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Sat, Feb 7, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] - Feb 7, 1998
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #3 - Feb 7, 1998
--- http://www.sunbelt-software.com ---

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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" 
* WHAT HAS BEEN #1 ON YOUR WISH LISTS?

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* DEFRAGMENTATION AND FILE PLACEMENT DISCUSSION
* WEBSERVER FAULT TOLERANCE: HOW WE DID IT.
* SUNBELT KNOWLEDGE BASE IS BACK ON THE AIR

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT 5.0: HOW FAST DOES THE MARKET PLAN TO MIGRATE?
* SMS 2.0 OF MAMMOTH STRENGTH AND PROPORTIONS
* GATES OUTLINES THE WIN95/98 PRODUCT LINE DEATH
* PC MAGAZINE REVIEWS WINDOWS NT SERVER 5.0 BETA

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* GET LICENSED OR PAY THROUGH THE NOSE
* LOGCASTER 1.5 BETA DOWNLOADABLE

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

6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

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

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1. "Editor's Corner" 

* WHAT HAS BEEN #1 ON YOUR WISH LISTS?

Well, time to lift the veil from this mystery! As you know, we do
continuous surveys to find out the tools you really need and want.
For instance, if you look at the on-line NT list servers, one of
the first questions NT Admins ask is if they can undelete files. 
Usually because a user threw some files out of the recycle bin and
the System Admin does not feel like a trip to Tape Hell .

Up to now the answer was "Tough Luck, get it from Backup. No backup?
You're up the creek without a paddle." Well, we decided to solve
that problem for you. How thoughtful of us ;-) 

Coming Friday the 13-th we are sure that some unlucky user deletes 
8 hours of work before any backups could be made. That is why chose 
that date to make a brand new NT tool available for you: RecoverNT. 
You guessed right, it is a real TRUE UNDELETE for NT! It's taken 3 
years for some one to come out with one, but here it is finally. 
Your Number One Problem is solved.

No no, not an enhanced recycle bin like Norton. This puppy undeletes
files that were thrown OUT of the recycle bin, or deleted from the
command prompt. No other utility can do that. Wonder how it does it?
Read on...

Many of you have asked about the following sentence in our NTools E-
News banner: "By subscribing to NTools E-News[tm], you are also a 
charter member of the Sunbelt Field Test Bonus Program". Well, for 
subscribers of NTools E-News we have a Special Intro Offer. 

The great news is that we decided to sell it on-line, and for just 
a few weeks you can get a single license for only $24,95! It's a 
full function copy with immediate electronic delivery, so you can 
give it a spin in less than 10 minutes. You can just buy 1 copy at 
a time on-line. The price will go up to $39,95 per single copy 
shortly, so you have to be fast to get your hands on this really 
HOT little tool. 

I'll send you a special personal NewsFlash on Friday 13 to remind 
you of this excellent news. If you want to check out RecoverNT, how
it does its magic and read about the Field Test results, click:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/whatsnew.htm
Also check our Knowledge Base with the brand new RecoverNT FAQ:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/rightnow.exe

Warn all your friends about this limited time offer? THX!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

PS, Heard about Bill getting a pie in the face in Belgium?

O
O | O
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O - -splat!- - O
/ | / O | O
O

Now YOU have been PIED!!! Welcome to the first Internet PIE FIGHT!!!


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* DEFRAGMENTATION AND FILE PLACEMENT DISCUSSION

Something interesting is happening. An old battleground has moved
to new premises: Win NT. Some background info - In 1986 VMS was in 
its heyday. VMS System Admins saw fragmentation slowed down their 
machines and needed a solution. Exec Software came out with their 
Diskeeper after thorough analysis what System Admins needed. It was 
an instant hit and sold many tens of thousands of copies. It has a
specific design philosophy: clean up in the background, use minimum
resources and idle CPU, and do regular passes to keep things at a
low level of fragmentation at all times. This will keep performance
up at maximum levels at all times. There is a lot to say for that
approach.

But some other companies came out with another idea. Their line of
reasoning went something like this: "What if you could also _place_ 
files as well as defragging them so the most used files are in the 
middle of the disk, and least used ones are 'warehoused' at the 
edges of the disk? Statistically the heads are more in the middle
so files are accessed faster because of placement _and_ less frag-
mentation." That seems to be a logical train of thought, right?

