Skip navigation

Windows IT Pro UPDATE--Selling Longhorn, er Windows Vista, to IT--July 26, 2005

Subscribe to Windows IT Pro: ============================

Make sure your copy of Windows IT Pro UPDATE doesn't get mistakenly blocked by antispam software! Be sure to add [email protected] to your list of allowed senders and contacts.

This email newsletter comes to you free and is supported by the following advertisers, which offer products and services in which you might be interested. Please take a moment to visit these advertiser's Web sites and show your support for Windows IT Pro UPDATE.


Converting a Microsoft Access Application to Oracle HTML DB


1. Commentary
- Selling Longhorn, er Windows Vista, to IT

2. Hot Off the Press
- Microsoft Finalizes Initial Version of Windows Genuine Advantage

3. Peer to Peer
- Featured Thread: Issue with Windows XP SP2
- Tip: Do Windows 2000 or later DHCP clients renew their existing lease on restart?

4. New and Improved
- Network Instruments GigaStor Probe

==== Sponsor: "ARGENT GUARDIAN RATES 4.5 OUT OF 5!" ====

Windows IT Pro's review of Argent is a hit! "Argent Guardian provides the complexity to support large-scale data center server monitoring, but its GUI is intuitive enough for the IT generalist to pick up quickly." Find out for yourself why AT&T, Clear Channel Communications, Toyota, and Major League Baseball all rely on Argent. Download a full-functioning demo now at:


==== 1. Commentary: Selling Longhorn, er Windows Vista, to IT ====
by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, [email protected]

Microsoft has been largely silent about Longhorn, its next-generation Windows OS, since last fall, but last week, the company ratcheted up the volume. First, Microsoft announced that Longhorn will be named Windows Vista when it ships in late 2006. (Presumably, Longhorn Server won't be called Windows Vista Server but will instead be named something like Windows Server 2007.) Then, the company announced that Windows Vista Beta 1 will ship by August 3. (For more information, see my Windows Vista FAQ on the SuperSite for Windows at the URL below.)

Although Microsoft hopes that the Windows Vista name generates some excitement and even emotion with consumers, the new name is unlikely to do much to sway businesses. With that in mind, I asked the company whether it expected Windows Vista to be a bigger seller with individuals or corporations. Predictably--and carefully--Microsoft Group Product Manager Greg Sullivan told me that Windows Vista would be a compelling release for both groups. "We expect Windows Vista to be a significant release for all Windows customers--enterprises, small- and medium-sized businesses, and consumers--and we will have versions for each audience that are clearly differentiated," he said.

OK, sure. But without a beta 1 product to examine yet, I had to rely on Microsoft to give me a few feature-specific details that should endear businesses to Windows Vista: simple, image-based deployment, which I'll cover extensively after beta 1 arrives; the User Account Protection (UAP, formerly Least Privileged User Account--LUA) feature, which will finally give Windows the type of security foundation OS X, Linux, and UNIX have enjoyed for years; Secure Startup and full-volume encryption, which will keep travelers' data safe; and systemwide search and data organization features in the shell.

We'll see how these and other Windows Vista features pan out after beta 1 and beyond, but in the meantime, I think enterprises have some bigger concerns. For starters, how will the software-licensing end game play out? And how can something as disruptive as deploying a major new Windows release provide enough benefit to justify the time, expense, and effort? Microsoft has anticipated these questions, and, thanks to my recent acquisition of some internal Microsoft documentation, I can tell you how the company expects to answer your concerns, sans the usual marketing baloney.

First, let's address some obvious Software Assurance (SA) and Enterprise Agreement concerns. Microsoft expects to complete Windows Vista development in mid to late 2006 and ship the OS to customers in late 2006. If your SA or Enterprise Agreement contract runs through this time frame, you'll receive Windows Vista as part of your agreement. However, one major Windows Vista component, the WinFS data storage engine, won't ship until 2007, alongside Longhorn Server. Only those customers with active SA or Enterprise Agreement licenses at the time of WinFS' release will get WinFS. "Customers will get any and all product updates that are shipped during the life of their agreement," Microsoft's documentation reads. "If WinFS ships outside of the term of your agreement, you will not be licensed for it."

