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What's Hot - 25 Mar 2003

Readers highlight exceptional products that help them do their job.

Choose Which SMTP Address to Send Messages From

IvaSoft, ChooseFrom for Exchange 2000,, [email protected]

Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server lets you have multiple SMTP addresses; however, your primary SMTP address always sends your outgoing messages. For example, you might set up the software so that you can receive messages addressed to you at both [email protected] and [email protected] but Exchange isn't designed to let you send a message from any other address than your primary SMTP address. IvaSoft's ChooseFrom for Exchange 2000 was designed to work around this problem and lets you send messages with any sender address, including from your other SMTP addresses.

Evan Cagner from New York highly recommends ChooseFrom for Exchange 2000. He said, "This product fills a huge gaping hole in the Microsoft Outlook—Microsoft Exchange platform. Without ChooseFrom, we would have had to create enormous workarounds for a simple requirement. It works as promised."

A single license of ChooseFrom for Exchange 2000 costs $150.

Back Up to One GUI Across Any Platform

Syncsort, Backup Express 2.1,, 201-930-8200

Chrisi Lenkiewicz of Salina, Kansas, offers high praise for Syncsort's Backup Express, enterprisewide backup and restore software. Backup Express 2.1 supports Network Attached Storage (NAS), Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), Storage Area Networks (SANs), Novell NetWare clusters, and other heterogeneous network configurations. Lenkiewicz said that Backup Express is a unique product because it provides one GUI across Windows, UNIX, Linux, and NetWare platforms. Lenkiewicz also added that the technical support is first class and "you don't waste time talking to low-level tech support who really don't understand the product."

You can configure your backup to cluster tape drives at a single Windows NT server; keep sensitive data off your network by directly connecting an autoloader to a UNIX, Linux, Netware, or Windows server running a crucial application; send large database server data to a SCSI- or Fibre Channel—attached tape library; or integrate SAN technology by sharing tape devices among multiple servers. The software also lets you back up and restore Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server at the database, folder, and message levels. Pricing for Backup Express starts at $5000.

Run Multiple OSs on One Computer

VMware, VMware,, 650-475-5000, 877-486-9273

Windows & .NET Magazine contributing editor Christa Anderson is a big fan of VMware. She said, "VMware lets you run a separate Linux or Windows virtual machine on a computer. Although there are some situations that require real computers, using VMware makes it much simpler for me do multicomputer demonstrations or to provide examples that require a reboot when I'm presenting a conference session or seminar. It also doesn't hurt that you can easily reverse changes to the OS—it's a great teaching and testing tool."

VMware is available in desktop and server versions. VMware Workstation 3.2, designed for software developers, quality assurance testers, and IT professionals, captures virtual machine (VM) images that you can move from environment to environment to let you build more realistic tests quickly without extra hardware. VMware GSX Server 2.0 (for Intel servers) and VMware ESX Server (for high-performance Intel servers) is VM software that can consolidate and partition servers. VMware Workstation 3.2 starts at $299, VMware GSX Server 2.0 starts at $2500, and VMware ESX Server starts at $3750.

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