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Sun, Jul 5, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] July 5, 1998
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #13 - July 5, 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
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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:

1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* WINDOWS 98 WILL BE SERVICE PACK UPGRADABLE TO NT
* BUT W98 ON YOUR USER'S DESKTOPS? NAAAAH...
* NT VERSION 5.0 HAS 2-NODE CLUSTERING

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS: NT 5.0 EVEN LATER
* WINDOWS NT GOES MODULAR, EXPECT SUBSCRIPTION FEES

4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* WINDOWS NT SYSTEMS MAG TESTS SOFTWARE METERING PACKAGES
* SURPRISING RESULT OF WIN NT MAG CLUSTER SOFTWARE LAB REPORT
* POSITIVE AUTOPILOT TEST BY WINDOWS NT MAGAZINE
* NETWORK COMPUTING REVIEWS WIN NT ADMIN TOOLS
* NEW VERSION V2.0 XLNT: SCRIPTING AND COMMAND LANGUAGE IN-ONE

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

6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

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

Hi NT-ers,

The last two weeks have been full of interesting NT events. Not in
the least the megahit MCSE course that we put in the On-Line Shop. 
Most of you should have it by now, and about 300 more will be shipped 
Monday July 6-th. We _did_ run out of stock but luckily the publisher
had some more left. We will let you know by individual email where you
can pick up your free bonus copy of RecoverNT.

I'm going to keep the Editor's Corner short, there is too much 
interesting news!

Let's get to work :-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* WINDOWS 98 WILL BE SERVICE PACK UPGRADABLE TO NT

In a recent interview at the Gartner Group organized conference
"Win NT: Strategies for Success" in San Francisco, Microsoft VP
Jim Allchin made an interesting remark. "For a variety of reasons
we have made the decision that life will be a lot better if we end
up with one code base". And he continued with "Our current path
is that once Win98 ships, we will do Service Packs on it [to migrate
it to the Win NT microkernel]... when 5.0 comes out, NT will be
pretty much a superset of Win98 with a few exceptions."

It still looks like in the year 2000 any PC coming out of the
factory will be preinstalled with NT, both consumer and business
PC's. It's going to be three flavors of NT: consumer, standard and
enterprise. From a code maintenance perspective that is naturally
by far a preferred position to be in. Getting NT to be able to look,
listen, speak and learn fits right into this strategy. The future
is going to be interesting. And like the saying goes, "the best way
to predict the future is to create it".
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* BUT W98 ON YOUR USER'S DESKTOPS? NAAAAH...

Not really necessary or even a good idea in an enterprise environment.
Now that W98 is out, the 'enterprise jury' is out as well and it does
not look good for W98. For instance, testing it resulted in a decline
in performance and an increase in network activity due to the extra
graphics of the IE interface. It's also not needed or even always
wanted to provide web access to all users. That could shut your network
down before you know it.

It's my opinion that in an enterprise environment W98 simply does not
have the compelling functionality to warrant a time consuming and
costly migration. Either stick with W95 till 2000 and move to NT5.0,
or simply get each workstation preinstalled with NT 4.0. The only place
where you might let W98 in the door is for notebooks where the new
features actually have some real benefits.

As an example, PC Week recently told about Prudential Insurance Co. of
America, in Roseland NJ, where Jonathan Vaughan, vice president of IS
basically decided to simply not support W98 at all. The company has
80,000 employees using NT 4.0 at the desktop and W95 on some laptops.
Recently Vaughan notified all the users that the company would not
support W98. Period. "The Help Desk will won't support calls for 
nonstandard environments". Makes a lot of sense to me!
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* NT VERSION 5.0 HAS 2-NODE CLUSTERING

The next release of Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition, version 5.0, 
is not the Phase 2 development and will not boost clustering support 
up to 16 nodes. The maximum number of servers in a Phase 2 cluster will 
be determined based on what customers require, but Microsoft's nominal 
goal is to support clusters with up to 16 servers in the initial Phase 
2 development. Microsoft expects the Phase 2 cluster enhancements will
enter beta test in the first half of 1999 after the release of Windows 
NT Server 5.0. Windows NT Server 5.0 and Windows NT Server Enterprise 
Edition 5.0 will ship simultaneously.
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS: NT 5.0 EVEN LATER

It was on the Wednesday July 1-st front page. Looks like 5.0 is
considered pretty important. Basically the news is that Beta 2 will 
be pushed back to 'end summer' and go to 100,000 beta testers. 
More important, there will be a THIRD beta that will go to an
even larger test group. Looks like _all_ of us are going to have
a beta copy before we'll see the real thing .

