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Sun, May 17, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] May 17, 1998
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #10 - May 17, 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.
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* TECH ED IN NEW ORLEANS: COME SEE US & GET A FREE AUTOPILOT

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* REMOTELY POSSIBLE SERVICE PACK AVAILABLE
* MICROSOFT WILL SUPPORT MORE MEMORY FOR NT
* HOW TO IMPROVE PAGING PERFORMANCE WITH SUPERDISK-NT

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT AND UNIX INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS REVISITED
* THE FIFTH DEDICATED WIN NT MAGAZINE
* FORTUNE1000 NT DEPLOYMENT IS 86% BUT DOES NOT KICK OUT UNIX

4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* SCHEDULE SOME TIME IN JUNE FOR YOUR SRM 2.0 EVAL...
* RAMCHARGE PRICING DECREASES SIGNIFICANTLY

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,

Sunbelt will be at the coming Microsoft Tech Ed in New Orleans,
June 1-5. All visitors to our booth will get one FREE (not 30-days 
but permanent!) copy of AutoPilot for an NT workstation. This is 
a value of over 100 bucks. Sunbelt is very enthused about the initial 
positive performance boosting feedback from the benchmarks and we'd 
like all of you to run a copy of AutoPilot on your own workstation 
and get experience with the product. We'll send it to you via email 
so the only thing you need to do when you stop by is leave your email 
address. All about Tech Ed: http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched/

Windows NT Magazine has tested AutoPilot and was very satisfied with
the results. I think it will appear in the July issue and I'll let 
you know. Tell your friends that are going to Tech Ed they can get a
free copy. If they want to know what AutoPilot is just send em over 
to: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm and they will get a
subscription to this newsletter thrown in.

See y'all at the jazz cafe's in Bourbon Street ;-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* REMOTELY POSSIBLE SERVICE PACK AVAILABLE

There is a service pack for RP that needs to be installed to resolve 
some issues in the V4.0 version. And, note that you cannot upgrade a 
internet demo to a full product in V4.0 of RP, like you could with 
V3.0. It's a full reinstall. Get your Service Pack for V4.0 here:

http://www.cai.com/products/remotelypossible 

RP32 TechBase and InfoDoc entries are posted live on the web, at 
TechBase Search: http://www.cheyenne.com/CheyTech/rpsupp.html
The InfoDoc Index is at:
http://www.cheyenne.com/CheyTech/products/rp/remotelypossible-menu.html
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* MICROSOFT WILL SUPPORT MORE MEMORY FOR NT

Microsoft is addressing vendor concerns about memory support for 
multiprocessing servers with a new product. MS said the new product 
will more than double memory support.

Server manufacturers have pushed MS to include 8 Gig memory support in 
NT 5.0, which is double the 4 Gbytes now supported in NT 4.0. Without 
this extra memory support, vendors said, four-way and eight-way
servers based on the Deschutes processor-the second-generation Pentium
II chip-may not perform to their full potential.

"We're waiting [anxiously] for memory support to come out," said 
Andrei Shishov, director of Windows NT marketing for Digital Equipment 
Corp. "Of course, it's a sticking point for us especially," he said, 
since Digital has 14-way Alpha-based servers that run Windows NT. 
But the performance advantages these systems could provide to NT are 
limited by the current memory support, according to Shishov.

Microsoft is responding to vendors' worries with a feature called the
enterprise memory architecture, which will be included in Windows NT 5.0
Enterprise Edition.

Ed Muth, Windows NT 5.0 group product manager said: "It will provide, 
on certain systems, the ability to make use of more than 4 Gbytes of
physical memory and, in fact, substantially more than 4 Gbytes. We 
will have an announcement of the enterprise memory architecture with 
the release of Beta 2 of Windows NT 5.0, and these features will 
become public".

The issue of memory support puts more focus on the software problems 
that are associated with multiprocessing on PC servers. Last year, 
vendors criticized the hardware side of the multiprocessing equation, 
pointing to diminishing performance increases in eight-way systems 
compared with their four-way counterparts. Vendors may have to wait 
until the end of this year to benefit from added memory support 
planned for the forthcoming NT 5.0.

