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Sun, Oct 19, 1997
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] E-News 19-Oct-1997
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 2, #20 - October 19,1997
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Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News is the world's first and largest 
E-Newsletter designed for NT System Managers that have the job of 
getting and keeping NT up & running in a production environment.
Sunbelt launched this electronic newsletter so that we could keep
members of the Windows NT community informed and aware of what is
happening with 3-rd party NT System Management Tools, and to
provide hints and tips that will enable you to better understand
and utilize Windows NT. You'll find general Windows NT related
and third party news, technical information, and 3-rd party beta
and release information. By subscribing to NTools E-News[tm], you 
are also a charter member of the Sunbelt Field Test Bonus Program.
Sunbelt Software is the first and largest distributor worldwide
of Third Party System Management Tools for Windows NT with
subsidiaries in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Holland and Italy.
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* OCTOPUS HAS DONE IT RIGHT WITH VERSION 3.0
* DISK QUOTA MANAGEMENT: THE FUTURE

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NEW I/O BOOSTER INDUSTRY STANDARD: I20
* NT TO BECOME MULTILINGUAL... ON THE FLY!
* GET YOUR HANDS ON THE NEW MS MANAGEMENT CONSOLE

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* PRINTER ACCOUNTING SERVER V1.1 RELEASED
* LYRIS LIST SERVER 2.5 BETA RELEASES
* NEW LISTS FOR NT SYSADMINS
* KANE SECURITY MONITOR FLOODED WITH INTEREST

5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

6. "NEW: THE NT STOCK WATCH"

7. "HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST"
NEW Instructions on how to subscribe, sign off
and change addresses.

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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Dear NT-ers,


I'd like to give you some insight in Microsoft's long term
strategy relating to third-party utilities, so that you have
the data to create your own tactical plans.

If we look at the past (W95), we see that over time MS adds more
and more tools to the operating system. Examples are defraggers,
terminal emulators, fax capability, file managers and more.

Sometimes they simply include an existing product like they
did with Symantec's defragger in the Win 3.x and W95, and 
sometimes they build their own utility like the File Manager.

The reason these tools are included is usually pressure from
the users. A good example in NT is the absence of disk quota
management in NT. After many complaints, protests and noise
MS finally agreed to include some functionality in V5.0 a year
from now.

Including more functionality is done in an attempt to present
a complete shrink wrapped package to the end user, that has on
the box a zillion features creating the impression that this
is the end-all and you are covered for the rest of your life,
"you never need to spend any more money". Yeah, right.

Obviously NT is being primed for the BIG TIME when in the year
2000 it is factory installed on pretty much any PC that leaves
the factory. There are a few very interesting questions though.
How come that WinFax Pro has been selling so well even though
Win95 has a built-in fax? The answer is clear, the extra features
of WinFax is what people actually need to get acceptable perfor-
mance in a production environment. The tools that MS includes 
have invariably a pretty much bare bones functionality!

There is also another surprising effect. You would think that
once MS includes a piece of functionality in the O/S, the sales
of comparable third party tools die off. The opposite is true!
MS acknowledging that disk quota management really is needed in
the O/S and promising to come out with it in a year's time 
gives the market an immediate boost because the problem and 
solution are finally legitimized.

NT 5.0 will be ready for real-world release in Q4'98 despite 
optimistic predictions by Bill Gates, we all know they generally
are late and pre-announce their releases for competitive reasons.
Next, nobody jumps into a new "point-0" releases with production
systems, many of you are still running 3.51 and for good reasons.

In other words, it may very well be 12-18 months before you have
5.0 in production, and are you going to wait for native quota
management when tomorrow a blissfully unaware user backs up his
complete hard disk to the server? The answer again is clear, you
get a tried and true disk quota management tool NOW, and by the
time MS comes out with their release your third party tool has 
grown so much with rich functionality that NT will never have, 
that you stick with your third party vendor.

And, this same story is true for the much-hyped wolfpack. I'll give 
you some new technical data about an excellent new version 3.0 of
Octopus in the Tech Briefing.

The last important point is that MS needs to focus their develop-
ment effort on the O/S itself. If they want to go mainstream they
need to be focusing on enterprise features and cannot get distracted
too much. Third party vendors generally can focus much more on 
providing an excellent "point solution", meaning a great tool to
solve a particular problem really well, something MS never has the
time for and never will.

