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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Dec 21, 1997
UPDATE DECEMBER 21, 1997
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
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<<< NTools E-NewsFlash >>>[tm] UPDATE DECEMBER 21, 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, and as the Christmas
and New Year celebrations are upon us, the next full 
NTools E-News will be in 1998, on Sat Jan 10-th.
(you may find a single NewsFlash though, I may not
be able to withhold myself if some hot news appears)

All 50 staff of Sunbelt Software in Europe and the USA
wish you very Happy Holidays, and a great 1998!

(25 and 26 Dec/ we'll be closed except for emergency
tech support but we'll be open Mon 29 to Wed 31-st
to receive and ship the PO's you need to get out the 
door before year-end).

And some more 1998 wishes for NT Sysadmins:
No More Upgrades - Users stop asking silly questions - 
Twice the current support staff - 48 hours per day - 
Users read manuals for a change- and last but not least 
this new little cool wet-interface device that plugs 
in behind your ear and has all the answers to all MCSE
exam questions .

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

PS, A correction about WolfPack not supporting Alpha,
it _does_. In the next full issue we'll discuss more
about Octopus and Wolfpack in depth, there are some
very interesting developments coming!

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CONTENT THIS NEWSFLASH:

1) PENTIUM BUG FIX RELEASED ANYWAY
2) UPDATED SUNBELT E-CATALOG ON OUR WEBSITE
3) NTools E-News EUROPEAN LIST CREATED
4) STORAGE RESOURCE MANAGER IS THE NEW HIT FOR 1998
5) YEAR END SPECIAL OFFER REMINDER
6) THE NT STOCK WATCH


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1) PENTIUM BUG FIX RELEASED ANYWAY

First it looked like MS was not planning to release a fix
for the Pentium bug, but the released one anyway last week.
ftp://198.105.232.37/fixes/usa/nt40/hotfixes-postSP3/pent-fix/
KB article - Q163852

Another way to get there seems to be:

ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/NT40/
hotfixes-postSP3/pent-fix/

These fixes are for Win NT 4.0 & 3.51, but not fully regression 
tested. MS say wait for a SP unless you are having problems
right now with it.

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2) UPDATED SUNBELT E-CATALOG ON OUR WEBSITE

On a regular basis we update our catalog which is a simple
powerpoint presentation with each product on one page. This
time it's reorganized in the same categories we have on our
website. We have updated all products and added 5 new ones.
You get it at the freebieforum. Scroll down the following
page: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.htm
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3) NTools E-News EUROPEAN LIST CREATED

We now have a list of 16,000 specifically European NT System
Administrators and we will have a special European version
of NTools E-News[tm]. If you are in Europe, you can subscribe
to this list at the following URL. 
http://www.ntsoftdist.com/scripts/lyris.exe?join=nt-list-europe

If you do, it makes sense to unsubscribe from the worldwide list, 
as you will likely get some duplicate info. Go here, enter your
email address at:
http://www.ntsoftdist.com/scripts/lyris.exe?enter=nt-list&text_mode=0
and click on the LEAVE button! That's all.
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4) STORAGE RESOURCE MANAGER IS THE NEW HIT

To some extent, funnily enough Sunbelt is like a radio station. 
We get to pick the hot new products coming out and see which ones
are being downloaded by you, and how many. SRM is a MAJOR HIT
and promises to be a 1998 "platinum record" ;-)

To give you a bit of background and position of this product,
historically you used to have just two types of products to 
manage your storage: backup and HSM. But with the event of 
NT5.0 you just got a whole new class in your arsenal: "storage 
resource management", and you can already run it on NT 4.0.
Microsoft chose HighGround to develop that standard, and they 
created the first product in this new category. 

Some _very_ large sites have already decided to standardize
on SRM, and we have been swamped with questions about the
product, so below are the 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions.
Product specifics are at:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm
Some important screenshots that show you the products are here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/srmshots.htm

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#1. Does Storage Resource Manager work across multiple 
Windows NT domains?

Yes. A SRM Server installed on a master domain can manage 
SRM Agents installed on multiple resource domains as long 
as the resource domains trust the master domain. You can 
also configure a SRM Server in a resource domain to manage 
SRM Agents installed on other resource domains by performing 
one additional configuration step.
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#2. How does SRM compare with Microsoft SMS?

Storage Resource Manager is a storage resource management
application. Microsoft System Management Server (SMS) and 
Compaq Insight Manager are systems management applications. 
Storage Resource Manager performs different functions than, 
and is complementary to, these systems management applications.

SMS and Insight Manager centralize software and computer
inventories, remote application installation and metering, 
and remote CPU and network diagnostics.

Storage Resource Manager centralizes storage analysis
(file growth rates, largest files, largest directories,
file distributions by size, file modification histories),
storage risk assessment (disk defects, un-backed up
files, vulnerable file distributions), storage inventory
(computer, disk, and partition capacity, layout, and
configuration), storage consumption analysis (free space,
used space, and consumption trends by domain, computer,
and partition), and storage user analysis (user growth
rates, user consumption by domain, computer, and partition).

Microsoft chose HighGround to build the new Windows NT Media 
Services (NTMS) storage standard that will appear in NT 5.0 
because of HighGround's expertise in managing mission-critical 
storage resources. Storage Resource Manager is the defining 
application in a fast-growing category of management applications 
known as Storage Resource Management.

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#3. Which web browsers does Storage Resource Manager support?