Given the glacial development time of Windows Vista, many customers have questioned the value of the SA or Enterprise Agreement volume-licensing programs because so few updates were released during the time period of the initial agreements. However, Microsoft points to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) as a major security upgrade and notes that the most significant benefit to these programs, perhaps, is that they let enterprises budget for software purchases over time. Although this sounds somewhat self-serving on the surface, it's worth noting that most midsized and large businesses don't upgrade desktop OSs every 2 years anyway. And, internally, Microsoft expects the predictability of the Windows Vista release to trigger a new round of SA and Enterprise Agreement sign-ups.

And then there's Longhorn Server. As with Windows Vista, Longhorn Server won't include WinFS. The product will be based on the Windows Server 2003 Release 2 (R2) code base and will include Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, a next-generation Web services application platform, and various other products, including a Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) version. However, I'm told that Longhorn Server will be even more malleable than Windows 2003. In addition to a wider expected range of product editions, Longhorn Server will be more componentized and will thus offer a smaller footprint on task-specific servers.

From a pure value perspective, Windows Vista and Longhorn Server will deliver key benefits in several areas, and I'll examine those soon. But in the meantime, fire away with any Windows Vista or Longhorn Server questions. Suddenly, the clock is ticking, and I'm curious to see whether these products are even on your radar yet.

Windows Vista FAQ

Windows IT Pro Innovators Contest Deadline Extended to September 1!
There's still time to submit an entry in the Windows IT Pro Innovators Contest! If you're a Windows IT pro who has used your technical know-how to devise a creative, innovative solution to a business problem, you could qualify to win a Windows IT Pro Innovators Award. Grand Prizes include one conference pass, airfare, and hotel for Exchange and Windows Connections in San Diego in late October 2005, one VIP subscription to Windows IT Pro, and more! Click here to enter!


==== Sponsor: Converting a Microsoft Access Application to Oracle HTML DB ====
Get the most efficient, scaleable and secure approach to managing information using an Oracle Database with a Web application as the user interface. In this free white paper learn how you can use an Oracle HTML Database to convert a Microsoft Access application into a Web application that can be used by multiple users concurrently. You will learn how to improve the original application by adding hit highlighting and an authorization scheme to provide access control to different types of users. Download this free white paper now!


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

Microsoft Finalizes Initial Version of Windows Genuine Advantage
Microsoft has announced that it's gone live with its Windows Genuine Advantage program, which seeks to help prevent software piracy by ensuring that users who download software updates from Microsoft are running nonpirated Windows versions. The program, which has been available in an avoidable pilot version since late 2004, is now mandatory. You can real the complete article at the following URL:

==== Events and Resources ====
( A complete Web and live events directory brought to you by Windows IT Pro: )

Integrate Your Compliance System With Backup and Recovery
Discover the issues involved with integrating your compliance system with backup and recovery, including backup schedules, pros and cons of outsourcing backup media storage and management, the DR implications of backing up compliance data, the possibility of using alternative backup methods to provide backup and compliance in a single system, and more. You'll learn what to watch out for when combining the two functions and how to assess whether your backup/restore mechanisms are equal to the challenge.

New Cities Added--SQL Server 2005 Roadshow in a City Near You
Get the facts about migrating to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server experts will present real-world information about administration, development, and business intelligence to help you implement a best-practices migration to SQL Server 2005 and improve your database-computing environment. Attend and receive a 1-year membership to PASS and 1-year subscription to SQL Server Magazine. Register now!

Are Your High-Availability Requirements Outstripping the Capabilities of Your Backup/Restore Systems?
Choosing an appropriate availability technology means balancing the system cost, the skill set and knowledge level required, the complexity added to your existing environment, and how much availability each technology gives you. In this free Web seminar, you'll learn the factors for each technology and how Ed Heinemann's famous dictum for aircraft design, "simplicate and add lightness," applies to availability design and deployment.