Well, I had a chance to look at this 10 years ago in the VMS arena.
Religious wars were fought about the supposed benefits of file
placement! Very interesting to watch actually, and I made my choice
early on. Later on I found I was confirmed in my gut feeling. I'll
give you the nutshell results so you do not have to spend the time
to figure it all out, as this battleground has now moved to NT. 
There are now NT defraggers out there that claim an additional NT 
performance benefit because of file placement.

File placement though it sounds interesting is in my opinion not
much of use. First of all, it initially takes a hell of a lot of CPU 
to get all the files where they are supposed to be. Defragmentation 
should use _less_ resources than fragmentation causes to be wasted.
Further, on server disks with many users hitting them all the time,
files are spread all over the disk and the head is going to be all 
over the disk all the time. There is a strong case for the theory
that placing files takes more resources than it gives back, and then 
you do not even take modern techniques as file caching and controller 
hardware based caching into account.

In short, the way I see it, the hooks that MS has built into NT4.0 
to defrag the disks have the right design philosophy and are the 
most efficient way to defrag a disk. 
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* WEBSERVER FAULT TOLERANCE: HOW WE DID IT.

Remember that we had some trouble with our webserver? Rebuilding NT
with the wrong disk drivers gave us serious hard disk problems and 
even compromised our backups. The people among you that had CRC 
errors in your downloads were hit by this too. Our apologies for 
any time lost there!

We decided to use our own tools to solve the problem and create
full fault tolerance for our webserver. First we created an IP-based
cluster with Convoy. This very smart piece of software allows you to 
create a virtual IP address. When you hook up a few NT boxes with
standard components, you can have the Cluster answer any TCP/IP 
request to the virtual IP. One can simply unhook any NT box from
the cluster and _immediately_ the next request is serviced from 
another box. No failover time! Also a pretty efficient way to scale
your webservers. CPU pegging out? Just plug in another cheap NT
box and the load gets automatically balanced. Great idea and well
implemented. We got our first cluster up in less than half an hour.

But how to make sure that the disks of the different boxes have 
the same data on them at all times? Octopus of course. So when you 
click on the next links, your request will be serviced from
our Virtual-IP Convoy Cluster that now has an Intergraph box
and a Dell box as nodes, and Octopus mirroring all the critical
data in real time. Great combination for business critical Intra-
and Internet servers, and I sleep more quiet at night .
Convoy Clusters: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/convoy.htm
OctopusHA+ Mirroring: http://www.ntsoftdist.com/octo_ha.htm
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* SUNBELT KNOWLEDGE BASE IS BACK ON THE AIR
Both Dave Dabney, our VP Technical Services and I are really thrilled 
to bits to have our Knowledge Base back in the air. We were down for 
maintenance for longer than we wanted, more than a month... :-(

It is a great time saver for everyone involved. You can immediately
check our KB online for problems you run into, or if you want to see
what problems already have been solved before you run an install. 
First option is the FAQ per product, if that does not do it, you can 
do a keyword search over the full database and if that does get you
joy, the third option is to enter your problem in the KB, out Techs 
will be prompted and answer it, and their answer is automatically 
indexed into the KB so everyone has access to the solution fast.

The database sits on a dedicated SQL 6.5 server that is hooked up to
the Convoy cluster with ODBC. The wonders of modern technique. 
Computers are a bitch when they do not work, but when you get "them 
things" to do what you want, they are pretty wonderful :-)!!

Check it out! http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/rightnow.exe
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT 5.0: HOW FAST DOES THE MARKET PLAN TO MIGRATE?

ENT Magazine had an interesting survey in their last issue:
The question was: "Once Windows NT 5.0 is released, how rapidly
do you anticipate migrating the majority of your machines over to
that version of the O/S?" Here are the results:

10% Immediately
22% 3 to 6 months after its release
27% As soon as budgetary or business obligations permit the upgrade
28% Only when business or technical needs force an upgrade
13% After the first Service Pack is released 
4% Only when you have no other choice
34% Will make decision once product has been released
41% Deployment will depend on pilot testing we will conduct
4% Don't plan to upgrade to 5.0
5% Not sure.

The full information and all the survey results are available here:
http://www.entmag.com/surveys/surv1425.html
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* SMS 2.0 OF MAMMOTH STRENGTH AND PROPORTIONS

Microsoft has just made available the first beta of Microsoft 
Systems Management Server version 2.0, previously code-named "Opal." 
This release delivers key Zero Administration Initiative for Windows
features. SMS 2.0 has new management infrastructure components, 
provides better ease-of-use facilities and allows you to scale it
better. The V2.0 greatly extends existing features of V1.2.

