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Sun, Oct 11, 1998
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] E-News - Oct 11, 1998
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Sunbelt Windows NTools[tm] Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 3, #20 - Oct 11, 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" 

2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* DOUBLE-TAKE WAN FAILOVER

3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 
* SERVICE PACK 4 WILL 'BE HERE SOON'
* ADD-0N PACK: WINDOWS NT SERVICES FOR UNIX
* MICROSOFT WEBSITE FEATURES TRUSTED ENTERPRISE MANAGER
* PRESIDENT ORDERS END TO GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE PIRACY 

4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* WHY SUNBELT NO LONGER SELLS OCTOPUS
* GET A PRIVATE PREVIEW OF SRM 3.0 ENTERPRISE EDITION
* CHECK OUT CONVOY AT THE NETWORLD+INTEROP SHOW
* NT SERVICES HAVE ACCOUNTS AND PASSWORDS AS WELL
* NEW QUOTA ADVISOR V4.0 ANNOUNCEMENT

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

6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

7. "Y2K WATCH"

8. "HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST"
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

This is an interesting industry and Win NT is an even more interesting
section of the Information Systems market. The pace is fast and furious.
Lot's of excitement and motion. Products created, then sold to other
companies. Companies created and taken over by other bigger or sometimes
smaller outfits. Lots of new products hitting the market all the time
as every one and their brother jumps on the NT Bandwagon hoping to make
a buck or two million. 

In markets like this more and more magazines appear, all claiming to 
be THE authorative voice. And then suddenly disappear after two issues
like Windows Pro just did. Yanked by the publisher because they were 
losing money. Such is life in the computer bizz.
And in the midst of all this you try to keep up, determine which is the

best direction and what choices are the best for your infrastructure.
Not an easy task. Sunbelt tries to be a stable point in this interesting
but also confusing market. We've been in this game since 1983, and 
always done system management utilities. We have seen the big picture 
when we did VMS and sold tools for MIS datacenters that had many 
millions worth of VAX hardware sitting there.

With our 15 years of background we have some long term perspective and
also can see where NT is going. That allows us to make strategic choices
regarding the products we think are going to be needed. Via surveys you
then tell us if we are right or not. That's why we do not sell hundreds 
of products. It does not happen often, but now and then we see the need
to replace one tool with another. Rational consideration tells us that 
making that change creates "the greatest good for the greatest number".

We like you to understand why we make these choices so in this issue
is an article why Sunbelt changed from Octopus to Double-Take. 

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* DOUBLE-TAKE WAN FAILOVER

According to an already a bit old FIND/SVP Strategic Research Division 
Report from 1992, system "downtime" costs U.S. businesses $4 billion 
per year. By now, that is likely significantly higher. The average 
unplanned downtime event results in a $140,000 loss in the retail 
industry and a $450,000 loss in the securities industry. More and more
systems are in need of very high levels of availability, driven in part 
by the increasing use of the Web. And system outages are more visible 
to the customer for the same reasons. 

Having a system in place that creates redundancy is in many cases a
MUST for mission critical NT servers. With the cheap hardware we have
available today that is more and more easy to achieve. Throw in a third
party mirroring and failover solution and you have a system that would
cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a few years ago.

NSI?s Double-Take for Windows NT has the capability to allow a target 
(backup) server to stand-in for a source (production) server when it is 
not available. This capability works in both Local Area Networks (LAN) 
and Wide Area Networks (WANS). Double-Take?s failover capability can 
be used on the following types of networks:
LAN
WAN with VPN
WAN with WINS or DNS reconfiguration
WAN with source servers using secondary IP sub-nets.

I will focus on TCP/IP networks. For the purpose of this briefing a 
LAN is a group of network devices the are connected by: repeaters, hubs, 
switches, bridges, or MAUs. Inside of a LAN, one device can find 
another device by sending an Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) packet.

In a typical NT environment each server has a server name, and one or 
more network (IP) address. Applications (i.e. Exchange, SQL Server) 
are based on server names, and network transport is based on IP 
addresses. Network applications need a way to translate server names 
into IP address in order to move data from application servers to 
client applications. The three most common ways to translate server 
names into IP addresses are:
NetBIOS Browsers,
WINS,
DNS.

NetBIOS Browsers will allow a LAN to resolve server names to IP address, 
but will not function over a WAN. NT computers automatically create 
them, when they are needed. Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) is 
an additional service shipped with NT. It allows devices over a WAN or 
LAN to resolve server names to IP addresses. WINS doesn?t require 
network broadcast packets, and uses up less network resources than 
NetBIOS Browsers. But, WINS must be manually configured, as where 
NetBIOS Browsers are automatically configured. 