Although Microsoft has said NT 5.0 could ship by the end of the year,
I do not see it happen looking at the large amount of lines of code.
Applications most affected by the dearth of memory support are 
databases and Lotus Domino, which eats up memory by combining its 
mail and database features.

Until the memory support is available, resellers will be forced to 
rely on software developers to incorporate memory support in individual
applications, or use a third party performance optimizer like
AutoPilot that tunes NT's multiple processors and memory subsystem.
The folks at Mercedez-Benz in Australia recognize quality (of course)
and they have AutoPilot already running on 5 of their busy NT Servers. 
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* HOW TO IMPROVE PAGING PERFORMANCE WITH SUPERDISK-NT

As you know, Windows NT uses a virtual machine concept. In other words, 
when you run a program, it resides in main memory. If the O/S can not 
fit your application into the working set, the RAM memory it has 
allocated to your program, it pages part of your application out to 
the page file, and then loads more of the program and data into your 
working set from magnetic disk. This process causes hard page faults 
to magnetic disk. Disks are the slowest part of any computer system.

When you consider the access speed of RAM and compare it with disk, 
it's on the order of 2 to 3 orders of magnitude faster (i.e. 100 to 
1000 times). Many people have found that by creating a partition, 
placing the page file on it, and using SuperDisk-NT in lazy write 
mode to cache the page file dramatically improves the performance of 
every application running on their systems. Many of the hard page 
faults are replaced by memory to memory moves. This simple low cost 
technique will save you lots of money, and will keep your users 
smiling.

In order to accomplish this you need a reasonable amount of additional
(unused) main memory on your system, anywhere from 128MB or more is
suitable. More memory is better. You can try this out for 30-days
and see how big the difference is:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/sdnt.htm


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT AND UNIX INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS REVISITED

Well, there is more data about NT and UNIX! Insignia no longer 
produces NTrigue. The technology was purchased back from Insignia 
by Citrix. The NTrigue product is no longer being produced and 
other vendors such as Tektronix and NCD have offered replacement 
products based upon the same technology as NTrigue, that being the 
Citrix Winframe product.

NT file sharing -- Check out the use of Net Appliance ONtap products.
This allows concurrent and simultaneous access to NT and UNIX file
systems from the same server. It is easy to share storage between 
our UNIX and NT users. The use of PC nfs can get to be quite an 
administrative nightmare if you have several hundred UNIX and NT 
systems all attempting to share the same data on an NFS server(s).

Other companies such as Sun and Auspex offer similar packages that
allow for file sharing from a UNIX system to NT without having
to add a client piece of software. Part of any system administrator
goal is to reduce the amount of time required to maintain users 
systems. By adding client software you run the risk of adding to 
your help desk burden. 

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Intergraph also announced that Microsoft has licensed source-code 
for Intergraph's NFS(R) client and server products, DiskAccess(TM) 
and DiskShare(TM). NFS file sharing capabilities will be an important 
component in Windows NT Services for UNIX, Microsoft's new Windows
NT and UNIX interoperability add-on product. Windows NT Services 
for UNIX provides core Windows NT and UNIX interoperability components
in a single, integrated package. Support for NFS allows Windows NT 
Workstation and Windows NT Server users to easily access files on 
UNIX systems, and vice versa. "Microsoft's new product offering will 
help accelerate the adoption of Windows NT Workstation and Windows 
NT Server in the enterprise," said Jim Meadlock, CEO, Intergraph. 
"Intergraph's NFS components are one of the core components Microsoft 
customers request most often. The incorporation of Intergraph's NFS 
capabilities opens the door for new opportunities to showcase our 
complete line of interoperability products, services, and support."

