Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE--October 28, 2003

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1. Commentary: PDC 2003 and Laptop of the Month

2. Hot Off the Press
- Live from PDC 2003

3. Keeping Up with Win2K and NT
- Bug Fix Corrects Multiple Disk Array Problems
- Patch Corrects FTP File Rename Failure
- Local Administrator Can Disable User Policy
- Post-SP1 Rollup Available
- Cached Credentials Interfere with Remote Logon
- Can't Join a Windows Server 2003 Domain During Unattended Setup

4. Announcement
- COMDEX Las Vegas 2003

5. Instant Poll
- Results of Previous Poll: Securing the Perimeter
- New Instant Poll: Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP

6. Resources
- Featured Thread: Results of a Failure Audit
- Tip: The Apmstat.exe File Is Missing from My Machine. Where Can I Get This File?

7. Event
- We've Added 3 New Web Seminars 8. New and Improved
- Clean Up Your Internet Tracks
- Provide Password Security
- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

9. Contact Us
- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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==== 1. Commentary: PDC 2003 and Laptop of the Month ====
by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected]

During the past few weeks, I've written a lot about security-related topics for Windows & .NET Magazine publications. The topic is somewhat dear to my heart but also quite topical, unfortunately, because of the recent spate of electronic attacks on Windows-based systems around the world and Microsoft's efforts to step up to the challenges. During this time, I've received a vast amount of reader email, and clearly, security polarizes readers like no other topic. Some believe that Microsoft will never get security right and that the company is leading its users down an ever-escalating path of data and privacy loss; others feel that the battle is beginning to favor the good guys. Whatever your take on this topic, let's step away and examine a few other pertinent concerns this week, which I hope won't start another heated debate.

PDC 2003

As I write this, I'm in Los Angeles for Microsoft's epic Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003, a 7000-attendee confab for developers. However, this year's conference is probably drawing other technical people as well because PDC 2003 is the coming-out party for Microsoft's next two technology waves: the Yukon wave, concentrated around the next Microsoft SQL Server version, and the Longhorn wave, concentrated on the next Windows version. PDC 2003 is mostly about Longhorn, and this will be the first time the public sees and learns about this important upcoming release directly from the source. The conference is bound to be interesting and revealing.

From the perspective of Day 0, however, which is what Microsoft calls the day before Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates's keynote, not much is going on yet, so I'll defer much of this discussion to a future date. However, one interesting development has already come up that might be of interest to UPDATE readers: Microsoft will distribute the first widely available build of Windows Longhorn, build 4051, this week to PDC 2003 attendees and later to MSDN Universal subscribers and, I'm told, to anyone wanting to pay small shipping and handling fees. Longhorn 4051 actually leaked out through the Internet over the weekend, and I've been investigating it for the past day or so. What I see--which, to be fair, is a very incomplete version of the product--is a minor upgrade to Windows XP with some interesting improvements in the file system, installation process, and user-interaction features. I'm told that Microsoft executives will demonstrate some dramatic improvements at the show and that these features will be turned on in later betas, which will be more properly beta tested with the traditional tech beta crowd. This build, alas, is for developers who need to get started early with Longhorn. And early doesn't even begin to describe where we're at in the process. At the earliest, Longhorn will ship in late 2005--more than 2 years from now. I'll have more about this topic in a future commentary, but if you're interested in Longhorn, I do have a slew of PDC 2003-related content available on the SuperSite for Windows; I'll be updating that site every day this week as the show progresses.

Laptop of the Month: Dell Latitude D800

A month and a half ago, I replaced my main desktop computer at home with Dell's stunning Latitude D800, a Pentium M-based wide-screen laptop that takes mobile computing to new levels of performance and capability. Like last month's laptop, HP's Compaq Presario X1012, the Latitude D800 is a true desktop replacement. When equipped for travel, the Latitude D800 weighs about 7 pounds, so it's not a device you'll want if you spend most of your time at conventions and hotels. But if you thought a laptop couldn't take on some of the fastest desktops and provide stunning battery life, think again--the Latitude D800 is a Size- and weight-wise, the Latitude D800 is slightly heavier and bulkier than the Presario X1012. The Latitude D800 features a nice, one-hand-operation "Bugs Bunny" latch on the front that makes opening the screen easy. The machine has a 1.6GHz Pentium M processor, an NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go video card, and 512MB of RAM, which combine to deliver impressive performance and excellent frame rates in the latest 3-D games. The Latitude D800 screen is an epic expanse of space, and although you can configure it in a variety of high resolutions, I chose the eye-friendly 1280 x 800 choice for the review system. On such a screen, applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel take on an all-new persona, with vast amounts of horizontal room. Wide screens are a true productivity booster.

The Latitude D800 comes equipped with a CD-RW/DVD combo drive, three USB 2.0 ports, a four-pin FireWire port, one PC card slot, Gigabit Ethernet network, a modem, and the usual selection of legacy ports. You can configure this system in true Intel Centrino style, with an Intel 802.11b wireless adapter, or go for speed and get Dell's more impressive 802.11b/g card, which delivers up to 54Mbps on a Wireless-G network. I definitely recommend the faster model.

