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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #5 - March 7, 1998
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getting and keeping NT up & running in a production environment.
Sunbelt launched this electronic newsletter so that we could keep
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happening with 3-rd party NT System Management Tools, and to
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* There is a wealth of things going on...

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* TAPI 3.0 ALLOWS NT INTERNET PHONE
* PERFORMANCE TUNING FOR NT

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* SEQUEL SERVER 7.0 LOOKS PRETTY GOOD
* MICROSOFT GETS THIRD PARTY HELP FOR NT5.0
* EARLY ADOPTERS PROGRAM GETS NT QUICKER OUT THE DOOR

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* KANE SECURITY ANNOUNCES NEW '98 VERSIONS
* HOT NEW LATEST VERSION OF LOGCASTER

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
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1. "Editor's Corner" 

- We are going to keep this corner very short this time. There is 
such a wealth of things going on! Just keep on reading, the NT
market is an exciting one to be in. You made the right move at
the right time!

- [Hype-Alert] Get ready for a new wave of TCO-hype. (Total Cost 
of Ownership) The Gartner Group is coming out with a $20,000 
software-modeling tool that will let IS managers calculate TCO 
by plugging in specifics about their own environments, such as 
salaries, types of software used, and the number of servers.

But it ONLY calculates the cost savings realized from device
management and software distribution. You and I know that the
majority of the support calls are on the software applications,
and these are not included in the "Not Quite TCO"...
Buyer beware.

- Ever calculated the COST of having to find an accidentally
deleted file? RecoverNT is selling like hot cakes. Get your
first copy for only $24.95. Save yourself some major headaches.
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman



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2. "TECH BRIEFING"


* TAPI 3.0 ALLOWS NT INTERNET PHONE

TAPI, an important chunk of the Windows communications platform, 
enables telephony products developed by one company to work with 
telephony products from another company. TAPI 2.1 supports call 
control for traditional telephony and is used to enable a wide 
variety of call-center and personal-productivity computer tele-
phony solutions. 

TAPI 3.0 builds on TAPI 2.1's services. With version 3.0, MS is 
extending TAPI to support call control and media streaming for 
Internet telephony and traditional telephony. The support of the 
H.323 standard in TAPI 3.0 for Internet telephony enables inter-
operability with leading Internet telephony clients, such as 
NetMeeting(TM) conferencing software. 

Microsoft is also extending TAPI to incorporate Component Object 
Model Plus (COM+) technology, allowing telephony applications to 
be written in any language. TAPI will be an integral part of NT 
5.0 and will be seamlessly integrated with technologies such as 
the Active Directory Service for improved management and user 
name-to-IP-address-mapping, DirectX(R) media streaming and the 
Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP) for better network quality 
of service.

TAPI 2.1, which provides enhanced client/server telephony support, 
has been free since June: http//www.microsoft.com/communications
for customers and developers who use Windows 95, NT Workstation 
4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0. TAPI 2.1 will also ship as part 
of W98. TAPI 3.0 is part of the Windows NT 5.0 beta and will ship 
with NT Server and WS 5.0.
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* PERFORMANCE TUNING FOR NT

Every System Administrator has as one of their jobs to make sure
the systems are up & running, and that performance is optimal. 
Many books are already written about tuning NT and more will come.
It's always interesting to change a parameter, and see how NT 
behaves. Then change another one, and retest. It's also time
consuming and heaven knows we're short of _that_ commodity!

So, you can turn to software based performance enhancers. There are 
only three categories of these tools: disk-related utilities like 
defraggers, memory-related like caching and third are tuning tools. 

We have not seen any serious "Tuners" for NT yet. But I have now
gotten my hands on a real gem. We have it up and running on NT
WS as well as Server and the results are quite impressive. This
neural network based utility looks at the hardware, the OS and 
the apps, and then makes intelligent decisions that are forwarded
to NT. Very interesting and shows immediate results on a busy
system. I'll keep you up to date when it gets released!
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* SEQUEL SERVER 7.0 LOOKS PRETTY GOOD

The recent Beta 2 release of SQL Server 7.0 shows a pretty picture.
It promises to simplify administration, improves support for 
distributed databases, portability and interoperability.

