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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Aug 30, 1998
VOTE FOR THE NT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 1998
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #17 - August 30, 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" 
* VOTE FOR THE NT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 1998

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* HOW CONVOY WAS INSTALLED ON OUR OWN SITE
* SUNBELT KNOWLEDGE BASE: GREAT FREE THIRD PARTY TECH RESOURCE
* NT 4.0 TO 5.0 DOMAIN MODEL CHANGES

3. "NT RELATED NEWS"
* NT 5.0 BETA 2 IS OUT: WHAT'S THE (BUG) STATUS?
* MICROSOFT ASKS YOU TO BUY CONVOY AT SUNBELT
* THE BIGGEST SECURITY RISK IS BEING UNINFORMED

4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* WHY SUNBELT PREFERS DOUBLE-TAKE OVER OCTOPUS
* NEW BALANCE SUITE V2.6 NOW DOWNLOADABLE

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"

* VOTE FOR THE NT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 1998

First of all, a welcome to all new subscribers. We are now well
over the 100,000 and I'd like to thank all of you for the feedback
we're getting. Seems you like this E-Newsletter. We'll try to keep
up the good work. You can of course unsubscribe in 10 seconds so
it's up to me to keep coming up with the good stuff . This
time the newsletter is a bit bigger than the normal 25K, there is
too much news! 

I'm scanning about 25 paper magazines (200 electronically) and 
filter out the NT System Admin related news. It's actually fun to 
do but also a bit time consuming. I'm not complaining though. If 
you want to see who that guy is what keeps sending you email, check
out this page: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ntnews.htm
A magazine came by recently that did a story on Sunbelt and they
needed a mug shot that is now on the above page...

Now, about this voting for the "NT Product Of The Year", let me ask
you for a favor: Please Vote, but not for any choice they offer! 
It's all about Windows NT Systems Magazine that decided they want a 
1998 System Admin Product Of The Year. It's clear that the editors are 
not managing their own servers when you see the choices they give you. 
When I read it, I thought to myself "Come on guys, gimme a break".

Absolutely NONE of the options (except Ghost for quick cloning) have 
anything to do with the 'in-the-trenches keep NT Up & Running' that
you and I are involved in. (I'm Webmaster for Sunbelt and manage 2 
Dell's and an Intergraph server in a Convoy WebCluster.) For instance, 
the first and foremost hole in NT is disk quotas. Then defraggers,
not to speak of file mirroring for mission critical systems, event
log tools or storage resource managers. There are 5 quota products in 
existence, they should have at least taken ONE of these tools in that
list...

Anyway, here's the favor I'm asking you. I'd like to invite you to 
go out there and vote for something _real_. The system admin tool with
the functionality that makes your life easiest. Here is the URL: 
http://www.ntsystems.com/ . They have a VOTE button right on the first 
page. Next time they should first ask System Administrators to propose 
products for the list, and _then_ let everyone vote for them. We'll 
see next January what's the real winner!

OK, with that done let's see what the NT News is. There's lots of
interesting things that have happened the last two weeks, not in the
least the NT 5.0 Beta 2 release that we'll dig into. Furthermore,
Microsoft added Convoy IP Clustering to NT Enterprise Edition but
you can still can get your hands on it for a short time until it gets
merged into the O/S.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* HOW CONVOY WAS INSTALLED ON OUR OWN SITE

(Contributed by Bob Jiantonio, one of the sales engineers at Sunbelt)

Convoy Cluster is a High Availability/Load Balancing/Web Scaling 
program. It allows two or more Windows NT servers to share a virtual 
IP address and balance inbound IP traffic dynamically. In a nutshell, 
you need an extra NIC in each box and a copy of Convoy. It forms a 
virtual IP address that you can use to ensure that your webserver or 
Intranet server is always available. It is completely transparent to 
the users connecting.