Chapter 8--SQL Server Administration for Oracle DBAs eBook
Databases have assumed a role of primary importance in many businesses. This highly visible role is complete with multiple responsibilities and demands. In Chapter 8 of this free eBook, you'll discover the availability- and scalability-related features of Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server and the requirements and features that can help you increase availability and scalability. Plus--you'll learn three key backup and recovery features related to availability and scalability.

Identify the Key Security Considerations for Wireless Mobility
Wireless and mobile technologies are enabling enterprises to gain competitive advantage through accelerated responsiveness and increased productivity. In this free Web seminar, you'll receive a checklist of risks to factor in when considering your wireless mobility technology evaluations and design. Sign up today and learn all you need to know about firewall security, transmission security, OTA management, management of third-party security applications, and more!

==== Featured White Paper ====

The Actual Cost to Own and Operate PCs Continues to Rise
In this free white paper, get insights into and solutions for some of the less visible but very real costs of PC and LAN ownership. You'll learn a practical approach to reducing the cost of supporting PCs and customers in a multiplatform environment. Plus - you'll also get a cost-savings model for Help desks that demonstrates the cost savings that can be realized by implementing remote control technology.

==== Instant Poll ====

Results of Previous Poll:
The voting has closed in Windows IT Pro's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Does your company have an enterprise antispyware solution?" Here are the results from the 154 votes:
- 34% Yes
- 65% No
- 1% I don't know

New Instant Poll:
The next Instant Poll question is, "Is your company a member of Microsoft's Software Assurance (SA) or Enterprise Agreement licensing program?" Go to the Windows IT Pro home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, b) No, or c) I don't know.

==== 3. Peer to Peer ====

Featured Thread: Issue with Windows XP SP2
Forum user Bobbabouy installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 SP2 and now can't use DTS on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Read more about his problem and join the discussion at the following URL:

Tip: Do Windows 2000 or later DHCP clients renew their existing lease on restart?
by John Savill,

Find the answer at the following URL:

==== Announcements ====
(A complete Web and live events directory brought to you by Windows IT Pro: )

July Special--Get Windows IT Pro at 44% Off!
Get Windows IT Pro and get answers! Act now to get an entire year for just $39.95--that's 44% off the cover price! You'll also gain exclusive access to the entire Windows IT Pro article database (over 9000 articles). Bonus: The Top 50 Windows Tips handbook. This is a limited-time, risk-free offer, so click here now:

Exclusive Content for VIP Subscribers!
Get inside access to all of the content and vast resources from Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, Exchange & Outlook Administrator, Windows Scripting Solutions, and Windows IT Security, with over 26,000 articles at your fingertips. Your VIP subscription also includes a 1-year print subscription to Windows IT Pro and a VIP CD (includes entire article database). Sign up now:

==== 4. New and Improved ====
by Angie Brew, [email protected]

Network Instruments GigaStor Probe
Network Instruments recently announced the availability of the next version of itd GigaStor Probe. The GigaStor Probe connects to your network backbone switch to monitor and record all traffic at line speeds. It can handle aas many as four full-duplex gigabit links simultaneously by writing to disk at 250MBps. Network Instruments offers configurations with 4TB or 8TB of storage, depending on how much network traffic history you want to store. Network Administrators connect to the GigaStor Probe through Network Instruments Observer console to analyze traffic without having a local copy. The GigaStor Probe does the analysis, so only screen updates are transferred to the administrator's console, minimizing bandwidth usage.

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!
Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows IT Pro What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to mailto:[email protected].

==== Sponsored Links ====

Argent versus MOM 2005
Experts Pick the Best Windows Monitoring Solution

==== Contact Us ====

About the newsletter -- [email protected] About technical questions -- About product news -- [email protected] About your subscription -- [email protected] About sponsoring UPDATE -- [email protected]


This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows IT Pro, the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and related technologies. Subscribe today!

Manage Your Account You are subscribed as %%$email%%

You are receiving this email message because you subscribed to this newsletter on our Web site. To unsubscribe, click the unsubscribe link: %%UNSUB_HREF%%

View the Windows IT Pro Privacy policy at Windows IT Pro is a division of Penton Media, Inc. 221 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538, Attention: Customer Service Department Copyright 2005, Penton Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.