If you are a SQL Server Database Administrator (DBA), you will like
the many new features. Migration however will be a major job. SS7 
is designated as a major release and is so different it almost 
looks like a completely new product.

Some examples: the internal page size has increased to 8KB from 
just 2KB. This means the size of a field or a row can be 8,000
bytes. SS7 also changes the way you allocate space. You now give
it directly to the database, no longer to the "device". Each data-
base is contained in one or more OS files and can expand in chunks
of 64KB.

All the above means you will need to completely convert your 
existing 6.5 databases before you can access them in SS7, but there
is a Version Update Wizard included that should help you out.

If you are a SS6.5 DBA, you will like the fact that SS7 finally
implements row-level locking. An update to a single row will only
lock the row and not the entire page as in 6.5. And if you are
running SS7 on an SMP box, it will execute queries in parallel over
multiple CPU's. That should get the system more responsive at
peak load time.

One of the nice features is that SS7 now uses the MS Management
Console and the GUI is IE4. In other words, it's web-enabled
and you can do your admin work from anywhere on the web, pretty cool.

Here are some more goodies: There is an Index Tuning Wizard that 
suggests changes to the file index structure, and a Server Profiler
that takes a picture of the database activities. These will help
you tune SS7. When they get the new version stable, it looks like
it will make your job a lot easier. 

Read more about the making of SS7 over here, interesting background 
data! http://www.microsoft.com/industry/sqlmain.htm
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* MICROSOFT GETS THIRD PARTY HELP FOR NT5.0

Microsoft gets some help building Windows NT 5.0. This next major
release of NT Server will include more than a half-dozen components 
built by Microsoft partners.

Both long-standing partners and newfound allies are contributing 
code that will handle headaches such as online backup and disaster 
recovery, volume and storage management, disk defragmentation and 
directory migration.

"It just makes more sense to augment the NT infrastructure with 
software from other vendors who are experts in their fields," says 
Jonathan Perera, lead product manager for Windows NT.

Forging relationships with third party vendors to improve NT is a 
smart business tactic on Microsoft's part. They do not need to rein-
vent the wheel over and over. Actually they have done this for many
years with Seagate's backup. But NT 5.0 will have more non-Microsoft 
code than ever before.

One wheel Microsoft won't reinvent for 5.0 is software that lets you
manage the terabytes of data generated by new NT applications. The 
bundled storage, data and media management wares will be written by 
HighGround Systems, Inc., Eastman Software, Inc. and Veritas Corp.

Highground, a Boxborough, Mass.-based start-up, built the Microsoft
Removable Storage Manager (MRSM) for NT 5.0. The server software 
oversees how applications store data on removable storage devices, 
such as tape drives and optical libraries, and then retrieve it.

Highground also is building separate products that tap into the base 
MRSM technology shipping with NT 5.0. These products will make it 
easier to manage multiple storage devices across an NT network.
Have a look at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm

Seagate is supplying the manual online backup utility for 5.0. Also,
Seagate built NT 5.0's single-server disaster recovery software, and
they will write more advanced tools for automating the backup process 
and providing network wide disaster recovery services. Sold separately 
from 5.0.

Microsoft chose Eastman Software to build 5.0's hierarchical storage 
management (HSM) tools. HSM allows you to migrate data that is not 
used much, off NT servers onto tape and optical drives. Eastman will 
offer a separate product that provides hooks to many backup software 
packages and allows network managers to create HSM policies across 
NetWare and Unix servers, says product marketing mgr Jeff Drescher.

Veritas Software will supply the only non-Microsoft kernal-level code. 
The software will allow you to allocate disk space as well as create 
and modify disk partitions. An add-on product from Veritas will auto-
mate disk management across servers and handle performance and I/O 
tuning capabilities.

Computer Associates built the Microsoft Directory Migration Tool, 
which will help you move data from existing Novell Directory Services 
trees and NetWare 3.X binderies into NT 5.0 Active Directory.

Furthermore, Cisco is integrating their Layer 2 Transport Protocol 
and IP Security technology into 5.0. This allows users to access NT 
5.0 servers more securely over the Internet.