For an example of how we used it when we started getting substantial 
web traffic (we have between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors per day):

We had an Intergraph PPro 200 webserver with 128 Meg of RAM that was 
also running the Lyris list server. We get a LOT of traffic every day 
at all hours, and it was running at 90 to 100% CPU regularly. When 
there are no CPU cycles to authenticate you it would time out. If _you_ 
can't get in _we_ don't like it... 

What we did was to use Convoy to form a Cluster. We grabbed a standard 
garden variety desktop box with an IDE drive and 64 Meg of RAM (the 
receptionist was really under-utilizing it anyway, I mean FreeCell runs 
just as well on the P100) and loaded NT server and IIS. We then 
added Convoy and formed a 2 node Cluster. From this point there were 
NO time outs due to the Intergraph being too busy with Lyris to do any
authenticating. I think that you may have noticed the same thing on the
main MS site where they have been using Convoy for several months - I 
haven't gotten a "Server Too Busy" for some time on their main site.

As our web traffic grew, (it tends to do that geometrically), we added
into the Cluster a Dell 6100 Quad PowerEdge and a Dell Dual PowerEdge. 
We could have just as easily clustered in another little desktop but 
decided to go with some real servers as we got a hell of a deal on them
at the Dell Outlet. But there is no reason whatsoever that we couldn't 
have added another $600 box or two to take up the load. If cash is tight
you could have a fully clustered, load-balanced 32 node cluster of
desktop boxes. That means no downtime for less than the price of a 
single high-end server or two and/or a hardware load balancer, assuming
you don't get hit by a meteor or something equally Armageddon-esque.

BTW, the largest tech problem we had was two weeks ago, halfway through
a pizza, when we were building up these new servers and clustering them
together. Dave Dabney and I were beside ourselves with disbelief -- as 
we had just never ever had any trouble with Convoy, but this time the 
2-way Dell just wouldn't come into the cluster. Hmmmm. Bindings and 
Protocols OK, IP is OK. It's 11pm, we are tired, and on the off chance
there is something loose we decide to check all the connections again. 
Oh, uh, someone forgot to plug the cable into the NIC for Convoy (not 
mentioning any names here of course).

When I plugged it in and we rebooted we had a three node cluster and it
has been "up" ever since. You may have noticed the site is quite a bit 
zippier. And, Stu was definitely impressed with our technical prowess 
and trouble-shooting ability.

We use Double Take to replicate the site to all three servers - if 
something goes down, you would never know the difference from the 
outside as Convoy will just route you to one of the other boxes. And 
we use LogCaster to let us know if some thing does happen. Stu had to 
make Dave recite "I love my pager, I love my pager" quite a bit, when 
it wakes him up to let us know of some system event in the middle of 
the night. But never fear, we KNOW it will be "up" in the morning 
because of Convoy. And yes Convoy will work with virtual sites for you 
ISP's out there --we have a few on our Cluster unrelated to Sunbelt 
Software. 

IMO, as a software-only solution Convoy is THE way to go, while it is 
still available. We put together a package of Convoy, DoubleTake and 
LogCaster to easily handle High Availability needs that you may have 
for YOUR webserver--it saves you about a grand too. See that here: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/swap.htm
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* SUNBELT KNOWLEDGE BASE: GREAT FREE THIRD PARTY TECH RESOURCE

It took us a year to build up the content, but now we have a really 
great free NT third party resource for you: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/rightnow.exe 

It's the Sunbelt Knowledge Base and this KB is treated with priority 
over emailed tech questions to [email protected] We have
over 1,300 technical problems and solutions in there for you to check
out 24 x 7 x 365.

The KB has three sections. The first is the FAQ over ALL products
that comes up automatically, the Top 10 is right there. Or you can
select a product from a drop-down menu and check out all questions
for that particular tool. For example, go down and pull up Convoy
and you will see the most asked questions and answers immediately.

The second section is Keyword Search. We store all resolved problems 
in the SQL 6.5 based solutions database. You can search this database 
using simple keywords. Matches are ranked by the strength of the match 
and the solution's historical usefulness. Try typing in the Convoy
keyword and see what comes up?