AccessNFS Solutions also includes eXalt(TM), an X11R6.3 compliant 
X display server; Batch Services, a task automation tool for Windows 
NT; and a version of DiskAccess for Windows 95. Intergraph provides 
an alternative to porting applications with OPENNT(TM)/NFS Solutions, 
the only complete UNIX environment for Windows NT that allows users 
to run their UNIX applications on the same platform with their 
Windows applications. More information can be found at Intergraph's 
website: http://www.intergraph.com/nfs

---

Another tool, Samba is used as an NT and UNIX integration tool and we 
glossed it over. You can find it over here: http://samba.anu.edu.au/ 
Samba is in use as an NT/Unix integration tool all over the planet. 
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* THE FIFTH DEDICATED WIN NT MAGAZINE

There are four now. From my perspective the leader in the field 
is Windows NT Mag, closely followed by BackOffice Magazine with 
Enterprise NT and Windows NT Systems Magazine a tie in third place.

Ziff-Davis, one of the biggest publishers around, today announced it 
will launch a new monthly, controlled circulation magazine dedicated 
to the technical information needs of those professionals who are 
responsible for Windows NT-based enterprise solutions. The existing
'Windows Sources' magazine will be reformulated in the second half 
of 1998 and converted into a controlled circulation magazine and
focus on NT only.

Their reasons? Windows NT has emerged as the fastest growing business 
operating environment. According to Dataquest, worldwide shipments 
of NT Server doubled from 1996 to 1997, outselling both Netware and 
Unix in new installations of server operating systems. Dataquest 
also reports that 1997 worldwide shipments of Microsoft NT Workstation 
increased 262% from 1996 shipments. Corporate interest in NT will 
only accelerate as Windows NT 5.0 is released.
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* FORTUNE1000 NT DEPLOYMENT IS 86% BUT DOES NOT KICK OUT UNIX

The INFOBEADS website has come up with an excellent analysis of the
perceived NT vs. UNIX controversy. This is a part of their analysis.
"While perceptions about UNIX may be that it is declining, the simple 
fact is that it is not declining very rapidly in terms of penetration. 
The percentage of F1000 sites with UNIX has remained stable for about 
five months now, after declining somewhat during the first three 
quarters of 1997. NT on the other hand has been enjoying solid, steady 
growth since early in 1997. NT has increased its penetration in these 
corporate sites about 10 points in 12 months. A very strong result. 
However the idea that the presence of NT means that UNIX has been 
kicked out is not an accurate view. CI's data shows that there is not 
an "either/or" kind of viewpoint among customers". Graphs at:
http://www.ci.infobeads.com/INSIDER/PAGES/TOPICS/NT/F1K_unix_nt_0409/
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4. "THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* SCHEDULE SOME TIME IN JUNE FOR YOUR SRM 2.0 EVAL...

Sometimes it is nice to be recognized by other people in the press.
I do not mind being wrong sometimes, as long as the majority of
my 'picks' are right. Well, I was made right by VARBUSINESS magazine
(a CMP Media company) with their recent review of Storage Resource 
Manager V2.0. Here is a selection of what they had to day about SRM 
V2.0 that will come available in a few weeks:

"Why buy: The Storage Resource Manager is a Web-based storage resource
reporting, alerting and analysis application for Windows NT-based 
networks. The product enables administrators to set alerts and 
thresholds to monitor user disk-space consumption and quotas, ensure 
business availability and reduce the amount of time spent managing 
disk space. The product will indicate how much space is being used 
on a server, which users are taking up the most space, which computers 
should have documents archived and when a server will need to have 
disk and memory upgrades."

"Key specs: This upgraded version alerts network administrators 
through e-mail, SNMP traps and the Windows NT event log. For better 
management, the product includes separate computer, user and partition 
groups. The software provides users with more flexibility for enhanced 
control over network scan times. The product can be integrated with 
SNMP management frameworks such as Tivoli TME, CA-Unicenter and HP 
OpenView. The product supplies support for Digital Alpha NT 
servers and workstations".
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* RAMCHARGE PRICING DECREASES SIGNIFICANTLY

Very often vendors reposition products and prices, maneuvering for a 
better market penetration. I remember the early computing days where
all FORTRAN and Pascal Languages were approx $495 and Phillipe Kahn 
came out with Borland Turbo Pascal for $79,95. He took the market by
storm and a few years later, all those languages were less than 100
bucks.