Another 5.0 utility is the manual defragger from Executive Software. 
This bare bones tool reassembles files that have been fragmented by 
NT during the storage process and cuts down on the time it takes for 
a user to access files. Other third party vendors (including Exec 
Software) will sell higher end defraggers with more functionality.
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* EARLY ADOPTERS PROGRAM GETS NT QUICKER OUT THE DOOR

MS has developed a new process for operating system testing and 
release that should improve product stability and speed rollouts.
All NT production sites should be able to sleep a little less troubled
when this gets completely working.

A new beta testing initiative called the Early Adopters Program calls
for close communication and high-level product support between MS and
a few large beta sites. In the mean time, the company is implementing
plans to speed up the release of Service Packs dramatically.

At the moment, the Early Adopters Program consists of five corporate 
users that have NT 5.0 in production. As part of the program, Microsoft 
has committed to extensive hand-holding to ensure the systems do not 
go down.

"We won't let them fail," said Jim Allchin, senior VP of the Personal 
and Business Systems Group at Microsoft. Allchin mentioned the idea 
of the Early Adopters Program started with Exchange 5.0, and has since 
been formalized for NT 5.0.

To get Service Packs out the door faster, one plan is geared toward 
the creation of a new team dedicated to Service Pack development and 
testing. Previously this was done by NT developers that had to interrupt 
their work on NT.
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* KANE SECURITY ANNOUNCES NEW '98 VERSIONS

To meet the network security requirements of global organizations,
Intrusion Detection, Inc. announced its strategic development plans 
to provide security assessment, monitoring and administrative 
tools for the entire NT BackOffice family of network servers.

The additions to the Kane Security Suite will be phased in during
'98, starting with new Kane Security Analyst (KSA) tools for MS SQL
Server, Exchange Server, Internet Information Server, and Proxy 
Server. The KSA will provide auditing of user account restrictions, 
password strength, access control, system monitoring, data integrity, 
data confidentiality and will include Intrusion Detection's award-
winning, easy-to-understand reporting features. Intrusion Detection 
also plans to introduce a secure process for automating NT BackOffice 
network security, to ease the burden of administration across the 
multiple servers, databases, and applications that comprise the NT 
BackOffice environment.

"We are happy that Intrusion Detection is committed to the NT 
platform and are developing products that assess, monitor and 
administer the security of the entire Microsoft BackOffice suite," 
said Karan Khanna, Windows NT Product Manager at Microsoft. "Our 
mutual customers will benefit from the enhanced security and ease 
of administration provided by the Kane Security Suite"

Robert Kane, CEO of Intrusion Detection, Inc., said that during 1998 
the Kane Security Suite will expand to include:

Kane Security Analyst for Windows NT(tm) (available today)

Kane Security Monitor for Windows NT(tm) (available today)

Kane Security Analyst for SQL, Exchange, IIS and Proxy Servers

Kane Security Officer for Windows NT

Other additions to the product family will be announced on a 
scheduled basis throughout the year.

"As more organizations move to standardize on Windows NT and the MS
BackOffice server platform, the need for BackOffice network security 
tools becomes dramatically apparent," said Mr. Kane. "Each BackOffice 
server has its own security configuration and audit requirements. 

The proven features of our Kane Security Product family can be easily 
translated across the BackOffice server suite to provide comprehensive 
audit, monitoring and administrative tools to assist network pro's in 
managing a secure BackOffice environment."

You may not know it, but NT comes out of the box in a trusting mood.
YOU are the one that has to GIVE it paranoia, and there are many 
things you have to do to make NT suspicious. KSA will test them all, 
and report to you how you are doing and suggest improvements.

