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Sun, Jul 19, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News[tm] July 19, 1998
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Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter

Vol. 3, #14 - July 19, 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 

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This issue of Windows NTools E-News contains:



1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

* GROWING PAINS AND TWO NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS



2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* LAST TIME OF USER LOG-ON

* WHAT IS THE NETWORK IMPACT OF STORAGE RESOURCE MANAGER?



3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* MICROSOFT REPORTS STRONG FINANCIAL RESULTS

* WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH NT 4.0 SERVICE PACK 4?



4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* NEW PRODUCT #1: NETOP

* NEW PRODUCT #2: NETWORK SERVANT

* PERFMAN VERSION 3.0 RELEASED



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"



* GROWING PAINS AND TWO NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS



You may have noticed some downtime of our precious list server 

Lyris in the last weeks. It's so popular that we have outgrown 

the hardware it is running on which caused some problems, like 

running out of disk space and such... On just _one_ day last week,

(Thursday actually) you guys generated over a million messages

over the NTSysadmin and MCSE-List. We like these kind of problems!



Lyris runs on ZEUS, one of the four machines in our domain that runs 

the website. Zeus is our Intergraph server with 128Meg and two drives 

of 2 Gig each. Next to Zeus sits HERA, a Dell box that forms a 2-node 

Convoy Cluster with Zeus. Third is a Dell Optiplex called HERMES that 

is our email server and fourth is another Dell box called PLATO which 

is dedicated to SQL 6.5 with our Knowledge Base which you are using 

more and more.



At busy days we have 10,000 of you on the website, and since Lyris

runs on ZEUS things started to get cramped. So we beefed up HERMES with

a fast 6Gig drive and upped RAM to 128Meg. This week we will move Lyris 

to HERMES and since our normal email is no more than a few hundred 

messages per day, Lyris will have HERMES all to itself. That will also 

solve the web-error messages we were getting as HERMES is the sole 

machine Lyris will be running on.



Two months ago we promoted HERA to be the BDC in our domain, and 

since that upgrade we could not create the time to solve the pesky 

permissions problem that this created on the cluster. If a Lyris

web interface page request was routed to ZEUS, it got serviced just 

fine. But if it was routed to HERA, you were getting an error message.

Used to run fine with Convoy before, so we know it's not Convoy

and not a Lyris problem either.



We were planning to give Lyris it's own dedicated box so we lived

with the problem for a while but our apologies for any trouble you

had with the Lyris web interface. We are happy with Lyris as our list 

server and we'll dedicate more resources to it. Prepare for one day 

of downtime this week? As a Webmaster, the single product that has kept 

me from insomnia is Convoy Cluster software. It gives our web site 

incredibly reliable uptime. I can reboot any webserver any time and 

the other node takes over transparently.



Let's hope the Lyris migration will be smooth and not turn into

"Blood Sweat NT's" 



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We are introducing two new products in this issue, a new Remote

Control tool called NetOp, and a brand new 'admin sidekick' category 

utility called Network ServaNT. Definitely go down to the NT THIRD

PARTY NEWS section and read all about these new additions to our

line-up.



Let's have a look at all the NT news...



Warm regards,



Stu Sjouwerman





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2. "TECH BRIEFING"



* LAST TIME OF USER LOG-ON



In our last NewsFlash we had the item below. John Gray came back 

with a very interesting comment!



If you need to quickly know what the last time is a user has 

logged in (to check if you can delete that user for instance)...

Use the USRSTAT.EXE from the Win NT ResKit, does it quick & easy!



Oh really? The utility ran for 38 hours on my PC, looked at each 

of the BDCs (about 90), produced a 14MB text file containing logons 

for each domain user on each BDC, of which most of the 180K lines 

had "Never" in them, and would need a lot of post-processing to be 

of much use. Oh, and there were lots of "Error enumerating users" 

on remote BDCs. John.


Well, that's a dose of cold reality. Perhaps try out our new Network 

ServaNT and see if that is any better? (down in third party section)

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* WHAT IS THE NETWORK IMPACT OF STORAGE RESOURCE MANAGER?



Customers are always asking about the impact of SRM over the network. 

SRM is not a backup program, where all of the file information is sent 

from a client to the server. In SRM information is collected on the 

client (agent); processed; and then the results are sent to the server. 



