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Sat, Jan 31, 1998
NTools E-NewsFlash[tm] Latest News: - Jan 31, 1998
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Hi NT-Fans,

Here is the short update until next week's full issue.

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1) NOW FIELD TESTING WHAT YOU ASKED FOR...
2) TEM VERSION 2.02 DOWNLOADABLE
3) MICROSOFT SMS V2.0 ENTERS OPEN BETA
4) MICROSOFT HAS SQL 7.0 BETA OUT
5) WinNT MAGAZINE COMES OUT WITH EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
6) NT 5.0 SCALABILITY IS GOING TO COST YOU
7) NT STOCK WATCH
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1) NOW FIELD TESTING WHAT YOU ASKED FOR...

Do you know what has been the Hottest Item on "wishlists" 
of NT System Admins for over 2 years? Something that 
everyone has been asking for but no one has delivered? 
We are now field testing, and the initial reports are very 
promising. I'm personally very excited with this extremely 
useful piece of software. When we announce the availability
you will be pleasantly surprised. More about it very soon...
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2) TEM VERSION 2.02 DOWNLOADABLE

TEM is a tool that allows you to delegate NT System admin 
tasks to local user groups, a great time saver.

New Features:

- Adding global groups to users.
- Renaming Collections
- Silent mode install. 
- Mass Apply for setting up Trusted Managers.

Download at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/tem.htm
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3) MICROSOFT SMS V2.0 ENTERS OPEN BETA

Microsoft will soon announce that SMS will open an
open beta for V2.0. It will have numerous improvements
and hardware inventory capabilities. V2.0 will have support
for the Common Information Model (CIM), increased scala-
bility, enhanced remote monitoring and diagnosis and
is easier to install, according to MS.

V2.0 also includes tight hooks with Active Directory, but
because NT5.0 will only ship first half 1999, SMS V2.0 will
be available first. This will ease some of the headached 
when you migrate to 5.0; the V2.0 enables software distri-
bution based on specific users or groups.

The final version will be ready made for the Microsoft 
Management Console as a snap in and be ready in 6 to 9
months. Microsoft is doing server maintenance this weekend
but you should be able to get your hands on the 2.0 beta
in a few days: http://www.microsoft.com/smsmgmt/default.asp
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4) MICROSOFT HAS SQL 7.0 BETA OUT

This version clearly out-scores previous versions. Beta 2 of SQL 
Server 7.0 shows us that Microsoft is serious about playing pro 
ball with the big database rivals like Oracle, IBM, and Informix. 
This version demonstrates good stability along with an almost 
complete feature set. Current SQL Server 6.x customers and NT shops
that are looking for solution for decision support, data warehousing,
or OLAP applications should keep an eye out for the production version
when it arrives later this year. I'll keep it short, you can read the
press release at: (Warning: PR Fluff Alert)
http://www.microsoft.com/corpinfo/press/1998/Jan98/Sql7.0pr.htm
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5) WinNT MAGAZINE COMES OUT WITH EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER

WINDOWS NT MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES TECHNICAL NEWSLETTER FOR EXCHANGE AND
OUTLOOK ADMINISTRATORS

The editors of Windows NT Magazine announced they will launch Exchange
Administrator, a new monthly newsletter. The first issue of Exchange
Administrator will mail in March 1998. Charter Subscriber discounts
are available for a limited time. http://www.winntmag.com/exchange
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6) NT 5.0 SCALABILITY IS GOING TO COST YOU

If you are looking for more scalability with NT 5.0 you had better 
be prepared to pay.

Microsoft is prepparing enterprise edition of 5.0 that will cost
more than the basic version. This was said by Jim Allchin, senior VP
business and systems group. Jim stated that for the extra money, 5.0
Enterprise Edition you will get performance and availability 
features that match up with Unix. But not to worry too much, the 
basic version of NT 5.0 will also be better tuned for performance.

"We will not push clustering or the ability to run NT on huge,
monster SMP [symmetric multiprocessing] machines down to the base 
product, those will be reserved for the enterprise product".

NT 5.0 Enterprise Edition will support clustering across up to 
four nodes and enable users to run the operating system on 16- and 
32-way SMP machines. It also will support 64-bit apps as well as 
applications that need as much as 64G bytes of memory to run.

Allchin said NT 5.0 EE likely will be the version of NT that will 
run on servers powered by Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Merced chip.

Jim did not say how much 5.0 EE will cost, but NT 4.0 EE is priced 
four times the $995 edition of NT Server, so we can expect something
similar at least.

As we know, 5.0 will only become available earliest 1999, and if
you remember that NT 4.0 EE shipped a full year after the initial
4.0 release, it is very likely that 5.0 EE will only see the light
of day in the new millennium.
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7) NT STOCK WATCH

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 67 3/4 71 1/4 39 5/8 48 -1.0%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 68 3/4 84 1/2 9 3/4 48 +1.1%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 30 3/16 39 49/64 14 3/16 25 -4.9%
Dell Computer Corp....... 99 7/16 103 7/8 29 15/16 43 +5.3%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 56 9/16 57 25 36 +24.4%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 60 1/8 72 15/16 48 1/8 20 -2.4%
IBM...................... 98 3/4 113 1/2 63 9/16 16 -0.4%
Intergraph Corporation... 8 3/4 14 3/16 6 1/4 -9.6%
Microsoft Corporation.... 149 3/16 150 3/4 87 1/2 51 +7.9%
Networks Associates Inc.. 54 78 1/2 36 1/2 +0.1%
Novell Inc............... 7 1/16 13 6 17/64 -0.4%
Oracle Corporation....... 23 1/4 42 1/8 17 5/8 33 +19.6%
Qualcomm Inc............. 51 7/8 71 15/16 41 1/4 32 -3.6%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 9 3/4 2 3/4 20 +9.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 23 3/16 56 1/4 17 3/4 +14.5%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 15 3/8 30 5/16 10 15/16 96 +12.3%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 47 15/16 53 5/16 25 7/8 26 +4.7%
Sybase Inc............... 9 1/16 23 5/8 6 7/8 +17.8%
Symantec Corporation..... 23 5/8 27 3/4 12 20 +1.6%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 7,906.50 +2.6%


Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])