Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE, May 6, 2003

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Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE--brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and related technologies.
http://www.winnetmag.com

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~~~~ THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY ~~~~

Quest Software
http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_update050603.asp

Executive Software
http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp?ad=wandnetnl (below COMMENTARY)

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~~~~ SPONSOR: QUEST SOFTWARE ~~~~
HOW DO YOU BULLETPROOF YOUR WINDOWS NETWORK? Windows/AD expert Darren Mar-Elia instructs. You've implemented Active Directory and you want to take advantage of Group Policy to automatically secure and manage servers and workstations, but its complexity is discouraging. You can't afford not to use it, but where will you find the time? FREE WHITE PAPER. Don't spend the next year testing GPOs and learning from your mistakes! Download "Bulletproof Your Windows Network with Group Policy," a free white paper by renowned Windows/AD author Darren Mar-Elia. Put our Group Policy best practices to work for you today!
http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_update050603.asp

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May 6, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - Instant Messaging Moves into the Enterprise

2. HOT OFF THE PRESS - Microsoft Previews Virtual Server

3. KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT - Windows Update Critical Updates - Unsynchronized Computer Account Prevents Logon

4. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation - Time Is Running Out to Join Our Storage Solutions Road Show!

5. HOT RELEASES (ADVERTISEMENTS) - Imanami - Tumbleweed Communications

6. INSTANT POLL - Results of Previous Poll: Laptop Features - New Instant Poll: Enterprise IM

7. RESOURCES - Featured Thread: Simultaneous Downloads Restricted in IE - Tip: How Can I View or Modify the Content of My Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Zones?

8. NEW AND IMPROVED - Manage Desktops - Submit Top Product Ideas

9. CONTACT US - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1.

COMMENTARY


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected])

* INSTANT MESSAGING MOVES INTO THE ENTERPRISE

With the release later this year of Microsoft's Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003, the company will fulfill a long-term vision to bring text, audio, and video-based chat capabilities to the enterprise. The idea of Instant Messaging (IM) at work might sound foreign or even unwanted to some people, but this kind of realtime communication is increasingly a business necessity. If Microsoft is betting right, the company might have another hit on its hands. And for corporations looking to save money by making their employees more connected--not only internally but with partners and customers--RTC Server could be a godsend.

IM has been around since the mid-1990s when enterprising small developers brought products such as PowWow to market. These early IM tools were basically GUI versions of the UNIX talk utility that offered realtime text-based chatting, but over the years companies such as ICQ and AOL jumped on board, adding features and expanding the market. Microsoft entered the IM market with MSN Messenger, which users could also use to exchange files. And over time, the company sought to overcome various competing IM formats by creating the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which Windows Messenger (Windows XP's IM client) and later versions of MSN Messenger use. With these and other modern IM products, users can perform audio and video chats in addition to the more standard text-based chats. But SIP is also at the center of an interesting communications revolution. For example, you can use the SIP-based MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger clients to initiate compatible online games.

With the proliferation of IM across the Internet, people naturally have begun using it at work to communicate not only with friends and family but also with coworkers, partners, and customers. However, most of today's IM clients aren't secure, they don't offer any automatic-logging capabilities, and they're difficult to manage. In fact, many businesses have outlawed IM at work, with many administers assuming that IM tools are just for teenagers. That's not the case, but a lack of enterprise-friendly features has limited IM's appeal in businesses.

But IM fills an interesting niche. Today, many important meetings are face-to-face, and many people spend most of their day conducting business over the phone. However, email has taken a slice out of telephone communications because users can store email messages and email is often less disruptive than face-to-face or telephone meetings. An IM message is similar, but even less disruptive than email, especially when you just need a quick yes or no answer.

To address IM's security, logging, and manageability needs, Microsoft's RTC Server will provide the features that enterprises require to trust IM as a vital business tool and add other useful functionality, such as presence information. In the first version of RTC Server, "presence" simply means whether you're online. In future versions, the server will be able to determine your connection information, such as what type of device you're using (e.g., a cell phone, which would necessitate smaller messages) and how fast your connection is (so that an IM partner won't try to send you large files over a slow connection). At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in New Orleans this week, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates showed a prototype PC called Athens in which your presence information could be listed as "on the phone," "in a meeting," or "do not disturb."