Network traffic: During a scan, the information is processed on the 

client and prepared for sending to the SRM server. The actual data 

sent is minimal and is sent in a series of small (1KB) packets. There 

are a few high level messages that are sent from each computer followed 

by a number of packets depending on the number of disks and partitions. 



User and File information is only sent after a file scan, once each 

night. The actual transmission time is negligible, because as you can 

see the messages are very compact.



There are four types of messages that result from a scan:



= Computer Scan, performed at the top of each hour*

= Disk Scan, performed at the top of each hour*

= Partition Scan, performed at the top of each hour*

= File Scan, performed once each night*



(*) In SRM Version 2, you are given considerable flexibility in 

scheduling each of these types of scans for each group of computers.



The contents of each message type are as follows:



Computer Scan Message includes:

-Processor Type

-OS

-OS Version

-# of processors

-Total Memory MB

-Total Page File MB

-Total Virtual MB

-Processor Speed



Disk Scan includes

-Disk Name

-Make, Model, Model Revision

-Serial Number

-nPrimary defects, ngrown defects

-nSignature

-Total Size KB

-nUnused Size KB



Partition Scan includes,

-Disk Name

-Partition Name

-Total Size KB

-Volume Name

-Filesystem Type

-Capacity KB

-Free Space KB



File Scan includes,

-Size Statistics by Category

-Creation Statistics

-Access Statistics

-Modification Statistics

-Vulnerability Statistics

-Top 10 largest:

-Files,

-Directories,

-Vulnerable files (names)



Users file Data (below is an actual user message from a 

machine that has four users) User Statistics:



-PartitionName = C:

-UserName = Everyone

-DomainName = UNKNOWN

-FileSizeKB = 253563

-PartitionName = C:

-UserName = Unknown

-DomainName = UNKNOWN

-FileSizeKB = 131072

-PartitionName = D:

-UserName = Administrators

-DomainName = PIPER

-FileSizeKB = 726882

-PartitionName = D:

-UserName = Rdunn

-DmainName = ENGINEERING

-FileSizeKB = 42



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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"



* MICROSOFT REPORTS STRONG FINANCIAL RESULTS



MS announced revenue of $14.48 billion for the fiscal year ended June 

30, 1998. This is a 28% increase over the $11.36 billion reported last 

year. Net income totaled $4.49 billion, including the previously 

announced $296 million write-off related to the purchase of WebTV. 

Earnings per share were $1.67. Excluding the one-time write-off, 

earnings per share of $1.78 represented a 35% increase compared to 

$1.32 in fiscal 1997.



Revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 1998 was $4.0 billion, a 26%

increase over the comparable quarter in fiscal 1997. For the quarter, 

net income was $1.36 billion, and earnings per share were $0.50, an 

increase of 25% compared to the $0.40 earned during the same quarter 

last year.



In the enterprise arena, corporate customers continued to adopt NT, 

continuing the trend toward low-cost, high-volume PC-based systems.

Microsoft Windows NT(R) Workstation reached an installed base of 15 

million units. Deployments of NT Server increased 200 percent in

Fortune 1,000 companies in the past 12 months, according to Computer

Intelligence, Inc. 

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* WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH NT 4.0 SERVICE PACK 4?



I got a question about the delays in SP4, and the hassle this gives

in applying all the hotfixes to so many machines. First of all, the

hotfixes are usually rushed out on a 24-hour basis and are very

lightly tested. Some of them need hotfixes for themselves! So only

apply hotfixes if you know you need them. That still means all of 

the security related ones and this is a pain if you have more than 

a few machines, it's also called 'HotFix Madness' when you need to

babysit all your servers through a night up applying those things.



SP4 should have all the hotfixes thoroughly tested so it's a very

high priority item for NT System admins. Most of us would like it

yesterday. It is however in EXTENDED BETA (meaning MS is _really_

testing it). MS also planned to have SP4 come out AFTER NT 5.0

Beta 2, and that one has just been pushed back to later this year

so it looks like SP4 is in limbo land. Not good. But like some one

on our NTSYSADMIN list expressed, testing that SP4 is good, and

quality control at Microsoft seems to be en vogue. In short this

could be expressed as QC @ M$= :-)



Last but not least, people that are complaining about the security

holes in NT should have a look at the sites that report on the problems

in UNIX. There are at least as many and with the same frequency, 

especially in the newer flavors, you can check 'em out at:

http://www.rootshell.com , http://www.sun.com or http://www.sgi.com,

http://www.hp.com or http://www.ibm.com for UNIX vulnerabilities, 

bugs and fixes.