Domain Names Servers (DNS) are similar to WINS, but they don?t support 
dynamic changing of server names. Also WINS uses NetBIOS names, where 
an underscore (_)is a valid character, and dashes (-) are not allowed. 
DNS uses computer names where dashes are valid characters and under-
scores are not. Microsoft currently recommends not using dashes or 
underscores in computer names, as either character will not allow the 
NetBIOS name to be the same as computer names. Some applications 
require that a computer?s NetBIOS name is the same as its computer 
name. Tthis is also required for NT 5 migration. Either DNS names or 
NetBIOS names can be used for computer names. It depends on the app 
as to which type of name is used and preferred.

FAILOVER INSIDE OF A LAN

Inside of a LAN, Double-Take can failover servers without any additional 
network addressing concerns. During failover the target server will 
assume the IP address, and machine name of the missing source server 
while maintaining its own identity. After the target server assumes 
the identity of the source server it sends out an ARP reply broadcast 
so that all machines on the LAN will now send packets to the target 
server. This reconfiguration can be completely transparent to the 
clients.

FAILOVER INSIDE OF A WAN WITH VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a group of devices that logically 
appear as local to each other, but are separated physically. The 
routers and or switches in a WAN, hide the true location of devices in 
a VPN from each other. The routers and switches handle ARP requests to 
insure all devices on a VPN can see each other as local devices - 
regardless of the actually network distance between the devices. In 
a VPN, the routers and switches will allow Double-Take to failover 
across a WAN. It allows the source and target servers to be on the 
same logical IP subnet even thought they are separate.

WAN WITH WINS OR DNS RECONFIGURATION

In a typical WAN environment, an IP address that is valid on one network 
segment will not be valid on another segment. In this case Double-Take 
needs a way to change the IP address associated with a server name 
during the failover process -- this will allow Clients to send packets 
to the same server name, but to a different IP address. Changing the 
IP address associated with a server name can be accomplished with WINS 
or DNS scripting. The following is how to script a WINS server to allow 
failover across a WAN.

Using Double-Take for Windows NT, client computers can automatically 
reconnect to a disaster recovery server across an IP-based wide area 
network (WAN). After the initial Double-Take and WAN setup, there are 
four additional steps required to utilize Double-Take failover across 
your WAN:
1. Changing the Double-Take Failover Target Service Account Rights
2. Creating LMHOSTS Files for NetBIOS Name Resolution
3. Creating a WINSCL Script
4. Creating a Double-Take Failover Script

CONCLUSION: It is possible to failover NT servers across LAN and WAN 
configurations. For each situation the desired results should be 
simulated and tested before they are put into production. If you want
to try this out in a controlled environment please contact our Tech 
Support after downloading: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* SERVICE PACK 4 WILL 'BE HERE SOON'

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's new Pres was talking at the Microsoft 
Business Applications Conference in Las Vegas last Friday, Sept 14-th.
Ballmer said that Service Pack 4 for NT 4.0 will be out within a
month. Well, we have heard noises like that before in June so we'll
believe it when we see it. 

There were users at the conference that commented about NT 4.0's 
instability when compared to earlier versions. The new SP4 will fix 
1,200 bugs and some 20 memory leaks. The latter are bugs that cause 
the operating system not to free up memory after that memory is no 
longer in use. When you have a few of those leaks, your box runs out
of memory with all dire consequences that has. What he did not say
is that it's reported to be a whopping 80 Megabytes!

Additionally, SP4 makes NT 4.0 completely year 2000-compliant. It also
contains security fixes Microsoft has developed in recent months, and 
"enhanced security components," but he did get any further into that. 
"Service Pack 4's primary focus is on stability and reliability," 
Ballmer claimed in his trademark enthusiastic tone.

"The big goal for us with NT 5.0 is to keep service packs coming on 
a more regular basis than before," Steve said. NT 5.0 is still eight 
to 12 months from shipping he claimed. Hmmmm.