So the upshot of all of this is that the third-party market is in 
many cases worth checking out if you want to get NT in a production
environment _today_.

Let's have a look at the news of the last two weeks!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* OCTOPUS HAS DONE IT RIGHT WITH VERSION 3.0

Sunbelt has sold large amounts of Octopus to many hundreds of sites
both in Europe and the U.S. Octopus is actually one of the 3 best 
selling NT utilities in our product line-up. The total installations
of Octopus is 15,000! That means that they are the market leader 
by far in the area of NT fault tolerance.

Octopus is typically a tool that is used on Mission Critical servers
and allows a fail-over if the primary server fails. We have carefully
tested the new V3.0 that came out a while ago, and are happy to tell
you that this version is a major improvement and actually very stable.

V3.0 is in it's fifth generation of mirroring and fourth generation
of fail-over. Keep in mind that Octopus development started in 1992.

Octopus requires NO dedicated NIC's or backbone connections between
servers, it allows failover to other platforms, e.g. intel to alpha
and back, and is so called "active-active" meaning that both the
source and target servers are doing work servicing users simulta-
neously.

Octopus is also the first mirroring product that is fully BackOffice
certified. It is typically an example of an excellent point solution
that has far richer functionality than MS's wolfpack 1.0 version.
Wolfpack basically boils down to a 2-node cluster that shares a 
raid array. It does one to one fail over.

V3.0 of Octopus allows mirroring and fail over from one to one, 
one to many, many to one and many to many. It also allows you to
go over a WAN with the above configurations. Apart from mirroring
and fail over you can also use it for data distribution, for instance
you can have all your branch offices mirror certain data directories
to the head office in real time, think inventory data as a good
example.

The main area of improvement is the GUI. Interacting with Octopus
is MUCH more user friendly. You can now SEE what is being mirrored
via traffic light icons, you can see if synchronization is happening
and you now know with a single glance of an eye your data is safe
on the other side whether that is next door or in Tokyo.

Do you have a bunch of roaming road warrior sales reps equipped with
laptops perhaps? Then you know that the hard drives of laptops are
SO good that they never need to be backed up . Laptop users
for some reason or another seem to never back up their drives. And
when that laptop gets stolen the end user is really up the creek
without paddles. You can install Octopus on these laptops and con-
figure those machines so that automatically all the files a synched
up with the main server. The end user does not have to do a thing,
and has automatic laptop data theft protection!

And I am allowed to make a little pre-announcement here as well, 
shortly Octopus will be able to throttle the updates via a scheduling
feature. Meaning that when your LAN or WAN gets busy between 9 and 
12am you can tell Octopus to go slower and pick up speed again over 
lunchtime.

We have redone the Octopus page completely for V3.0, and have a fresh 
V3.0 eval download dated September 9 waiting for you. The size of the
file is only 3.7Meg so you want to give this puppy a test drive:
Here it is: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/octo_ha.htm

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* DISK QUOTA MANAGEMENT: THE FUTURE

In the Editor's corner we have gone into the general strategy
of disk quota management tools. Microsoft has finally legitimized
this market and in about 12-18 months there is a native quota
tool available in NT5.0. 

What to do in the mean time to protect your servers from downtime?
NT does not like it when disks get full, it crashes on a regular
basis as a matter of fact. Several other MS applications also do 
not play well with insufficient disk space.

How can you solve this problem? Obviously throwing a couple of 
10 Gig raid sets at it will help, but there are lower cost 
solutions.

Disk quota can be implemented in two different ways: by disk
object and by user. By user is the way Netware does it, and it
has the advantage of being able to see how much space a specific
user takes up over different devices. The drawback is the CPU 
overhead that generates when you have large amounts of users. 
(The MS native quotas in 5.0 work like that by the way). 

The other type of implementation is via disk objects and use 
native NT security to shut down a user's ability to write a file. 
This is very efficient when you have large amounts of users 
attached to a server, as it uses NT's existing services. That is 
what the third party developers have chosen as the ideal way to 
solve the problem.