RTC Server and other enterprise IM solutions will eventually change how many people do business, in much the same way that other technologies, such as cell phones, electricity, and air conditioning, did so in their day. For example, even if your boss is in a meeting you wouldn't consider physically interrupting, you might be able to use IM to make a quick yes-or-no request. Or consider the convergence of devices such as cell phones and PDAs with IM and other forms of wireless messaging: Using IM to answer a question might be easy in many situations in which a phone call would be impossible or awkward.

Microsoft's RTC Server won't be the only enterprise IM solution, but by creating such a product, the company seems to be stamping the technology with its approval. Say what you will about Microsoft, but by entering this market, the company essentially is owning up to the fact that enterprise IM is an emerging and crucial business, a move that will make many businesses take notice. Microsoft's effect on the market is similar to the effect Dell Computer wields in the hardware marketplace: When Dell entered the PDA market late last year, the company quickly grabbed 19 percent of the market, but more astonishingly--given PDA sales of late--actually caused the PDA market to grow year-over-year at a much higher rate than it would have grown otherwise. Microsoft's endorsement of enterprise IM likely will have a similar effect.

To support customers, Microsoft is also releasing an RTC software development kit (SDK) so that developers can create business-specific IM solutions on top of RTC Server, and an RTC add-on for Windows Server 2003 so that enterprises can host these applications on servers that aren't running RTC Server (you'll still need one or more RTC Server systems on the network). On the client side, a new version of Windows Messenger will work with the Microsoft .NET Passport service that MSN Messenger uses, the Microsoft Exchange Server IM service, and the SIP-based RTC Server. MSN Messenger will continue as the company's consumer offering but will support only Passport.

So I'm curious whether you're using enterprise IM now or have plans to do so. And if not, why?

