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Sat, Apr 4, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] - April 4, 1998
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #7 - April 4, 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
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and release information. By subscribing to NTools E-News[tm], you 
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* A WHOLE LOAD OF HOT NEWS, AND NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT!

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* OCTOPUS TECHNICAL BULLETIN
* THE NETWORK SECURITY SURVEY
* SRM DEFEATS USERS THAT CHEAT ON DISK QUOTAS

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT TO BECOME MORE SIMPLE
* 16-NODE CLUSTERING SUPPORT FOR NT IN '99 
* 250 COMPANIES RECEIVED NT 5.0 BETA COPIES
* SMS V2.0 WINS SOFTWARE METERING EDITORS CHOICE

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* SLOW SERVER PERFORMANCE SOLVED BY NEW PRODUCT: AUTOPILOT
* RECOVERNT SAVES MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS...
* SUPERDISK NT/VLM POWERS ALPHASERVER TO HOT IRON AWARD
* SPECIAL OFFER FOR FAILURE-PROOF BACKUPS AND RECOVERIES
* ARE YOU MANAGING A LAN OR RUNNING A COMPLAINTS DEPARTMENT?

5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...
* SUNBELT STELLAR NT-SITE AWARD GOES TO NTBUGTRAQ

6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

7. "HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST"
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1. "Editor's Corner" 

This column is going to be very short. So much news to report on.
One thing I'd like to make you aware of though. In the recent survey
we did, it turned out that 72% of you were battling slow server
performance on a regular basis. Yes, you read that right, a whopping
seventy-two percent of you has NT performance problems.

As you know, it is our job to find out about your headaches and come
up with solutions. We have found another unique product that will help
you tune NT automatically and get you between 20% and 100% increased
performance. The people who built it come from the SuperComputer area
and are trained to squeeze the last cycle out of a system.

Sunbelt Software is proud to announce the availability of AutoPilot as
the 'New Download of the Month'. Several independent organizations 
have done benchmark studies and the numbers are there. They are pretty
good too. You should check the performance graphs over at:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm and grab your 30-day
eval copy right away.

OK, let's have a look at the news!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* OCTOPUS V3.0 TECHNICAL BULLETIN

When configuring Octopus, do NOT set reflection protection ON, and
then set propagate attributes as 'Names'. This has verifiably shown
to cause file permissions problems on either your source or your 
target machine. The problem has been reproduced both at Sunbelt and
Octopus' test labs. 

Octopus is aware of the problem, will be giving us a fix for the
current V3.0. The solution will be included in V3.1 which we expect
by the end of this month which will support the Exchange fail-over.
Note: The fix will not go out as a general release and if you do
not set the options as stated above, the problem will not occur.
US info at [email protected], EU info: [email protected]
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* THE NETWORK SECURITY SURVEY:

I've been shown the interim tabulation of the first 536 responses 
from this online survey, and it actually looks pretty interesting.

How would you like to enforce your security policy? You will like
that part. What are your strongest concerns AFTER you've put in a 
firewall? There's useful data here too. All in all, answers in six 
key areas gave me valuable feedback, that I _mostly_ agreed with :-)

To make your own opinion known, and to get the answers first, just 
click on http://www.survey.com/mispanel3.html. This also signs you 
up as part of the World Research MIS Panel on an ongoing basis. That 
group is a cross-section of the IT world. You want to be part of it!
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* SRM DEFEATS USERS THAT CHEAT ON DISK QUOTAS

Disk quota management is a hot button these days. There are several
solutions, and one of them is Storage Resource Manager. Their version
2.0 is the "quota tool that does so much more." SRM 2.0 features 
soft quotas (e-mail alerts on quotas being exceeded) on a network-wide 
basis. Existing quota management utilities normally monitor single 
directories, and directory-level quotas will be included as part of 
NT 5.0 anyway. 

That's why Chevron and many other companies are choosing SRM: they 
have multiple NT file servers and Exchange Servers that can be used 
by the same users, so they need a tool that can monitor user consumption 
(files, Exchange mailboxes, etc.) and quotas across many machines. 
SRM's cross-domain monitoring does this, and even finds the users who 
move files back and forth between servers to defeat quotas. 

SRM 2.0 lets administrators receive alerts automatically when quotas 
are exceeded, or have e-mail sent automatically to users who are 
over-quota! SRM is a browser based, NT 5.0 ready quota tool that does 
so much more, like disk space monitoring and trends, disk health, 
files not backed up, files not accessed, backup sizing, largest files, 
largest directories, storage inventory, network-wide roll ups, real time 
alerts, etc. - only SRM has the additional features that you will need 
as your NT network grows. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT TO BECOME MORE SIMPLE

PC Week reported recently about a meeting in Seattle called the 
'Workstation Leadership Forum'. BillG was a speaker and he emphasized 
that the number one priority for Windows NT is simplicity.

