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Sat, Aug 8, 1998
NTools E-NewsFlash - August 8, 1998
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NTools E-NewsFlash - August 8, 1998 
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Hi NT-ers,

Some short fast points this weekend...

1) NEW VERSION OF NETWORK SERVANT
2) NEW TYPE OF UNDELETE TOOL INTRODUCED
3) MCSE COMPLETE SHIPMENTS ALL DONE (finally!) & BUGFIXES AVAILABLE
4) NT 4.0 SERVICE PACK 4 NEWS
5) NT 5.0 BETA 2 IS A FEW WEEKS AWAY...

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1) NEW VERSION OF NETWORK SERVANT

As some of you with LARGE sites reported back, downloading all the
users (sometimes even 10,000) simply took _much_ too much time due
to the fact all the user info was grabbed. Well, we told the developer
and they fixed it. A new object was added, which is called 'Users'. 
They renamed the old user object to 'Users (details)'. The new Users 
object only shows the Username. Obviously, it downloads lots of users 
much faster. 

This is mainly for you who downloaded Network ServaNT previously. The 
only thing you need to do is to add the new object 'Users' to your 
existing tree files, by clicking on 'Tools', 'Add tree part'. 

The developer is now working on Network ServaNT 2.3. They hope to have 
this new release available at the end of this month. New features will 
include: 

- copy an existing (template) user to save time on creating a new one
- show 'open files' per server (possibly per share also)
- show the object count, e.g. how much users or Workstations do I 
have in my domain
- the possibility to expand a whole tree or a part of the tree by 
one click of the mouse
- the possibility to edit login scripts by using Notepad
- more Help info. 

Get the new version here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netserv.htm
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2) NEW TYPE OF UNDELETE TOOL INTRODUCED

Software Shelf has introduced a third Undelete Product, it's called
Resque Undelete. This one is different from RecoverNT in that the 
scan is much faster. It looks at the Master File Table and presents 
the files that were deleted. It then allows you to put the file back 
in the directory tree where it sat in the first place.

Do you remember undelete for DOS and Windows 3.1? This one works for
NT 3.51/4.0 & 5.0 Server and Workstation. Rescue Undelete allows for 
full undeletion of files after they have been removed from the Recycle 
Bin, or if you have deleted from command line or shared directory. 
All you have to do is load Rescue Undelete and it will find all of 
your deleted files. Once you undelete you can restore the file/dir. 
right back to the same directory it was deleted from. 

In a few weeks support for W95/98 will be added as well. The tool costs
$49,95 and is definitely worth a look at. Here is the main screen if 
you want to check it out. http://www.softwareshelf.com/undelete1.htm
This tool is so easy you can actually have end-users run it. Rescue
Undelete is this week 'Stu's Warmly Recommended'.

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3) MCSE COMPLETE SHIPMENTS ALL DONE (finally!) & BUGFIXES AVAILABLE


Well, the on-line shop people have been getting out all backordered
MCSE Complete shipments. As I told last week, there was a 'leak' in
the FTP-pipe between the outsourced on-line shop and the outsourced 
shipping company. They fixed the leak, backtracked the database
corruption, and fixed it all by hand. That was quite a bit of work
for 2,000 orders but it's done. Everyone that ordered their MCSE
Complete before August 1 should have their package in house now. If
you are outside the USA, you should at least have been notified by 
a shipping company that a package is waiting for you (and pay those
darn inevitable import duties :-( )

BUGFIXES AVAILABLE: http://www.mcp.com/info/0-7897/0-7897-1564-3/

The publisher MacMillan has created a special Tech Support Page for
the MCSE Complete. There are quite a few downloadable bug fixes and
they have even a downloadable demo (but it's 10MB!)

There are a series of Revised Chapter Quiz Questions, revised
Study Cards, Flash Cards, Pratice Exams and even a whole new W95
course. All of this stuff comes of course on the new CD that you 
will get automatically when you have sent the registration card
that was in the pack back to MacMillan. If you have shipping 
questions, mailto:[email protected]

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4) NT 4.0 SERVICE PACK 4 NEWS

Looks like SP4 is not long in coming after all. It's a pain to not 
have it with all these hotfixes out at the moment, and rumor has it 
that it would be delayed until after the NT 5.0 Beta2 release. But on 
the NTSYSADMIN list, some one working in Microsoft denied it with the 
following quote:

"This is not true... SP4 is now in its final beta and is currently 
shipping to beta testers... I don't have an exact date but SP4 will 
be ready very soon... Keep The Faith, Vince"

Well I'll believe it when I see it. Took 'em over a year so they'd
"betta get it right".

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5) NT 5.0 BETA 2 IS A FEW WEEKS AWAY...


Smart Reseller Mag (a Ziff Davis publication) reported that the
NT5.0 beta team is only 100 showstopper bugs away from the release.
That is not many bugs actually, seen the enormous amount of code.

At the Usenix NT Symposium in Seattle last tuesday Microsoft gave a
3-hour NT 5.0 status report. Microsoft officials presented this to 
a few hundred Unix and NT researchers. Microsoft gave a live demo 
of Build 1868, which had been released internally a little earlier.

Show-stoppers are defined as "must-fix bugs" that need to be kiled
before a software product is released. Tom Phillips, group program 
manager, NT Base said: " We hope to have Beta 2 out by the end of 
this month". For the full story:

http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/news/0803/05ent.html

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That's all for this NewsFlash!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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