The third section is called ASK US. When you have gone through the 
first two and did not find the solution. It's the ASK US section. 
These questions are treated with highest priority! Please enter your 
email address, what product and the problem description. In tough
cases we need to try to replicate the bug and report to the developer.
They need to fix and that can take some time, but normally our Tech 
Support Group are able to get you 24 hour response time.

Please use the KB as your 'First Thing' when you have tech questions.
Click the EINSTEIN button on our Welcome Page, it's a great time 
saver for everybody involved. Thanks!
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* NT 4.0 TO 5.0 DOMAIN MODEL CHANGES

To understand the change from 4.0 to 5.0 we first need to get a picture
of how domains are set up in NT4, and that is the first part. Next 
issue we'll build on this and discuss the NT 5.0 setup. The basics are 
quite simple really so here we go. First, what is a Domain?
DOMAIN: A group of users in a centralized user account database that
you use to organize and manage those users.

There are four domain models in NT4, and the model you will use depends 
on how you want to organize your users. The current models work well in
small to midsize organizations but not for the really big ones. NT5 
fixes this with Active Directory.

Your enterprise domain model can be one of the four basic models or
possibly a combination of these. In certain cases users from one Domain
(A) need access to resources (files, printers) of another Domain (B) 
and in that case you can create a so called trust relationship. Domain 
(B) that holds the resources the user wants access to, trusts the other 
Domain (A) to authenticate the user so this user does not have to 
re-enter their username and password to get into the Domain (B).

Before we explain the four domain models, you need to know that one
server in that domain functions as the Primary Domain Controller (PDC)
and you can have one or more Backup Domain Controllers (BDC's). The
PDC is the custodian of the user account database, and the BDC's hold
backups. This PDC-BDC setup is going to change completely in NT5.

Now, what Domain Models are there?

1) The SINGLE DOMAIN MODEL. This is the simplest form. Everybody
sits in the same domain. All users, all resources, the whole kit and
caboodle. It's simple because it requires no trust relationships
and it's easy to assign permissions. Picture a circle and everything
and everybody is in that circle.

2) The MASTER DOMAIN MODEL. Now picture three circles, one above
the other two. The top one is called the Accounts Domain. The two
below are called Resource Domain A and Resource Domain B. Guess what
happened? What was split out was the user account management to be
able to centralize that, and two separate domains were created, for
instance one for production and the other for marketing. The users
of these domains only have access to files and printers of their own
department this way as no trust relationship exists between Resource
Domain A and B.

3) The MULTIPLE MASTER MODEL. Actually, this is just an extension
of the one above. Add one circle to the right of the top one, and add 
one circle to the right of the two circles. You now have two circles
with three circles underneath these two. In this model, user account
management has been broken up in two master domains. For example 
one master domain does all user account management of the factory floor
and the other master domain handles all office employees. The three
circles below are three resource domains for different departments.
You can create trust relationships where they are needed.

4) The COMPLETE TRUST MODEL. This model exists out of any number of
domains, let's say six circles, and draw these six in the shape
of a circle. Now draw arrows from each circle to the other five.
Gets a bit messy right? Well, for a complete trust model each domain
trusts all other domains. This kind of model often sort of grows when
departments one by one migrate to NT and sort of merge as everybody
needs access to the resources of the other guys. Not really a product
of advance planning though, and managing all these trust relationships
(6 x 5) becomes a pain.

Next Issue we'll go into the 5.0 Domain structure! 
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3. "NT RELATED NEWS"

* NT 5.0 BETA 2 IS OUT: WHAT'S THE (BUG) STATUS?

Well, 5.0 is not the miracle cure that will take care of all your
headaches. It's still being worked on and will still have holes in
it, like not managing shared DLL's well. It looks like Microsoft
has taken up a load that was even a bit too big for _them_ and is
now backpedaling somewhat to manage expectations to more real levels.

5.0 is really a monster project. The way it works? At five in the
afternoon the NT guys recompile the O/S. The testing unit tries to
break it all night with all kinds of automated tests that have been
developed in-house. Bugs come crawling out from all sides, and the
program managers decide next morning which ones are shopstoppers that
need to be fixed. The programmers get their instructions and the cycle
starts again at 5pm. It's my guess that there are in the order of
several thousands of bugs still needing attention.

