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Sun, May 3, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-Newsletter[tm] May 3, 1998
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #9 - May 3, 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 early 1996 so we 
could keep 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.
**********************70,000 subscribers!************************

This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* THE APRIL TOP 5 SELLING NT UTILITIES IN THE USA

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* NEW DEFINITIONS AND BUZZWORDS: WBEM - MMC - WMI - WSH

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT WILL SEE, LISTEN AND LEARN.
* HYDRA V1.0 COMES WITH LIMITED FEATURES
* NT AND UNIX INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* RECOVERNT GETS 5-STAR RATING FROM ZD-NET!
* SMS V2 LICENSE METERING MODULE BASED ON LANLICENSER 3
* AUTOPILOT FIRST BENCHMARKS ARE IN
* NEW MIS SURVEY

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" 

Hi all NT-ers,

April was a very busy month, many of you have been growing large
NT environments and more and more you need management tools to 
keep things up & running.

Out of 40 products, the best sold tools this month in the USA are:

Number 1 - Remotely Possible: Allows you to fully take over (screen,
mouse & keyboard) a remote workstation or server from your own system. 
Twice as fast as pcAnywhere. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/remote.htm

Number 2 - Trusted Enterprise Manager: TEM allows you to securely
delegate those simple system management tasks that are driving you 
nuts. It makes you able to run your network instead of a complaints 
department. TEM actually saves tons of money in system management time.
The new V3.0 that will be ready in 60 days is going to be very hot:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/tem.htm

Number 3 - PerfMan: A simple, powerful, cool performance manager
for NT that does not need local agents. Alerts, graphs, capacity
planning, the works: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/perfman.htm

Number 4 - Kane Security Products: NT Security still is and remains
a major issue and needs to be definitely managed. KSA gives a great
analysis of your current NT LAN and its weak points. KSM monitors
break-ins in real time and uses artificial intelligence to stop the
bad guys, that can be both within and on the outside. Disgruntled
employees can do untold damage. These get your security up to snuff:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ksa.htm and 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ksm.htm

Number 5 - Storage Resource Manager: I told you to watch out for
this one! We only introduced this tool in the fourth quarter last 
year and it's already in the Top 5. I strongly suggest you plan some
time in your schedule in June to evaluate the new Version 2.0 that
will be released this month. It's got everything you asked for and 
then some... SRM is both a tactical day to day tool and a strategic 
management app at the same time. Stu's 'Warmly Recommended': 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm

Next month we'll tell you the best sold tools in Europe.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* NEW DEFINITIONS AND BUZZWORDS: WBEM - MMC - WMI - WSH

If you are in the systems management area, you have to keep up with
the latest technologies that the guys at MS are coming up with.
I picked a few that the new Version 2 of SMS relies upon, and that
you inevitably will be confronted with in the future.

- WBEM: (pronounced Web-'em) This is a browser-based industry standard 
interface that enables you to relate and associate management data 
from diverse sources to create cohesive service-centric views of your 
environment. The new Real World Interface(TM) for Windows NT5.0 is 
a new module that uses WBEM technology. (see story in NT NEWS)

WBEM provides a common model for defining management data from various
components of the enterprise computing environment, including systems,
network hardware and applications. It provides you with the ability to
relate the status and attributes of these diverse components to manage
the environment as it is actually used by the organization, rather than 
as numerous "islands" of functionality.

- MMC: (Microsoft Management Console) is something I already talked
about earlier. It's an Explorer-type screen that you can snap management 
modules into, to create an environment with your favorite and most used
tools all easily accessible. NT5.0 will rely heavily on MMC snap-ins.

- WMI - Windows Management Instrumentation

In a nutshell, when you want to manage your environment, you have to
have the instruments to do it. Both software and hardware need to
report on their status so that subsystems can be monitored and 
controlled. WMI is kernel based technology that interfaces with the
hardware and reports to services developed to be WBEM compliant.
Close coupling of these services will allow WMI to publish information, 
configure device settings, and supplies event notification from device 
drivers. WBEM sits on top of WMI and uses its data.
More at: http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/desinit/wmi.htm

- WSH - Windows Scripting Host 

The Windows Scripting Host serves as a controller of ActiveX 
Scripting engines, similar to Internet Explorer. Because the scripting 
host is not a full Internet browser, it has a smaller memory footprint 
than IE. That is why WSH is useful for performing simple, quick tasks.
The scripting host reads and passes the specified script file contents 
to a registered script engine. The scripting engine relies on the 
extension of the file and uses the Windows association model to launch 
the appropriate engine. 

For more on the new SMS version 2.0 and above related technologies,
go to: http://www.microsoft.com/smsmgmt/
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT WILL SEE, LISTEN AND LEARN.

Bill Gates said at the recent CA-World in New Orleans that in 10 
years, every personal computer will be capable of seeing, listening 
and learning. MS is investing to build a 'great digital nervous system''
empowering businesses to be more competitive, and making jobs more
interesting for people, he said.

Gates told convention-goers at the Computer Associates World
meeting "In the last eight years we have increased pure research 
spending by a factor of 10. The company's research goal is to let 
users interact naturally with their personal computer, and build a 
machine that everyone can use".

