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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - January 2001
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. S

Lessons Learned: Tales of a PDC upgrade
A real world account of a large Windows 2000 Migration that hit a few snags. Discusses DNS issues, license logging service problems, client logon failures, and includes a summary of lessons learned. A must read for those migrating to Windows 2000 and planning to upgrade their NT 4.0 PDC's.  Source: Swynk

Whose hard drive is it anyway?
An obscure proposal now pending before a technology standards committee could lay the groundwork for manufacturers to include content-protection capabilities on your next hard drive. Opponents contend that the plan will lead to content protection on hard drives, limiting how you can use your PC by curtailing the exchange of digital audio, video, and information. Some claim it is the first step toward the end of free content on the Web. Source: PCWorld (Jan 30, 2001)

Avoid the ostrich approach to security
Amazingly, many companies still take an apathetic approach to security because they don't believe a security disaster will ever happen to them. The sad fact is that intrusions are on the rise and the scope and complexity of what we have to protect has increased dramatically. In addition, the attacks and intrusions have become much more sophisticated. How will you detect rogue business processes that are intertwined with your electronic trade?. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage

Migration migraines
Moving from Windows NT domains to Active Directory is never simple, even with the four products we tested that are supposed to ease the pain. These third-party products are Aelita Software's Controlled Migration Suite, BindView's bv-Admin for Windows 2000 Migration, FastLane Technologies' DM/Manager and NetIQ's Domain Migration Administrator (DMA). Source: Network World Fusion (Jan 29, 2001)

Windows 2000 disk quotas limitations
Quotas are a feature of the version 5 of NTFS, introduced with Windows 2000. Although I doubt that anyone is planning on using FAT or FAT32 for user data volumes, there are implications of the fact that the quota information resides in the file system, rather than registry. Source: (Jan 25, 2001)

One gigantic security hole--patches not being used
What good is a Band-Aid if you don't use it? Although software makers routinely release 'fixes' designed to plug security holes, the antidotes are often ignored. Failing to responsibly patch computers led to 99 percent of the 5,823 Web site defacements last year, up 56 percent from the 3,746 Web sites defaced in 1999, according to security group

Tech Update: Pushing security to network endpoints
Ubiquitous network access from inside and outside companies has necessitated an additional type of firewall - the host-resident firewall. Host-resident firewalls include personal firewalls for remote users, firewall agents for workstations and application-server resident firewalls. Source: Network World Fusion

Analysis of Alleged Vulnerability in Windows 2000 Syskey and the Encrypting File System
The Microsoft Security Response Center has received and investigated a number of reports regarding the security of Syskey and EFS in Windows 2000. Both are secure when used properly. Source: TechNet

Copy protection on Whistler easily cracked
Whistler's copy protection is by no means uncrackable, according to various of The Register's shady sources. The hardware-locked key system currently shipping with the Whistler beta seems to be fairly easy to get around, and the inconvenience of the system - if it ships with the production Whistler - will be likely to encourage the widespread use of cracks, and even of doctored installation disks that are entirely unlocked. Source: The Register

Disaster Diary
A bank IT manager recounts dealing with disaster: During a remodeling to fix some cosmetic problems, workers discovered large cracks that exposed corroded tension cables - the tendons that hold the building and its prestressed concrete together. This meant the structural integrity of the building couldn't be guaranteed. Upper management quickly declared a crisis and ordered everyone to evacuate the building.

A plea for Civility
An IT manager challenges his peers to change their attitudes to improve relations with end users. We have to ask ourselves whether we are in control of our attitudes on the job. Source: Network World Fusion (Jan 15, 2001)

Wielding Influence
As corporate customers continue to account for the bulk of PC vendors' earnings, the influence of their corporate buying habits -- which are making the transition from traditional PCs to mobile, wireless, and appliancelike devices -- will likely have a direct effect on the shape of future PC vendor offerings for both the consumer and commercial markets. Source: InfoWorld

Windows NT: a hacker's best friend
What do NASA, the Communications Workers of America and have in common? Their Web sites were all defaced at different times last year by a hacker using a security weakness in Windows NT, the precursor to Microsoft's Windows 2000 server software.

The Contract Employee's Handbook
If you're an IT contractor, this free online book is a must read! An industry insider and former headhunter explains how contracting companies really operate, how much they take out of you pay, and how to negotiate for higher wages. You can't afford NOT to read this!

Microsoft launches couch-potato geek chic
Microsoft has teamed up with La-Z-Boy to come up with the ultimate gift for the couch potato geek. The 'Explorer' is a plush reclining armchair with built-in gadgets for surfing the Net in pampered style. It comes with a Sony WebTV Plus Internet Receiver, wireless keyboard, electrical plug for a laptop, fold-out airline-style tray, drinks holder, storage space for TV controls, and jacks for regular dial-up or DSL connections. Source: The Register (Jan 9, 2001)

Active Directory Disaster Recovery
Microsoft whitepaper which discusses the steps for recovering a domain controller from a disaster such as a database malfunction caused by hardware or software failure. The steps outlined in this document have been verified through recovery operations staged in the Compaq QTEST Windows 2000 organization. QTEST is a worldwide deployment of Windows 2000-based servers used by Compaq consultants to verify and test different deployment scenarios.

Compaq's massive, methodical Windows 2000 migration
In this first installment of her three-part series on Compaq's internal migration to Windows 2000, Elisabeth Putnam examines the six major "threads" guiding the project, and describes how Tim Benson, worldwide program manager for Windows 2000 at Compaq, is methodically overseeing the massive migration. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage

Windows 2000 Migration is easier than you think
Migrations to Windows 2000 have come to resemble technical rites of passage. Approximately 60% of the searchWin2000 Career Center Survey respondents told us that the migration was easy, reporting only a few problems. Only a quarter of them called the passage "somewhat difficult." Source: (Jan 5, 2001)

Survey: CIOs not worried about security
Despite growing evidence that U.S. companies lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year from cyber crimes, corporate CIOs in a survey said they aren't very concerned about security breaches. Source: ComputerWorld (Jan 4, 2001)

Got a bunch of old Apple Mac 512, Mac 128, Mac Plus or Mac Classics hanging around the office? Check out the MacAquarium! They make great gifts, and are ready to go right out of the box. Just add water and your favorite fish!

Is Microsoft getting too pushy?
Microsoft would like nothing better than for the computer world to leave Windows NT and move to Windows 2000. One tactic it is using to encourage this migration, observers say, is to stop offering the Windows NT certification program. 

The Floppy Awards!
MSNBC's review of the years bizarre, ludicrous, and downright dumbest tech stories.

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