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Sun, Feb 22, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] Feb 22, 1998
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #4 - Feb 22, 1998
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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 
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Sunbelt Software is the first and largest distributor worldwide
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* RECOVERNT IS A SMASH HIT.

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* HOW CAN YOU UNDELETE A FILE UNDER NTFS?
* OPTIMUM USE OF DATA CACHING TECHNIQUES

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT5 BETA TO ARRIVE IN APRIL, PERHAPS
* CORRECTION ON DECEMBER CLUSTERING ARTICLE
* MICROSOFT THIN CLIENT IS OVERWEIGHT
* MS SYSTEM MANAGEMENT SERVER V2.0 LOOKS VERY PROMISING

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* ABC RESOLVES SMS SOFTWARE LICENSING DILEMMA
* DOW CHEMICAL CHOOSES PERFMAN FOR NT PERFORMANCE MONITORING
* USER FEEDBACK FOR SRM PROMPTS POWERFUL NEW V2.0

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" 

Last week, Friday the 13-th we launched the first TRUE UNDELETE
for NT: RecoverNT. I thought that all of you would be interested
to see how it went. Well, the product is a SMASH HIT. Many hundreds
of you got your first copy and gave it a test drive.

Sunbelt decided to use the world's leading provider of Electronic
Software Distribution. This is a company called CyberSource that
is also used by Microsoft. Sunbelt was propelled into the top 25%
of electronic software vendors like Symantec and Adobe. The people 
at CyberSource were also excited they were hosting a new winner.

We got quite a few very enthusiastic success stories back, and now 
that we have hundreds of users after the first week, there are
practically no bug reports what so ever. The quality of the software
is good, and NT System Admins find deleted files back they thought
were gone forever. I'd like to share one story with you that we
found on a newsgroup:

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"Like you I was very skeptical. Still for 25 dollars it seemed a 
shame not to try. It installs on NT4, SP3 no probs. When you then 
tell it to search the disks (in my case a 850MB and a 4.5GB both 
NTFS) - I was frankly AMAZED!!. It found and recovered files that 
I had deleted weeks ago!!

I also run DisKeeperV3 5-10 times nightly, this did not seem to 
make a difference. Overall - for the occasion when you accidentally 
delete a file and then want it back within minutes of hours it seem 
THE BUSINESS!!

I have NOT extensively tested it so cannot state whether it interferes 
with other programs etc, but since it is only active/running when 
you need it there SHOULDN'T be major problems (famous last words)."
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The way we see RecoverNT used is that you install it on every
workstation that you roll out and specify it can only be used with 
Admin privs. It's a great safety net for users that delete a file at 
5pm that was not backed up yet. Some system admins remarked that 
this would save their butt if a disgruntled employee would delete 
files on purpose.

Anyway, if you are an NT System Admin, you simply HAVE to have
a tool like this in your First-Aid kit. And it's also a very good
idea to get it right away. That way you can play with it and be
prepared when panic strikes and end-users expect you to pull a
rabbit out of the hat. As I see it, you cannot afford to NOT have
RecoverNT: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm
You can have your first full copy 10 minutes from now.

PS: Single units are sold through our new On-Line Shop. If you buy 
with a credit card, make sure you enter the *billing address* of 
the card you are using, otherwise the system will decline your card.

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Let's have a look at the other NT News, there is a lot this time!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman



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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* HOW CAN YOU UNDELETE A FILE UNDER NTFS?

When you throw a file in the recycle bin, NT renames that file, but
keeps it available for you. You can go to the recycle bin and get
it back, but this only means it is renamed back to the original file 
name.

NT renames as follows. First letter is a "D" for Deleted. The next 
letter is the drive it is sitting on. Then follows a number which
is the sequence that files were deleted in. Last, the file extension
stays the same. An example would be a file named "TEST.TXT". This
would become DC01.TXT if it was sitting on drive C and was the first
one deleted.

But once you have emptied the recycle bin, what happens? Well, the 
file gets thrown out of the bin, and you cannot restore it any more. 
BUT THE FILE IS STILL ON THE DRIVE. The O/S itself cannot get to it 
as the file name has been removed out of the file system. The only
way now to get it back is to bypass the file system and scan the
disk for all the file names.

