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Sat, Sep 20, 1997
WHAT THE HECK _IS_ ActiveX REALLY?
This issue of W2Knews contains:
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You read this because you run an NT server and probably many
more than just one. In this newsletter we try to give you an
overview of the market with an NT focus, but to a large extent
also what is happening in the 3-rd party tools and application
One of your colleagues remarked on the fact that just talking
about SQL did not paint a complete picture. His comments were:
"While MS is making a beginning with clustering and failover
systems, I think its only fair to remind readers whose systems
are used for database servers that Oracle has both clustering
and failover for NT. It should also be noted that Oracle for
NT is still a significantly better and more mature product than
SQL Server. Here at our site where every millisecond counts in
transaction processing for the customer's products, we have done
repeated and very demanding tests to determine which database is
faster, more robust and easier to recover when disaster strikes
and Oracle wins hands down - its not even close.
I think you do a disservice to your readers to continually talk
about SQL Server and fail to mention Oracle. Oracle is the product
for large scale databases where speed and reliability is paramount
(even on NT) and SQL Server is more for the smaller shops".
You are right. We all move to NT as we can see that this _is_
the wave of the future. That in itself does not make Redmond
a holy place and we still have some other players in the industry
that provide excellent solutions. Oracle is an example.
Before you jump, remember to bookmark our new URL that was changed
from ntsoftdist.com to:
And if our list server seems to be not in the air, we are in the
final stage of debugging the beta version we're running so we'll
let you know when that is done in the next newsletter.
There are again many things happening in the NT space, so let's
have a look at the latest news.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
INETINFO PROBLEM SOLVED. HERE'S MORE SOLUTIONS
As you all know, we solved the problem with our webserver
going down, the inetinfo.exe process crashed due to a misbehaving
plugin put there by WebTrends. The way to take plugins out of
IIS is as follows:
Fire up regedit, and go to: HKEY_Local_Machine, System,
CurrentControlSet, Services, W3SVC, Parameters
Edit filterdlls and take out extndlog.dll
(that is the one put in by Webtrends) but you can take
out all other plugins this way too, to create a clean system.
Some other solutions that helped people to solve this problem
were: (Thanks everybody for your contributions!)
My advice is to get rid of all plugins . Seriously though,
it does seem that plugins have been the root of many of the
problems. If you do have plugins, I'd remove them one by one
and see if any are the culprit. Failing all that, head over to
http://www.bitshop.com and get their program that does nothing
more than check IIS every 20 seconds and restart it if there
are problems. Hope this helps!
- Plugin for the IIS Assistant logging system also caused this problem
- Using the database logging caused this problem
- Using the #404 plugin caused this problem
- If you use a lot of Perl, I've found that when a user
switch/stops/disconnects from a page performing Perl processing
will sometimes throw the Perl Dll into what appears to be an
infinite loop - causing the inetinfo.exe processing to consume
lots of CPU, memory, etc. depending upon the Perl script code
caught in the loop.
- You can also run into similar trouble when applying the
"international" grade SP3, instead of the 128-bit version, over
your US version (so 128) of NT.
- Make sure you have enough cache space for your files and
especially for your printers because this will hang your server
every time you print a file that exceeds this space.
- If after about every 8 hours inetinfo crashes, watch the amount
of memory that the process takes and see it take off until it
finally hangs the process. What was discovered is that if you
are running low on disk space, Inetinfo hangs. Freeing up
a few hundred MB solves the problem.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
WIN NT V6 CODENAME HAS BEEN REVEALED
Just when the NT 5.0 beta is supposed to be released at the DevCon
this week, we get the new code-name for the next generation:
"Millenium." Looks like they plan to come out in the year 2000!
It is very likely that one if it's flavors will be the version
that replaces Win98 and becomes the "Personal Version" that
gets preinstalled on any new piece of hardware you will buy.
The Server and Enterprise flavors of "Millenium" will nicely
coincide with Intel's 64-bit Merced chips, so there is a good
chance these will be tuned for one another.
LATEST NT MARKETING DATA
Microsoft Corp. is strengthening its position in the small- and
midsize-company network operating system market as rival Novell
Inc. loses ground, the August CRN/Ruzinsky Research software
reseller poll found.
Microsoft's market share jumped sharply in June, and since then
they have held onto this higher share level. MS's share of the
NOS market was 60 percent in August, 61 percent in July and 63
percent in June.
This used to be average 47% in Q1 1997 and 43% in Q4 1996.
Prior to June, MS's share of the NOS market had never been higher
than 50 points.
Novell's share has averaged 28 percent over the past three months.
This is down from an average of 38 percent in Q1 1997
THE FINER POINTS ON DOMAIN PLANNING
Microsoft has an interesting new document by John Jacobs that is
downloadable and also can be read on-line. Recommended:
SUNBELT SPONSORS NEW LIST: NTSYSADMIN-SPANISH
We have found that the Spanish speaking market was not served
well in the NT system admin space. On our webserver we have now
a new list especially for Spanish speaking NT System admins that
can help out each other via this on-line community. People from
Brasil that speak Portuguese are welcome too! Subscribe at:
(if you get a message that not enough quota is available, we are
restarting the list so try later?)
AD A LOOK AT RELEASE CANDIDATE 2 OF NT ENTERPRISE EDITION
After a look at Release Candidate 2 of NT Server, Enterprise Edition
4.0, it was more or less clear to be a nicely packaged bundle of
the current NT Server and some of the newest NT add-ons. There are
a few important differences between E.E and the Standard Edition but
they will only affect users with machines that have more than four
CPU's or have more than 3GB RAM.
