  6. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • Are Your Scanner Renewal Fees Causing Sticker Shock?
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  EDITORS CORNER

It's Been A Busy Week

This week I have been doing a lot of extra work, as I created a newsletter specifically for existing Sunbelt customers. For the moment it's going to be once a month and focus on a specific topic. You only get it if you have downloaded one of our tools though! I'd suggest you make it the brand new Sunbelt Network Security Inspector Version 1.5. It now scans by machine, IP, port and service. SNSI's low intro-price ends September 30. Get a 'Hummer for the price of a Hyundai' before it's too late... Click on the link or check the Product Of The Week further down:
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WebCast: Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Present:

Title: "How to Protect Your Enterprise from Spam: Solutions for Microsoft Exchange"

The increasing volume of spam and the increasing ingenuity of those who disseminate it have made the battle against spam a priority in the enterprise environment. Current anti-spam weapons must address end users? needs and concerns without placing excessive demands on company resources or system administrators. Join us online to see the ways that Sunbelt Software's iHateSpam for Exchange can be deployed to easily and effectively protect an enterprise. Spam filtering techniques will be presented along with solutions specifically designed to support MS Exchange Server 5.5, 2000 and 2003 environments.

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Time:
10:00-11:00am Pacific time
1:00-2:00pm Eastern time
(All times are US and Canada)

Registration URL for attendees:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726ED-Solutions

New SunPoll: Your Fave Tech Website?

Now, THIS was a hard one. I asked a bunch of admins what their fave sites were so we could vote for them. There are SO many sites that you like! Some sites floated up through that made it in the Top Five for this SunPoll. I have included the whole list below, so you can check them out and see which ones you missed and other people use.

Here's your New SunPoll: As a system manager, which Online Resource do you feel is the most important and helpful to get your job done?

  1. Microsoft TechNet
  2. Microsoft Support
  3. Google
  4. Sysinternals.com
  5. Experts-Exchange
Vote here, rightmost column:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726ED-SunPoll

Quote this week:
"There are only 10 types of people, those who know binary and those who don't." -- Anonymous

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

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  TECH BRIEFING

Dell Jumps into the Virus & Spyware Battle

Dell recently launched a webpage to help consumers get rid of viruses and spyware on their home PCs. The company estimates approximately 20% of its consumer helpdesk calls are related to spyware or viruses. Additionally, the company is launching a telephone fee-for-support hotline, starting at $39/call to help its users. Though the company?s webpage is designed for anyone to use, the company?s telephone support is currently only available to Dell PC owners, though it plans to extend the service to non-Dell owners soon. This new specified website is at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TB-DellSecurity

Group Policy Learning Guide

This SearchWin2000.com guide introduces you to Group Policy, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting help and advice. You'll find Group Policy articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to pump up your Group Policy know-how quickly. Here is the link:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TB-GroupPolicy

Eight E-mail Administration Blunders To Avoid

E-mail administration. It's the IT function that requires little time, minimal expertise and all users are appreciative of it, right? Well, you know the true answer: not really. E-mail administration is one of the most critical job functions in every business today and as much as we IT folks like to think we've got things under control, things happen. Read on for help in avoiding some common blunders.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TB-Email_Blunders

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Built-in Windows Defragmenter Better by Leaps and Bounds

Life is a lot easier for admins now that the Disk Defragmenter utility is a built-in feature in newer versions of Windows Server. There are some limitations in an enterprise environment, however. Find out what they are in this article about a welcome addition to the Windows operating system. Article at SearchWin2000:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726RN-Defragmenter

MS Financials: Positive News On All Fronts

Redmond reported $9.29 billion in revenue for its fourth quarter, a 15% increase over the same period last year, while its revenue for the full fiscal year hit $36.8 billion, up 14% over 2003. They also decided to start giving away their cash hoard as a dividend to shareholders, a sign that they feel less threatened and are moving to a more mature growth rate. Microsoft Servers and tools is W2Knews' ball of wax, so that's what we'll focus on next:

MS's operating income from servers and tools rose 85% in Q4 to $567 million on revenues up 20% to $2.75 billion. They said the revenues were driven by an 18% improvement in Windows-based server shipments resulting in a 20% boost in new server licenses and growth in SQL Server and Client Access License revenues. The coming quarter MS expects these revenues to grow 11%-13%.

