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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sat, Oct 11, 1997
Networld+Interop Show News
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
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<<< NTools E-NewsFlash >>>[tm] UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 1997
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Hi NT-ers,

As you know, this is the short update in between
the full issues of NTools E-News.

Yesterday I was over at the Networld+Interop Show in
Atlanta, and there are some interesting things you
need to know about!

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1) HAD A LOOK AT NT 5.0 BETA AND ACTIVE DIRECTORY

2) REMOTELY POSSIBLE/32 WINS ANOTHER AWARD

3) TWO RECENT SMASH HIT DOWNLOADS!

4) NOVELL COMES OUT WITH NDS FOR NT

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1) HAD A LOOK AT NT 5.0 BETA AND ACTIVE DIRECTORY

Microsoft was showing their 5.0 beta and there was
definitely something new there. Active Directory (AD)
looks very much like Explorer, same style of drill
down menu's but this one easily united various server
resources (including a bunch of different servers at 
the show) into one hierarchical directory for easier
searches and use. The demo that they gave searched
for a user at another site, found it, and printed
something to the printer closest to that user who
was in Redmond at that time. Slick demo and the speed 
was acceptable despite hundreds of machines on the 
show network. For large installations AD definitely 
is going to save you a LOT of time.
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2) REMOTELY POSSIBLE/32 WINS ANOTHER AWARD

When you get more than a few users, being able to
take over workstations or servers remotely is known
to be an incredible time saver. Avalan's RP/32 just
was awarded The Best Of LAN TIMES Award. It helps
reduce Help Desk time by 40%! "Remotely Possible
was clearly the winner.. making it the best remote
control solution for help deks support" Lan Times
August 1997.

At the show I was given a preview of the next version
coming out, and it has a few new killer features that
I cannot talk about yet, but if you get RP/32 now you
will get it included in your next update I was assured.

BackOffice Magazine also did a test last September and
commented: "Remotely Possible is two to three times
faster than pcAnywhere". See for yourself why Remotely 
Possible beat the competition, here is the free 30-day
download for 10 workstations and a server: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/remote.htm
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3) TWO RECENT SMASH HIT DOWNLOADS!

Generally we can see what product is going to do well
in the market when we announce it via the website. The
initial amounts of downloads are a very strong indicator 
what products are going to be hits. I have the two most
recent smash hits for you: 1) Storage Resource Manager 
(SRM) and 2) Balance Suite for NT.

1) SRM despite the fact it is an almost 17Meg file was
a highest ever download within 24 hours after the 
announcement. This product promises to be extremely
successful. Just as a reminder:

SRM automatically discovers the storage resources on
your Windows NT domain, and brings you a big-picture
view of your disks, partitions, computers, and users
through your favorite Web browser. With SRM, you can
proactively manage your storage resources through a
single, consolidated interface, and see things like:

* How much storage you have on all your machines

* How much storage is used, and how fast it is being 
used up

* How much space a user is taking up on all machines 
over a whole domain

* How much RAM is on each machine (and how much has
disappeared, stealing RAM seems to be RAMpant ;-)

* How big the pagefiles are on each machine

Have a look at this product. It's a new breed of tool
that will snap straight into NT5.0's Management Console.
Also check out the software requirement, as it's a browser
based tool, you need Win NT 4.0 with SP3, Internet Info
Server and Active Server Pages to get it running! Here goes:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm

2) Balance Suite for NT has also been shown to be very
popular in 48 hours. It's a wonderful combination of
more speed and higher reliability by creating a high-
speed virtual NIC out of two or more physical NIC's.

Our Director of Tech Services Dave Dabney explains:
"All NICs are connected physically to the network. 
Basically, it plays "round-robin", and both incoming 
signals and outgoing signals are handed to the next 
"not busy" NIC, but the packet identification stays 
the same regardless of which NIC. Meaning, that the 
packet gets the MAC address and the IP address of the 
primary NIC, and that is that.

The software gives you a twofold benefit. First, it 
provides immediate redundancy of your NICs. Since all 
of the NIC cards have the same packet information, any 
one of the cards can die, and no data loss occurs. 

Second, the bandwidth usage is greatly enhanced. Think of 
it as having two (or more) exit doors in a crowded theater. 
You can move more people in and out of the same theater 
with more doors - even though they are holding the same 
tickets to the same show. Therefore, having more than one 
NIC card can move more data in and out of the system - 
having the same packet identification and the same routing 
information to the same system."

We have found one file missing in the original download
eval which is corrected by now, so if you have the original
download, send an email to [email protected] and
he'll send you the file. You can also go to the website and
download the new eval, it's only 3 meg and while you are
over there, pick up the NEW White Paper that goes into
great detail how Balance Suite works:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/balance.htm
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4) NOVELL COMES OUT WITH NDS FOR NT

Also at the show, Novell released their long awaited NDS
for Win NT. Most of the larger sites are migrating from
Netware to NT but this is a slow process and can take
years to complete. NDS seems actually a good tool to use
in that transition period. It will let you manage a mixed
environment of Netware and NT as a single entity via the
NDS directory. It even allows you to manage Exchange and
SQL Server. Novell claims the following benefits:

- Gives you a single login 
- Provides a single point of administration for entire network 
- Dramatically cuts your total cost of owning a network
- Makes your network more reliable, scalable, and secure 
24x7x24 (every hour of every day, anywhere in the world) 
- In addition to the previous NDS benefits, NDS for NT 
enhances domains by: 
- Reducing the complexity and cost of managing domains 
- Simplifies the deployment of NT applications 

If this is true it could cut 30% or more off your admin 
time on a mixed network. You can also designate low level
management tasks, such as changing passwords to less 
experienced network managers or the help desk. Novell will
ship two versions of NDS, the first one in Q497 will run
on Netware and IntranetWare file servers and will support
NT Servers and NT Workstation clients. Version 2 will ship
in Q198 and runs natively on NT servers. Pricing is not yet
announced but my prediction is it will not be expensive.
You can download a Beta Copy that will expire Jan 1, 1998
but it's an 18.5Meg file. http://www.novell.com/NDS
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That's all for this NewsFlash, see you next week! :-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])