The final product will likely ship late 1999, and have a gigantic 
40 million lines of code. Well, better they take time to get it right. 
No use shipping for shipping's sake, we've seen the dire results of 
that. It's going to be bad for large enterprise that is waiting for 
Active Directory though. Novell's Directory Services are still far 
beyond anything NT has to offer, and Novell is getting back some 
momentum. Since June 4-th their stock has gone from about $10.5 to 
$12.5. 

We'll have to live with good 'old NT 4.0 for a while longer. It's 
getting a bit boring by now, so I expect Microsoft to throw us a
few goodies in Service Pack 4 that should see the light in July or
August.
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* WINDOWS NT GOES MODULAR, EXPECT SUBSCRIPTION FEES

You all have heard of so called 'dribbleware'. The slow increase
of features that get added to a piece of software via updates,
upgrades, service packs and the like. Well, for software makers this
opens up very interesting perspectives that might not always be
financially beneficial for the end-user. Have a look at this not
so unreal scenario:

NT 5.0 takes more time than expected. Users are complaining about
the lack of Active Directory. Microsoft decides to make this available
with support, but a price needs to be paid for that support. They
offer a subscription fee per seat. From a management perspective it
costs you a lot of money _not_ to have AD. The choice is for the 
lesser evil. Your company decides for the subscription route. Microsoft
suddenly has a yearly stable source of income instead of having to
rely on always selling new stuff. Gates happy, but how about you and
me looking at our budgets?

If NT is 'componentized' (horrible word by the way) it would be easy
for MS to move to software subscriptions. And if you look at what is
happening, there is definitely a trend toward that already being put
in place. With Internet Explorer 5.0 and its accompanying IE Admin Kit,
IT managers will be able to deploy a subset of the browser based on
their own particular requirements. Active Directory would provide the
infrastructure for tracking component licenses.

Technologically, this is all possible now and with the utilities for
automatic fixes, web-downloads to upgrade systems and Zero Admin 
Windows it is in place to a large extent. Microsoft is already 
providing this kind of service on the large enterprise level, but it
may migrate down to small business as well.

BackOffice is also an environment where this is very likely, even more
likely than NT actually. SQL 7.0 will come out later this year and
is a candidate for subscription fees. I'm sure Microsoft will defend
their move toward a predictable revenue source with the argument that
customers will gain more flexibility in a component model. Well, I
suggest you have a good hard look at the cost of that before you buy 
into it. 


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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* WINDOWS NT SYSTEMS MAG TESTS SOFTWARE METERING PACKAGES

In the August 1998 issue the Software Review installed and tested
the main contenders in the software metering arena. The following
packages were chosen: ABC Lan Licenser 3, Funk Software Appmeter 
II, Tally Systems CentaMeter 2.73 and WRQ Express Meter 3.6.

This review is definitely worth it, all packages are compared and
strong/weak points are investigated. The conclusion was: "If you want 
an easy-to-use software-metering package with a full set of features, 
take a look at ABC Lan Licenser 3. Its Web-like interface won't 
intimidate anyone". Read the whole thing including an interesting
sidebar about Microsoft licensing at: http://www.ntsystems.com/

After you have read it, and decided you want to have your hands-on 
eval of the winner: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm
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* SURPRISING RESULT OF WIN NT MAG CLUSTER SOFTWARE LAB REPORT

Windows NT Systems Magazine, which by now is a fat 250 page magazine,
had an interesting shootout between 6 products that all do software
based clustering for NT. The products tested were ARCserver Replication
4.0 for NT by Computer Associates, Co-Standby Server 1.02 for NT by
Vinca, Double-Take 1.5 for NT by NSI Software, FirstWatch 3.1.1 for
Win NT by Veritas, LifeKeeper 2.0 by NCR, and OctopusHA+ 3.0 by Qualix.

I expect this to appear on the web next month by the way. They tested
each product on the same configuration: three machines, one of which
was a Pentium dual CPU box, and two 166Mhz Pentium machines with all 
64 Meg Ram or more. The tester was Jonathan Gragle and he did an 
excellent job, 13 pages of hands-on installations and descriptions 
of the problems he ran into. If you are not subscribed, I suggest you 
go over to your local vendor and get a copy of the July 1998 issue 
just for this test. 

The surprise was that not market leader Octopus got the Editor's award,
but that Double-Take took the honors. My guess is that Octopus has at
least an 75% market leadership, but new and aggressive contestants are
threatening to 'dethrone' the leader. Part of Jonathan's conclusion
was: "I gave the 'Editor's Choice Award' to NSI's Double-Take. This
product supports NetBIOS name, IP Address and SQL server failover, and
it contains an easy-to-use replication tool. It is simple to install
and use, and it supports one-to-many replication and failover".

