Microsoft distributing a free kit to prep BackOffice Server users for Win 2000

Microsoft distributing a free kit to prep BackOffice Service users for Win 2000

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

REDMOND, Wash.'A free readiness kit from Microsoft Corp. will help BackOffice Server 4.5 users make the operating system transition to Windows 2000, which is set for a Feb. 17 launch.

Microsoft recently dedicated a new section of its Web site, at www.microsoft.com/backofficeserver, to distributing all the service packs and patches needed for the products in BackOffice, said Joel Sloss, product manager for BackOffice Server.

All products within the server suite, except for SQL Server 7.0, will need a software patch of some sort, Sloss said.

A two-CD-ROM set of patches is available, and the Web site provides contacts and shipping cost details. All the updates are also available for free download, Sloss said.

Meanwhile, the next version of Back-Office will be ready in the second half of 2000, Sloss said.

It is as yet unnamed but, following Microsoft's current naming scheme, it probably will be called BackOffice Server 2000.

It will incorporate updates planned for suite applications such as Exchange Server 2000.

Sloss said Microsoft is tightening integration between the server applications, including Exchange Server mail and collaboration services, the SQL Server database manager, the Systems Management Server for administration tasks, the Proxy Server for firewall security, the Site Server for advanced Web hosting, and the SNA Server for host connectivity.

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