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Mon, Nov 21, 2005 (Vol. 10, #47 - Issue #552)
Suite Or Best-Of-Breed?
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Want Some Of Microsoft's Money?
- Last SunPoll: Suite Or Best-Of-Breed?
- More on "Web V2.0"
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- MOM, WSUS, Windows Management Tools Bundled For Mid-market
- SQL Server 2005 May Call For A Smarter DBA
- Delivering Daily Security Tips To Users
- Step-by-step Guide: E-mail Compliance To-do List
- Microsoft Exchange 12 Facts!
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Redmond Updates Plans For 64-bit Computing
- Microsoft Offers Beta 2 Of Compute Cluster Server 2003
- MS End User Licensing Tool Released: MPLA
- Beta Office 12 Released
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- SANS Antispyware Webcast Now Available
- iHateSpam and CounterSpy Finalists in SC Magazine's 2006
Reader Trust Awards
- Microsoft: "Print Manager Plus Is Solution of the Month"
- Double-Take Customer Success Story
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for W2K3
by Jeremy Moskowitz
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Want Some Of Microsoft's Money?
You may not be aware of the fact that Redmond started its own
leasing company with these billions they are sitting on. If you
are short on immediate cash, but need these new licenses pretty
much yesterday, you can now lease software from Redmond. Over
the long haul you pay finance charges of course, but in the
short term it might be a good solution if you are confronted
with a few more SQL licenses (ouch). And this brings me to the
"How likely is your business to take advantage of the new Microsoft
financing arrangements to charge your software?"
- Yes, we would definitely do it
- We're very likely to use this financing
- We're open to the possibility
- Not very likely
- Definitely not
- We were not aware of this possibility to begin with
Vote here: bottom mid column:
Last SunPoll: Suite Or Best-Of-Breed?
The results of the last SunPoll was interesting. The question:
"Regarding layered security in your organization, would you prefer:"
- An integrated suite from one vendor: 24.1%
- No, I want to select best-of-breed for each module: 69.3%
- Neither/Other: 6.4%
More on "Web V2.0"
Remember me talking about "Web V2.0" last issue? Well, it's
really more marketing hype than anything else. So a reader sent
me this link. Put on your cynic's crash helmet and enjoy:
Quotes of the Week:
"My interest is in the future because I'm going to spend the rest
of my life there." -- Charles F. Kettering
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for
others to laugh at him." --Thomas Szasz
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
MOM, WSUS, Windows Management Tools Bundled For Mid-market
A small flurry of Microsoft product news blew in from Spain and IT
Forum 05 last week. Mid-market IT managers are getting an integrated
management package for patch distribution and server monitoring.
Plus, Virtual Server R2 and enterprise desktop search have arrived.
More over at the SearchWin2000.com site:
SQL Server 2005 May Call For A Smarter DBA
SQL Server 2005 embodies Microsoft's ambitions toward the larger
enterprise database management market. Sybase, Oracle and IBM have
traditionally required more highly trained -- and higher priced --
administrators. Will SQL Server now need them, too? Article at
Delivering Daily Security Tips To Users
Educating users on security is a big part of overall security. This
little-known Quote of the Day protocol for Windows Server 2003 can
help dispense advice using a login script without overwhelming the
user. Networking expert Tom Lancaster provides instructions for
enabling this protocol. SearchWindowsSecurity has the scoop.
Step-by-step Guide: E-mail Compliance To-do List
SearchExchange.com expert and longtime Exchange MVP David Sengupta
outlines 10 compliance-related tasks that will help maintain control
over your burgeoning corporate e-mail. This article is at the
SearchExchange site, but you need to register for it (no cost)
Microsoft Exchange 12 Facts!
Steven Bink, a friend of mine in Holland has a good site; Bink.nu.
He wrote this and I thought it would be interesting to get this raw data
just as he sees it!
"OK I had no time yet to write a decent article
I have on Exchange 12 based on sessions and interviews from the IT
Forum. I will do that next week, for now get the facts based in my
notes in no particular order:"
Role based deployment: Edge, Mailbox, Routing, client Access etc.
So no more need of OWA files or pub folders on all servers
50 Storage Groups total
50 databases total
Page size from 4k -> 6k
IO and large Mem optimized
Target 5MB RAM /user
Full command line support (Monad)
ESM completely re-written from scratch
90% of new code is managed code
Faster server startup
No more STM files!