Where is E.E. different? Three things: support for 8-way SMP, a
a change in the way memory is managed, and Cluster Server is added.
In the current version NT would allocate as many as 2GB for apps,
while reserving 2GB for NT. In E.E. the kernel has been tuned to
allocate as many as 3 gig to apps and max 1GB for the OS.
Other than that, the differences between E.E. and the normal version
come down to the second CD, called the Component CD. On it are Wolfpack,
Transaction Server, and Message Queue Server, and IIS 3.0 and FrontPage 97.
SP3 is included on the CD, but you still need to upgrade manually.
By the time you read this, E.E. has been released and you can play
with the final version.
NOVELL GIVES AWAY FREE NT ADMINISTRATOR TOOL
As part of its strategy in directory-enabled network services, Novell
announced that the new Novell Application Launcher(TM) 2.01 and Novell
Administrator for Windows NT 2.0c will continue to be available to
customers free of charge. Novell Application Launcher 2.01 offers
customers efficient software distribution and management services.
Novell Administrator for NT 2.0c reduces the administration efforts
needed to maintain NT domains. Both solutions help customers reduce
the cost of maintaining their networks and applications by leveraging
the power of Novell Directory Services(TM) to automate admin tasks.
"Thanks to these NDS services, networks just got a lot easier," said
Michael Simpson, director of marketing, Network Services Group. "No
longer will IT managers and systems administrators need to touch
their workstations to manage and upgrade software or struggle with
NT server domains. These services offload to the network tasks that
historically required armies of administrators and hundreds of hours
THIRD PARTY NEWS
NEW FEATURES IN V1.1 OF LOGCASTER
LogCaster NT is a suite of network components dedicated to the
real-time monitoring of Windows NT event logs, providing advanced
log reduction functions, routing of events to alphanumeric pagers,
Email, ODBC databases, and WEB servers. The management of the
network components supports dynamic configuration, remote
diagnostics and commands, DES encryption of network transactions
and system registry.
The RC1 version is downloadable since 9.15.97 and here are the specs:
- Now easier to install and configure
- Provides a Management Console
- Supports Email, paging, ODBC databases, WEB Servers, and Intranet
- Built-in NT Service watcher to guarantee system uptime
- Built-in Diagnostics and watchdogs
- Support for basic remote commands: ping, version, reboot
- Supports remote software installation from the management console
- Propagation of config settings to the logcaster agents and servers
- Remote configuration and distribution of audit policy
- Active event filtering to reduce network traffic
- Support for DES encryption of network transactions
- Asynchronous message delivery
- Internet enabled!
NEW ROLL-OUT UTILITY ON THE MARKET
I would like to make you aware of a product that just hit the
market. It is Called Picture Taker. Looks like SysDiff and
WinInstall are facing some stiff competition from Picture
Taker. If you are an automation specialist, deal with many
domains, many thousands of PC's and tens of thousands of
users Picture taker will be saving you lots of time in
Take a look at it over at the website of:
NEW MICROSOFT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MAG ON-LINE
The September/October issue is now online - Descriptions below
New exam release from Microsoft
New Office 97 Service Pack Available
Exchange 5.0 exam in excruciating detail
Take Control! Enterprise Management
NuView on Systems Management
Can a certification "boot camp" really make you an MCSE?
From the Trenches
And many more interesting articles (you want to bookmark this)
have a look at:http://www.mcpmag.com
KANE SECURITY MONITOR WINS BEST OF SHOW AWARD
Well, this proves it again... Sunbelt gets you the best tools
The Kane Security Monitor new 24-hour burglar alarm for NT was
recently awarded the BackOffice Best of Show Selects Award at
the Window's NT Intranet Solutions Exposition. KSM was the
only network security product to win this prestigious award.
'We are pleased that the KSM has been singled out for awards and positive
reviews so soon after its release,' said Robert Kane, developer of
KSM. 'And our selection as the top new security solution for Windows
NT reinforces our leadership role in the industry.'
The B.O.S.S. award honors products which either integrate, communicate,
facilitate or assist in the migration to Windows NT and BackOffice
technologies. The Kane Security Monitor(TM) is a 24-hour burglar alarm
which constantly monitors NT networks for suspicious activity, such as
hacking attempts or unauthorized access to sensitive files. When the
KSM detects a security violation, the company's security personnel is
notified in real time via e-mail, fax, pager or audible alarm.
Download the 17 Meg eval from our website or ask for the CD at:
HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...
Q: Does TEM 2.0 properly support a Master Domain Model:
A: Yes TEM 2.0 supports all recommended Domain Models.
Q: We want to delegate the functions 'Reset of locked
accounts' and Creation of new accounts to specific
Persons of the User Help desk (and those users should
not have any other privileges).
A: Yes, with TEM 2.0 you can assign those specific rights
to Help Desk personnel's regular NT user accounts.
I think everyone knows about the bug in NT (because
imo it's evident that it's a Microsoft *wanted* bug) that
disables write-back cache in cyrix/ibm 6x86 setting it as
write-through: this decreases performance for 20-30% (as
cyrix says), making the cpu slower than a Pentium: my 6x86-
166+ (that is a 133 Mhz) should run faster than P-166, but
it runs as fast as a P-133, or less...
Anyway, everyone knows about it. But very few people know
about several patches available for NT to fix the bug: these
are not patches from IBM or Microsoft, they're only "private
people" patches. Get them at http://www.alternativecpu.com,
click on "Files Section". I tried "DirectNT", available at
that address, written by the staff of a german computer
magazine. I've found that performance is not increased by
20 or 30% (as expected), but increased by 42%!!!!