You should have a look over here and download an excellent little
2-page Word file that explains the changes very concisely.
http://www.microsoft.com/smsmgmt/guide/Market_Bulletin.asp?A=6&B=5

Now, planning to implement SMS is going to be even a bigger task.
Microsoft has clearly built this new version to facilitate the 5.0
migration and it looks like it will do a good job, but "Boy, better
start 6 months in advance with your planning!"
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* GATES OUTLINES THE WIN95/98 PRODUCT LINE DEATH

At the coming WinHEC conference for hardware makers, Microsoft will
announce its plan to phase out the consumer focused Win9x line in 
favor of (of course) NT.

The conference is scheduled for March 25 in Orlando, Fla. Gates will 
further explain the message that Microsoft's future after the year 
2000 will rest on NT. He already mentioned the plan last year at the 
Seybold conference in San Francisco. 

As I mentioned before, the plan calls for three flavors of NT -- a 
high-end version, a business version, and a consumer version. 
This split personality will take shape after 5.0's release, which
is going to be first half 1999 at the earliest.

"Windows 98 is the consumer operating system, and Windows NT will 
be the future after that," said Windows product manager Shannon 
Perdue. "It is at least two or three years out. We've got NT 5.0 
delivery, and then it's beyond that. It's truly something that's 
way in the future."

W98, is slated for Q298 release. That is the same time frame for 
Beta 2 of NT 5.0, we'll see which is first!
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* PC MAGAZINE REVIEWS WINDOWS NT SERVER 5.0 BETA

Read an advance review of Windows NT 5.0 that says the new version
should "make it easier to manage even the largest global networks." 
http://www.zdnet.com/pccomp/features/excl0298/nt50/nt50.html
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* GET LICENSED OR PAY THROUGH THE NOSE

You know by now that one disgruntled employee that calls the Soft-
ware Protection Association about alleged illegal software in your 
outfit causes a major headache is some is found. A fine of $100,000
is the least of what your organization gets hit with. 

But actually, by "License Metering" your software you can save in 
many cases large amounts of money that you otherwise would have 
overpaid in surplus licenses. Both reasons in themselves are a 
perfect justification for getting a Software Licensing Application 
up and running.

Sunbelt does its homework before we offer you a solution, and this
time we are confirmed again about having chosen the best of breed
tool out there. I am under non-disclosure so I cannot say anything
but if you are thinking about Software Licensing and think about
anything else but Lan Licenser V3.0 you are making a big mistake.

That sounds bold. Yes, but with what I know I have a _really_ good
case. You will NOT be disappointed when the news comes out. You 
simply gotta download this application and seriously consider it.

Here is a condensed description how it does its Enterprise wide 
license balancing magic:

Lan Licenser 3's 3-tier technology automatically balances licenses
across the entire enterprise network (even world-wide) and provides 
for central administration from any NT 4.0 server or workstation on 
the parent site. For the first 7 days following the registration 
(or licensing) of an application, Lan Licenser passively monitors 
usage of that application on the network and develops a historical 
trend analysis. 

On the eighth day, Lan Licenser actively deploys licenses for that 
application on an enterprise-wide basis to its upper and middle 
level servers according to the demand it has previously analyzed and
periodically checks actual usage to continually adjust the balancing.

As a result of automatic license balancing, when a client workstation
requests a license to open an application, that license is ready and
waiting on the immediate middle level server that client reports to.
The client then sends a single stream of information to the server 
and receives a single stream of information back. Because there is 
no hunting around the servers for an available licenses and because 
the network traffic generated is an absolute minimum. 

I can say without a trace of doubt that LanLicenser3 is the fastest, 
most comprehensive and most accurate software metering product on 
the market. Download: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm
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* LOGCASTER 1.5 BETA DOWNLOADABLE

A few divisions in the Pentagon asked for special Highly Advanced
Event Log Filters, so we requested the developer to create these.
You can have a look at them in the new V1.5Beta. We decided to make 
that Beta available for the all of you that appreciate a truly 
elegant implementation of Event Log Management with DES encryption
of network transactions. Are you understaffed, need to monitor the 
event logs of your business critical NT servers and get alerts?
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/logcast.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