14 day dumpster by default
Enable Large, low cost mailboxes
E12=0.25 IO/sec (Ex2k3 1.0)
Logfiles limit 2 billion
Low impact fast re-index
Multi mailbox search
Works with OL and OWA and Mobile Outlook
Local continuous backup, no tape needed
Remote continuous backup
Fast recovery (minutes)
No more PST's! expensive, legal risk.
Managed email folders, corporate assigned folders
Outlook Voice Access
Branding: Demo's used Beta1 named Exchange 2007
Binaries are version 8!
Only 64 bit, reported 1st by Bink.nu few months ago :)
No active/active cluster support
No more OMA support
Last version with public folders
Access intranet and files outside the office without VPN
Purdy kewl huh?
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Redmond Updates Plans For 64-bit Computing
Microsoft announced updates to both its Windows Server 2003 and
Virtual Server 2005, pledging to commit itself to 64-bit computing.
They fleshed out their road map for transitioning customers to
64-bit computing and unveiled updates to several of its management
and server products at its IT Forum 2005 conference in Barcelona on
The server version of Microsoft's Vista operating system will come
in both 32- and 64-bit versions, but Release 2, scheduled for 2009,
will be 64-bit only, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of MS's
Servers and Tools Business, said in a speech there.
Another product currently dubbed Centro -- a set of server software
aimed at medium-size businesses -- will also be available in only
a 64-bit version when it comes out around 2007. The Vista version
of Small Business Server will also be 64-bit only, Muglia said.
More at ComputerWorld:
Microsoft Offers Beta 2 Of Compute Cluster Server 2003
Microsoft continues to move into the direction of supercomputing,
and released the second beta of Windows Compute Cluster Server '03.
Bob Muglia, senior vice president, Microsoft Server and Tools
Business, talked about Microsoft's commitment to high performance
computing in his keynote address in Barcelona at the Microsoft IT
Forum 2005, the company's annual infrastructure conference.
The Beta 2 release of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, is
designed to accelerate time to insight by providing an integrated,
easy to use and manageable high performance computing solution.
Redmond's PR flacks spoke last week with Muglia. Here is the
interview if you are interested in Windows SuperComputing:
MS End User Licensing Tool Released: MPLA
OK, here is something new and interesting. Redmond showed up
with a tool that allows you as an IT end user compare their
different licensing programs, get guidance with your licensing,
go through a training wizard and selection products. So far
that is it for V1.0. Later, Redmond will add more intelligence to
it, and have it guide potential prospects from an initial business
problem to their complete proposed solution.
Brent Callinicos, corporate vice president of Microsoft's worldwide
licensing and pricing group said: "We want it to be a conduit for
people to buy stuff, not another black box that customers need
to figure out". Callinicos also said Microsoft "in no way, shape
or form" is halting its efforts to make its software licenses simpler.
With the output you can step to a Redmond Reseller and show them
what you want. MPLA will simplify licensing, and facilitate the
discussion between MS customers and MS partners. Now, it's going
to work fine when you are in the USA, but the rest of the world
is out of luck for the moment it looks like. Download Microsoft
Product Licensing Advisor:
Beta Office 12 Released
Redmond recently released a beta-version of Office 12 to a group
of roughly 10,000 testers, made up of customers and partners. A
broader scale release is scheduled for next spring, which is open
to the public via advance registration. Initially set for final
release with Longhorn, Microsoft has since indicated it would ship
Office 12 in 2H06 and will work with Windows XP and 2000 operating
systems. According to the company, this version of office includes
more server-related functionality and offers a context-sensitive
ribbon interface. Applications included in the productivity suite
include Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, InfoPath, Excel and Access. It
will also include SharePoint Portal Server, Project Server and
THIRD PARTY NEWS
SANS Antispyware Webcast Now Available
The State of Vermont presented their final solution for antispyware
in a recent SANS webcast. They looked at all the tools out there,
and decided what they wanted in their own environment. Here is how
to see the full webcast, but if you do not have time for that, we
also included a link to the slide deck that you can flip through
in just a few minutes. It's got good ammo in it if you need budget
approval for your own antispyware. Here is the SANS Webcast:
And here are the slides in PDF Format:
iHateSpam and CounterSpy Finalists in SC Magazine's 2006
Reader Trust Awards
With over 1,300 product and service nominations from over 330 competing
companies globally, the SC Awards one of the world's leading awards
program for the information security industry. The SC Awards are
composed of both the Reader Trust Technology Awards--voted on by SC
readers in each region and the SC Awards Council, a group of carefully
selected senior CSOs--and the Professional Awards that are judged by
a panel of the industry's top talents.