The latest version of Quota Manager (V2.61) is the King of the
Hill in NT quota management country. It is also in the Top 3
of most sold utilities and we now see that sites that bought
a few copies last year now come back and buy 50 for all their
servers. 

We have actually seen an increased interest for Quota Manager
now people know what MS is going to do, and how far in the
future the solution will be. More over the MS solution will
only work on NT5.0 and you have tons of 3.51 and 4.0 machines
that are potential time bombs as we speak.

We have redone our Quota Manager page, including an updated FAQ, 
and you can get the very latest version over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/quota261.htm
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NEW I/O BOOSTER INDUSTRY STANDARD: I20

A flood of announcements surrounding the I2O specification last 
week appears to be good news for Microsoft and anyone who wants 
to use Windows NT on the enterprise level.

I2O (Intelligent Input/Output) is a software specification that 
off-loads I/O processing from the CPU to an additional supporting 
processor. By relieving the CPU of this I/O burden, overall system 
performance gets boosted.

Intel Corp. and more than a dozen hardware manufacturers announced 
at the Interop show in Atlanta support and products that will work
with the I2O standard.

I2O's performance improvements should make NT a more viable candidate 
for larger, more complex processing tasks. "[I2O] will definitely 
help NT," said Peter Lowber, a senior analyst at DataPro Information 
Services, in Lexington, Mass.

Among the vendors offering new I2O-compliant servers and cards were
Gateway, Compaq, HP, IBM, Dell, NEC, Micron and NCR Corp.

A Microsoft spokesman last week said the company would offer an 
Operating System Service Module that allows OEMs to write drivers 
enabling their I2O-compatible hardware to work with Windows NT 4.0, 
which will be shipping this month. Until now, Microsoft had promised 
I2O compatibility only in Windows NT 5.0.
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* NT TO BECOME MULTILINGUAL... ON THE FLY!

MS will add an API to NT that will let users change language
their systems's language on the fly. Like most international
corporations in the computer industry, more than half of MS's
revenues comes from outside the USA. NT 5.0 will allow you
to switch to the language you are using, once you have installed
the language packs that come when 5.0 has been released.

The demo's that were given used a user logged in German.
The Start menu and applications were all in the German character
set, but the user was still able to type in English, Arabic
and Hebrew. It's going to make life a lot easier for both the
system administrators and the software developers at the same
time!
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* GET YOUR HANDS ON THE NEW MS MANAGEMENT CONSOLE

You may not be aware of this, but the new MMC is part of the
Internet Information Server V4.0 that is available via the
NT 4.0 Option Pack. MMC is the standard NT 5.0 System Admin 
environment that MS will use as the standard interface for
ALL system admin tools. In other words, MMC is where you will
live in the future! Want to get a glimpse of the view through
the windows of your new home? Here is where you get it:

http://backoffice.microsoft.com/downtrial/optionpack.asp. 
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* PRINTER ACCOUNTING SERVER V1.1 RELEASED

Printer Accounting Server allows network administrators to track users'
printing costs on shared network printers, and to limit those users'
printing output to a predetermined cost limit. This allows organizations
to track and recover costs in a controlled manner. Printer Accounting
Server requires Windows NT Server or Workstation for the printing
server; the client systems can run any compatible operating system. 

Printer Account Server Version 1.1 adds capabilities such as
connectivity to Lexmark MarkNet and Intel NetPort network adapters, and
support for PCL-based printers (including Hewlett-Packard LaserJet and
DeskJet printers), and a variety of inkjet and dot matrix printers from
manufacturers such as Canon, IBM and Lexmark. The existing JetDirect,
LPR and PostScript support has also been enhanced, including the option
to use the highly robust GNU Ghostscript interpreter for PostScript page
counting.

In addition, version 1.1 includes support for DEC Alpha processors, the
ability to charge printing to different billing codes (such as clients,
projects or internal accounts) and the ability to restrict access for
incoming LPR connections. Full details of the new Printer Accounting
Server version's features and capabilities are available on the Internet
at http://www.ntsoftdist.com/pas.htm.

Version 1.1 is available electronically now, with full-featured 30-day
evaluations also available through the Sunbelt Software web site at
http://www.ntsoftdist.com/pas.htm.
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* LYRIS LIST SERVER 2.5 BETA RELEASES

Many of you are requested to implement list server software for intra
net and internet applications. This is not a system management tool
per se, so Sunbelt does not sell it, but we have done quite a bit of
research to find a high end list server and came up with Lyris. Why?