Then sort the file names on alphabet and find the letter D, check
out which ones have the correct drive name, open them up and save
them off to another drive. RecoverNT does just that. We have dozens
of other technical questions answered and available for you in our
Knowledge Base we nicknamed 'Einstein'. I suggest you have a look,
check it out http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/rightnow.exe
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* OPTIMUM USE OF DATA CACHING TECHNIQUES

Data caching means keeping data in RAM that normally resides on
disk. RAM Access times are of course much faster than disk.

Our developer for SuperCache has released a tuning engine for 
SuperCache/VLM. It's now on our web site and it's FREE. You need 
SuperCache to run it of course. Give it a try if you running an
eval or if you are already a customer. I've managed to get 40% 
better performance from SuperCache with it. You can download
it from the SuperCache Eval-page.

LAPTOP WATCH: We had a customer who was running SuperCache on 
his laptop with excellent results. However, there was one small 
problem. SuperCache was configured for lazy write mode, and 
"suspend" was enabled on the laptop. 

When the laptop went into suspend mode, all of the main memory 
contents were lost. Thus none of the lazy writes that were still in 
memory were written to the disk. The result was file corruption, 
and a subsequent need to reinstall NT.

This is not the fault of SuperCache, but rather an unfortunate 
incident resulting from incompatible configurations. So make sure 
that when you are using SuperCache or SuperDisk on a laptop, disable 
the lazy write mode on laptops when you have suspend enabled.

Get your eval at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scache.htm
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT5 BETA TO ARRIVE IN APRIL, PERHAPS

MS seems to have targeted mid-April for the second beta of NT 5.0. 
It's still unsure what actually will be IN the beta.

Redmond is scrutinizing the 5.0 feature set. The second beta will
be the cutoff for determining which modules will make it into 5.0
when it ships commercially next year.

When they shipped NT 5.0 Beta 1 last fall, a number of features 
were not included. Much of the IntelliMirror management technology 
and a series of planned file system and security changes.

Microsoft spokespeople last week announced they will decide which
features will be in the final version by the time Beta 2 ships. But
all of those features may not actually make it into the second beta.

It's a good idea to take a close look at it and make sure everything 
works together. Redmond also hopes to have a new 5.0 version of its 
BackOffice suite ready when the NT upgrade is finalized.

Sources said Microsoft might incorporate some of its next-generation 
clustering technology into the latest beta. The second version of
Microsoft's Cluster Server would enable four-node failover and load
balancing.
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* CORRECTION ON DECEMBER CLUSTERING ARTICLE

My item on clustering in December was incorrect at some points. For 
instance Wolfpack runs fine on Alpha systems. Mark Wood, the product
manager for NT Enterprise Edition was so attentive to make me aware
of these points and has created a very thorough special section on
the Microsoft website where they give precise data about the feature
set, compare MCS to other clustering solutions and have a good FAQ
where the important cluster related terms are defined. That new URL 
has earned this issue's 'Stu's Warmly Recommended'
http://microsoft.com/ntserverenterprise/support/clusterfaq.asp

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* MICROSOFT THIN CLIENT IS OVERWEIGHT

Microsoft's thin-client Hydra Beta 1 is not-so-thin. Windows NT Magazine
did a survey last month and when I did the on-line survey only about
17% was planning a serious roll-out. The rest of you is in a wait-and-
see mode. I suggest you wait a little longer. Like I have said all along
thin clients are a backward innovation and Hydra is simply a MS blocking
move to keep the overhyped Java based network computer at bay.

MS Windows Based Terminal Server software is due in the second quarter 
but is not quite there yet. An article in Computerworld last week showed
interviews with users. One of them remarked "So far, Hydra's not a pretty 
picture".

Hydra is supposed to give your NT Server the ability to serve 32-bit 
apps to terminals and terminal emulators running on PCs. They claim it 
would lower Total Cost of Ownership, reduce network complexity and ease 
management burdens because all application processing occurs on a central 
server. Gee, echo's of Big Blue 15 years ago...

The biggest problem I see with Hydra is the huge memory required: 32Meg
on the Hydra Server, PLUS 4 to 8Meg of server memory for every user. 
So, a user has Word, Excel and Powerpoint open, and uses 8Meg of Server 
Memory. Multiply by 200 users, meaning 1.6Gig Server Memory...