To download the current version of the Kane Security Analyst, and to
make sure your NT security policy is locked down across your network,
go to: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ksa.htm for a 30-day eval.
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* HOT NEW LATEST VERSION OF LOGCASTER

NT Event Log Management is really important when you have more than
let's say 5 NT servers in a production environment. LogCaster has just
come out with an updated V1.5. Have a look at these features, this is
state of the art work and an extremely good value compared with what
is out there:

-Intel and Alpha Support.
-New management console user interface.
-New powerful event searching capabilities.
-New QuickView event browser.
-New online help.
-New documentation.
-New compact event archival.
-New event-driven corrective actions.
-New event identification and filtering rules based of text search.
-New easy advanced filter definitions.
-New advanced event caching mechanism.
-New filter-level and cache-level event escalation handlers.
-New SNMP Traps v1 and v2 generation.
-New basic SNMP trap receiver supplied.
-Notifications via: SNMP, Email, Paging, databases, WEB servers, Intranet
publishing and more.
-Automatic HTML reports generation.
-NT Service Watcher to guaranty system uptime.
-TCP/IP Watcher to monitor TCP based servers.
-Built-in diagnostics and watchdogs.
-Support for user defined event handling (VC++ code supplied).
-Automated installation.
-Support for remote software installation from the management console.
-Propagation of configuration settings to the LogCaster agents and servers.
-Remote configuration and distribution of audit policy.
-Reduced network traffic.
-Support for DES encryption of network transactions.
-Asynchronous message delivery.
-Internet enabled: connect LogCaster sites together.

Get your 30-day eval copy here. We'll be happy to help you install!
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/logcast.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

When you cannot make up your mind about your favorite browser, you
will love BOOKMARK Converter 2.0. You can synchronize your book-
marks across Navigator 4.0 and IE4. It even repairs bookmarks
that are corrupt. Go to http://www.hotfiles.com and search for
Bookmark Converter
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After Microsoft's Knowledge Base, here is the best NT FAQ for 
System Admins I have found on the Web. It's this week Stus's
Warmly Recommended! http://www.savilltech.com/ntfaq.html
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Did you know you can get help from the MS KB by email if you need
it? Handy if you have a slow web connection or are caught behind 
a firewall or something. Send a blank email to [email protected] 
You'll receive info how you can request via email a particular KB 
article or a "packaged" email with a series of topics, such as NT, 
Exchange, Outlook, etc. Very useful!
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MS has found a memory leak in NT4.0 Server File and Print Services
for Netware. Memory allocated during a log-on attempt is never freed
up, so private bytes from NWSSVC.EXE pile up until the system hangs.
Get fixes from Microsoft: Fpnw.dll and Fpnwsrv.sys dated both at
01/22/98.
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The complete March 1998 issue of MCP Magazine is now online at
http://www.mcpmag.com. In their latest online issue they feature

* The low-down on NT 5.0
* NT clustering
* Mixing ActiveX with Java
* No faking it with Proxy Server 2.0
* Auntie Em tackles ActiveX controls, 
Harry B. offers the essence of project management, and they 
give you early info on NT 5.0 exams. 
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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Weekend March 7, 1998


52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 77 13/16 80 1/4 39 5/8 55 +1.7%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 39 7/8 56 5/16 7 1/16 42 -5.2%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 27 5/8 39 49/64 14 3/16 23 -13.8%
Dell Computer Corp....... 138 1/2 143 7/8 30 3/8 54 -0.9%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 49 62 5/8 25 31 -13.9%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 61 9/16 72 15/16 48 1/8 21 -8.1%
IBM...................... 98 1/8 113 1/2 63 9/16 16 -6.0%
Intergraph Corporation... 9 1/2 14 3/16 6 1/4 -2.5%
Microsoft Corporation.... 82 3/4 86 43 3/4 57 -2.3%
Ncr Corporation.......... 32 5/16 38 1/2 25 5/8 462 +3.4%
Networks Associates Inc.. 67 1/16 78 1/2 36 1/2 +3.7%
Novell Inc............... 10 3/8 11 1/8 6 17/64 -1.3%
Oracle Corporation....... 26 7/8 42 1/8 17 5/8 38 +9.1%
Qualcomm Inc............. 48 15/32 71 15/16 41 1/4 30 -4.9%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 9 1/8 2 3/4 20 0.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 21 13/16 54 1/4 17 3/4 -10.2%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 14 3/4 30 5/16 10 15/16 92 -2.0%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 42 3/4 53 5/16 25 7/8 23 -10.2%
Sybase Inc............... 9 41/64 23 5/8 6 7/8 -8.0%
Symantec Corporation..... 24 11/16 27 3/4 12 21 -1.9%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,569.38 +0.2%



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