Now, this is theoretically a good approach to get a product out the 
door. But they did the same thing with 4.0 and see how many bugs were
fixed in SP1, 2 and 3? That is why the Beta's are being released to
test the current build versus reality. In Microsoft programmers terms,
a cycle like this is called a 'Death March'. Weeks of 80 to 100 hours
are not uncommon if the pressure is on. But did you know that this has
been going on for a year, and is expected to take another year before
it's done? A date for Beta 3 could not be given yet.

The size of the NT5.0 Beta test group is a whopping quarter million
sites. And it better be because almost everyone that is going to take
it into production will need to thoroughly test it before they let 
innocent end users loose on the O/S. You may want to have 100 power
users hooked up to it, that know to save their work often and will not 
be upset with downtime. 

The good part of this very thorough testing is that a whole slew of
critical bugs has been fixed and these fixes will be incorporated in
NT 4.0 well before you will ever see 5.0. SP4 we will get in a few
weeks and it looks like we'll have SP5 before the end of the year!
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* MICROSOFT ASKS YOU TO BUY CONVOY AT SUNBELT

As you may have heard this past week, Microsoft bought Valence Research, 
the developer of Convoy Cluster Software. We knew this product was a 
winner when we saw it and the MS acquisition just backs this up. If you
do a search for "Convoy" on the MS site you will find some interesting 
reading. Convoy is going to be part of the NT Enterprise Edition and 
will be taken off the market as a separate product at the end of this 
year. You still have chance to get your hands on it though, not 
everyone wants to pay the full Enterprise Edition price...

Microsoft announced the news over here:
http://www.microsoft.com/ntserverenterprise/basics/features/default.asp
and points to Sunbelt as the exclusive distributor for the next few
months.

Look here if you are interested in what MS is going to do with it:
http://www.microsoft.com/ntserverenterprise/basics/features/wlbs/default.asp
They have renamed it Windows NT Load Balancing Service (WLBS) and
acknowledge it's a great fault tolerance and scalability tool.

Now is the time to get your hands on it if you want to create an IP-
cluster. Obviously you will still get tech support and bug fixes even 
if Microsoft has bought the product. Customers under maintenance will
be upgraded to WLBS when it comes out. The developers will move to
Redmond and work in Microsoft. Bug fixes will be handled through MS's 
standard Product Support Services into which Sunbelt will be plugged 
for second tier support. If a bug is found, they have an "escalation" 
process by which they get it fixed and return the bug fix to you.

Normally we do not discuss prices in this newsletter, but in this
case we make an exception because of the time limits and your budgets.

SIZE:..........NODES............US$ LIST
Small ..........2 ..............$2,000 
Medium .........3 to 8 .........$6,000 
Large ..........9 to 32.........$20,000

Here is the page and the very latest Version 2.14 that was uploaded
August 25-th. (The compressed file is less than 1 Meg so it's a snap
to get your hands on it) http://www.sunbelt-software.com/convoy.htm
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* THE BIGGEST SECURITY RISK IS BEING UNINFORMED 

I'd like to make all of you aware of a free resource you'll like.
NT Security News, at http://www.ntsecurity.net offers the NT Internet 
community a trio of services, all free: their NT Security Web site, 
their monthly NT Security Digest Newsletter (NTSD), and the NT 
Security Alert (NTSA) mailing list. They sent me the following:

"Our NT Security Web site serves three basic purposes: to list all 
known NT security-related risks and solutions; to provide timely news 
related to NT security; and to provide a listing of NT security-related 
products (our newest focus.) In addition to these three primary focuses, 
we also have other information available to the public, such as FAQs, 
how-to articles, product reviews, links to related sites, recent news 
about break-ins, and more. We also provide services at the site for 
people to subscribe to our alert list and newsletter, and to submit 
information for having their products listed on our site.