Bill stated that in the coming decade, 80% of Microsoft's revenues 
will continue to come from O/S-es and Office products. These will keep
being the primary products. Gates address came right after the news
that the new Windows NT 5.0 operating system would include a "Real 
World Interface". That means a more graphics oriented approach designed 
to simplify manageability of the NT update.

The software, produced by Computer Associates, will be integrated in 
the new NT5.0 version. It is being touted as a way for customers to reduce 
the cost of corporate desktop and server ownership by making it easier 
to manage the system. 

The Real World Interface(TM) for Windows NT is a browser-based applica-
tion that produces management views of Web-Based Enterprise management 
(WBEM) data, events and alerts, and is based on based on Computer
Associates' Unicenter TNG Framework.

The fact that CA endorsed WBEM means other developers will need to take
a look and work towards compliance with this new standard.
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* HYDRA V1.0 COMES WITH LIMITED FEATURES

At the Comdex/Spring in Chicago, Microsoft told beta testers that the
V1.0 of Hydra, officially called Windows Terminal Server will have
limited features. The reaction was that this will make it difficult
to implement Hydra for things like point-of-sale or manufacturing floor
systems. Things that will be pushed back are relatively important
things like disk drive sharing, local file and print sharing, and
load balancing. That makes it impossible to simply print documents
and use peripherals like scanners or Zip drives.

These missing features are slated for the NT5.0 release that will 
likely be second half 1999. The reason for scaling back Hydra was
to get the product out the door and it is expected by mid 1998.
A recent informal survey of Win NT Magazine showed that 15% of the
market is thinking seriously about using Hydra. I suggest you keep
on thinking a while longer ;-)
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* NT AND UNIX INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS

Many of you in larger sites have existing Unix boxes as High-end
workstations and servers. In many cases you need to integrate them
with NT which has its own set of challenges. The two can be connected
via cross platform emulation or remote access to both O/S-es and by
porting applications between the two platforms.

ComputerWorld's Editor Laura DiDio came up with a good summary of
the problems and solutions:

PROBLEM 1:
- Accessing character-based Unix apps from an NT desktop
SOLUTION 1: 
- Use third party emulation software on top of NT

PROBLEM 2:
- Accessing graphical Unix apps on NT Server
SOLUTION 2:
- Use third party PC X server software on top of NT

PROBLEM 3:
- Running Unix Applications on NT Server
SOLUTION 3:
- Run third party Network File System (NFS) client software on NT

PROBLEM 4:
- Sharing files between NT and Unix servers
SOLUTION 4:
- Run Unix NFS server software on NT Server

Vendors active in the interoperability area are: 
= Hummingbird Communications with Exceed (access to Unix apps from NT)
= Insignia Solutions with NTrigue (displays NT apps in Unix systems)
= Tektronix with WinDD (Allows X terminals to access NT Systems)

If you are looking for porting tools:
= Bristol Technologies with Wind/U (creates Unix apps from NT code)
= DataFocus, Inc with Nutcracker (Builds Win apps from Unix code)
= Mortice Kern with MKS toolkit (Script creation and task automation)
= Softway Systems with OpenNT (allows native Unix development on NT)

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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* RECOVERNT GETS 5-STAR RATING FROM ZD-NET!

Many of you know that Ziff-Davis is one of the largest publishing
conglomerates on the planet. They have an immense website with many
sections. One of the important ones is the ZD-net Software Library.
They have special editors that test tools and give them a rating.
Well, our innovative RecoverNT, the first True Undelete for NT got
Top Honors, a thing to celebrate.

More over, the next version will support network undelete and is
going to be available in a few weeks. You can stay where you are
and undelete files from any machine on the network, including W95
machines. If you want to check out the Ziff-Davis site, here it is:
http://www6.zdnet.com/cgi-bin/texis/swlib/hotfiles/info.html?fcode=000PS2

And if you want to download our new limited trial copy, here you go:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm

RecoverNT is now also available in Germany and Austria:
http://www.ibvinfo.com/recovern.htm

And one happy camper sent us this:
>From: Albert Soong  
>Subject: wonderful product
>Your RecoverNT product is amazing!! That was the most worthwhile 
>$25 I've ever spent!

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* SMS V2 LICENSE METERING MODULE BASED ON LANLICENSER 3

The May issue of Backoffice Magazine revealed that SMS2 license 
metering is based on ABC LanLicenser 3. To help clarify this 
situation, read on...

1) Non-SMS users will find that LanLicenser3 (LL3) contains all 
the terrific features found in Microsoft's SMS V2 software license 
metering.

2) SMS V1.2 users who require software license metering today and 
do not wish to wait until SMS V2.0 becomes available may either 
lease LL3 or purchase it at a discounted cost. The developer will 
supply a clear migration path from LL3 to SMS V2.0 license metering 
to ensure no data is lost.