********************

~~~~ SPONSOR: EXECUTIVE SOFTWARE ~~~~
Diskeeper(R) automatic defragmenter Reliability and performance degrade each day you do not defragment every computer on your network. You need an automatic solution that will handle this chore forever. See for yourself - FREE for 30-days.
http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp?ad=wandnetnl

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2.

HOT OFF THE PRESS


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* MICROSOFT PREVIEWS VIRTUAL SERVER
In early March, Microsoft issued the first beta release of Virtual Server to select customers and partners, giving them a first peek at the company's recently acquired Connectix technology. The beta test, publicly announced late last week, adds machine-virtualization capabilities to Windows Server products, letting customers run multiple instances of different server OSs on one server. Virtual Server is a crucial tool for enterprises that want to move forward to Windows Server 2003 but need to run legacy server applications and consolidate server machines. Microsoft purchased much of Connectix's intellectual property specifically to provide this functionality, which the company says will convince many Windows NT 4.0 holdouts to upgrade. http://www.winnetmag.com/windowsserver2003/index.cfm?articleid=38922

3.

KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT


(contributed by Paula Sharick, [email protected])

* WINDOWS UPDATE CRITICAL UPDATES
Windows 2000's Device Manager and Add Printer Wizard can update drivers automatically, which is handy when you want to take advantage of the newer features on network or video cards or when you install a new, high-speed color printer or scanner. But you might not know that Microsoft changed how Windows Update ( http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/default.htm ) identifies and downloads driver updates. If you ask Windows Update to update your drivers today, the site will download and install only drivers released on or before November 15, 2002, even if newer drivers are available. To obtain the most current version, meaning all drivers released after November 15, 2002, you must first download and install the new version of the Windows Update Code Download Manager. For more information about this problem and instructions for installing Windows Update Code Download Manager, visit the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38926

WEB-EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE: The following item is posted on the Windows & .NET Magazine Web site. For the complete story, use the following link and scroll to the appropriate article. http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38926
- Unsynchronized Computer Account Prevents Logon

4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE CONNECTIONS: WIN A FLORIDA VACATION
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn in person from your favorite writers you know and trust. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine plus a chance to win a Florida vacation for two. Connections has simply the best lineup of technical training for today's Windows IT pro. Conference begins May 18, so hurry and register now: http://www.winconnections.com

* TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO JOIN OUR STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW! Attend the HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! Attendees have lots of chances to win incredible prizes. There is absolutely no fee for this event, but space is limited. We've just added Minneapolis to our list of cities, so register now! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

5.

HOT RELEASES (ADVERTISEMENTS)

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* IMANAMI IMANAMI RELEASES NEW OPROFILE v4.5
Tired of Outlook profile related support calls? Now your Outlook profiles can be automatically generated at login! Eliminate desktop visits during migration. New version allows you to easily configure virtually any Outlook setting. Evaluate OProfile v4.5 and enter to win a FREE MP3 Player!
http://www.imanami.com/specials/winupdate_030506.asp?p=winupdate_030506

* TUMBLEWEED COMMUNICATIONS LIVE WEBCAST: ZERO IN ON SPAM IN THE ENTERPRISE Featuring analyst firm Gartner, City of Hope and Mutual of Omaha on Thursday, May 22, 2003, 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Find out about anti-spam best practices for large enterprises and how Tumbleweed customers are successfully managing spam.
http://anon.doubleclick.speedera.net/anon.doubleclick/PentonMedia/winnetmag050103.html

6.

INSTANT POLL

* RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: LAPTOP FEATURES The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "What considerations are most important to you when purchasing a laptop?" Here are the results from the 140 votes. - 24% Size and portability - 41% Performance - 11% Battery life - 24% Cost

* NEW INSTANT POLL: ENTERPRISE IM The next Instant Poll question is, "Does your organization use enterprise Instant Messaging (IM)?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, we use enterprise IM, b) No, but we plan to, or c) No, and we have no plans to. http://www.winnetmag.com/magazine

7.

RESOURCES

* FEATURED THREAD: SIMULTANEOUS DOWNLOADS RESTRICTED IN IE User Filibeli wants to know why Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) won't let him download more than two files concurrently and whether he can change this behavior. If you can help, join the discussion at the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=36&tid=58412

* TIP: HOW CAN I VIEW OR MODIFY THE CONTENT OF MY MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) ZONES? ( contributed by John Savill, http://www.windows2000faq.com )

To access the IE zones, perform the following steps: 1. Start IE. 2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. 3. Select the Security tab. 4. Select either "Local intranet" or "Trusted sites," then click Sites. 5. If you click "Local intranet" in Step 4, click Sites, then click Advanced in the "Local intranet" dialog box to add or remove Web sites from the trusted zone. If you click "Trusted sites" in Step 4, click Sites to add or remove Web sites from the trusted zone. 6. After you finish, click Close. 7. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

8.

NEW AND IMPROVED


(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* MANAGE DESKTOPS
Vector Networks released PC-Duo Enterprise 2.0, a suite of desktop management modules. PC-Duo Enterprise snaps into Microsoft Management Console (MMC) so that you can use all the modules from within MMC. Features include a new UI based on Windows XP, a self-healing ability that detects and fixes application problems, remote control module enhancements, and improved hardware inventory detection capability. For pricing, contact Vector Networks at 770-622-2850 or 800-330-5035.
http://www.vector-networks.com

* SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]

9.

CONTACT US


Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

* ABOUT THE COMMENTARY -- [email protected]

* ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT -- [email protected]

* ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL -- [email protected] (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

* TECHNICAL QUESTIONS -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

* PRODUCT NEWS -- [email protected]

* QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION? Customer Support -- [email protected]

* WANT TO SPONSOR WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE UPDATE? [email protected]

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This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today. http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z

Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters. http://www.winnetmag.com/email
|-+-|-+-|-+-|-+-|-+-|

Thank you for reading Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE.

Thank you! __________________________________________________________
Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

********************

Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE--brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and related technologies.
http://www.winnetmag.com

*********************