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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"



- NEW PRODUCT #1: NETOP



We are also announcing two new products this week. One is called

NetOp, and is a Remote Control product like pcAnywhere and Remotely

Possible32. Reason why we are adding NetOp to our product line is

that we find RP32 since it has been bought by Computer Associates is 

no longer such an attractive business proposition for our customers. 

You may wonder why, and I will tell you why we currently advise people

to have a look at NetOp instead of RP32 until CA changes their current

strategy.



Computer Associates has changed the maintenance/upgrade policy for

RP32. It used to be that you could renew your maintenance each year

for about 25% of list. That included tech support and new versions.

This is different now, end-users can only buy a one- or two-year 

upgrade protection plan at the time of purchase. After that, you are 

required to outright buy upgrades to new versions. For a product like 

RP32 this can become cost prohibitive in the long run. It is very good 

for CA's revenues, but we advise our customers to look for other 

solutions until CA changes this maintenance scheme.



NetOp was chosen for its proven success in very large organizations,

and its network-centric architecture. It's been in the market for 10 

years and was built with thousands of users in mind from the start.

This built-in scalability sets it apart from other products that were 

originally created for a 'one-pc-to-another' type of remote take-over.

Check it out at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netop.htm



- NEW PRODUCT #2: NETWORK SERVANT



The second new product we are launching is in a category we did not

have before. The product is called Network ServaNT and is a SysAdmin

sidekick type tool like Hyena but more powerful. What this tool does 

is integrate User Manager for Domains, Server Manager, File Manager 

and the Event Viewer in one user-friendly interface. With Network 

Servant you can easily manage your complete NT Network including users, 

groups, servers, ACL?s, shares, etc. with a single interface and a few 

mouse clicks.



A low-end tool like this is an ideal companion product with Trusted 

Enterprise Manager which is high-end and geared toward delegation.

Network Servant does _no_ delegation what so ever, instead it pulls 

together the critical functions to get some of those urgent jobs done 

FAST, like checking when a user logged in last, and disable the 

account (or group of accounts).



This is a utility for the POWER System Administrator, you do NOT 

want an end-user or even a helpdesk play with this kind of tool!



We just released Network ServaNT 2.1 on our website as we thought this

version was now ready for prime time. The biggest improvement in V2.1 

is more complete management of NT Services. Multiple services can be 

started, stopped or paused. Also, the startup information of services 

can be changed very easily.



Actually this is a tool you might want to check out and play with for

a bit to see if you like it. With Network ServaNT you can:



* 'Drag and drop' users to a group

* Change passwords of multiple users with a simple click on the 

right button of the mouse

* Disable accounts of multiple users with just one mouse click

* Print or export the members of a global or local group

* Print or export an overview of the group memberships of a certain 

user. 



It does things that other tools do not, like

* Printing of all the data 

* ACL Management 

* Customizable tree structure 

* Events are objects in the tree 

* Faster / multithreading 

* No need to create complex scripts, queries or templates



NOTE FOR USE IN VERY LARGE NETWORK: Network ServaNT collects ALL user

data from the SAM database, which can take up some time. In most cases 

it is extremely useful to get all the data about your users in the NT 

network. But in some cases that can take too long. That's why in the

in the next release (available in September) a new object "user data 

summary" will be created. This will only show limited info about the 

user and will pull up all user info much faster in large networks.



Check this puppy out. The Intel version is only 1.6Meg so you'll have 

it up and running in no time (Alpha is a scanty 2.2Meg) Once you have

it installed you want to go to the option TOOLS, Add a Tree Part, then 

in the VIEW option you can see how much data is available and you can 

define which things you want on your screen. Download 30-day eval at:

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

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* PERFMAN VERSION 3.0 RELEASED



PerfMan for Windows NT Version 3 has become available and is now

downloadable. Version 2 was already very well received and the 

developer has listened to your requests for more. These have been 

included into Version 3 to make it an even more automated, easy-to-use, 

and enterprise scalable NT performance management tool. It's in the

Top 5 of best sold NT utilities the first 6 months this year.