"Our NTSD Newsletter is a consolidation of important information from 
many security related sources, including numerous security mailing 
lists, Web sites, newsgroups, magazines, newsletters, whitepapers, other 
documents, and our own research. We deliver details about security 
exploits, fixes, and defenses, as well as information about recent 
break-ins, survey statistics, conferences, conventions, new online 
informational sites, new software and hardware, new techniques, and 
new technologies -- all relating to security as it pertains to Windows 
platforms.

"Our NT Security Alert List serves to alert people to new NT security-
related risks in a very speedy manner. In a nutshell, we monitor by 
the hour, numerous mailing lists, dozens of Web sites and newsgroups, 
and many other resources watching for new NT-related security risks. 
The moment we learn of new risks, we immediately send out an alert to 
all list members bringing their attention to the issue. We publish 
risk details, examples, code if available, interviews with the 
discoverers, and of course, appropriate solutions. No holds barred at 
NT Security News -- because not being informed is the biggest risk of 
all! ;-)
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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* WHY SUNBELT PREFERS DOUBLE-TAKE OVER OCTOPUS

First of all, don't get us wrong. We have sold for millions of dollars
of Octopus, and will still carry the product and support it. But...
When you have the choice, we'd like you to have a serious look at the
new leader in the field: DoubleTake. This product was chosen last July
as the Windows NT Magazine Editor's Choice over all the other mirroring
tools. It's robust, actually _works_ with MS Exchange and has a very
strong and efficient WAN algorithm that allows your disaster recovery
to be painless. DoubleTake even allows you to throttle the bandwidth
it takes on your (usually slower) long distance connections.

The reason why we prefer DoubleTake is that the new owners of Octopus
are no longer allowing web-downloads for eval purposes. That does not
fit with our business model obviously. In the software world, you are 
not just buying a product, you are also buying the organization and its
backup and technical support. We are thrilled with the experience we
now have with DoubleTake and its developer NSI Software and strongly
recommend it. There are competitive upgrades available from Octopus
to DoubleTake for roughly the same amount as a maintenance renewal.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up! http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm
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* NEW BALANCE SUITE V2.6 NOW DOWNLOADABLE

You may not be aware of it, but there is a new category of tools
available to get your Server more fault tolerant and less of a
bottleneck on your LAN. These software tools allow you to create
a so called virtual NIC. Plug one or two more NIC's in your server
and lash them together as a virtual NIC. It allows the server to
pump more data out and if one NIC fails the other two take over
transparently.

Balance Suite was recently chosen as Network Computing Magazine's
Editor's Choice in the July issue and for good reason. It gets rid
of your network I/O Bottleneck.

New Features:

The ability to send industry standard SNMP traps to handle more than 
40 error conditions. Balance Suite also makes more than 25 system 
statistics available to SNMP compatible management consoles, including 
those of Hewlett-Packard, Tivoli and CA. This level of SNMP reporting 
makes Balance Suite far more manageable than any competing product. 

"SNMP traps and statistics allow the performance of Balance Suite NIC 
arrays to be monitored from within existing enterprise management 
systems", said Dave Demlow, Director of Product Management for NSI 
Software. "This level of manageability, fault tolerance and performance,
combined with the stability that comes from five years of selling and 
supporting NIC array software, makes Balance Suite a critical product 
for corporate accounts."

Remote Monitoring 

Balance Suite's powerful user interface can now be run on 32-bit 
Windows platforms throughout the enterprise. System administrators 
can monitor real-time performance of the NIC arrays, individual NICs 
or protocols from anywhere on the network over any IP connection. 

Support for Windows NT Performance Monitor 

Balance Suite now provides individual NIC and aggregate performance 
counters to Windows NT Performance Monitor. Through Performance Monitor, 
system administrators can automatically log performance statistics from 
Balance Suite, and can trigger events based on thresholds for system 
parameters. 

Get the new V2.6 (August 27-th) over here: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/balance.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

Pauli Hopea, MCSE, [email protected] contributed this that I thought 
was very useful:

You had a hint about mapping drives in NT in the previous number of
Windows NTools E-letter so I decided to write to you about my trick in
the GUI world (I tried to make it short but....).