A key piece of the simplicity message is the ability to use the same
management tools and infrastructure to administer engineering and 
business desktops, Gates said. The 'simplicity' message is a key 
issue of both Microsoft's marketing campaigns: Total Cost of Ownership 
and Digital Nervous System. 

Gates gave some examples: Microsoft works hard on simplifying the 
thousands of NT error messages, integrate browsing capability across 
all MS apps, and use HTML rather than the current Help System interface.
Microsoft is also putting effort into simplifying the connectivity 
between Unix and NT. "We are making sure the Unix channel is getting 
the right training to move over to NT," BillG said.
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* 16-NODE CLUSTERING SUPPORT FOR NT IN '99

Microsoft will add clustering support for up to 16 nodes in NT,
supposedly early next year, BillG said last week. MS was planning
earlier to add 16-node support by the end of '98. They added two-node
failover clustering when it shipped NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
last September. Steve Ballmer (MS Exec VP) however, last week repeated
earlier statements that NT 5.0 won't expand clustering support beyond
two nodes, so we will see who wins. In the end it is Dave Cutler who
needs to build it and he won't let it go out the door until they have
hunted down all the showstopper bugs. 
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* 250 COMPANIES RECEIVED NT 5.0 BETA COPIES

Last month in Seattle at its Rapid Deployment Conference, Microsoft 
gave approx. 250 corporate users the most recent build of 5.0. The 
conference had as its goal to familiarize a small group of early 
adopters with the finer ins and outs of 5.0 to entice them to deploy 
5.0 as soon as it ships, which I think will not be before Q2'99.

This NT 5.0 build had IntelliMirror included, which had been long
waited for. This component is key in MS's Zero Administration Windows 
initiative. It will let you replicate an exact copy of a user's files 
on the server. The idea is that when a user logs on to _any_ PC, their
work environment appears just like they left it on the machine they 
used last. So this means first a copy of all the relevant user data 
to the server, and then a copy back when the user logs on.

Think about the network performance for a moment? Well I guess than 
when all this finally works, you need at least a 100Mb network, or
faster. NT was built on 386'es and everybody was worried about the
16 Meg it was supposed to gobble up. A few years later memory was
dirt cheap and now everybody in my office runs 64M NT workstations.

The current IntelliMirror performance was illustrated by one user:
"One server can only handle about 10 [client] machines at the stage 
the code is now." It will get better I'm sure.
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* SMS V2.0 WINS SOFTWARE METERING EDITORS CHOICE

Network Computing Magazine did a recent review on asset management,
software distribution and software metering tools. SMS V2.0 won the
Software Metering Editors Choice.

This is a quote from the article:

"The top finisher in the software-metering portion of our testing was
Microsoft's SMS 2.0. We were surprised to find Microsoft's recently
added metering functionality has leapfrogged the competition with
dynamic license sharing across servers and domains. The solutions from
Seagate and Tally follow close behind, offering excellent metering
functionality. Coming up short in this discipline is HP, which offers
basic functionality, but lacks flexible queuing and the VIP control
offered by the others." (copyright (C) Network Computing Magazine.)

If you are not running SMS, but would like a software metering app
that will help you transparently migrate to SMS 2.0 give us call
after you look at this: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm
Sunbelt is able to lease this software to you until you implement
SMS 2.0 so there will be no loss of any investments you made in either 
time or software. Basically if you are looking at Software Metering
you no longer have to look anywhere else, this is the only logical
choice.
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* SLOW SERVER PERFORMANCE SOLVED BY NEW PRODUCT: AUTOPILOT

Forget about painstaking tuning by hand. No more wasting time with 
PerfMon, Policies, or Server Manager.

There are only three categories of software based performance 
enhancement tools: disk-related utilities like defraggers, memory-
related like caching and third are TUNING tools. 

Up to now there simply _were_ no tuners for NT. But here is the first 
one. And it is a killer application as well! Tuners are expert systems 
that can make intelligent and instant decisions to improve performance.