Storage Resource Manager has been verified against Microsoft
Internet Explorer 3.02b and 4.0 Netscape Navigator 3.01.
Because Storage Resource Manager uses only standard Internet and
Intranet technologies like HTML, frames, and Scsi/JavaScript,
you should be able to use any web browser that supports these
standards. Check with Tech Support as additional verification 
for later versions is performed consistently.

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#4. Does Storage Resource Manager support RAID?

Yes. Storage Resource Manager performs storage risk assessment,
user analysis, consumption analysis, and file analysis on RAID
systems just as it does with fixed magnetic disks. 

Storage Resource Manager inventories RAID partitions as they
are seen by Windows NT. If the Windows NT operating system
reports a RAID partition as striped or mirrored, for example,
Storage Resource Manager will also report the RAID partition as
striped or mirrored. If a RAID manufacturer uses proprietary
hardware/software to mask the RAID system from Windows NT, then
SRM will show the partition in the resource inventory as a
logical drive just like Windows NT. HighGround is currently
working with several RAID vendors to report additional 'inside-
the-box' properties of RAID. If there are RAID features that you 
want reported on, analyzed, or managed in a future release of SRM, 
please give them your feedback at [email protected]

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#5. Does Storage Resource Manager support DEC Alpha?

Not today due to the lack of demand. However, if you would
like an SRM Agent for the DEC Alpha platform, please send 
them your feedback at [email protected] and they will 
weight this feature more heavily as they develop future 
releases.

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#6. Will Storage Resource Manager support IIS 4.0?

Yes. As Microsoft's chosen development partner for the new
Windows NT Media Services (NTMS) storage standard that will
appear in Windows NT 5.0, HighGround is committed to supporting
new Microsoft Intranet technologies as soon as they are released.
HighGround will always try to support the latest shipping
versions of both the native Windows NT web server (IIS) and web
browser (Internet Explorer) in the first major release of Storage
Resource Manager after these components become commercially
available. Version 1.01 of SRM is very close to being released
and supports IIS 4.0.

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#7. Will Storage Resource Manager manage tape and optical libraries?

Yes. Microsoft chose HighGround to develop the new Windows NT
5.0 storage standard for managing all removable media devices.
Windows NT Media Services, or NTMS for short, is now shipping as
part of Windows NT 5.0 Beta 1, and provides a standard
administrative interface for managing all types of tape, optical,
CD-ROM, and DVD media, drives, and robotic libraries. HighGround
will leverage the Windows NT 5.0 development work we are doing
for Microsoft in a future release of Storage Resource Manager.

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5) YEAR END SPECIAL OFFER REMINDER

EMT4NT... and Ramcharge For Windows NT

EMT4NT is a brand new Dead-system recovery utility that allows
you to bypass NT via a null-model cable and the serial port and
get straight to the hard drive so you can get things fixed.
It also allows you to reset any password including the admin one.
http://sunbelt-software.com/emt4nt.htm

RamCharge has recently been downloaded BIG TIME. It's a new booster
tool that compacts NT memory which in turn has a bunch of nice
performance related advantages. We'll soon tell you more on how to
measure these and show you some actual graphs of the benefits.
http://sunbelt-software.com/ramcharge.htm

Both are priced like defraggers, so very affordable but with our
special year-end offer you can choose if you want ONE or BOTH at 
half price, as an ADD-ON to any order you place with us. 

So you have to purchase one of our regular products, and can 
actually get an additional great new tool for a 50% discount. 
One (set) per customer please. Minimum initial order is $500. 
Example: You buy Quota Manager for normal price, now you can get 
RamCharge for half price. If you want EMT4NT as well for half 
price, order TWO copies of of Quota Manager. Our initial 
announcement of this offer may not have been clearly stated and 
we hope this clarifies our special offer!

(25 and 26 Dec/ we'll be closed except for emergency tech support 
but we'll be open Mon 29 to Wed 31-st to receive and ship the PO's 
you need to get out the door before year-end).
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6) THE NT STOCK WATCH (Suggestions? Let me know and give the 
SYMBOL and I'll add them - mail me at [email protected])

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 60 1/2 71 1/4 39 5/8 48 +6.8%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 53 1/2 79 9/16 28 3/8 23 -4.9%
Dell Computer Corp....... 78 5/16 103 7/8 24 15/16 34 -11.2%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 37 1/4 53 13/16 25 29 -4.1%
Intergraph Corporation... 9 1/16 14 3/16 6 1/4 -3.3%
Microsoft Corporation.... 128 11/16 150 3/4 80 3/4 48 -5.8%
Networks Associates Inc.. 47 15/16 78 1/2 36 1/2 31 +5.9%
Novell Inc............... 7 33/64 13 6 17/64 -3.9%
Oracle Corporation....... 21 5/8 42 1/8 21 3/4 30 -4.9%
Qualcomm Inc............. 48 71 15/16 39 1/8 38 -5.3%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 5/16 9 3/4 3 3/16 11 -0.9%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 20 5/8 56 1/4 18 7/16 18 +5.0%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 38 11/16 53 5/16 25 1/2 20 +8.4%
Sybase Inc............... 12 11/16 23 5/8 11 1/2 51 +5.7%
Symantec Corporation..... 24 1/2 27 3/4 12 23 +0.2%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 7,756.29 -1.0%


That's all folks!

Have a great time at Christmas and New Years, don't spend too much
time behind a terminal plugging away. Take some downtime for yourself,
and tell those servers to obey their master and do their job without you 
for a change.

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])