Well, competition is good. It keeps the market leaders on their toes
and they will have to keep improving their product. The consumer wins.
If you have mission critical systems that need failover, check out both 
products here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.htm
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* POSITIVE AUTOPILOT TEST BY WINDOWS NT MAGAZINE

On Page 116 of the July Win NT Mag, Michael Deignan tests AutoPilot
on his server that runs an average 20% CPU and has response times that
are sluggish at times.

He concluded with a comment that he was skeptic at first about the
claims that AutoPilot can increase performance. After all it adds 
another layer of software to the system. But he continues with: 
"However, I noticed an immediate increase in my system's performance.
I could log on to the server and launch the various startup programs
on my desktop more quickly. I could also perform various file I/O
functions faster while running a fairly intensive SQL Query.

"Response time increased [improved] even during times of peak system 
load. Considering the amount of money you might otherwise have to 
spend to upgrade your system to a dual-processor(!), AutoPilot's
price-tag represents a modest investment in significantly improving
system performance". To find out more about how the tests were done
you'll have to buy the Win NT Mag July issue. 

One of our 30-day testers came back with the following result: "I used 
a Lotus Domino benchmark before and after. There was a significant 
performance increase (18%) with AutoPilot. I have posted this fact up 
on the Notesbench.org consortium web site so that the major venders 
are aware of the product".

You can try a 30-day eval on your box at:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.htm
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* NETWORK COMPUTING REVIEWS WIN NT ADMIN TOOLS

The July issue of Network Computing compared two high-end and two 
low-end NT Admin packages. This is worthwhile reading material, as 
it simply will save you a lot of time. The two high-end products
tested were Mission Critical's Enterprise Administrator V4.50 and 
Master Design & Development's Trusted Enterprise Manager V2.03. 
The two low-end products tested are Adkins Hyena 1.76 and Pukka 
Software Domain Admin Tool V2.30. 

Before I go into detail, one very cool feature of their site is that 
they have an INTERACTIVE Report Card. This means you can plug in 
your own weighting percentage and see what package would win for YOU.

They started the review with the following remark: 
"Not so long ago, a system administrator was a computer guru who 
drove the company's Big Iron. Today, Windows NT is taking over; 
most of today's system administrators have never managed a VMS 
system or an OS/390, and they probably never will--which is why, 
when it comes to system administration tools, they don't know what 
they're missing. 

"Windows NT's offerings pale in comparison to those of their mainframe
predecessors, particularly NT's lackluster user administration
features. It's up to third-party software packages to fill the void. 
NT does not offer a comprehensive solution for delegating authority 
in a hierarchical fashion, and its reporting on events related to 
user administration is weak at best.

Could not have said it better myself  having been working
with VMS Systems since 1988...

In short, Enterprise Admin got a 'B' with a score or 3.93. Trusted
Enterprise Manager got the same 'B' score with a weighted 3.88 as a 
very close second. It makes one wonder why EA is so much more expensive
than TEM. The two other packages both got a C- with Pukka scoring 2.53 
and Adkins Hyena 2.50. 

They also have an Acrobat based Feature Card you can print out. Check
it out at: http://www.networkcomputing.com/912/912r2.html

The whole article is definitely worth reading and you can find it at: 
http://www.networkcomputing.com/912/912r2report.html
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* NEW VERSION V2.0 XLNT: SCRIPTING AND COMMAND LANGUAGE IN-ONE

The press has been very enthusiastic after reviewing the V2.0. Three 
XLNT articles have been published recently in different magazines. 

Windows NT Mag - June 1998 - "Bob's XLNT Adventure" by Bob Wells:
http://www.winntmag.com/Magazine/Archive/1998/Jun/Jun98TOC.html

HP Pro Mag - May 1998 - "Scripting Near Perfect NT" by Ryan Maley
http://www.hppro.com/feat/0598/0598winnt.htm

ENT Mag - June 10, 1998 - "Scripting a Solution" by Al Gillen
http://www.entmag.com/archive/1998/jun10/0610ad2.html-ssi

XLNT now comes in 4 flavors:

1. Professional Edition 
2. Run Time License Edition 
3. Standard Edition with BQMS Server 
4. Standard Edition 

1) The Professional Edition is intended for the Administrative or 
Application Development scriptwriter to provide a faster, easier 
method for script creation. The Pro Edition contains a new 
Interactive Development Environment and Debugging facility. It
also provides new capabilities to encode client-side scripts into 
executable images. 