The prices for RamCharge have gone down 60%. The product does a scan
of your NT memory and optimizes it every 10 to 60 seconds. The result
is freed up resources and faster application load times. You can test
it out at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ramcharge.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

Stu,
The article in the Sunbelt Windows NTools E-Newsletter[tm] May 3, 1998
titled * HYDRA V1.0 COMES WITH LIMITED FEATURES doesn't mention that
Citrix is releasing an add-on package to Windows Terminal Server,
MetaFrame, which provides the features that are missing in the V1.0
release. There is a page on it at
http://www.citrix.com/products/metaframe.asp which also has links to
several articles. Since WinFrame will never run NT 4.0 this is the 
only solution for current WinFrame users that want to provide NT 4.0 
to their thin-client customers. Until Microsoft releases the version 
of WTS that includes these features (next millenium?) this may be the 
only way to go for anyone wanting to take advantage of thin-client 
NT functionality. - Tim MacAlpine.
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NEW ONLINE SEMINAR: MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 7.0: OVERVIEW AND STRATEGY 
http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/98/SQL7Overview/portal.htm
You may have missed this, but they have this thing out now via netshow 
and it's pretty cool. You get slides and streaming audio, with very 
good quality! The online seminar of about 50 minutes covers key topics 
such as simplified management, DBA and Developer tools, scalability 
from desktops to VLDBs, the Data Warehousing Framework and how the 
upgrade process works. This week 'Stu's Warmly Recommended'!
(oh yeah, if you do not have the new 2.0 player software it will auto-
install but you need to reboot your system to get it to work, at least I did
on this Dell 200Mhz Optiplex with a SoundBlaster 16 WaveEffects card)
-------------------------

The Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine June 1998 is online at
http://www.mcpmag.com In the latest online issue:

* The Ultimate Guide to Certification
* A Preview of SQL Server 7.0
* NT Insider examines network optimization. 
* An MCSE shows you how to achieve unattended batch installs of NT
* What? A new Windows 95 exam?
And more...

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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......... 88 7/16 98 5/8 47 5/8 58 -1.0%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 57 1/8 65 1/8 20 57/64 72 -5.2%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 30 3/8 39 49/64 18 9/16 33 -6.3%
Dell Computer Corp....... 90 98 1/2 23 3/16 70 -1.9%
Digital Eqpmt. Corp...... 57 7/16 62 5/8 31 18 -4.0%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 69 7/16 82 3/8 50 1/8 24 -9.7%
IBM...................... 124 15/16 129 5/16 81 3/4 21 +4.1%
Intergraph Corporation... 8 3/8 14 3/16 6 3/8 76 -1.4%
Microsoft Corporation.... 89 7/16 99 1/8 57 7/16 57 +4.3%
Ncr Corporation.......... 35 15/16 38 1/2 25 5/8 156 -1.5%
Networks Associates Inc.. 68 5/8 78 1/2 41 1/8 -1.7%
Novell Inc............... 10 1/2 11 1/4 6 17/64 +5.0%
Oracle Corporation....... 25 7/8 42 1/8 17 5/8 34 -3.7%
Qualcomm Inc............. 57 1/4 71 15/16 43 1/4 33 +2.0%
Qualix Group Inc......... 2 1/2 9 1/8 2 1/8 -16.6%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 25 1/2 49 3/4 17 3/4 -10.5%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 12 1/2 30 5/16 10 15/16 -3.8%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 42 15/16 53 5/16 30 3/8 23 +2.5%
Sybase Inc............... 8 3/8 23 5/8 6 7/8 -4.2%
Symantec Corporation..... 29 3/4 31 7/8 16 1/2 21 -0.4%
Unisys Corporation....... 25 13/16 26 3/4 6 1/4 +5.3%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,096.00 +0.4%


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