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Vol. 11, #3 - Jan 16, 2006 - Issue #559
XP SP3, See You In 2007

  1. EDITOR'S CORNER
    • XP SP3, See You In 2007
    • Quote of the Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Worst Practices For Backup And Disaster Recovery, Part 2
    • Microsoft Has Big Plans For Mail Migration
    • Microsoft Extends Support For Older Products
    • Top 5 Windows Hardening Tips Of 2005
    • Did You Know How To Compact A PST?
    • New Microsoft Security Guide Released
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • 11 tips in 11 minutes: Migrate Exchange 5.5 to E2003
    • Microsoft Provides "Elixer" for Outlook
    • Windows Media Center May Go Mainstream In Vista
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Expert Picks: Favorite (Third Party) downloads
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: SQL Server 2005 - A Beginner's Guide
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EDITOR'S CORNER

XP SP3, See You In 2007

Mary-Jo Foley from Microsoft Watch was trolling through the dry and as she calls it 'somewhat obscure' Microsoft lifecycle website. ;-)

She discovered something interesting. Many Microsoft experts were thinking XP Service Pack 3 would be released late 2006. In fact, it's running almost a year later than that; the latter half of 2007! You can expect W2K3 Service Pack 2 second half of this year.

Other interesting data is that Redmond quietly pushed out WinXP home support to at least 2008. Makes sense, as some people pointed out that XP Home, and most other XP OS-en, would be cut off from tech support at December 31, 2006, a potential snafu since XP's successor, Windows Vista, isn't to release until shortly before that date!

If you have some time, and do not mind pretty dry pages, there are some nuggets hidden in the Redmond lifecycle site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Service_Packs


Quote of the Week

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
-- Groucho Marx

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Must Have Freeware. AD Web Search App + GAL Self Service. Get a free download at the NameScape site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-AdWeb

Double-Take remains the leading HA and DR tool with more than one hundred thousand enterprise installations worldwide:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Double_Take

Port Query Tool ? Trouble troubleshooting application communications? This free utility tells you if a box is listening on a specified port.
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Port_Query_Tool

Shared Computer Toolkit for XP ? This locks down the computer and discards changes at logoff. Useful and over at Microsoft as well:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-ToolKit


TECH BRIEFING

Worst Practices For Backup And Disaster Recovery, Part 2

Worst practices at a company will doom any backup and recovery plan. Here is a list of some of the worst practices that exist at far too many companies. Last week Part one was the favorite Tech Briefing item. This week we talk about DR at SearchWinSystems:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-BackUp


Microsoft Has Big Plans For Mail Migration

Microsoft is prepping 'Red Bull,' a refashioned suite of migration tools, to get users to migrate off of Domino and Groupwise and onto Exchange Server 2003. At the SearchWin2000 site
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Mail_Migration


Microsoft Extends Support For Older Products

Microsoft announced this week that a change to its lifecycle support policy will now match end-of-support dates with Patch Tuesday. Good article here:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Support


Top 5 Windows Hardening Tips Of 2005

Interested in finding out what the highest rated tips were for 2005? These are the SearchWindowsSecurity most highly rated tips of the last year. They cover everything from user education to locking down XP workstations. Recommended:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Tips_2005


Did You Know How To Compact A PST?

Outlook PST Compaction ? Delete lots of e-mails from your pst lately? You can compact it as well. In Outlook, go to File, Data File Management, double-click on your pst, then choose Compact Now.

New Microsoft Security Guide Released

They just released the security guide "Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP." It shows how to configure Group Policies for security.
You can get it from:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Server_Security


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

11 tips in 11 minutes: Migrate Exchange 5.5 to E2003

Excerpted from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed, by Rand Morimoto, this collection of 11 tips explains best practices for migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003. You'll discover the differences between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange Server 2003, and learn the specific steps required to migrate your Exchange Server environment. Very useful indeed:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Migrate_Exchange


Microsoft Provides "Elixer" for Outlook

A year after first disclosing its internal "Project Elixer," Redmond has begun releasing sample code and documentation so that developers can use it as a pattern to design their own integrated front-end and back-end systems around Outlook 2003. Read more at the ENTmag site:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Elixer


Windows Media Center May Go Mainstream In Vista

ComputerWorld reported that Windows XP Media Center Edition OS may not be the standard home entertainment hub that Microsoft Corp. hopes it will be, some analysts said that could change once the company releases the next consumer client version of the Windows OS later this year.
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-Media_Center


WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Expert Picks: Favorite (Third Party) downloads

You're looking for a useful desktop management tool to download, but when you go to the Web you are overwhelmed by the choices. You may think: what do the SearchWinSystems.com experts use when they are in this situation?

They have the answer for you in this Learning Guide. Here, their site experts--Serdar Yegulalp, Bernie Klinder and Laura Hunter-- share the names of their top five downloads and explain why they are so valuable to them. From desktop and server management to OS troubleshooting, they've come up with a must-keep list that will surely simplify your job.

We also have an additional benefit for you in this guide: honing in on desktop admin tools, Serdar Yegulalp has written a tip on each of his five favorites.

All in all, you are bound to find this Learning Guide one you will refer to for months to come. Bookmark this page, and you'll have easy access to an index of time-saving tools that are just a click away! Here is the link:
http://www.wservernews.com/060113-SearchWinSystems


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

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



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

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http://www.wservernews.com/060113-SQL_Server_2005