Until we meet again

* Au revoir

It was just over nine years ago that Network World began publishing e-mail newsletters, and one of the first was called “Network World Fusion Focus on Windows NT,” the predecessor of the “Windows Networking Strategies” newsletter you're reading right now. The last in its line, I’m afraid. Many of the topics I’ve covered in this newsletter, though, will continue to be discussed in my “Identity Management” newsletter (Active Directory, Identity Lifecycle Manager, Federation Services, CardSpace and more) which you can subscribe to - go ahead, sign up now, I’ll wait.

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Okay, now that you’ve ensured my deathless prose will continue to grace your inbox, let me just thank you for paying attention all these years as I’ve gabled on about whether (or not) to do the latest upgrade, how to treat your users (and your bosses) and what’s the latest in management software for your servers. We’ve gone from Windows NT through Windows 2000 right up almost to the advent of Windows Server 2008. We might have waited for that release, but knowing Microsoft it could still be put off a year or two and the economics of newsletter publishing just wouldn’t let us wait.

I won’t say good-bye, just au revoir until we meet again. And I’ll leave you with the words of Frank Sinatra (and Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, John Cleese, Simon Cowell, Sid Vicious, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Luciano Pavarotti, Robin Williams and just about everyone doing a “farewell” tour!):

“Regrets, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention.

I did, what I had to do, and saw it through, without exemption.

I planned, each charted course, each careful step, along the byway,

and more, much more than this,

I did it my way.

“Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew,

When I bit off, more than I could chew.

But through it all, when there was doubt,

I ate it up, and spit it out.

I faced it all, and I stood tall,

and did it my way.”

May your servers always stay up.

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