Dell offers a unique docking station option, which lets you mount the Latitude D800 (or other Dell systems) and a port replicator on a swiveling, adjustable-height platform you can place on a desktop surface. Attach a keyboard and mouse and lock in the Latitude D800, and you have a full-featured workstation. Flip a switch and pick up the laptop, and you're good to go, with no wires and plugs to mess with. This option, which will set you back a few hundred dollars extra, cements the Latitude D800's purpose as a desktop replacement for the occasionally mobile or, as I like to think about it, the locally mobile. The option is great for people who don't travel with their laptop, but would like to take it around the office or home each day and wirelessly work from another room.

If the Latitude D800 has any flaws, they're minor. Compared with some of the IBM systems I've tested recently, the Latitude D800's keyboard felt a bit low quality to me and makes a slight clicking sound when used. And although the unit features dual pointing devices, which I usually like, the mouse buttons for the eraser-head point device were too difficult to press, rendering them nearly useless. Of course, neither of these shortcomings is a problem when the system is docked, and even in regular use they're definitely not a deal-breaker. Overall, the Latitude D800 is an excellent performer, with more than 4 hours of battery life (thanks to the Pentium M processor) and Dell's vaunted quality. I highly recommend this device.


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==== 2. Hot Off the Press ====
by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Live from PDC 2003
Paul Thurrott will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings at Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003 in Los Angeles this week with continual updates to the WinInfo Web site. Stay tuned to for the latest information from the show.

==== 3. Keeping Up with Win2K and NT ====
by Paula Sharick, [email protected]

Bug Fix Corrects Multiple Disk Array Problems
Bugs in the storport.sys driver can cause Windows Server 2003 to hang when you connect a disk array controller cable or when you remove one of the disk drives in the array. When a system with a disk array is performing more than a minimal amount of disk input or output, it might hang during shutdown, requiring you to manually cycle the power to successfully reboot. Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) has a new version of the disk array driver, storport.sys, with a file release date of October 15, that corrects these problems. When you call for the patch, reference the Microsoft article "Windows Server 2003 Stops Responding After You Install an Array Controller" ( ).

Patch Corrects FTP File Rename Failure
A timing problem in the FTP component of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 can prevent you from renaming a file after you upload a large file to the FTP directory. According to Microsoft, IIS issues the file rename request before it completes the upload operation. When this problem occurs, FTP responds to the file rename request with error message 550: "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process." If you look at the IIS log, you'll see three consecutive entries that refer to the failed file rename. The first shows IIS processing a rename from operation (the RNFR line); the second shows IIS performing a rename to operation (RNTO); and the third shows a QUIT, which means the rename operation failed. PSS has a new version of the FTP service, ftpsvc2.dll, that eliminates the timing bug. The patch has a file release date of September 5 and is documented in the Microsoft article "FIX: You Cannot Rename a File After You Upload the File to an FTP Server" ( ).

WEB-EXCLUSIVE ARTICLES: The following items are posted on the Windows & .NET Magazine Web site. For the complete story, use the following link and scroll to the appropriate article.

- Local Administrator Can Disable User Policy
- Post-SP1 Rollup Available
- Cached Credentials Interfere with Remote Logon
- Can't Join a Windows Server 2003 Domain During Unattended Setup

==== 4. Announcement ====
(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

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At COMDEX, you'll have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the most prominent platform of the enterprise, data center, and desktop. Key elements include in-depth sessions on Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, reducing spam with Exchange Server 2003 and Outlook 2003. Come to Las Vegas this November 16-20 and take charge.;6362178;8504787;x?

==== 5. Instant Poll ====

Results of Previous Poll: Securing the Perimeter
The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Do you think Microsoft's 'Securing the Perimeter' strategy will significantly reduce the company's security problems?" Here are the results from the 344 votes:
- 18% Yes, it's a great strategy
- 69% No, Microsoft needs to address the underlying security of its products
- 13% I don't know

New Instant Poll: Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP
The next Instant Poll question is, "Have you rolled out Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows XP to your network?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, we've rolled out the update, b) No, but we plan to very soon, c) No, we're waiting to see whether it's bug free, or d) No, we'll wait for XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

==== 6. Resources ====

Featured Thread: Results of a Failure Audit
User JackDoyle needs help deciphering the results of a failure audit. To see the details and offer your help, visit the following URL:

Tip: The Apmstat.exe File Is Missing from My Machine. Where Can I Get This File?

by John Savill,

The Apmstat command lets you view a machine's Advanced Power Management (APM) status. This file isn't installed by default on Windows XP and Windows 2000. Instead, the file installs when you install the XP and Win2K support tools, which are in the support\tools folder of your installation CD-ROM. To install these tools, you run the setup program that's in the support\tools folder. If you don't want to install all the support tools, you can manually extract Apmstat from the file and move it to a location of your choice (no other files are necessary to run the Apmstat command).

==== 7. Event ====
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==== 8. New and Improved ====
by Carolyn Mader, [email protected]

Clean Up Your Internet Tracks
WinnowSoft released Winnow Cleaner 3.3, Internet cleaner software that can delete Internet cookies, temporary Internet files, history, typed URLs, usernames, and passwords. The software can securely delete all Internet tracks you leave behind. The software also cleans the Windows Temp directory, Recycle Bin, and Recent Documents folders to keep your PC running smoothly. Pricing is $29. Contact WinnowSoft at [email protected]

Provide Password Security
Citrix Systems announced Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager, a password security and single sign-on (SSO) product, which is part of the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite. The software provides password security and SSO access to heterogeneous computing environments, including Windows, Web, proprietary, and host-based applications. Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager doesn't require scripting or application-level integration. For pricing, contact Citrix Systems at 954-267-3000 or 800-424-8749.

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