Want to pass your MCSE Exams and looking for sites with braindumps?
Here is some candy for your Web Favorites list. All of these links
worked Saturday Morning Feb 7, 1998 Eastern Standard Time.
Here goes!
http://www.perris.demon.co.uk/ Beach Front MCSE
http://www.ptek.com/ Don Justice's site
http://www.examcram.com/ Exam Cram
http://www.hardcoremcse.com/ Hard Core MCSE - Has brain dumps for 
some of the exams as well as some test prep software
http://www.mcs.net/~hammond/exam/
http://www.hydratech.com/iis.htm - IIS certification
http://www.saluki.com/mcp/ MCP Online
http://www.cat.syr.edu/~ww/win95/ MCP tutorial for Windows 95
http://www.skylinc.net/~rbriston/MCSEInfo/MCSE.html MCSE courses
http://www.mz-net.com/mccorner/ The mother lode of brain dumps 
for a variety of exams
http://walden.mvp.net/~rpraib/mcse.htm
http://www.saluki.com:8081/~2 A forum devoted entirely to 
cerification!
http://www.saluki.com/mcse_archive/index.html In case that wasn't
enough, a link to the archives of the list.
http://users.aol.com/MSCertify/home.htm
http://www.magicnet.net/~noles/links.html A link to more links
http://www.mcpmag.com/ Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine 
http://www.officecert.com/ MS Office certification (to make the
coverage complete!)
http://www.learnkey.com/ Training and Exams.
http://shell.ihug.co.nz/~bulldogs/mcse/ Nicholas Chung's site
http://www.voicenet.com/~waynem/
http://www.hardcoremcse.com/amazon/amazon.htm A review of the 
best study guides
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/9909/ Steve Topley site 
http://frontpage.idsonline.com/sallard/ The Creative Edge has 
some brain dumps as well as 237 questions for the Win 95 exam
http://www.sharat.co.il/vvv/ Victor Dubin's site
http://members.aol.com/MCSEcenter/index.html
http://www.transcender.com/ Of course the list wouldn't be complete
without a link to the maker of the best test prep software
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/mcse.htm - Sunbelt MCSE self study.
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"A couple of months ago I started Bueren Update Index. It contains 
a list of the most important Service Packs, updates and hot fixes 
for Microsoft products. It's located at http://www.ngn.nl/bui. 
NGN members can download all downloadables direct from our NGN
webserver. This feature generally saves them valuable time.
Non members will find direct links to the Microsoft website.
It's a sort of public exposure of what the NGN e.g. does for
its members." Roel van Bueren, one of the active members of the 
Dutch Network Users Group (NGN) (Dual-language Dutch/English site)
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I found a great ISP-hunting site: http://www.isps.com/ It's a site 
that lists a ton of ISPs --- it found 149 ISPs in my FL area code
alone. Now that's more like it! If your ISP's service declines and 
you want or need an alternative, check out ISPs.Com. This is a site
that I just awarded "Stu's Warmly Recommended". ;-)
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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Weekend Feb 7, 1998

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 72 1/8 71 13/16 39 5/8 51 +6.4%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 71 7/8 84 1/2 9 3/4 51 +4.5%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 35 39 49/64 14 3/16 29 +15.9%
Dell Computer Corp....... 108 7/8 109 7/8 30 3/8 47 +9.4%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 60 3/8 62 5/8 25 38 +6.7%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 62 1/8 72 15/16 48 1/8 21 +3.3%
IBM...................... 98 113 1/2 63 9/16 16 -0.7%
Intergraph Corporation... 9 14 3/16 6 1/4 +2.8%
Microsoft Corporation.... 158 1/8 158 3/4 87 1/2 54 +5.9%
Ncr Corporation.......... 29 7/8 38 1/2 25 5/8 427 -0.6%
Networks Associates Inc.. 56 1/8 78 1/2 36 1/2 +3.9%
Novell Inc............... 7 5/8 13 6 17/64 +7.9%
Oracle Corporation....... 27 42 1/8 17 5/8 38 +16.1%
Qualcomm Inc............. 47 3/4 71 15/16 41 1/4 29 -7.9%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 1/4 9 3/4 2 3/4 22 +8.3%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 23 56 1/4 17 3/4 -0.8%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 14 3/4 30 5/16 10 15/16 92 -4.0%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 47 1/2 53 5/16 25 7/8 26 -0.9%
Sybase Inc............... 9 23 5/8 6 7/8 -0.6%
Symantec Corporation..... 24 3/4 27 3/4 12 21 +4.7%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,189.49 +3.5%


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