HelpWithWindows Newsletter
 22 January 2005, Vol 8 No. 3

In this issue:

w Microsoft Longhorn: Beta 1 in March?
w Rose City Software: Geek Superhero
w Recommended Book: Hacking Windows XP
w Recent Support BBS Postings
w Administrivia

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Microsoft Longhorn: Beta 1 in March?

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Longhorn Microsoft continues working on its next generation operating system, currently code-named "Longhorn," and is apparently on target for a Beta 1 release in March/April of this year.

Company sources also indicate that Beta 2 of Longhorn is scheduled for Q3 in 2005, to coincide with the September 2005 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) which will be held in Los Angeles. A shipping date for the final version of Longhorn is set for May 2006, and was officially announced by Microsoft in a press release back in August 2004.

Another change with Longhorn will be the array of product editions Microsoft is planning to release. Although no details have been released by Microsoft, several people who follow the software giant closely have speculated that Microsoft might want to increase the number of product editions. New editions would include a "Starter Edition", a "Small Business Edition" besides the Windows XP editions that are currently available ("Home", "Professional", "Tablet PC" and "Media Center"). A "Super" version combining all functionality of the different editions (excluding the "Starter" edition) is also considered.

None of the product edition names have been finalized, and it could be that Microsoft will initially release only a limited number of product editions (like they did with Windows XP, where initially only the "Home" and "Professional" editions where released). This could be especially true if Microsoft would try to stick to its published release date of May 2006.

Rose City Software: Geek Superhero

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  Recommended Book: Hacking Windows XP

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Recent Support BBS Postings

What is the ideal size for the OS partition? - Windows XP
Remote Desktop in Windows 2003 - Windows Server System
Too much memory - Windows 98
Remove .net account from Windows messenger - Other Internet Software
Firewalls [which one to choose?] - General Security


Internet Protocol Security for Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

The Windows 2000 OS includes an implementation of the Internet Protocol security (IPSec). IPSec for Windows 2000 provides network managers with a key line of defense in protecting their networks. IPSec for Windows 2000 exists below the transport level, so its security services are transparently inherited by applications, allowing network administrators to secure network traffic without having to update applications or train users.

Download Document [135 KB - MS-Word].

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Microsoft Log Parser 2.2

Log parser is a powerful tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory.

Supported OS: Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP Professional

Download [1.4 MB]

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides enhanced security, increased reliability, and simplified administration to help enterprise customers across all industries.

Install SP1 in a test environment only.

Note: This version of SP1 only installs on 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.

More information can be found in the Readme file.

Download SP1 [308.9 MB - ENG]

Other language versions are available from the Microsoft Download Web site.

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