~~~~ THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY ~~~~

Quest Software
http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_update050603.asp

Executive Software
http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp?ad=wandnetnl (below COMMENTARY)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~ SPONSOR: QUEST SOFTWARE ~~~~
HOW DO YOU BULLETPROOF YOUR WINDOWS NETWORK? Windows/AD expert Darren Mar-Elia instructs. You've implemented Active Directory and you want to take advantage of Group Policy to automatically secure and manage servers and workstations, but its complexity is discouraging. You can't afford not to use it, but where will you find the time? FREE WHITE PAPER. Don't spend the next year testing GPOs and learning from your mistakes! Download "Bulletproof Your Windows Network with Group Policy," a free white paper by renowned Windows/AD author Darren Mar-Elia. Put our Group Policy best practices to work for you today!
http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_update050603.asp

********************

May 6, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - Instant Messaging Moves into the Enterprise

2. HOT OFF THE PRESS - Microsoft Previews Virtual Server

3. KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT - Windows Update Critical Updates - Unsynchronized Computer Account Prevents Logon

4. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation - Time Is Running Out to Join Our Storage Solutions Road Show!

5. HOT RELEASES (ADVERTISEMENTS) - Imanami - Tumbleweed Communications

6. INSTANT POLL - Results of Previous Poll: Laptop Features - New Instant Poll: Enterprise IM

7. RESOURCES - Featured Thread: Simultaneous Downloads Restricted in IE - Tip: How Can I View or Modify the Content of My Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Zones?

8. NEW AND IMPROVED - Manage Desktops - Submit Top Product Ideas

9. CONTACT US - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1.

COMMENTARY


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected])

* INSTANT MESSAGING MOVES INTO THE ENTERPRISE

With the release later this year of Microsoft's Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003, the company will fulfill a long-term vision to bring text, audio, and video-based chat capabilities to the enterprise. The idea of Instant Messaging (IM) at work might sound foreign or even unwanted to some people, but this kind of realtime communication is increasingly a business necessity. If Microsoft is betting right, the company might have another hit on its hands. And for corporations looking to save money by making their employees more connected--not only internally but with partners and customers--RTC Server could be a godsend.

IM has been around since the mid-1990s when enterprising small developers brought products such as PowWow to market. These early IM tools were basically GUI versions of the UNIX talk utility that offered realtime text-based chatting, but over the years companies such as ICQ and AOL jumped on board, adding features and expanding the market. Microsoft entered the IM market with MSN Messenger, which users could also use to exchange files. And over time, the company sought to overcome various competing IM formats by creating the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which Windows Messenger (Windows XP's IM client) and later versions of MSN Messenger use. With these and other modern IM products, users can perform audio and video chats in addition to the more standard text-based chats. But SIP is also at the center of an interesting communications revolution. For example, you can use the SIP-based MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger clients to initiate compatible online games.

With the proliferation of IM across the Internet, people naturally have begun using it at work to communicate not only with friends and family but also with coworkers, partners, and customers. However, most of today's IM clients aren't secure, they don't offer any automatic-logging capabilities, and they're difficult to manage. In fact, many businesses have outlawed IM at work, with many administers assuming that IM tools are just for teenagers. That's not the case, but a lack of enterprise-friendly features has limited IM's appeal in businesses.

But IM fills an interesting niche. Today, many important meetings are face-to-face, and many people spend most of their day conducting business over the phone. However, email has taken a slice out of telephone communications because users can store email messages and email is often less disruptive than face-to-face or telephone meetings. An IM message is similar, but even less disruptive than email, especially when you just need a quick yes or no answer.

To address IM's security, logging, and manageability needs, Microsoft's RTC Server will provide the features that enterprises require to trust IM as a vital business tool and add other useful functionality, such as presence information. In the first version of RTC Server, "presence" simply means whether you're online. In future versions, the server will be able to determine your connection information, such as what type of device you're using (e.g., a cell phone, which would necessitate smaller messages) and how fast your connection is (so that an IM partner won't try to send you large files over a slow connection). At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in New Orleans this week, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates showed a prototype PC called Athens in which your presence information could be listed as "on the phone," "in a meeting," or "do not disturb."