Full featured, automated support for the Microsoft BackOffice family 

of server products, allowing you to be more proactive in the management 

of BackOffice products, is now available. Exchange, SQL Server and IIS 

has been incorporated into the new V3 of PerfMan. New automation 

features of V3 include a number of automated scheduling, scripting 

and default collection events for BackOffice products. 



Scalability has been enhanced even further with the introduction of 

dynamic linking of default collections to managed systems and the 

ability to browse all managed systems without having to establish a 

network connection.



PerfMan has a non-intrusive architecture (no local agents needed!)

and has always been a very easy way to do performance management and 

capacity planning. With V3, the number of default charts in PerfMan 

Analyst increased by 500%, multiple systems can be selected during 

Add/Delete/Link operations, and a 'counter catalog' feature has been 

added to simplify adding new objects and counters to collections. 



Some NT performance tools take a lot of time to install and manage.

PerfMan on the contrary is powerful, easy to use, and ready to roll

right out of the box. It gives you rapid identification of exception 

conditions and performance bottlenecks. PerfMan allows you to spend 

less time worrying about your systems and more time planning for the 

future. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/perfman.htm

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



"I'm writing a book to teach recruiters how not to piss off candidates.

What would you like recruiters to know? Do you have any horror stories

as examples? A recruiter wish-list? If you would like, any responses

will receive a free copy of the book once it is published. Please send

all responses to [email protected]" Barbara Ling.

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I have known Bernstein & Associates since 1988. They have always 

offered excellent on-site, tailored, Windows NT, OpenVMS, Unix and 

Internet training courses. You choose exactly which topics you want

to learn so you do not receive a generic course. 



More recently, B&A started to provide customized computer-based and 

web-based training (CBT and WBT) courses on any client application, 

manual, procedure, etc. All course are designed using their successful 

easy-to-use 'DESIGN-A-COURSE' authoring tool. After a project is 

delivered, you receive a copy of DESIGN-A-COURSE, so mods and content 

changes can be made easily by staff members. http://www.b-and-a.com

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CORRECTION: In the last newsletter I referred to a Cluster Software

comparison where Double-Take 1.5 was chosen as the Editor's Choice.

I stated that was Win NT Systems, but no, it was Win NT Magazine!

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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......... 55 56 3/8 27 3/8 72 +4.6%

Citrix Systems Inc....... 74 74 1/2 27 1/2 94 +4.5%

Compaq Computer Corp..... 33 15/16 39 3/4 23 1/8 +7.3%

Computer Associates Intl. 58 1/2 61 1/2 41 5/8 28 +4.5%

Data General Corp........ 15 5/16 37 15/16 13 3/8 23 -1.2%

Dell Computer Corp....... 117 9/16 114 1/4 34 81 +16.6%

Hewlett Packard Company.. 59 15/16 82 3/8 56 21 +2.3%

IBM...................... 120 3/16 129 5/16 88 5/8 20 +1.4%

Intergraph Corporation... 7 14 3/16 7 3/16 64 -8.9%

Microsoft Corporation.... 117 15/16 118 7/8 59 70 +4.1%

Ncr Corporation.......... 34 1/4 38 1/2 25 5/8 47 +5.5%

Networks Associates Inc.. 53 5/8 54 1/4 27 3/8 +3.1%

Novell Inc............... 13 1/8 13 5/8 6 41/64 +4.4%

Oracle Corporation....... 27 1/16 42 1/8 17 3/4 33 +8.0%

Qualcomm Inc............. 57 1/4 71 15/16 43 1/4 33 +1.3%

Qualix GroupInc.......... 1 33/64 6 1/2 1 1/4 -19.6%

Seagate Technologies Inc. 25 45 3/4 17 3/4 +2.8%

Silicon Graphics Inc..... 14 13/16 30 5/16 10 15/16 +13.9%

Sun Microsystems Inc..... 52 53 5/16 30 3/8 27 +12.7%

Sybase Inc............... 10 1/16 23 5/8 6 1/8 +16.6%

Symantec Corporation..... 27 5/8 32 5/8 17 7/8 26 +11.0%

Unisys Corporation....... 30 3/8 29 15/16 8 1/4 +9.4%

Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,337.97 +2.5%





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