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Sun, Jun 21, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] June 21, 1998
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #12 - June 21, 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 NT and 3-rd party NT System Management Tools. 
You get hints and tips that will enable you to better utilize 
and understand 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 will receive instant notification of important NT related
events and 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 6 subsidiaries in the USA and Europe.
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
* PC EXPO NEWS AND A SURVEY ABOUT BECOMING MCSE...

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* TUNING NT: UTILITIES AND JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH
* CODE NAME FOR NT 5.1: ASTEROID
* MANAGING NT WITH NOVELL'S NDS? QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* MS ANNOUNCES TERMINAL SERVER AT PC-EXPO & ON-LINE SEMINAR
* WORLDWIDE MICROSOFT OPERATING SHIPMENT NUMBERS '97,'98,'99
* MORE NT MARKET PENETRATION NUMBERS
* NEW NT 5.0 OVERVIEW WHITEPAPER
* MICROSOFT FINALLY SUPPORTS NT 4.0 WS CLONING

4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* RECOVERNT SUPPORTS TCP/IP: UNDELETE OVER THE INTERNET

5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...
* RESULTS FROM Y2K SURVEY AND MICROSOFT RESOURCES

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,

If this is the first issue you receive, (we found some of you were
in our snail mail database but had not yet been added to our Email
NT news) welcome to the World's largest NT Newsletter. I'm thrilled 
to announce we now have over a 100,000 subscribers. You can opt out 
at any time but we suggest you hang in there for a few issues, you'll 
like it. We keep it to the point and no more than 25K.

Last week the PC-Expo was held in New York, and there is some
interesting news from that show. Another thing you will be happy to 
hear is that last Thursday I had a meeting with some people from one 
of the three largest USA publishing houses. They have put all their 
MCSE training books in a brand new Computer Based Training format
on CD's and audio. All of this is Microsoft approved, and the price
knocked me off my socks. High quality and incredibly cheap! 

At least once every quarter we survey our subscribers about a topic
almost everyone is interested in, and report back the results for
the benefit of all. This time it is about being or becoming an MCSE. 
We have fully automated this survey, so you will get the results back
within a week, even though we get many thousands of responses. I'd 
like you to click on this link and take 2 minutes to fill out this 
simple 7-question MCSE Web Survey. 

Next week you'll know important facts about becoming an MSCE, like
how much was paid for materials, how much time on average it takes to
complete, and how much more money you (will) get paid. You'll also 
find out the price of these new MCSE materials are when you fill out 
the survey. Do it now so you don't forget. Here you go!

http://www.sunbelt-software.com/mcsurvey.htm

Thanks for your time for filling out the survey, don't you think 
that's incredibly cheap? It's been an active week in the NT arena, 
let's have a look at what's been happening...

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* TUNING NT: UTILITIES AND JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH
(28% more speed out of a busy Exchange Server)

We have used AutoPilot to tune an Exchange Box, and the results
of this test were published in the July Book Of The Month. The
test, results, the analysis of the NT performance logs, and tuning 
methods and options employed in this short article were taken from 
Chapter 8 of Tuning And Sizing NT Server by Curt Aubley, published 
by Prentice Hall, ISBN #0-13-095388-1. If determining the how, when 
and why behind tuning and sizing NT based solutions from a practical 
hands on perspective are of interest to you, pick up a copy. It's the
July 'Stu's Warmly Recommended'. If you want a place to share ideas 
on NT performance, check out http://www.TuningAndSizingNT.com.

Selection from Chapter 8:

"Sometimes it is good to think outside of the box, or in other words 
try something different to improve the performance of your NT Server 
based solution. With this concept in mind and a practical perspective 
on improving NT performance, we tried utilizing AutoPilot auto tuning 
software technology to enhance a Microsoft Exchange solution we were 
developing for a customer.

"The customer wanted a single server to support 1000 concurrent 
Outlook mail users today, 2000 concurrent outlook mail users in 
the future, all while keeping the average response time in the 
sub-second range. To meet these performance objectives, the 
following NT/Exchange Server configuration was selected: NCR 4300, 
2 Pentium Pro 200MHz CPUs with 512K L2 Cache, 256MB of RAM, 
7 Fast/Wide SCSI 7200rpm disk drives, 1 Fast Ethernet (100BaseTX) 
network interface card, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3. This 
server is referred to as configuration 1.

