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April 22, 2003--In this issue:
- New Server Name Speaks Strategy, Raises Questions
2. HOT OFF THE PRESS
- AMD Preps 64-Bit Product Launch
3. KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT
- Another VM Hotfix - Computer Account Password Fix - Remote Registry Service Bug Fix
- Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified! - Sample Our Security Administrator Newsletter!
5. INSIDE WINDOWS SCRIPTING SOLUTIONS
- May 2003 Issue: Extracting and Formatting System Data - AD and WMI Reporting
6. INSTANT POLL
- Results of Previous Poll: Antispam Solution - New Instant Poll: Windows 2003 Server Launch
- Tip: How Can I Install the FTP Service Under Windows XP?
8. NEW AND IMPROVED
- Perform a Quick Defragmentation - Copy Complete Hard Disks or Selected Partitions - Submit Top Product Ideas
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* NEW SERVER NAME SPEAKS STRATEGY, RAISES QUESTIONS
In a January briefing at Microsoft's Redmond campus, the software giant's representatives discussed the company's then-recent decision to drop the .NET name from most of its products and use a new .NET Connected Logo program to identify those applications and servers that offer .NET-compatible services. At the time, various colleagues and I theorized that Microsoft would recast the .NET Enterprise Servers product line as the Microsoft Enterprise Servers or something similar. However, last week Microsoft revealed that it plans to rename the product family as Windows Server System, which makes sense when compared to the recent renaming of the Microsoft Office family as the Microsoft Office System.
Senior Vice President of the Microsoft Server Platform Division Paul Flessner recently pointed to two reasons for the enterprise server family name change. "First, we're sending a clear signal to our customers and industry partners that we've heard their feedback--that IT has become increasingly complex and costly and less able to deliver business value. With Windows Server System, we're helping them understand the value that our comprehensive, integrated, and interoperable server infrastructure delivers today, as well as making a long-term commitment to reduce IT complexity and costs," Flessner said. "Second, by aligning the new brand with the server platform, we're clarifying that our long-term server business and technology strategy starts with Windows Server at the foundation. With this new brand, we're emphasizing to our customers and industry partners the business value of a top-to-bottom integrated server infrastructure. We want our customers and partners to know that we're working hard to ensure they're getting the best return on their investments with Windows Server System."
The long-term goals are what interest me most. Currently, the various products that compose Windows Server System are many and varied. To help identify them, Microsoft breaks them down in various subgroups, including e-business (BizTalk Server, Commerce Server, Content Management Server--CMS--and Host Integration Server--HIS); data management and analysis (SQL Server); messaging and collaboration (Exchange Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Project Server, and Real-Time Communications—RTC--Server); security (Internet Security and Acceleration Server--ISA--Server); and management (Systems Management Server--SMS--Microsoft Operations Manager--MOM--and Application Center). But as I've discussed before in Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE, Microsoft will change or consolidate many of these products in the coming months. For example, Microsoft is in the beginning stages of a sweeping management server consolidation that ultimately leaves the fates of separate SMS, MOM, and Application Center products unclear.
Looking at this long list of products, two thoughts emerge. First, Microsoft will need to do its best-ever integration work to make these products work well together, and this integration needs to include other products, such as those in the Microsoft Office System. Second, the company needs to simplify licensing so that rolling out groups of these servers isn't prohibitively expensive. One of the biggest problems with Microsoft's existing server line is that after enterprises determine which products they need and how many Client Access Licenses (CALs) and processor licenses to purchase, many enterprises discover that the expense is too great and begin scaling back. By consolidating and simplifying some of these products, Microsoft could make mixing and maximizing these products easier and perhaps pay for the resulting technology.
Although moving away from .NET-centric branding is probably wise, the change will raise questions with some customers, especially those who have invested heavily in .NET technologies. Microsoft is careful to point out that .NET is a core part of the common architecture for Windows Server System, which presumably means it's a core part of Windows Server 2003. But .NET isn't included in any of the 64-bit versions of Windows 2003, leading some people to wonder how Microsoft can release those products in what is, in some ways, an unfinished state. Last week, I raised these concerns and the reader response was somewhat alarming: Many wanted to know whether Microsoft was abandoning .NET.
I don't think that's what's happening. Instead, Microsoft seems to be backing away from its .NET marketing strategy, in which the company foisted .NET as the answer to its (and, presumably, its customers') problems. After 3 or more years of barely measurable progress, .NET seems to have stalled. But the underlying technology--standards-based XML Web services that can cross application and OS boundaries--will likely stand at the heart of all Windows releases for the foreseeable future. But although .NET was once seen as the future of Microsoft, perhaps even a successor to Windows, the company no longer regards .NET as one of the ingredients that all the company's products will contain when everything shakes out. So Windows will contain .NET, although the reverse is, of course, not true.
Frankly, Microsoft should have taken this approach from the beginning; if it had, we wouldn't have seen the confusing marketing messages from Redmond, not to mention the several naming changes that Windows 2003 underwent during its development. This week, when the company launches Windows 2003 in San Francisco, it can highlight the product appropriately as a full-featured server product that scales from the lightest blade servers up to some of the largest, most scalable 64-bit behemoths in the world. Casting such a product as just part of a wider Web services strategy is an injustice to the many non-.NET features this server contains.
