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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Nov 5, 1998
2 Important Points...
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Hi All!,

Two points of interest. I'm standing on the Show Floor of the
Grand Hall of the Olympia Conference Center in London UK. This is
the largest Windows NT Show in Europe. The coming newsletter 
will get you all the hot news. Don't you think the web is 
marvellous? I'm able to get info to you guys from any place
on the planet.. 

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman



You could very well call SRM the 'missing BackOffice Storage 
Server module'...

HighGround Systems announced Storage Resource Manager 3.0 Enterprise 
Edition - it is simply the most comprehensive Web-based solution for 
centrally monitoring the availability, use, and performance of your
NT Storage. SRM 3.0 Enterprise Edition cuts down the time and money
you spend managing disk and file storage. SRM eliminates user produc-
tivity losses due to network storage failures and bottlenecks, provides 
remote control over your distributed WAN storage, and ensures that your 
return on existing storage investments is maximized.

Storage Resource Manager 3.0 Enterprise Edition highlights include:

- Increased scalability through integration with Microsoft SQL ServerŪ, 
which makes SRM ideally suited for large-scale Windows NT enterprises

- Pre-packaged file filters that enable you to audit your network 
storage for Temporary Files, Paging Files, Mailboxes, Graphics Files, 
and Database Files for strategic projects like server consolidation, 
Storage Area Networks (SAN), backup/recovery, and data migration.

- Full year historical disk space consumption and use histograms that 
help you to predict future capacity needs, efficiently load balance 
file servers to avoid productivity losses, and reclaim unused storage.

- Storage console interface that creates shortcuts to the most commonly-
requested reports, including User Quotas, Capacity Planning, Stale 
File Analysis, Storage Load Balancing, Backup Planning, and Un-backed 
Up Files.

- Automatic discovery of common directories and Windows NT share points 
for fast and easy user disk space management.

- Alerts, thresholds, reports, and historical trends on directory disk 
space levels for centralized quota management and disk space charge- 

SRM today is helping many of the leading Windows NT users in the world 
including Chevron, Staples, and Siemens. It help you increase server 
up-time through automated storage resource monitoring. SRM 3.0 EE
adds the scalability and functionality that you need to proactively 
manage your storage, and turn it into a strategic business asset.

Steve Schutz, Senior Information Center Analyst at Siemens Canada, 
relies on Storage Resource Manager to automatically monitor the RAID 
storage on all of his company?s distributed Windows NT Servers. 

SRM 3.0 Enterprise Edition?s reports and historical trends provide 
you with the information you need in order to make strategic decisions 
involving Windows NT enterprise storage. 

In addition, SRM EE is used by Global 5000 organizations for a variety 
of strategic IT projects, including Windows NT Server rollout, server 
consolidation, backup/recovery planning, capacity planning, quota 
management policies, budget justification, disk space chargeback, and 
Storage Area Network (SAN) planning.

Microsoft's endorsement:

"Storage Resource Manager 3.0 Enterprise Edition provides the 
centralized storage automation, monitoring, alerting, and planning 
features that IT organizations need to manage and scale their Windows 
NT and Microsoft BackOffice environments," said Richard Tong, 
Vice President, Applications Product Management at Microsoft. 

Storage Resource Manager 2.1 Network Edition continues to be available.
Check out our website to find out what the differences are.

