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May 1, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - Moving to Windows Server 2003

2. NEWS & VIEWS - Beta 2 Refresh Delays Office 2003 Until Late Summer

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation - Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified!

4. RESOURCES - Tip: Removing CD Burning Functionality in XP - Featured Thread: Trouble with Visible Dial-Up Network Icons

5. NEW AND IMPROVED - Give Your Intranet a Help Desk - Manage Networked PCs from Anywhere - Submit Top Products

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

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1.

COMMENTARY

(David Chernicoff, david@winnetmag.com)

* MOVING TO WINDOWS SERVER 2003

The release of Windows Server 2003 has prompted email from readers who ask me whether there are specific client problems they should know about as they evaluate the new server software. I'm guessing that part of this concern comes from longtime Windows 2000 and Windows NT users who know that the Windows 2003 release is the first time Microsoft has released server and client code bases simultaneously that are on different development schedules.

One of the best reasons for separating client and server development cycles is that doing so allows features present in both OSs to be widely deployed. Client-side features therefore reap the advantage of millions of user hours before they go into production use on the generally more critical (at least from an IT perspective) server side. This advantage is particularly important for a crucial feature such as System Restore: Earlier versions of the Windows Server OS made available during the beta cycles automated system recovery tools that were stripped out of the release to manufacturing (RTM) software. The abundance of data that user employment of the recovery tool generated gave the server development teams something real to evaluate when deciding to implement the feature set on the server side.

I've done limited testing of the release level code for Windows 2003: I've configured three servers and six clients, performing server upgrades and clean installations of Windows 2003. From this experience, I can say that no problems exist when you use Win2K Professional or Windows XP Professional with the new Active Directory (AD) schema that Windows 2003 contains. Unfortunately, I can't provide information based on experience about using Windows 9x clients with Windows 2003, but I would assume that if you have a Win9x client that works with AD in Win2K Server, you'll have few, if any, problems upgrading to Windows 2003. This latest Windows Server release isn't the first to make large changes to the AD schema: Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server also adds to and modifies the schema--although not on such a sweeping scale as Windows 2003's roughly 400 changes.

If you plan to upgrade or migrate to Windows 2003, I recommend that you run XP Pro on your personal desktop because many of XP Pro's features are in Windows 2003. In addition to features such as Remote Desktop and System Restore, XP Pro's command-line improvements are available in Windows 2003.

I've also been hearing from many NT Server 4.0 users with a lot of questions about making the move to Windows 2003. All I can do right now is point you to Microsoft resources. The company expects the majority of NT 4.0 users to migrate to Windows 2003 and has provided a wealth of information about doing so on the Microsoft Web site. You can reach the central location for this data at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/nt4/default.mspx

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NEWS AND VIEWS

(contributed by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@winnetmag.com)

* BETA 2 REFRESH DELAYS OFFICE 2003 UNTIL LATE SUMMER

A refresh of the Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 build will likely push the product suite's release date to late summer or early fall, sources at the software giant told me last weekend. But in an official statement about the refresh, a Microsoft spokesperson noted that the company is no longer sticking to arbitrary schedules and will instead release the product when it meets customer needs. "Microsoft's first commitment is to quality and doing right by our customers, and if that means adjusting our \[shipment\] targets, then that's what we'll do," she said. The delay might affect the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 as well because that product will ship with the version of Microsoft Outlook that's included in Office 2003.

"We consider the beta 2 release of the Microsoft Office System a success, and based on the feedback, we are making a number of improvements to the beta 2 versions of the Office System products," a Microsoft representative told me last week. "To make sure customers have the chance to look at the changes we've made in response to their feedback, later this spring Microsoft is going to refresh the beta 2 code for the Microsoft Office System. We anticipate that this will be done through a downloadable patch, details to come. We still expect to \[release Office 2003 to manufacturing\] this summer."

Office 2003, the first major refresh of the Office suite in several years to feature new applications (Microsoft InfoPath and Microsoft OneNote in this case), will also include new product versions and an add-on for Visual Studio .NET 2003 that lets developers create mini-applications hosted inside Microsoft Word and other Office applications. Microsoft released beta 1 in October 2002 and issued beta 2 in March 2003.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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RESOURCES

* TIP: REMOVING CD BURNING FUNCTIONALITY IN XP (contributed by David Chernicoff, david@winnetmag.com)

A reader recently asked whether he could do anything about problems his IT group was having with users burning CDs. The group had installed a third-party CD tool that burned the images the group needed to distribute; however, some of their users burned coasters by using Windows XP's built-in CD burning feature and a shareware application. I told him that the simplest prevention would be to use the Remove CD Burning Feature local group policy to disable XP's CD burning feature. But like many readers, he wanted to know how to use the registry to remove the functionality. The following simple change to the client machine will do the trick:


1. Launch a registry editor.
2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer.
3. Create a value of type REG_DWORD and name it NoCDBurning.
4. Set the data value to 1.
5. Exit the registry editor and reboot the computer.

* FEATURED THREAD: TROUBLE WITH VISIBLE DIAL-UP NETWORK ICONS

Forum member "tannersdad" is having trouble creating visible dial-up network icons. Whenever he tries to create one, he sees the error message "Error 1058: the service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enable devices associated with it." If you can help, join the discussion at the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=36&tid=58170

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NEW AND IMPROVED

(contributed by Sue Cooper, products@winnetmag.com)

* GIVE YOUR INTRANET A HELP DESK

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* MANAGE NETWORKED PCs FROM ANYWHERE

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