It has a few really major advantages: the unsub info at the end of 
each message makes unsubscribing a breeze. You would be surprised 
how much time gets sucked up in simple list management tasks if you
do not get this under control. Lyris has cut this down to practically
nothing for me. The other main point is loop detection. Many of you
remember that the earlier list server we had started looping on a
regular basis to my great despair. Since we have implemented Lyris
this has not happened any more. 

You would be surprised how complex email really is. It requires a
completely PRO piece of software and good support to get this area
under control. The security features are also getting more and more
important. Many list servers allow some one else to send a message 
to the list as if they were the list owner. That can cause major
havoc and a bad PR situation if the list is used for spam. If you
are looking for a list server running on NT, have a look at:
http://www.lyris.com/help/WhatisNewinthisVersion_.html
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* NEW LISTS FOR NT SYSADMINS

As a reminder, we sponsor 4 FREE lists for NT System Administrators:

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Join here: 
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Join here:
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Join here:
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* KANE SECURITY MONITOR FLOODED WITH INTEREST

Intrusion Detection, Inc., the developer of the Kane Security Monitor, 
was also at the Interop show in Atlanta last week. They had a booth at 
the Microsoft Pavillion and demonstrated their brand new KSM. There 
was a constant flow of people strongly interested in how it looked 
and what the benefits were. Security still is the number one concern 
for NT-based LAN's. Intrusion detection is the leader in this field,
their existing Kane Security Analyst shows you where there are holes 
in your fence, but the new Kane Security Monitor shows you in real-time 
who got through! 

We have created a brand new webpage that includes the most recent
FAQ and will answer such questions as:

- Q: Why do I need KSM when my network already has a firewall? 
- Q: My company has an Intranet. Why do we need KSM?
- Q: How does KSM detect illegal activity?
- Q: What is network intrusion detection and response? 

You will find all the answers at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ksm.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

There is a BUG in both NT Server 3.51 and 4.0. If you try to 
save an Event Log to a network drive as part of a "Clear all events"
action, you will get an "access denied" error message. The work
around is to do a "save as" from the Log menu to save the log 
and "clear all events" without the save option.
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Have a look at Paperbits Support Center for Windows NT 
www.paperbits.com: Device drivers, other software, tips and 
tricks, NT news search feature, "hot fixes," Hardware 
Compatibility List, and more at: http://www.paperbits.com
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www.WindowsNT.com is a good site that features a discussion board
called HelpDesk, NT news that does not get big play on MS's site,
software, tip and tricks, and links to other Web resources.
http://www.windows-nt.com
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6. "NEW: THE NT STOCK WATCH"

We have added a new Item to our NTools E-News. This is a humble 
beginning of the NT Stock Watch. Companies that are visible players 
in the NT arena will be added on a regular basis. Send suggestions
for additions to the list (including the Stock Symbol) to me at
[email protected]? Thanks!

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Dell Computer Corp....... 94 5/8 103 7/8 18 57/64 47 -5.5%
Intergraph Corporation... 13 3/16 14 3/16 6 1/4 +18.5%
McAfee Associates Inc.... 53 3/4 78 1/2 36 1/2 40 -16.5%
Microsoft Corporation.... 132 1/4 150 3/4 65 5/8 50 -3.1%
Novell Inc............... 9 1/16 13 6 17/64 -6.4%
Oracle Corporation....... 34 3/16 42 1/8 22 25/64 48 -5.3%
Qualix Group Inc......... 4 3/4 9 3/4 4 1/8 16 -5.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 32 56 1/4 30 15/16 12 -20.1%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 38 3/8 53 5/16 25 1/2 20 -14.8%
Symantec Corporation..... 21 3/16 25 3/4 9 7/8 29 -4.5%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 7,847.03 -2.4%


Courtesy of InfoBeat's CLOSING BELL < http://www.infobeat.com >.


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Instructions on how to subscribe, sign off
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TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIST

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2) Simply forward any newsletter you get to this email address:
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TO CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

First unsubscribe and then resubscribe as per the
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