RTC Server and other enterprise IM solutions will eventually change how many people do business, in much the same way that other technologies, such as cell phones, electricity, and air conditioning, did so in their day. For example, even if your boss is in a meeting you wouldn't consider physically interrupting, you might be able to use IM to make a quick yes-or-no request. Or consider the convergence of devices such as cell phones and PDAs with IM and other forms of wireless messaging: Using IM to answer a question might be easy in many situations in which a phone call would be impossible or awkward.

Microsoft's RTC Server won't be the only enterprise IM solution, but by creating such a product, the company seems to be stamping the technology with its approval. Say what you will about Microsoft, but by entering this market, the company essentially is owning up to the fact that enterprise IM is an emerging and crucial business, a move that will make many businesses take notice. Microsoft's effect on the market is similar to the effect Dell Computer wields in the hardware marketplace: When Dell entered the PDA market late last year, the company quickly grabbed 19 percent of the market, but more astonishingly--given PDA sales of late--actually caused the PDA market to grow year-over-year at a much higher rate than it would have grown otherwise. Microsoft's endorsement of enterprise IM likely will have a similar effect.

To support customers, Microsoft is also releasing an RTC software development kit (SDK) so that developers can create business-specific IM solutions on top of RTC Server, and an RTC add-on for Windows Server 2003 so that enterprises can host these applications on servers that aren't running RTC Server (you'll still need one or more RTC Server systems on the network). On the client side, a new version of Windows Messenger will work with the Microsoft .NET Passport service that MSN Messenger uses, the Microsoft Exchange Server IM service, and the SIP-based RTC Server. MSN Messenger will continue as the company's consumer offering but will support only Passport.

So I'm curious whether you're using enterprise IM now or have plans to do so. And if not, why?