2) The Run-Time License Edition, the most popular and requested 
wish-list item, is intended for cost-effective deployment of XLNT 
technology across your Enterprise. This product edition offers the 
user the ability to deploy client-side encoded scripts across an 
unlimited number of Windows NT and Windows 9x systems within your 
organization. The Run-Time License Edition is a companion product 
of the XLNT Professional Edition as only encoded scripts can be run.

3) The Standard Edition of XLNT provides the Enterprise Scripting and 
Command Language facilities that Administrators and Application 
Developers have come to count on to perform their tasks. The Standard 
Editions provide powerful new commands and built in functions, as well 
as our traditional scripting of command procedures. The Standard 
Edition (offered with or without BQMS Server support) provides another 
cost-effective price point for small business or specific script 
deployments. Please note that all XLNT Product Editions come standard 
with BQMS client-side command line support. 

Version 2.0 provides powerful new features:
- Windows Scripting Host and ActiveX Support.
- Printer Management.
- Enhanced Permissions Support.
- Integrated FTP within XLNT file commands.
- More Lexicals (NT Specific Functions)!!!
V2 has even more Lexicals (built-in functions) to make your life easy. 
For example:
F$ENUMGROUP F$ENUMUSER F$GROUPINFO
F$USERINFO F$GETHOSTBYADDR F$GETBQI
F$GETHOSTBYNAME F$PERMISSIONS
- MAPI MAIL Script Support.
XLNT scripts can now send mail using Microsoft's MAPI technology. 

Check out the updated XLNT webpage for the host of new features:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/axlnt.htm


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

(I do not remember where I found the following TIP, but it's likely
Win NT Mag's E-Newsletter UPDATE which is this issue's 'Stu's Warmly 
Recommended'. Subscribe over at: http://www.winntmag.com/ . They do an 
excellent job in keeping you up to date weekly in a newsletter not 
unlike this one but more general NT focused, and no, I'm not getting 
any kickbacks ;-)

* TIP: END ANNOYING PRINTER NOTIFICATIONS
(contributed by Vladimir Tankhimovich, [email protected])
After I connected shared printers via LANPress print server on my 
Primary Domain Controller (PDC), I started to get annoying notification 
messages every time someone printed a document. The users were not 
happy that they needed to push an extra OK button for each print job. 
Here is the solution:
1. Open the Printers window
2. Right-click inside the window
3. Select Server Properties
4. Go to the Advanced tab
5. Uncheck Notify when remote documents are printed
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A pretty cool site to find NT-related stuff is the Beverly Hills
NTSEEK site. It's got a lot of stuff indexed so you can quickly
find what you are looking for. One of those for your Favorites:
http://www.ntseek.com/
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Want to find out the closest test center to do your MCSE Exams?
Here you go, this is Microsoft's officially approved 'test company':
http://www.sylvanprometric.com/testcenterlocator/tclocator.htm
Any MCSE exam you pass gets you to be an MCP and that is already 
a very good start.
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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......... 49 1/4 53 7/8 26 5/8 65 -3.4%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 66 1/2 69 11/16 27 1/2 85 +0.7%
Compaq Computer Corp..... 28 5/8 39 3/4 23 1/8 31 -1.0%
Data General Corp........ 15 1/4 37 15/16 13 3/8 23 +2.5%
Dell Computer Corp....... 92 7/8 98 1/2 28 1/8 64 +0.5%
Hewlett Packard Company.. 57 5/16 82 3/8 56 20 -5.4%
IBM...................... 115 3/16 129 5/16 88 5/8 20 +1.9%
Intergraph Corporation... 8 3/8 14 3/16 7 3/16 76 -5.6%
Microsoft Corporation.... 107 1/4 110 1/8 59 68 +2.6%
Ncr Corporation.......... 33 1/16 38 1/2 25 5/8 +2.1%
Networks Associates Inc.. 48 3/8 52 3/8 27 3/8 +4.1%
Novell Inc............... 12 7/16 13 7/16 6 41/64 -0.5%
Oracle Corporation....... 22 7/8 42 1/8 17 3/4 28 -7.1%
Qualcomm Inc............. 54 3/8 71 15/16 43 1/4 31 +0.4%
Qualix Group Inc......... 1 15/16 6 1/2 1 1/4 0.0%
Seagate Technologies Inc. 22 13/16 45 3/4 17 3/4 -2.9%
Silicon Graphics Inc..... 12 30 5/16 10 15/16 -0.5%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 42 1/2 53 5/16 30 3/8 23 -2.4%
Sybase Inc............... 6 7/8 23 5/8 6 1/8 +1.8%
Symantec Corporation..... 23 32 5/8 17 7/8 16 -12.1%
Unisys Corporation....... 27 7/16 28 9/16 7 7/8 -0.4%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,025.26 +0.9%



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