The good news is that Sunbelt is ALMOST ready (we are talking a few
days here, no Microsoft slideware) with a new product that will help 
you enormously managing service packs and hotfixes. It's great timing
with SP4 around the corner. Expect a NewsFlash with the announcement
shortly!
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* ADD-0N PACK: WINDOWS NT SERVICES FOR UNIX

If you manage an environment of both NT and UNIX you can now
get your hands on Beta 3 of the NT Services For UNIX Add-On Pack at the
following URL (broken up for readability, paste it into the address) 
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/News/September1998/NTserv4UNIX.asp?
custarea=b us&site=ntw&openmenu=ntwhome&highlighteditem= 

This Pack has pretty interesting features such as remote admin, cross-
platform scripting, resource sharing, and password synchronization. 
If you work with UNIX, you definitely want to get your hands on this
pack! Microsoft is licensing Network File System client/server software 
from Intergraph Corp. Intergraph is a leading vendor of Windows NT and 
UNIX interoperability solutions. (Sunbelt runs on an Intergraph server
and we've got nothing but good things to say about it)
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* MICROSOFT WEBSITE FEATURES TRUSTED ENTERPRISE MANAGER

We were happily surprised when we found that Microsoft features TEM
on the TechNet website. To quote them: "Trusted Enterprise Manager 
(TEM) is the first standards-based solution to allow secure delegation 
of user administration for Windows NT networks. TEM scales and simpli-
fies Windows NT management by providing secure delegation of NT Admin 
tasks. It also allows you to extend and standardize your environment 
as you deploy Windows NT". Could not have said it any better myself
.

They continue: "TEM uses a series of real-time fault-tolerant NT 
services that function as substitute Domain Administrators. Requests 
from designated NT users are proxied through these TEM services which 
carry out the intended tasks. Using Microsoft?s existing network 
objects, TEM lets you define naming standards to describe your 
organizational structure and prepare for NT 5.0. 

"TEM?s underlying philosophy of Task Driven Administration (TDA) 
reduces the cost of Windows NT management and saves valuable time for 
network administrators. TEM?s Active Collection technology allows 
delegated permissions to be grouped into custom security profiles that 
meet the specific administrative requirements of your organization. 
TEM also provides flexible reporting capabilities and extensive 
NT Event Viewer logging. 

"By leveraging NT Server?s standard components, scripting & security, 
TEM easily integrates into any NT environment. TEM maximizes your NT 
training investment and the ability to migrate to new versions of the 
operating system. 

Wow. That's an endorsement if I've ever seen one!

I can add that TEM is going to integrate with 5.0 and Active Directory
in a great way and continue to provide vital additional features. In
other words, it's going to fill some holes in AD. Want to see it for
yourself? http://www.sunbelt-software.com/tem.htm
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* PRESIDENT ORDERS END TO GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE PIRACY 

The White House last week ordered federal agencies to crack down on the 
use of pirated software in government computers, and directed the US 
senior trade official to urge foreign governments to do the same. The 
executive order, signed personally by President Clinton, orders federal 
agencies to only use authorized and paid for software, prepare an 
inventory of software on their computers and maintain adequate record-
keeping systems. "We are declaring war on software piracy," VP Al Gore 
said in a statement. "The message is clear: Don't copy that floppy. At 
home or abroad, intellectual property must be protected." The US Govt, 
which spends more than $20bn a year on IT, is the world's #1 purchaser 
of computers and related equipment. But there are no good estimates, 
other than anecdotes, about how rampant piracy runs among government 
offices. 

In the US, the Software Publishers Association (SPA), a trade body, 
estimates piracy cost companies alone over $2.5bn in 1997, and more 
than $11bn worldwide. Mark Traphagen, SPA's vice president for 
intellectual property and trade policy described the announcement as 
"a significant step forward in combating software piracy at home and 
abroad." He also urged state governments to set a good example by 
implementing a comprehensive and verifiable software asset management 
program in their own agencies. See www.whitehouse.gov 

How to solve this in your own organization? Lan Licenser has raised the 
bar in software license metering by not only actively metering and 
passively monitoring applications, but also by automatically distributing
licenses across the LAN and WAN in an efficient manner. By capturing 
both historical and ongoing demand for each product, Lan Licenser pro-
actively ensures that licenses are distributed to servers according to 
actual need. This assures companies of all sizes that they can obtain 
the maximum usage of their existing software licenses, which can save 
medium to large organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars on their 
software expenditures." http://www.sunbelt-software.com/lanlic.htm


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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* WHY SUNBELT NO LONGER SELLS OCTOPUS

Let's start with a few important basic points. Our priority is to always 
have your best interest in mind. You are our customer and it is our goal 
to help you succeed keeping NT up and running. We expect you to call us 
when you need more tools, and ask us for help and tech support. If we 
sell you a bad solution, we will lose you as a long term customer. In 
short, for our mutual long term survival and success we need to provide 
you with top quality products and support.