********************

~~~~ SPONSOR: EXECUTIVE SOFTWARE ~~~~
Diskeeper(R) automatic defragmenter Reliability and performance degrade each day you do not defragment every computer on your network. You need an automatic solution that will handle this chore forever. See for yourself - FREE for 30-days.
http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp?ad=wandnetnl

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2.

HOT OFF THE PRESS


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

* MICROSOFT PREVIEWS VIRTUAL SERVER
In early March, Microsoft issued the first beta release of Virtual Server to select customers and partners, giving them a first peek at the company's recently acquired Connectix technology. The beta test, publicly announced late last week, adds machine-virtualization capabilities to Windows Server products, letting customers run multiple instances of different server OSs on one server. Virtual Server is a crucial tool for enterprises that want to move forward to Windows Server 2003 but need to run legacy server applications and consolidate server machines. Microsoft purchased much of Connectix's intellectual property specifically to provide this functionality, which the company says will convince many Windows NT 4.0 holdouts to upgrade. http://www.winnetmag.com/windowsserver2003/index.cfm?articleid=38922

3.

KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT


(contributed by Paula Sharick, [email protected])

* WINDOWS UPDATE CRITICAL UPDATES
Windows 2000's Device Manager and Add Printer Wizard can update drivers automatically, which is handy when you want to take advantage of the newer features on network or video cards or when you install a new, high-speed color printer or scanner. But you might not know that Microsoft changed how Windows Update ( http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/default.htm ) identifies and downloads driver updates. If you ask Windows Update to update your drivers today, the site will download and install only drivers released on or before November 15, 2002, even if newer drivers are available. To obtain the most current version, meaning all drivers released after November 15, 2002, you must first download and install the new version of the Windows Update Code Download Manager. For more information about this problem and instructions for installing Windows Update Code Download Manager, visit the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38926

WEB-EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE: The following item is posted on the Windows & .NET Magazine Web site. For the complete story, use the following link and scroll to the appropriate article. http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=38926
- Unsynchronized Computer Account Prevents Logon

4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE CONNECTIONS: WIN A FLORIDA VACATION
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn in person from your favorite writers you know and trust. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine plus a chance to win a Florida vacation for two. Connections has simply the best lineup of technical training for today's Windows IT pro. Conference begins May 18, so hurry and register now: http://www.winconnections.com

* TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO JOIN OUR STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW! Attend the HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! Attendees have lots of chances to win incredible prizes. There is absolutely no fee for this event, but space is limited. We've just added Minneapolis to our list of cities, so register now! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

5.

HOT RELEASES (ADVERTISEMENTS)

=

* IMANAMI IMANAMI RELEASES NEW OPROFILE v4.5
Tired of Outlook profile related support calls? Now your Outlook profiles can be automatically generated at login! Eliminate desktop visits during migration. New version allows you to easily configure virtually any Outlook setting. Evaluate OProfile v4.5 and enter to win a FREE MP3 Player!
http://www.imanami.com/specials/winupdate_030506.asp?p=winupdate_030506

* TUMBLEWEED COMMUNICATIONS LIVE WEBCAST: ZERO IN ON SPAM IN THE ENTERPRISE Featuring analyst firm Gartner, City of Hope and Mutual of Omaha on Thursday, May 22, 2003, 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Find out about anti-spam best practices for large enterprises and how Tumbleweed customers are successfully managing spam.
http://anon.doubleclick.speedera.net/anon.doubleclick/PentonMedia/winnetmag050103.html

6.

INSTANT POLL

* RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: LAPTOP FEATURES The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "What considerations are most important to you when purchasing a laptop?" Here are the results from the 140 votes. - 24% Size and portability - 41% Performance - 11% Battery life - 24% Cost

* NEW INSTANT POLL: ENTERPRISE IM The next Instant Poll question is, "Does your organization use enterprise Instant Messaging (IM)?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, we use enterprise IM, b) No, but we plan to, or c) No, and we have no plans to. http://www.winnetmag.com/magazine

7.

RESOURCES

* FEATURED THREAD: SIMULTANEOUS DOWNLOADS RESTRICTED IN IE User Filibeli wants to know why Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) won't let him download more than two files concurrently and whether he can change this behavior. If you can help, join the discussion at the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=36&tid=58412

* TIP: HOW CAN I VIEW OR MODIFY THE CONTENT OF MY MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) ZONES? ( contributed by John Savill, http://www.windows2000faq.com )

To access the IE zones, perform the following steps: 1. Start IE. 2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. 3. Select the Security tab. 4. Select either "Local intranet" or "Trusted sites," then click Sites. 5. If you click "Local intranet" in Step 4, click Sites, then click Advanced in the "Local intranet" dialog box to add or remove Web sites from the trusted zone. If you click "Trusted sites" in Step 4, click Sites to add or remove Web sites from the trusted zone. 6. After you finish, click Close. 7. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

8.

NEW AND IMPROVED


(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* MANAGE DESKTOPS
Vector Networks released PC-Duo Enterprise 2.0, a suite of desktop management modules. PC-Duo Enterprise snaps into Microsoft Management Console (MMC) so that you can use all the modules from within MMC. Features include a new UI based on Windows XP, a self-healing ability that detects and fixes application problems, remote control module enhancements, and improved hardware inventory detection capability. For pricing, contact Vector Networks at 770-622-2850 or 800-330-5035.
http://www.vector-networks.com

* SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]

9.

CONTACT US


Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

* ABOUT THE COMMENTARY -- [email protected]

* ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH WIN2K AND NT -- [email protected]

* ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL -- [email protected] (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

* TECHNICAL QUESTIONS -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

* PRODUCT NEWS -- [email protected]

* QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION? Customer Support -- [email protected]

* WANT TO SPONSOR WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE UPDATE? [email protected]

********************
This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today. http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z

Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters. http://www.winnetmag.com/email
|-+-|-+-|-+-|-+-|-+-|

Thank you for reading Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE.

Thank you! __________________________________________________________
Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

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