"To simulate the customers environment and insure we sized our NT 
Server properly to support the projected workload, we developed a 
stress test using Microsoft's LoadSim mail server testing tool. 
LoadSim simulates users sending and receiving mail then measures 
their response times. LoadSim was configured for 'heavy mail users', 
which is indicative of this user environment.

"So, what were the results? The following outlines the results of the 
stress test run against configuration 1:
Config.1: 500 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 0.470
Config.1: 1000 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 0.613
Config.1: 2000 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 1.200

"Configuration 1 did not meet our goals. After analyzing NT?s perfor-
mance logs, we tuned the NT/Exchange server and re-ran the same LoadSim 
stress test (configuration 2). The results were promising as shown 
below:
Config.2: 500 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 0.334
Config.2: 1000 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 0.513
Config.2: 2000 Users 95th percentile response time in seconds: 0.900

"Our initial tuning effort was a success, as it provided anywhere from 
16 to 29% of overall performance improvement back to the end user. 
But we wanted more!! This is when we looked outside of the box and 
obtained a copy of AutoPilot by MCSB Technology from Sunbelt Software.
After installing AutoPilot, we re-ran the LoadSim stress test again on 
our already optimized server configuration 2. The results just kept 
getting better and better as shown below:
Config.2 + AutoPilot: 500 Users 95th perc. resp. time in sec.: 0.258
Config.2 + AutoPilot: 1000 Users 95th perc. resp. time in sec.: 0.323
Config.2 + AutoPilot: 2000 Users 95th perc. resp. time in sec.: 0.700

"No additional tuning was completed for this last stress test, only the 
AutoPilot software was installed and the server was rebooted. Note 
that the greatest gains derived using this software occurred at the 
highest workload levels. At 2000 user level the overall response
time improved by 28%.

To try this yourself: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm
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* CODE NAME FOR NT 5.1: ASTEROID

How come 5.0 is late? A variety of reasons. 

1) MS is cramming last-minute features into 5.0 - which officials 
insist is feature-complete- but this is bogging down the testing 
process.

2) Microsoft is working overtime trying to ensure compatibility
between the 30 million lines of code in NT 5.0 and the much smaller
versions of NT 3.51, NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows 95 and Windows 3.x.

And while MS spokespeople claim none of the major features slated for 
NT 5.0 will be postponed, MS is already working on successors to 5.0, 
including NT 5.1, code -named Asteroid- indicating that some of 5.0's 
features might end up on the cutting-room floor.

MS Exec Vice Pres Steve Ballmer said: "I really think we're going to 
hit the beginning part of next year [for 5.0]," at the Fusion channel 
partners conference here, knocking for luck on a wooden podium and 
crossing his fingers on both hands. Well, we'll believe it when we
see it. Personally I think Q2 '99 would be reachable.

As for last-minute features, Microsoft is trying to give NT 5.0 the 
latest versions of Microsoft Message Queue Server 2.0, MS Transaction 
Server 3.0, Internet Information Server 5.0, Active Directory, and 
IntelliMirror.

To add more potential delay, MS and Intel are in discussions about yet
another new feature: very large memory support for a future Pentium II 
processor. For the moment, Service Pack 4 for NT is the first thing
we'll see appear shortly and that will be work enough already.
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* MANAGING NT WITH NOVELL'S NDS? QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

Novell has recently launched its NDS. It boils down to being able
to manage NT from a Novell environment and when you are a Novell
Shop there is something to say for that of course. Ask yourself
the following questions however:

1. Do I want to align my company's network infrastructure and 
network support with Novell?

2. Is timely and accurate Microsoft technical support important to 
my organization?

3. Will my company ever transition to Microsoft's Active Directory 
Services and NT 5.0?

4. Should I only deploy BackOffice certified products on my 
enterprise network?

5. Does my company mind paying between $30 - $69 per user for 
delegated user management in NT?

6. Have I allocated the additional manpower to upgrade our NetWare 
servers to the latest version of CLIB and our clients to the latest 
version of Windows NT (IntranetWare) client? Have I factored 
these additional costs into my budget?