They also announced a more optimistic forecast for their software-license renewals for their large sites. Redmond previously expected that 10% to 30% of its Upgrade Advantage sites would jump to the next version called Software Assurance, when the UA contracts expired. But new estimates from an outside analyst at Goldman Sachs show that it might be closer to 20% to 30%. If you are looking at possibly moving to Software Assurance 6.0, you should really have a look at this report. It will allow you to negotiate a better deal with Redmond's Reps.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726RN-MS_Financials

WinXP SP2: Don't Tell Me I Did Not Warn You

CRN Test Lab guys downloaded RC2 and pretty much trashed (BSOD) three out of five test systems. I strongly suggest you tread lightly and TEST, TEST, TEST. Here are the ugly details with some suggestion on how to recover.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726RN-WinXP_SP2

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

Double-Take Passes Test iSCSI Storage Devices

NSI Software, Inc. announced that it has approved its flagship Double-Take data replication software product for use with any iSCSI storage device. The testing process combined Double-Take with iSCSI host bus adapters and devices from leading iSCSI storage vendors such as Alacritech, Emulex, Intel, Intransa, Network Appliance, Overland, SANRAD, and Maxxan. NSI and iSCSI device customers now have an added degree of assurance that they can combine the highly complementary data protection products from NSI and advanced IP-based storage devices from virtually any iSCSI vendor.

Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst of Enterprise Storage Group, stated, "IP-based storage is dramatically changing the value models for storage area networks, and the market for ISCSI devices in the data center is poised for large scale growth. By providing interoperability with ISCSI, Double-Take is well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity and expand the market for its data replication software." Look at Double-Take here:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Double-Take_iSCSI

Why Did We Buy Directory Inspector?

Here is some feedback from an AD-administrator that decided to purchase Directory Inspector.

"The software looks and works well. The types of reports it can turn out are useful, like PDF and Excel. The one report I have found was definitely great is the user last logon details, I feel we will purchase it for that reason. The other reports are good but may have different values for different sites." Get a 30-day eval here:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Directory_Inspector

The TOP 50 Tech Sites

Asking a bunch of system administrators where they go for their online technical advice and troubleshooting resulted in a wealth of sites that surprised me with its variety, depth, topics, and focus. Prepare yourself for some serious surfing! So here are, in alphabetical order, [drumroll] the TOP 50 TECH SITES !

http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-ActiveWin
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-BlackViper
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-BOFHServer
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-BootDisk
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Centralops
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-DalanTech
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-DestopEng
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-EnterpriseITPlanet
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-EventID
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Exchange
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Experts_Exchange
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Google
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-GvmtSec
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-IANA
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-ITToolbox
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-JSIINC
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-KBAlertz
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Labmice_TechTarget
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MS_Support
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MS_Support_FAQ
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MS_Win2000
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MS_WinXP
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MSDN
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MSExchange
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-MyITForum
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Netreach
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-NTCompatible
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Only4Gurus
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Practically
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SANS
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SearchExchange
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SearchWin2000
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Secunia
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SlashDot
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Slipstick
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SourceForge
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Sunbelt_Community
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SysInternals
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-SysInternals_Res
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-TechNet
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-TechRepublic
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-TechTarget
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-ThinkGeek
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-TomsHardware
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-UltraTech
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-W2Knews
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-WebAttack
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Win2000Mag
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-Windows2000FAQ
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726TP-WinGuides

  FAVE LINKS

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

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

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http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=040726PW-SNSI