How to browse NT disk drives (aka. hidden shares) in Windows NT 
Explorer without mapping them to drive letters.

The Idea in short: Create shortcuts to the hidden \\server\diskletter$
-shares that are by default in all NT boxes and place these shortcuts 
to a network share. The tricks to use are:

To create a shortcut to a hidden share (like \\SERVER\C$):
- create a shortcut to any folder
- modify the "Shortcut Properties/Shortcut/Target" to point to your
share (like \\SERVER\C$)

Place the shortcuts to a network share and then
- create a shortcut to explorer.exe.
- modify the "Shortcut Properties/Shortcut/Target" to read
"%systemroot%\explorer.exe /e"
- modify the "Shortcut Properties/Shortcut/Start In" to point to your
"\\SERVER\SHARE\DIRECTORY" that has the shortcuts.

Notice how explorer will show the hidden share as a visible share 
in the servers share list after you have once opened it!

A shortcut to a folder has no iconfile by default so Explorer will
"check" the target to define what icon to use for it. If you have a lot
of these shortcuts in one folder it will take some time to open the
folder. To fix this you have to change the iconfile of the shortcuts.
Either fix one shortcut and then copy it to create the others or if 
you have done the shortcuts already then [SHORTCUT.EXE -c -i
Iconfile -x Icon Index -n Targetshortcut.lnk] will do the trick. It 
does not allow the use of wildcards so you need to do a few batch 
tricks here. Place the iconfile(s) to the same network share as the 
shortcuts.

This concept of a network share of collected admin shortcuts can easily
be enhaced with shortcuts to documentation, shortcuts to admin programs
in the network share (many of them don't need anything installed
locally) and so on... You can use it from any NT box anywhere.

Another hint: If you want to control network shares through Windows NT
Explorer then install the SHAREUI.DLL from Resource Kit. It's a neat
tool.

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
---------------------------------------------------------------------
BMC Software............. 49 1/8 58 1/2 27 3/8 46 -1.1%
Citrix Systems........... 63 1/2 75 1/2 31 1/2 -6.7%
Compaq Computer.......... 30 3/4 39 3/4 23 1/8 -13.6%
Computer Assoc........... 30 1/2 61 15/16 30 1/8 34 -10.4%
Data Genl................ 8 1/8 36 5/16 9 5/8 -31.2%
Dell Computer............ 118 3/4 129 3/8 35 72 +1.0%
Gateway 2000............. 53 3/8 68 3/4 25 1/16 70 -11.3%
Hewlett Packard.......... 51 1/2 82 3/8 49 18 -6.1%
IBM...................... 122 9/16 138 1/8 88 5/8 21 -4.1%
Intergraph............... 6 1/2 14 3/16 6 25/64 -5.4%
Microsoft Corp........... 105 1/4 119 5/8 59 63 -4.8%
NCR Corp................. 28 38 1/2 25 5/8 38 -7.0%
Network Assoc............ 35 5/8 56 7/8 27 3/8 -11.7%
Novell Inc............... 10 3/4 13 5/8 6 13/16 60 -2.2%
Oracle Corp.............. 21 5/16 41 1/16 17 3/4 26 -14.5%
Qualcom Inc.............. 46 1/16 71 15/16 45 34 -14.3%
Qualix Group Inc......... 2 6 1/8 1 1/4 -5.8%
Seagate Tech............. 20 3/16 40 5/8 17 3/4 -19.2%
Silicon Graphics......... 10 5/16 30 5/16 10 -8.3%
Sun Microsyst............ 42 1/4 52 13/16 30 3/8 22 -13.3%
Sybase Inc............... 6 15/16 23 5/8 6 1/8 -15.2%
Symntc................... 17 7/8 32 5/8 17 7/8 17 -18.4%
Unisys Cp................ 21 5/8 30 11/16 11 1/16 -15.8%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 8,051.68 -5.6%


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