Sunbelt's flagship product, iHateSpam for Exchange provides system
admins with a robust anti-spam product that delivers fast setup, a
high rate of spam detection, and continuously updated spam engines
with tunable parameters and customizable options. It's Version 2.0
called Sunbelt Messaging Ninja will be released in Q1, 2006.
CounterSpy Enterprise, a multiple award-winning anti-spyware tool,
delivers best-of-breed spyware detection and prevention with centralized
management console capabilities. Both products provide continuous
protection for enterprises against the latest spam and spyware threats.
Microsoft: "Print Manager Plus Is Solution of the Month"
Microsoft has selected Print Manager Plus for education as Solution
of the Month for the Public Sector. It appears as one of the six
top solutions at the Microsoft website http://www.partnermarketplace.com.
Print Manager Plus manages printing, eliminates waste and replenishes
budgets by reducing printing costs up to 30% to 75%. Being selected as
Solution of the Month came on top of the release by Microsoft of its new
Learning Network Manager in Europe wherein Microsoft includes a link to
the free, fully functional trial version of Print Manager Plus.
Industry studies on 800 schools across Europe showed the average schools
saving over 800 Euros or over $1,000 a month by using Print Manager Plus.
It is unparalleled among print accounting solutions as it is native to the
Windows operating system and supports every printer brand, while
controlling printing from any operating system. It can be installed and
operated by anyone familiar with Windows.
Award winning Print Manager Plus software is the first Microsoft verified
and logo certified software to support Hewlett-Packard® Multifunctional
printers' (MFP) walk-up copying or printing. Thousands of schools and
universities as well as small, medium and large companies worldwide use
Print Manager Plus. Eval at:
Double-Take Customer Success Story
NCsoft and its affiliates develop or publish the widely popular online
computer games Lineage®, Lineage II, City of Heroes® and Guild Wars®. NCsoft Corp., headquartered in Seoul, Korea recorded worldwide revenues of $246 million in fiscal year 2004. NCsoft selected Double-Take for
data protection at its four datacenters in Los Angeles, Washington D.C,
Austin and Frankfurt, Germany, each containing about 50TB of data.
NCsoft's data centers are configured in a circular, high-availability
network which uses Double-Take to replicate data between its facilities.
Additionally, NCsoft has centralized its tape backup operations with
Double-Take to reduce the high operational and capital expenditures
associated with maintaining tape drives at disparate locations.
NCsoft originally considered competitive solutions for the large
implementation, but deployed Double-Take based upon the NSI Software's
service and support expertise acquired over hundreds of engagements in
a wide range of environments. Additional requirements that determined
the selection of Double-Take included:
- Superior flexibility and ease of configuration.
- Much higher data replication speed, based on DT compression features.
- An integrated, comprehensive feature set for high availability.
- Automated application failover capabilities.
"NSI gave me everything I was looking for and more in data replication
and protection software, including high performance, an extensive
feature set, configuration flexibility, true application failover,
and 24x7 live, expert customer support. Notably, the level of support
that I get from NSI is light years ahead of anything that a competitive
solution would provide me," said Chad McKinney, senior systems
engineer, NCsoft. More info at:
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for W2K3
by Jeremy Moskowitz
Jeremy sent this book to me and I have not had the chance to really
dig into it, but it looks awesome and it sits on my reading stack
as Number One now! From the back cover:
The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is a dramatic step forward
in the way Group Policy is administered. This book provides all the
instruction and insight you need to take full control of your Active
Directory with GPMC and other Group Policy tools. You'll also learn
techniques for implementing IntelliMirror, making it possible for
users to work securely from any location; and you'll find intensive
troubleshooting advice, insider tips on keeping your network secure,
and hundreds of clear examples that will help you accomplish all your
administration goals. Over at Amazon: