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Windows 2000

MS Debuts Three Editions

Microsoft Corp. is now shipping its Windows 2000 operating system, which is available in three versions: Windows 2000 Professional; Windows 2000 Server; and Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

The professional edition is for desktop and laptops; the server edition is designed for network operating systems, Web, and entry level application servers; the advanced server version is designed for larger operations.

Microsoft says it expects to release the Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, for the largest environments, later this year.

Available in more than 60 countries and in 16 languages, the new OS offers increased stability and scalability, reports the Redmond, Wash., company.

More than 250 corporations and law firms already have installed w2000, including the Phoenix Suns-Arizona Diamondbacks; Sears Homelife; and Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick & Tobey LLC. Web sites running on w2000 include: Alaska Airlines; Forbes; GM; MSNBC; and

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Que! It Up

QPS Inc. announced that Microsoft Corp. used its Que! DVD-RAM Drive as part of the Windows 2000 launch ceremonies held in San Francisco on Feb. 17. The drive was installed on a desktop and was used to demonstrate the playback of a DVD movie, using a desktop computer and Windows 2000, says the company, located in Yorba Linda, Calif.

The Que! can be used for desktop publishing, archiving and presentations, says the company. With additional hardware, it can record data, including MPEG-2 files and DVD movies. It has double-sided data storage capacity of 5.2 GB, and is available for PCs and Apple G3 and G4 units.

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Overland Data Inc., of San Diego, says its LibraryXpress scalable libraries have been certified by Microsoft for use with Windows 2000.

LibraryXpress is designed for entry-level automation applications starting at 50 GB, and is scalable to 4.8 TB, says Overland.

The SmartScale Storage architecture allows users to begin with a LXB base module containing one or two DLTtape drives and 10 cartridges, generating automated storage capability of up to 700 GB (compressed), reports Overland.

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Computer Edge's new Baseline+Plus helps administrators with Windows 2000 roll-outs, reports the company.

It detects which machines successfully installed the software, and which ones developed problems, and can help diagnose end-user support issues, says the company.

Baseline+Plus helps track deviations, and can be used to find unauthorized or non-licensed software, says Computer Edge. The program also includes report functions, and administrators can view aggregated data from any Web browser.

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Security Scripting

Trusted Systems Services Inc., of Urbana, Ill., says its AdvancedChecker 2.0 is a complete security scripting language for Windows NT/2000 that installs, checks, sets and fixes network-wide security. The program can be used in small and large sites, and new features include user-defined macros; query functions and application event logs.

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LearnIT Corp., of Gainesville, Fla., has released its new computer-based training title, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Step by Step Interactive, which was developed for Microsoft Press.

The program, built on LearnIT's "Simulation Technology," replicates the w2000 Professional user interface to allow for hands-on training, says the company.

Users do not need to have the system installed to use the training program, the company explains.

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Veritas Software Corp., of Mountain View, Calif., has released VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows NT/2000, which offers an easy-to-use graphical user interface, and wizards to help users of all levels set up back-up policies and schedules. Built-in virus scanning is included, and the product enables device sharing between Windows NT and Novell NetWare, it says.

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IBM Integration

IBM reports that its Netfinity servers are now available for w2000.

The company also announced the release of Infoprint Manager for Windows 2000/NT, which offers print management printer sharing across platforms.

IBM also announced that a list of its software products that are supported on Windows 2000 is available at windows2000/azproducts.html.

Mark Your Calendar

The next IDG Windows 2000 Conference and Expo will be held Sept. 6-8, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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Novadigm's e-wrap technology helps firms migrate to Windows 2000, says the Emeryville, Calif., company.

Novadigm says it can assist with installation, management and repair of existing applications and can help firms leverage existing directory infrastructure to manage applications on w2000.

NCD ThinPATH software can help firms install Windows 2000 software, and offers centralized management and control of the w2000 environment, says Network Computing Devices Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.

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