3) LL3 is scalable up to the largest of Enterprise organizations. 
It is the only software metering product that develops historical 
and current usage trends and distributes software licenses according 
to actual need within a site and between sites. LL3 meters software 
on the server, client workstation hard drive, floppy drive and mobile 
user. LL3 works in NT, Netware, Unix and thin frame environments. 
It may also be used to restrict access to individual applications by 
user, group, workstation or time of day. Get your latest version:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm
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* AUTOPILOT FIRST BENCHMARKS ARE IN

We have had in total over 3,500 downloads of AutoPilot. That is over
5% of all subscribers, by far a highest ever. Now most of you need to
do your benchmarks to see what the percentage performance gain is. I
strongly suggest you actually do this, looking at the early numbers 
we have seen coming in the last few weeks:

"It picked us up about 25% on our big SMP server. Our smaller server 
wasn't as noticeable but it still helped. I have the proper paperwork 
in to get the funds required for a purchase sometime soon"
- John Welter

"Results from PerfMan (running locally on the server in question)
and NT's Performance Monitor (running remotely on another NT
4.0 server) show a nice reduction in overall resource utilization on
both CPU's, with gains in server performance and response times
that my end-users have noticed.

"CPU percentage utilizations have dropped substantially under
"%UserTime" (on the order of 35-40%), and evidently improved
the NT kernel's balancing act between %Privileged, %Processor,
and %Interrupt, and %DPC time on this multiprocessor system.

"AutoPilot has effectively managed/balanced CPU load on this 
dual-processor Compaq ProLiant 6000 server "auto-magically", with 
no intervention required on my part. I'm sold!!"
- Mark Sneddon

The AutoPilot download: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm
To do the benchmark: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/perfman.htm
(this is a free 30-day eval of a really cool NT performance manager)

It is a simple question of cost justification. Using a benchmark 
helps to get the right numbers above water. Once you have done that, 
the remaining issue remains: is it worth it!

A rule of thumb to use is, if your server cost more than $3K and you 
generated more than 10% increased performance, AutoPilot will save 
you money. Give us a call with the number of servers and the CPU's 
per server. We'll fax you back a quote. Remember to email us your 
benchmark increase - it will earn you a Sunbelt T-Shirt!
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* NEW MIS SURVEY

Many of you are already panelists on THE NETVITAL SURVEY. This 
is a great service to the Net.

World Research, sponsored by NetVital Technologies, does a new survey 
of MIS professionals about twice a month on a topic of interest to us 
all, and publishes very detailed analyses of the results. World-class 
stuff: take a look at their report on Network Security at
http://www.netvital.com/hotinfo/sum.htm.

Now they have a new survey on Web Development, and they want YOUR 
opinion. What's in it for you? You get your own personal briefing, 
ahead of anyone else. Not bad.

Simply go to http://www.survey.com/wmsurvey3.html and fill out the 
quick survey. It's interesting, and it should generate some information 
every one of us can use.


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

QUESTION: We have a student lab with 40 NT clients. periodically, 
we get Nuke packets from somewhere. Where can I find patches for that, 
or what do you suggest to me?

SOLUTION:
1. Install SP3 for NT. It's at:
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/nt40/ussp3/i386/

2. Install post Service Pack 3 fixes, that protect you against nukes.
Land, ICMP, OOB and Teardrop fixes aimed specifically for nukes and 
attacks protection. All post SP3 fixes are at:
http://www.ntbugtraq.com/ntfixes.asp

3. To figure out the order in which the hotfixes should be applied:
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/nt40/hotfixes-postSP3/postsp3.txt


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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
---------------------------------------------------------------------
BMC Software Inc......... 94 13/16 98 5/8 44 62 +3.3%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 64 62 3/8 11 25/64 81 +10.3%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 29 1/2 39 49/64 17 5/8 32 +1.5%
Dell Computer Corp....... 84 1/16 81 3/8 21 23/32 66 +10.1%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 56 7/8 62 5/8 30 1/4 17 +0.6%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 74 75 7/8 50 1/8 25 -0.8%
IBM...................... 116 7/8 120 79 15/16 20 -0.4%
Intergraph Corporation... 8 9/16 14 3/16 6 3/8 78 +5.3%
Microsoft Corporation.... 89 5/8 99 1/8 57 7/16 57 -2.7%
Ncr Corporation.......... 37 3/8 38 1/2 25 5/8 163 +0.5%
Networks Associates Inc.. 70 78 1/2 41 1/8 +2.9%
Novell Inc............... 9 15/16 11 1/8 6 17/64 +1.5%
Oracle Corporation....... 25 9/16 42 1/8 17 5/8 34 -4.2%
Qualcomm Inc............. 55 5/8 71 15/16 43 1/4 32 -1.8%
Qualix Group Inc......... 3 1/64 9 1/8 2 1/8 -1.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 27 54 1/4 17 3/4 -2.9%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 13 1/16 30 5/16 10 15/16 -2.7%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 41 1/2 53 5/16 28 5/8 22 +1.9%
Sybase Inc............... 8 5/16 23 5/8 6 7/8 +1.9%
Symantec Corporation..... 29 1/16 31 7/8 14 3/4 25 -1.9%
Unisys Corporation....... 23 23 3/16 6 +5.1%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,147.07 +0.9%


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