AutoPilot automatically and transparently detects and eliminates 
system bottlenecks. These bottlenecks occur because of overloads or 
problems occurring in any of the following system component areas: 
- system bus contention 
- disk I/O contention 
- network I/O contention 
- memory subsystem problems 
- poor cache utilization and affinity 
- cache thrashing 
- spin lock and semaphore contention 
- unnecessary context switching 
- page thrashing 

Well, you no longer have to worry about these things. AutoPilot
is essentially a neural network that learns about the performance
bottlenecks of the machine it runs on and takes intelligent action 
interfacing with NT. And to illustrate all this technical talk with 
some hard numbers:

1) The industry Benchmark ServerBench 3.0 runs TWICE as fast with
44 clients connected. Check out the graphs on our site.

2) MS Exchange environment. On a 1000 user test, the results are:
Response time before AutoPilot: 0.513 sec 
Response time after AutoPilot: 0.290 sec 

3) Using System Management Servers' Monitor for analysis, improvements 
ranging from 6.4% for an almost empty machine to as high as 21% for 
a crowded server at a peak usage time. 

One of the best things is that AutoPilot makes SMP machines scale FAR
better than NT alone does. So in short, it's time you do your own
benchmark with this really exciting new product. We give everyone that
does a benchmark and send us their results by email the coveted Sunbelt
T-Shirt with "I Do Windows... NT" on the backside. Check out our site
to see how it looks. You want to get your copy of AutoPilot right away.

Here is where you get it! http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm
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* RECOVERNT SAVES MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS...

If you just read these two emails that I received this week you 
get the whole picture:

"Hi Stu and Sunbelt Company,
I would rather like to thank you for making RecoverNT available. 
It helped me recover files that I desperately needed after foolishly 
deleting them. It must have saved the company thousands of dollars and 
that for only $25. It took me 3 months to build these files and they 
were gone in less than a second. NOW we make backups!
It was funny in retrospect because Microsoft told us that the files
couldn't be recovered but your little program did just that. Amazing!
Gratefully yours, Jeroen Jansen - NT System Admin - Holland"
--- 

"Dear Stu,
Your program allowed our customer to recover approximately 10,000 files
on a system where their LAN administrator has inadvertently deleted an
entire directory structure. Since this is a telemarketing application
the value of that recovery was over $20,000. I'd say we got our $25
worth (although both we and our customer purchased copies...).
David Lezak, CEO Wygant Scientific. http://www.wygant.com/
---

Well, you can get your "life saver copy" at the Sunbelt On-Line Shop. 
Pay with a credit card, and get instant delivery. Keep in mind, this 
is a copy for _one_ machine, and prevents you from having to update
your resume ;-) Once installed you cannot use it on another PC. 
RecoverNT is meant for network deployment, and should be installed on 
all your workstations. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm
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* SUPERDISK NT/VLM POWERS ALPHASERVER TO HOT IRON AWARD

EEC Systems, Inc, and Digital Equipment Corporation announced that 
EEC's SuperDisk-NT/VLM software played a major role in delivering 
Hot Iron Award-winning performance to DIGITAL's Windows NT AlphaServer 
8200 system. AIM Technologies, Inc., an independent provider or 
computing performance and price/performance information, today named 
DIGITAL's 64-bit AlphaServer 8200 5/440 Windows NT-based enterprise 
system the industry's Best Throughput Performer in a domain server 
mix for systems costing more than $45,000. 

Powered by four 440 MHz Alpha processors and 4 GB of main memory, the
AlphaServer 8200 system surpassed the performance of all other Windows 
NT systems to capture the AIM Hot Iron Award.

"EEC's SuperDisk-NT/VLM software helped the AlphaServer system deliver
award-winning Windows NT transaction processing performance," said
Margaret-Ann Bolton, Digital's director of AlphaServer marketing. 
"The EEC solutions enables Windows NT to reach it's full potential in 
I/O intensive environments on the full range of AlphaServer systems." 

EEC's software products minimize I/O bottlenecks. This vital component 
of overall performance is accomplished by EEC's patented Ram Disk 
technology, which includes built-in data protection.

"SuperDisk-NT/VLM eliminates about 90 percent of disk I/O activity. 
Since the disk is the slowest part of any computer system, everything 
runs faster," said Bolton.

EEC has also decide to drop their prices so it has become very affor-
dable to get your own Hot Iron award. Download the 30-day eval at
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/sdnt.htm
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* SPECIAL OFFER FOR FAILURE-PROOF BACKUPS AND RECOVERIES!

ATTENTION SEAGATE BACKUP EXEC, LEGATO NETWORKER, AND ULTRABAC USERS -
We've all had the unfortunate, painful, and often embarrassing 
experience of not being able to restore a backup. And we've all walked 
into the office at 7:00AM only to discover our backup didn't work at 
all. It's bad enough when it's a user's Word document that was blown 
away, and even worse when it's the CEO's Exchange mailbox! 