7. Is my company prepared to wait for a fix from Novell if a new 
service pack from Microsoft breaks our deployment of NDS for NT 
Server?

8. Should I ever deploy a 1.0 product release?

9. Are there any other solutions on the market that will provide 
similar functionality? Are these products based on Microsoft 
standards? Are they cost-effective? Can I easily migrate to 
NT 5.0 after deployment?

As you can see there are some angles and pitfalls so make sure
these issues are addressed and agreed upon by all parties inside
your organization before you make the decision for NDS. It is obvious 
from the questions that I asked just now, it is my opinion that in 
many cases there are better alternatives.
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* MS ANNOUNCES TERMINAL SERVER AT PC-EXPO & ON-LINE SEMINAR

Well, it finally here. You can now hook up a simple PC to an NT
server and run the session serverside instead of on the PC. This
much hyped version is like I have mentioned a few times before
a classic marketing blocking move against Sun/Oracle's Network
Computer. The main thing they claim is less cost compared to normal 
PC's. Also, you do not need to upgrade your existing hardware, as 
this stuff can reportedly run even on ancient 386 machines. Some 
recent surveys in the press pointed out that only about 15 to 20% of 
the market shows some serious interest in this concept. 

The NC concept in itself is going nowhere fast. I do not understand 
Computer press that has screaming headlines with "Thin Is In", because 
it's not. Anyway, at least it's useful to know what this is all about, 
and MS has an online seminar that I listened to and gets you the basics 
in about 25 minutes. Check it out over here:
http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/98/ve/terminal/portal.htm
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* WORLDWIDE MICROSOFT OPERATING SHIPMENT NUMBERS 97,98,99

Worldwide O/S shipments are projected to reach 110 million units in 
'98, with W98 leading the market with 56.7 million unit shipments, 
according to Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group, Inc. While new 
shipments for Windows 98 will be strong, Dataquest analysts said they 
anticipate modest to low interest in W98 upgrades totaling 5.5 million 
units.

"This is the last hurrah for the current architecture, the next version
of MS's consumer OS, Windows 2000, will be based on an NT kernel," said 
Chris Le Tocq, director and principal analyst for Dataquest's Personal
Computing Software Worldwide program. "The business user transition 
from Windows 95 to NT Workstation is gradually emerging. Most new 
systems are shipping with 32 MB. With the rapid decline in DRAM expense, 
the investment in an NT system begins to look substantially similar to
the investment in a W98 system."

Dataquest projects Microsoft to have a 95 percent share of all O/S
shipments on all computers worldwide by 1999 (see Table 1).

Worldwide Operating System New Shipments for All Platforms
(Thousands of Units)
1997 1998 1999

Windows NT 7,204 13,954 25,846
Windows 3.1 (with DOS) 7,850 1,484 536
Windows 95 70,556 31,321 0
Windows 98 0 56,684 95,539
Others 8,054 7,158 6,949
Total 93,664 110,601 128,870

Source: Dataquest (June 1998)
Additional information on this market is available at Dataquest
http://www.Dataquest.com/dq/static/about/programs/pcsw-ww.html.
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* MORE NT MARKET PENETRATION NUMBERS

Computer Intelligence, a high-tech market research company that tracks 
server operating system deployments every month, released a report in 
April that shows 86 percent of all Fortune 1000 firms have already 
deployed Windows NT Server. This represents a 200 percent increase in 
NT deployments in the past 12 months alone. NT Server, it seems, has 
the goods that Fortune 1000 companies demand. 

Market momentum for NT Workstation version 4.0 continues to skyrocket 
in 1998. Customers are purchasing almost 200 NT Workstation licenses 
every hour, resulting in over 15 million NT Workstation licenses sold 
to date, which represents a 36 percent increase in the past seven 
months alone. In addition, PC manufacturers are seeing an increase in 
demand for PCs preconfigured with Windows NT Workstation. Customers are
requesting the security and reliability of Windows NT Workstation with 
such frequency at Micron Electronics Inc. that it was distributed on 
over 50 percent of their desktop PCs.
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* NEW NT 5.0 OVERVIEW WHITEPAPER

For brand new info mostly released at the recent Tech*Ed in New Orleans,
read the new Windows NT 5.0 Overview white paper. If you want to have
the main points in a 17-page Word document, this is worth it. Here is
the abstract:

With Microsoft Windows NT 5.0 operating system, Microsoft is building 
a model for full-scale Internet and intranet computing that is much 
simpler to use and manage than anything out there today. Within 
corporations and on the Internet, Information Systems groups will be 
able to scale their service offerings, increase robustness, and ensure 
availability using 'building blocks' of servers without worrying about 
how to manage individual machines.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/bin/nts/nt5overview.exe
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* MICROSOFT FINALLY SUPPORTS NT 4.0 WS CLONING

MS announced their newly called 'System Preparation Tool' (SPT) so that 
you can finally close NT workstations utilizing third party cloning 
utilities that will support the MS tool.

This will provide an easy and efficient way for OEMs to preinstall 
Windows NT Workstation and for corporate customers to simplify deploy-
ment in a networked environment. Once a master disk is prepared, you
can use a variety of third-party utilities to easily install NT WS 4.0 
on multiple systems. This tool is currently in beta testing, with final
availability planned for this summer. 

Third Party Cloning tool makers are excited that Microsoft is providing
a product that will ease deployment, and improve manageability for OEMs
and corporate customers. More on the SPT in following newsletters.
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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* RECOVERNT SUPPORTS TCP/IP: UNDELETE OVER THE INTERNET

One of the current users of the first True Undelete for NT said
the following: "I love your product!! It has already saved my
"bacon" several times :-}"

We have just seen a late Beta of the next version that allows
you to Undelete a file where ever on the planet via the 'Net.
Looks pretty cool! I'll warn you when it becomes available.
For a limited eval of the current version:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm

PS: RecoverNT received a 5-star rating from ZD-net, one of the 
World's largest download sites.


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

* RESULTS FROM Y2K SURVEY AND MICROSOFT RESOURCES

According to a recent study conducted by the National Federation of 
Independent Businesses (NFIB) and Wells Fargo Bank, the issues 
surrounding Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance haven't sunk in with small 
business owners. Despite widespread media, organization, and government 
attention since the mid-1990s, figures show that 82 percent of small 
businesses in the survey are "at risk" and only 17 percent have 
investigated the issue. Here is how/where you can find out if your own
MS-environment will have any problems:
http://www.microsoft.com/smallbiz/feature/default.htm
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The complete July 1998 issue of MCP Magazine is now online at
http://www.mcpmag.com In the latest online issue, do not miss:
Do you know the details about the changes to MCP program? Read all
about it -- here http://www.mcpmag.com/members/98july/dpt2main.asp.
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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

BMC Software Inc......... 47 51 1/2 25 1/4 62 -0.2%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 61 3/4 65 1/8 23 1/2 79 +11.2%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 27 1/2 39 3/4 19 5/8 30 -2.2%
Data General Corp........ 14 15/16 37 15/16 13 3/8 22 -2.0%
Dell Computer Corp....... 84 3/4 98 1/2 27 7/8 58 +2.2%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 56 5/16 82 3/8 53 5/8 20 -7.3%
IBM...................... 106 1/8 129 5/16 87 5/8 18 -8.7%
Intergraph Corporation... 8 57/64 14 3/16 7 3/16 81 -5.0%
Microsoft Corporation.... 94 11/16 99 1/8 59 60 +10.4%
Ncr Corporation.......... 30 15/16 38 1/2 25 5/8 -7.8%
Networks Associates Inc.. 42 9/16 52 3/8 27 3/8 +3.9%
Novell Inc............... 12 3/4 13 7/16 6 17/64 +6.2%
Oracle Corporation....... 24 1/4 42 1/8 17 3/4 30 -3.2%
Qualcomm Inc............. 49 1/4 71 15/16 43 1/4 28 +0.5%
Qualix Group Inc......... 2 7/16 8 1/4 2 1/8 -4.8%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 20 1/2 45 3/4 17 3/4 -0.3%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 12 30 5/16 10 15/16 +3.2%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 42 9/16 53 5/16 30 3/8 23 +0.2%
Sybase Inc............... 7 23 5/8 6 1/8 +7.6%
Symantec Corporation..... 24 1/8 32 5/8 17 7/8 17 +0.5%
Unisys Corporation....... 25 3/4 26 3/4 6 5/8 +7.8%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,712.87 -1.3%

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