We will always be there for you, 24 hours a day. We take responsibility 
for the tools we sell you, so we will continue to support Octopus. We 
just don't sell it anymore and selected a good alternative product for 
real-time mirroring and fail-over. Why? Read on...

Sunbelt is in the furtunate position to be able to choose the products
we sell. We are not owned by anyone and have no vested interests in
one product or another. That's the reason that we can be objective
and make product decision that will make both of us survive better.

Since the Octopus technology was acquired by a new owner early 1997, 
some things have happened. Let me first give you some actual facts that 
you can verify yourself. Then I'll give you my opinion and with that 
data you can make up your own mind.

1) The company that bought Octopus was called Qualix. They came out
with an initial public stock offering early last year that opened at
around 9 or 10 dollars. The stock slid into the gutter and is still
hovering around one or two bucks. You can check this at NASDAQ (FTSW).

2) Qualix dropped this company name, renamed itself to FullTime
Software, and started a new marketing campaign that does not mention
Octopus. Qualix has a background in Unix (SUN Solaris mainly) and had
no track record in the NT environment when they bought Octopus.

3) The Octopus Brand is no longer promoted like it used to be. They
had full page Octopus ads in many the magazines all the time. No More. 
The company is now promoting the 'FullTime Solutions' they introduced.

4) On the FullTime Software website their President denies they are 
dropping support for Octopus, but admits they are promoting exciting
new FullTime solutions. Verify this yourself.

5) FullTime Software no longer allows web-downloads of Octopus for
30-day eval purposed (!)

6) They are bleeding red ink. This is from their June 1998 quarterly
financial report: "FullTime Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTSW), formerly 
known as Qualix Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLIX), today reported total 
revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 1998 of $6.5 million. This 
represents an increase of 9% compared to the prior quarter and a 
23% decline from $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 1997. 
Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 1998 was $2.7 million or 
($0.26) per share as compared to a net loss of $3.1 million last 
quarter. In the prior year, net income in the fourth quarter was 
$1.1 million or $0.10 per share." Check the rest on their website.

The above 6 points are facts. The rest that follows is my opinion. 
I have not talked about the total sales volume of Octopus because their
financials do not break out Octopus sales specifically, but I know that 
Sunbelt sales of Octopus have dropped dramatically. It is not so
strange that investors treat the stock the way they do.

When I look at the above points, I see the new owner of Octopus is 
not continuing with all the successful actions that made Octopus the
only game in town. I personally think that this is not in the best
interest of current and future Octopus users. I also think that if you 
currently use Octopus you should consider if you want to (continue to) 
trust your mission critical systems to that product.

Sunbelt can no longer responsibly sell Octopus to our customers. We are 
committed to keeping your systems up & running though, and after careful 
research selected award-winning Double-Take to take its place. For 
about the price of one year's worth of Octopus maintenance you can get 
Double-Take for 2 nodes _and_ have 12 months maintenance included. 
We hope that will make the switch to Double-Take as painless as possible.
It works with Exchange and SQL Server and is BackOffice Certified. And 
you can download Double-Take from our website for a spin! Check out:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm

We hope you see what we are trying to do. We are continually looking
out for your interest in a market that is rapidly changing and take
responsibility for keeping you up & running. And let's be honest about
it. The reason is of course simple. We want you to be a happy camper 
saving time and money, come back and pick up more cool tools, it's a 
win-win that way.
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* GET A PRIVATE SCREENING OF SRM 3.0 ENTERPRISE EDITION (US Only)

As you know, Sunbelt has been promoting HighGround's Storage Resource 
Manager as the solution you need to get the alerts, reports, and trends 
to centrally manage your NT and BackOffice storage. And our recent 
survey indicated that managing disk storage is getting harder and taking 
up even more of your time. 

Well, we've got something really special for you! HighGround is going 
to be at the Sunbelt US Office on Wednesday October 14, and has offered 
to give a private screening of the soon-to-be-released SRM Enterprise 
Edition to about 15-20 Sunbelt customers. If you have more than 20 NT 
servers, take this opportunity to get a LIVE 20-minute guided tour of 
the new release before it's announced to the Press... 