Well, check out this offer for guaranteed tape backups and recoveries.
Media Mirror 2.0 gives your tape drives the power of RAID, and protects
your backups and recoveries against tape drive I/O failures, bad tapes,
faulty tape drives, and even lost or mislabeled tapes! Media Mirror 
makes two or more stand-alone, identical tape drives look like one to 
your backup application, and simultaneously replicates your backup data 
across all of the drives for ultra-reliable backups. 

If one tape or drive fails, the other drive keeps your backup working, 
and keeps you in business. When both drives work, you've got that extra 
copy for off-site insurance. Media Mirror even restores from multiple 
drives simultaneously for guaranteed recoveries! Check out the rave 
reviews:

"I found HighGround's Media Mirror to be quite an impressive add-on for
Windows NT. It saves an enormous amount of time and truly heightens the
security of backed-up data."
- InfoWorld, December 15, 1997

"...what can system administrators do to defend their systems against
disaster? The answer is 'Plan, plan, plan.' Media Mirror is fault
tolerant protection for organizations that use tape drives for backup
and recovery."
- Windows NT Magazine, March 1998

Sunbelt is offering Media Mirror 2.0 at an introductory price roughly 
equal to an NT Server defragger for orders placed before April 30.
Take advantage of this offer to add another tape drive for RAID 
protection, or mirror two of your existing tape drives and pick up that 
new DLT drive you've been wanting. With Media Mirror, you'll never 
worry about your backups or recoveries again. 30-day eval at:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highmm.htm
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* ARE YOU MANAGING A LAN OR RUNNING A COMPLAINTS DEPARTMENT?

This item is revisited from the last newsletter. Trusted Enterprise
manager just released their version 2.3 which solves a few bugs that
were found in V2.2. If you downloaded 2.2, please pick up the latest 
2.3 for your eval? TEM is selling like hot cakes at the moment as it 
offers a great way to delegate NT system admin tasks. NT 5.0 still
falls short in that area so this is a tool with a future.

The new TEM 2.3 is worth looking at and has a very low price per seat.
It's a nobrainer that has an incredibly short payback time. Get your
30-day full function eval at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/tem.htm
We have included a set of screen shots so you can get a fast idea what
this tool can do for you, and dramatically expanded the FAQ.
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

* SUNBELT STELLAR NT-SITE AWARD GOES TO NTBUGTRAQ

The Microsoft FTP-site for post SP3 bug fixes is good if you are 
running the USA version of NT, but what if you're not? Also, what if 
you've been there 2 months ago and you want to know which ones are new?
Finally, how do you know if one of the ones you've previously applied
has been updated??

http://www.ntbugtraq.com/ntfixes.asp has all those answers, and what's
more, it stores your preference of NT Language, version, processor, and
SP level in a cookie on your machine so each time you come back it just
shows you the updated or new fixes for your environment. Best of all, 
its free!

This site is a NT-MUST. Plug it in your favorites right away!!!
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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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BMC Software Inc......... 85 1/2 86 3/4 39 5/8 60 +6.5%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 53 11/16 57 5/16 7 1/16 57 +1.7%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 25 13/16 39 49/64 14 3/16 22 -2.5%
Dell Computer Corp....... 67 3/8 71 15/16 16 31/32 53 -0.1%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 53 1/8 62 5/8 25 34 +2.7%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 62 9/16 72 15/16 48 1/8 21 -0.3%
IBM...................... 104 11/16 113 1/2 63 9/16 17 +0.2%
Intergraph Corporation... 7 41/64 14 3/16 6 1/4 -12.5%
Microsoft Corporation.... 93 91 15/16 46 11/16 64 +5.9%
Ncr Corporation.......... 34 7/16 38 1/2 25 5/8 492 +6.1%
Networks Associates Inc.. 65 7/16 78 1/2 41 1/8 +0.6%
Novell Inc............... 10 1/4 11 1/8 6 17/64 -0.6%
Oracle Corporation....... 28 1/8 42 1/8 17 5/8 37 -9.4%
Qualcomm Inc............. 55 3/4 71 15/16 41 1/4 34 +11.6%
Qualix Group Inc......... 4 9 1/8 2 3/4 27 +18.5%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 25 7/8 54 1/4 17 3/4 +4.0%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 14 30 5/16 10 15/16 88 +0.4%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 41 1/8 53 5/16 25 7/8 22 -1.3%
Sybase Inc............... 9 3/16 23 5/8 6 7/8 -0.6%
Symantec Corporation..... 27 9/16 29 1/2 12 24 -1.7%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,983.41 +2.1%

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