Hmmmm, thin clients mean superfat server?
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* MS SYSTEM MANAGEMENT SERVER V2.0 LOOKS VERY PROMISING

SMS in its first release promised to tame the renegade PC's but was 
big and unwieldy. Version 2.0 certainly promises a more gentle
and more easily managed future. SMS is getting toward a valuable
tool to manage an NT enterprise network. It also promises support
for NDS (Novell Directory Services) which will make life easier
for mixed environments.

Software distribution is done as before, and is a robust and scalable 
delivery mechanism. The packaging could be improved though. SMS
provides a "snap-shot" utility but it is a bit lackluster compared
to Seagate's WinInstall or ABC's LanScript.

SMS Administration is now under MS Management Console but is still
being worked at. A new 'TaskPad' should make the management easier.
The other modules are remote control, network monitoring and the
capability to make an inventory of hardware and software. They all
work well in V2.0. What is still absent is virus protection.

NT System Admins have gotten what they asked for, SMS can now be
installed on a domain member server and it no longer needs to sit
on a domain controller.

InfoWorld tested the Beta version and reported they were impressed
with the newly added powerful software-metering component. It has 
easy-to-use configuration rules and the capability to have mobile 
users "check out" software so usage can be monitored even when a 
laptop is not connected to the network.

SMS 2.0 is going to be a strong contender to manage your NT-based
enterprise network. It will arrive in 6 to 9 months.
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* ABC RESOLVES SMS SOFTWARE LICENSING DILEMMA

ABC Systems announced 'Lan Licenser Lease', a special program designed 
to accommodate the temporary software license metering needs of future 
SMS V2.0 users.

'Lan Licenser Lease' allows future SMS V2.0 users to obtain the highly 
scalable Lan Licenser 3 software metering and access control product on 
a temporary, cost effective leasing basis. Because SMS V2.0 will contain 
software license metering and access control, current SMS V1.2 users were 
faced with a dilemma.

Either waiting for V2.0?s production rollout, or paying full price for a 
software metering product that would be used only temporarily and that 
would allow no clear transition to SMS V2.0. 

'Lan Licenser Lease' addresses these concerns by providing temporary
usage of Lan Licenser 3 at a low monthly cost and by providing a migration
tool to port its data transparently into the Microsoft SMS V2.0 software
license metering and access control files. Terms of the lease are 6
month?s at 5% of the retail product price per month, including free
installation assistance, free upgrades and maintenance.

Lan Licenser is a true 32 bit multi-platform software license metering 
and network access control system designed to accommodate the largest of
networks with central administration capability. It provides the ability
for companies of any size to conform to its software licensing agreements.
Lan Licenser also offers access control to specific applications by any 
combination of user, group, workstation, or time of day.

"The Lan Licenser Lease program offers SMS users the most robust software 
license metering on the market today at a very reasonable monthly cost"
says Ed Gundrum, ABC?s US Operations Manager. "It clearly makes LL3 the 
only choice for SMS users that need software license metering today".

My comment: even if you are not going to use SMS in the next year, it 
makes total sense to choose a license metering solution that will give 
you a transparent migration when you are ready for SMS.

Download your eval copy at:http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm
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* DOW CHEMICAL CHOOSES PERFMAN FOR NT PERFORMANCE MONITORING

The Dow Chemical Company, fifth largest chemical company in the world
with annual sales of $20 billion recently signed an agreement to 
license PerfMan for Windows NT on their global NT network. 

Some of the key factors in the decision to choose PerfMan over other
Win NT performance management tools were PerfMan's capabilities for
availability reporting, ease of maintenance and low overhead. Another
major feature is that PerfMan does not require local agents, making
management a snap.

Dow Chemical, which employs approx. 40,000 people worldwide, manufactures
and supplies chemicals, plastics, agricultural products and environmental
services for customers in 157 countries.

Check out PerfMan if you need proactive performance monitoring, alerts
and capacity planning. It's a terrific value for what you get:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/perfman.htm
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* USER FEEDBACK FOR SRM PROMPTS POWERFUL NEW V2.0

Storage Resource Manager is rapidly establishing itself as the 
standard for NT storage management. We now have hundreds of systems 
worldwide equipped with SRM and the results are excellent. The success 
of a product is also depending on user feedback and the first wave of 
users have been instrumental in getting the features for V2.0 
established.