The Windows 2003 launch brings a sense of hope because it's the company's strongest server release to date, but also a sense of dread. Let's face it: The world's most creative intruders are waiting for the chance to hammer on Windows 2003 and expose any weaknesses. How Microsoft will respond to these problems and the reception that Windows 2003 receives in the real world will determine the success of the product. But if Windows 2003 fails early and often, then what? What's the next big marketing message?
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(contributed by Paul Thurrott, thurro[email protected])
* AMD PREPS 64-BIT PRODUCT LAUNCH Tuesday, in New York, AMD will unleash its 64-bit AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64 processors, the company's most concerted efforts yet to steal market share from microprocessor giant Intel. Unlike previous AMD designs, the AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64 represent a technological breakthrough of sorts and don't simply mimic Intel chip technology. Instead, the AMD chips provide a new 64-bit runtime environment that's completely compatible with today's 32-bit x86-based OSs and applications. But because the new processors are true 64-bit designs, a new generation of specially written OSs and applications will be able to take advantage of the increased memory space that a 64-bit address space offers. For the complete story, visit the following URL:
(contributed by Paula Sharick, [email protected])
* ANOTHER VM HOTFIX The Microsoft Virtual Machine (VM) code in all Windows platforms (and in many versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer--IE) is vulnerable to security breaches. During the past year, Microsoft published several updates that address security problems in the VM component, and the April 14 Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-011 (Flaw in Microsoft VM Could Enable System Compromise) adds yet another VM hotfix to the list. The newest patch addresses a vulnerability in the procedure that Java uses to examine executable code when the processor loads a Java applet. A malicious user can exploit this loophole by constructing an applet that loads code of the attacker's choice. The code activates when the system executes the Java applet at a Web site or when you read HTML-formatted email that contains the malicious Java code. This vulnerability is mitigated by the fact that a malicious user can run code only in the context of the logged-on user but not with full system privileges. For more details, including how to obtain a fix, visit the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38751
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FOCUS: Extracting and Formatting System Data Use Csvde, the Scriptomatic, and Excel to report on AD and WMI data; use Win32::Daemon to turn a Perl script into a Win32 service; and keep track of key group memberships by pairing a batch file and the Blat email utility.
* AD and WMI Reporting Don't settle for simply extracting information from AD or WMI. Use Csvde, the Scriptomatic, and Excel to create clear and easy-to-read reports. --Alistair G. Lowe-Norris http://www.winscriptingsolutions.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38401
* RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: ANTISPAM SOLUTION The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Do you use a third-party antispam solution on your company network?" Here are the results from the 173 votes. - 53% Yes - 47% No
* NEW INSTANT POLL: WINDOWS 2003 SERVER LAUNCH The next Instant Poll question is, "Will you be attending a Windows 2003 Server launch event?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, I'll be attending the primary launch event in San Francisco, b) Yes, I'll be attending a regional launch event, or c) No. http://www.winnetmag.com/magazine
* TIP: HOW CAN I INSTALL THE FTP SERVICE UNDER WINDOWS XP? (contributed by John Savill, http://www.windows2000faq.com )
A. XP includes a built-in FTP service component that lets FTP clients connect to the machine and read or write files; however, this service doesn't install by default. To install the FTP service, perform the following steps: 1. Start the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet (go to Start, Control Panel, then click Add/Remove Programs). 2. Select Add/Remove Windows Components. 3. Select Internet Information Services (IIS), then click Details. 4. Select the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service check box, then click OK. 5. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Internet Information Services snap-in to configure the FTP service (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, then click Internet Information Services). After the snap-in starts, expand the computer name, then expand FTP Sites. A Default FTP Site will have been added. Right-click Default FTP Site, then select Properties from the displayed context menu to set options such as Home Directory, accounts, and anonymous access. To stop the FTP service, right-click the FTP site and select Stop from the context menu; likewise, select Start from the context menu to restart the service.
(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])
* PERFORM A QUICK DEFRAGMENTATION Executive Software released Diskeeper 7.0 Second Edition for Windows, defragmentation software that features three new algorithms to let you perform a quick defragmentation, perform the largest possible free-space consolidation, and set maximum disk performance. Set It and Forget It and Smart Scheduling functions automate these tasks. Pricing is $49.95 for the workstation version and $249.95 for the server version. Diskeeper 7.0 Second Edition is free to current Diskeeper 7.0 customers. Contact Executive Software at 818-771-1600 or 800-829-6468. http://www.execsoft.com
* COPY COMPLETE HARD DISKS OR SELECTED PARTITIONS NovaStor released InstantRecovery 4.0, disaster-recovery software that lets you copy complete hard disks or selected partitions to any media type, including CD-ROM, tape, hard disk, and other removable media. You can create and access hard disk images over the network on a server or through a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. InstantRecovery is available in two editions: InstantRecovery Personal Edition for $44.95, which works with directly attached storage devices, and InstantRecovery Professional Edition for $99.95, which communicates with network storage devices such as servers and NAS devices. Contact NovaStor at 805-579-6700. http://www.novastor.com
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