Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Jul 26, 2004 (Vol. 9, #29 - Issue #485)
The TOP 50 Tech Sites
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- It's Been A Busy Week
- WebCast: Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Present:
- New SunPoll: Your Fave Tech Website?
- TECH BRIEFING
- Dell Jumps into the Virus & Spyware Battle
- Group Policy Learning Guide
- Eight E-mail Administration Blunders To Avoid
- 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
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Double-Take Passes Test iSCSI Storage Devices
- Why Did We Buy Directory Inspector?
- The TOP 50 Tech Sites
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Are Your Scanner Renewal Fees Causing Sticker Shock?
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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
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WebCast: Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Present:
Title: "How to Protect Your Enterprise from Spam: Solutions for
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
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2004
10:00-11:00am Pacific time
1:00-2:00pm Eastern time
(All times are US and Canada)
Registration URL for attendees:
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?
Vote here, rightmost column:
- Microsoft TechNet
- Microsoft Support
Quote this week:
"There are only 10 types of people, those who know binary and
those who don't." -- Anonymous
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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found was definitely great is the user last logon details, I
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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 !
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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