Since SRM is Web-based, you'll be able to drive it from your own desktop.
Disk space reports and thresholds, capacity planning, backup planning, 
Storage Area Network preparation, directory and network wide user quotas,
disk space chargeback, stale file analysis, and file server load balancing
are all possible with the new release. Pick your time slot now, because 
they'll go fast! Call 888 NT UTILS quickly.
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* CHECK OUT CONVOY AT THE NETWORLD+INTEROP SHOW

Convoy has a significant presence at Networld+Interop Atlanta in two 
weeks. Microsoft is displaying a 'Clustering Data Center', featuring 
a Convoy cluster and a Wolfpack cluster working together, simulating a 
business-to-consumer e-commerce Web site. In conjunction with Compaq 
the demo is used to highlight Microsoft?s clustering vision: complete 
front-to-back high availability using Convoy that will be called the
'Windows NT Load Balancing Service' and Microsoft Cluster Service, 
centered on Windows NT Server, Enterprise Edition.

Since the show is focusing on technology that is available today, 
Microsoft will be referring to Sunbelt those who ask to license Convoy. 
If you cannot make it to the show, at least get a 30-day copy for
eval. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/convoy.htm

(PS, with the current pricing structure you are going to save yourself
a BUNCH of money buying Convoy before it gets part of NT Enterprise
Edition. I just checked the Microsoft website and an upgrade from 
NT Standard to Enterprise is over $3,000 per machine. For two machines
that is 6 grand, where Convoy for 2 machines is only 2 grand) 
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* NT SERVICES HAVE ACCOUNTS AND PASSWORDS AS WELL

Just like a User on an NT system has an account and a password, a 
SERVICE that is running on NT also has an account and a password. Not 
many people know this. These passwords need to be modified on a regular 
basis because of security reasons. If you do not change these, you open
up your server for security breaches. NetServaNT helps out:

You can use Network ServaNT to change the password of multiple services 
simultaneously from a GUI control panel.

Here is how you should do it:
1. Click the attached tree file. Open all (domains/) servers you want 
to manage.
2. Keep on clicking the + sign to view all services from all servers. 
3. Press the CTRL key to select the services you want to alter the 
password of (this even works across domains!).
4. Click the right mouse button.
5. Click Startup...
6. Select the second check box in the ?Apply? column.
7. You are now able to enter a new password for all selected services.
8. Click OK.

Try it out for yourself: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netserv.htm
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* NEW QUOTA ADVISOR V4.0 ANNOUNCEMENT

Before the end of this month, Quota Advisor V4.0 will be released. 
This new version has important new Key Features you'll be interested
in.

- User Learn Mode: Learn Mode reduces the need for Administrator 
intervention and makes configuration easier. QA 4.0 automatically 
detect users as they place files in the object. The quotas are based 
on a system-wide default, a specified template, or a group template. 
The administrator needs to create a user-mode quota only. There is no 
need to add users manually.

- Directory Learn Mode: QA 4.0 automatically detects directories as 
they are created within the object. Quotas are based on a system-wide 
default, a specified template, or a group template. The administrator 
needs to create a directory learn mode quota only. There is no need to 
add directories manually.

- Install, Deinstall and Operation Wizard: QA 4.0 operation functions 
are provided in an easy to use Operation Wizard. Whether the user is 
an experienced-resource management guru, or a first-time user, the 
ease-of-use interface enables anyone to confidently establish quotas. 
The Deinstall option allows for clean removal of the application.

- Remote Installation and Deinstallation Wizards: Administrators 
can remotely install QA 4.0 and DW 4.0 from a Central Management 
Station. As an option, device capacity quotas may be added to all of 
the drives automatically. 

- Quota Replication: When a server creates and deletes quota objects, 
they are created and deleted on the replicated server. Administrators 
can add an unlimited number of replicated servers.

- Distributed Templates: This enables the administrator to place quota 
templates, anywhere on the network, which can aid in configuration, 
fail-over capabilities and backups.

- SNMP Support: QA 4.0 threshold messages are sent to an SNMP client 
as a trap. All major SNMP client are supported.

- Auto Device Detecting: When administrators add new devices to the 
system, QA 4.0 and DW 4.0 will auto detect there existence and add a 
device-capacity quota based on a system-wide template. This ensures 
all devices are protected without user intervention.

- Auto-Loaded Driver: The system will not require a reboot after QA 
4.0 is installed on a new system.

- Customize Monitor Columns: The monitor screen includes customizable 
monitor columns, resizable fonts, changeable colors and output formats 
i.e., Byte, KB and MB.

- Add and Delete and Show Quota Explorer Snap-ins: This Snap-in is 
used to add, delete and query quotas from Explorer.