SRM 3.0 Enterprise Edition features a wide range of monitoring, 
reporting, and alerting features, improved manageability features, 
and expanded support for Windows NT technologies:

Monitoring, Alerting, and Reporting Features
- Disk Space alerts and thresholds ensure that file and application 
servers have enough free space to run
- Backup Sizing reports show how much secondary storage is required 
for full and incremental backups, and enable optimization of 
existing backup clients and servers to keep backups inside backup 
- Quotas on network-wide user consumption or in specific directories 
alert users (and administrators) when disk space consumption exceeds 
quota thresholds
- Consolidated space reports by computer and directory show which 
file servers have capacity to handle new users or projects
- Capacity Planning trends show historic rate of disk space consumption, 
and enable administrators to determine where and when to add new 
- User and Group Consumption reports enable easy disk space chargeback, 
so departments pay for the storage they use
- Un-Backed Up File reports identify files that have been modified but 
not been backed up to ensure complete backup coverage and prevent data 
- Stale File reports locate files that are not being actively used so 
disk space can be reclaimed and unnecessary storage purchases 
- Load Balancing reports ensure user productivity is not restricted 
by overburdened servers or disk partitions
- Largest File and Directory reports enable storage audits for Storage 
Area Network (SAN) planning, server consolidation, and data migration 

Manageability Features

- Alerts issued through DHTML web pages, SMTP e-mail, and Windows NT 
Event Logs ensure flexible, redundant notification schemes
- Integration with SNMP management frameworks, including CA-Unicenter, 
Tivoli TME, HP OpenView/ITO, provide help desks with storage alerts 
- User, computer, partition, and directory groups enable you to manage 
storage by business lines or functional responsibility
- Scan time and frequency controls enable IT managers to adjust storage 
scans to fit network schedules
- Pre-packaged and user-definable file filters enable IT managers to 
audit their network storage for Temporary Files, Paging Files, 
Mailboxes, Graphics Files, and Database Files for strategic IT 
projects like server consolidation, Storage Area Networks (SAN), 
backup/recovery, and data migration.

Support For Standard Windows NT Technologies

- Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 (and 7.0 when it becomes available) is 
used as the database for the Storage Resource Manager Enterprise 
Edition management server (continued on next page).
- Fully functional Web Console enables IT managers to perform all 
configuration and reporting functions via an Internet Explorer or 
Netscape Navigator web browser, which is ideal for managing storage 
in distributed WAN environments.
- Windows NT Explorer integration enables IT managers to take immediate 
action on storage resources (delete or archive files, move directories)
- Internet Information Server (IIS), DHTML, and Active Server Pages are 
used to provide the dynamic, hyperlinked reports that enable managerial 
ad hoc queries along lines of thought.

Get your SRM 3.0 EE over here now:



Infoworld Electric reported at 10:14 AM PT, Oct 27, 1998 the following:

Microsoft made the name "New Technology" old news on Tuesday by 
changing the name of Windows NT to Windows 2000, and announcing new 
packaging options for the server and client operating system. 

1) NT Workstation 5.0 will become Windows 2000 Professional.
2) NT Server 5.0 will become Windows 2000 Server. 
3) Also they unveiled Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, that will be
optimized for large data warehouses and other heavy-duty projects. 
It will support 16-way symmetric multiprocessing and as much as 64GB 
of physical memory. 
4) In addition to Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Microsoft will 
rename Windows NT 5.0 Enterprise Edition, to Windows 2000 Advanced 

The line "Built on Windows NT technology" will be attached to the 
Windows 2000 products, officials said at a news conference in San 

The name change, which takes effect immediately, reflects changes 
to NT over the past several years, Chase said, and brings the product's 
name in line with other Microsoft brands, such as Office 2000. 

Beefing up the "Windows" brand was a key consideration for Microsoft, 
where officials reportedly were not satisfied that users frequently 
referred to the product simply as "NT." Microsoft owns the trademark 
"Windows NT" but used "NT" only due to a confidential agreement with 
Northern Telecom. 

"This makes it simple," Chase said. "It's all about Windows -- built 
on NT technology." 

Windows 2000, now in Beta 2 testing, will ship sometime in 1999, 
according to Microsoft. Windows 2000 Datacenter will ship 60 to 90 
days after the other versions, Chase said. He would not divulge 
pricing, except to say that Windows 2000 Advanced Server likely
will be priced lower than the current NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition. 


That's all for this NewsFlash!

Next time, news from Europe.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])