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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Tue, Dec 1, 1998
Some Hot Items!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Hi All,

As you know, you normally get NTools E-News every two weeks,
but if something important hits our lines, we inform you right
away. There are a few hot items you need to know about :-)

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1) MICROSOFT RELEASES FREE SP4 RESOURCE KIT TOOLS AND NEW SP4 HOTFIX
2) DOUBLE-TAKE COMES WITH FREE BALANCE SUITE IN DECEMBER
3) COOL FREE UTILITY THAT SHOWS PERFORMANCE AS A SCREEN BLANKER
4) QUOTA ADVISOR IS ONLY UTILITY TO SUPPORT MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER
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1) MICROSOFT RELEASES FREE SP4 RESOURCE KIT TOOLS AND NEW SP4 HOTFIX

In the recent NTools E-News I mentioned that SP4 came with reskit tools,
but omitted to tell you where you could get them. This is the place to get
your hands on these puppies. This free version (subset) of the ResKit has
more than 30 small utilities included. It's called the 'Service Pack 4
Resource Kit Support Tools'... They are here:
http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/recommended/ntkit .

And if you (right after installing SP4) suddenly ran into difficulties 
with your Intellimouse like we did, there is a new driver out that will
solve this issue over at:
http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/intellipoint/22c/intellieng.asp

And, as expected, the first hotfix for SP4 came out. The name of this
little beasty is Nprpc, an abbreviation of Named Pipes over RPC. You can
get it via Microsoft's FTP site at:
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/NT40
/hotfixes-postSP4/nprpc-fix/

You can keep track of all hotfixes, and all Service Pack versions with 
the new SPQuery tool: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/spquery.htm
This is an incredible time saver and actually really cheap. You can even
get it with immediate online delivery and a credit card for only $129.95.
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2) DOUBLE-TAKE COMES WITH FREE BALANCE SUITE IN DECEMBER 1998.

NSI Software, the developer of Double-Take just told us about their
year-end special. This is December 1998-only.

END OF YEAR PROMOTION!!! PURCHASE NSI'S AWARD WINNING DOUBLE-TAKE
REAL-TIME BACKUP AND HIGH AVAILABILITY SOFTWARE BY DECEMBER 31, 1998 AND
RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF NSI'S OTHER AWARD WINNING PRODUCT BALANCE SUITE.
A $395.00 Value! *(see Double-Take webpage below for details & conditions)

Double-Take : http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm
Double-Take creates a fault tolerant environment by mirroring your critical
files in real-time to a target server and failing over to the target server
when your source server fails. 

Balance Suite : http://www.sunbelt-software.com/balance.htm
Balance Suite allows you to plug in one or more extra NIC's in your server
and have a virtual NIC that speeds up your Server's network access and
creates a fault tolerant NIC at the same time. Killer combo with Double-
Take for Mission Critical Servers.

And a small reminder, if you want to get your hands on Convoy Cluster
Software to create a fault tolerant web-server, you gotta do it before
the end of the year as well before the product gets absorbed into NT4.0EE
Check it out at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/convoy.htm

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3) COOL FREE UTILITY THAT SHOWS PERFORMANCE AS A SCREEN BLANKER

On our NTSYSADMIN list we have over 4,000 subscribers that form a strong
online community helping each other to solve NT related problems. This
morning some one asked for a screen saver that would put performance data
on the screen so you can see in the blink of an eye how a server is doing.
Well, in a few hours one popped up we thought was very cool and it's free.
We're now running it on Sunbelt's servers and decided to let you share
this goodie at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/downlibr.htm
If you want to join NTSYSADMIN ( +/- 150 messages per day)
http://lyris.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/lyris.pl?join=ntsysadmin
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4) QUOTA ADVISOR IS ONLY UTILITY TO SUPPORT MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER

The brand new version 4.0 of Quota Advisor is now available and supports
Microsoft Cluster Server. Quota Advisor comes in two flavors, one is the
normal one for a single NT Server. The other version is modified for MCS
and will keep on working transparently if one of the MCS nodes fails over
to another. Quota Advisor is the only hard quota tool to support MCS.
Download a 30-day eval down here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/qa21.htm
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That's all for this NewsFlash!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])