And yesterday I was told that this new v4.0 of Quota Advisor passed a
24-hour BlueCurve stress test that put the product under very high
strain. We will let you know when you can download 4.0 for a 30-day
trial in the next few days.
--------------------------------

* NEW CENTRALIZED PRINTER DRIVER SOLUTION

One of Sunbelt's existing developers has come up with a real life 
solution for a real life problem. QDRIVER provides a single print 
driver, which allows users access to a set of output destinations.
It saves a lot of time when every desktop has immediate printer 
access and dependable remote controlled updates.

QDRIVER centralized management enables administrators the control 
to filter updates to servers only and not to every desktop on the 
network. QDRIVER works off of commercial print drivers, thus 
utilizing the manufacturers specialized printing options. This also 
extends output options to include email, faxes, and news servers. 
Managers do not have to do any additional training because the 
printing environment is not altered. 

Early availability of QDRIVER is being rolled out to select customers 
and partners worldwide. Organizations can apply to be put on a Beta
list to test QDRIVER by contacting Sunbelt at the numbers you know. 
General release is planned for end of 1998.
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

There is a little information out on Microsoft home page about NT5 EE.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsnt5/server/overview/whatsnewntsee.asp
Fred Watrous
---
If you are looking for NT solutions that other people have implemented
in your industry, there is a not very well known section on the MS Web
site that allows you to search for companies like your own and see what
they have done with NT: http://www.microsoft.com/industry/default4.htm
---

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"

(00s)
SYMBL SECURITY CLOSE CHANGE VOL 
---------------------------------------------------------------------
BMCS BMC Software....................... 45 11/16 +5 1/8 72913
CTXS Citrix Systems..................... 54 3/4 +4 23527
CPQ Compaq Computer.................... 26 1/2 +2 7/16 175855
CA Computer Assoc..................... 32 5/8 +1 3/16 24657
DGN Data Genl.......................... 10 + 3/8 8189
DELL Dell Computer...................... 52 13/16 +4 3/8 533767
GTW Gateway 2000....................... 43 3/4 +2 1/4 19883
HWP Hewlett Packard.................... 49 9/16 + 3/8 33840
IBM IBM................................ 127 5/16 +3 13/16 58426
INGR Intergraph......................... 5 5/8 - 1/4 2620
MSFT Microsoft Corp..................... 96 7/8 +5 11/16 181654
NCR NCR Corp........................... 29 13/16 + 7/16 2351
NETA Network Assoc...................... 30 3/8 +1 1/4 31441
NOVL Novell Inc......................... 11 3/16 + 3/4 39856
ORCL Oracle Corp........................ 25 1/2 +1 5/8 102495
QCOM Qualcom Inc........................ 40 15/16 +1 13/16 17529
FTSW Qualix Group Inc................... 1 9/64 - 1/64 558
SEG Seagate Tech....................... 24 3/8 +2 5/16 22182
SGI Silicon Graphics................... 8 3/16 + 5/16 12726
SUNW Sun Microsyst...................... 43 1/2 +3 1/16 71541
SYBS Sybase Inc......................... 4 15/16 + 3/16 7785
SYMC Symntc............................. 9 - 3/16 17819
UIS Unisys Cp.......................... 20 1/4 + 7/8 14330
DJIA Dow Jones 30 Industrials........... 7,899.52 +167.61 
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7. "Y2K WATCH"

I attended today a meeting of our local Y2K Chapter that we host on
the Sunbelt servers ( http://www.make-y2k-safe.com ) The speaker was
Mike Mahoney, from Tampa Energy Corp. TECO has started early in Aug
1995 to make an inventory of all their systems that could be affected,
will be done end of this year and be pretty much compliant. They will
use 1999 for testing and making sure the roll over to 1/1/2000 will
work fine.

TECO is one of the few with the foresight to start early. When we asked 
about the other Utilities in Florida, he could not say much except for 
the fact they started later then TECO. Sometimes a lot later. Since 
Florida is isolated, it needs to generate most of its own power and does 
not depend much on having to buy power from other states. However, if 
the systems inside Florida fail due to embedded circuits that trip all 
at the same time we would still have a problem.

In that case a Statewide Emergency Contingency Plan kicks in. Your own
area has one of these as well. If there is not enough energy for every
one, they implement "rolling blackouts". That means in the TECO case 
every 15 minutes per hour the power is down. I suggest you start looking
at battery backups that last at least 30 minutes and have a FAST re-
charge time! :-)

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