SRM 2.0 will deliver the ability to manage by exception by setting
conditions on which alerts can be posted. The ability to create user
groups, partition groups and computer groups will allow for the 
assignment of alert conditions and the frequency in which data is 
collected by logical groupings. SRM 2.0 will also deliver support for 
the Alpha platform, enhanced disk management features and improved 
charting capabilities. V2.0 is expected in Q2 98 and we will request
beta testers in the near future.

If you are running an NT environment and Storage is getting to be
a headache, get SRM V1.01 from our website right now and give it a 
spin. This is a truly strategic solution that will cover you for 
years to come with an incredible wealth of features and ease. It's
browser based and storage management as sexy as it gets. NT5.0 ready.
Download at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm

And if you have no time to test yet, have a look at the screen shots
we put up for you and you'll see that this is one of those essential
tools that you cannot do without:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/srmshots.htm
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* NTP's QUOTA MANAGER VERSION COMPARISON

Quota Manager V4.0 is the latest rendition of the popular disk quota
management solution. Quota Manager 4.0 Standard Edition is the direct
descendant of QM V2.6.1, the product you are likely familiar with.

Quota Manager V4.0 Enterprise Edition is the start of a new branch
of the Quota Manager family, one designed to provide the power and
features required in enterprise computing environments. I'll give
you a quick overview of the differences between 2.6.1 and 4.0 standard
edition, and then 4.0 Standard compared to Enterprise.

4.0 Standard Edition improvements over QM 2.6.1:

- Improved performance, more responsive and uses less resources.
- Email messaging support, Extends support to any MAPI email system
- QM now takes File Ownership, so the user cannot unlock manually.
This ensures users will comply with the quota limits you set.
- Numerous GUI enhancements that result in a friendlier interface.

4.0 Enterprise Edition improvements over QM 4.0 Standard Edition:

- QuotaLink[tm] Technology can create three kinds of relationships
between quotas, allowing the state of one quota to affect the 
state of others: Aggregate, Joined and Master/Slave links.
- Quota Ownership allows you to direct all the user messages for
a set of quotas to a specific individual, the quota owner.
- Quota Owners can be sent email as well as pop-up messages
- Startup Optimization/Protection controls how aggressively QM will
check for changes to managed objects. This allows you to balance
between startup server loading and immediate quota integrity.

Get Eval Copies of the new 4.0 versions via the download section at:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/quota261.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

This time an interesting one: Bill Gate's Wealth Clock. It shows
in real time what Bill's net worth is at the moment and you will
also find a piece of artwork that is worth checking out. It shows
that it took a lot of dollars, yen, pounds and peseta's to make
Bill a millionaire:

http://www.webho.com/WealthClock

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Weekend Feb 22, 1998

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 76 13/16 77 3/8 39 5/8 54 +5.7%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 64 15/16 84 1/2 9 3/4 46 -5.6%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 34 1/16 39 49/64 14 3/16 29 -2.8%
Dell Computer Corp....... 126 5/16 124 7/8 30 3/8 49 +13.9%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 59 7/8 62 5/8 25 38 -1.4%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 64 15/16 72 15/16 48 1/8 22 +4.9%
IBM...................... 102 5/8 113 1/2 63 9/16 17 +0.2%
Intergraph Corporation... 9 5/16 14 3/16 6 1/4 +0.6%
Microsoft Corporation.... 155 1/8 160 1/16 87 1/2 53 -1.5%
Ncr Corporation.......... 31 1/2 38 1/2 25 5/8 450 -1.9%
Networks Associates Inc.. 62 1/2 78 1/2 36 1/2 -1.3%
Novell Inc............... 8 3/16 13 6 17/64 -6.0%
Oracle Corporation....... 25 1/8 42 1/8 17 5/8 35 -5.1%
Qualcomm Inc............. 46 5/8 71 15/16 41 1/4 28 +0.1%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 9 1/8 2 3/4 20 -4.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 23 3/4 55 1/8 17 3/4 -2.5%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 14 1/16 30 5/16 10 15/16 88 -6.6%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 46 1/4 53 5/16 25 7/8 25 +4.2%
Sybase Inc............... 10 1/16 23 5/8 6 7/8 +9.1%
Symantec Corporation..... 25 5/16 27 3/4 12 22 0.0%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,413.94 +0.5%



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