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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Jan 17, 1999
Cool New NT Hardware!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. "EDITORS CORNER" 
2. "TECH BRIEFING"
* VERY COOL NEW NT HARDWARE FROM SILICON GRAPHICS
3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 
* NT SERVER GROWTH NUMBERS
* REGISTER NOW FOR MICROSOFT TECH·ED 99
* IS NETWARE V5 34% FASTER THAN NT? 
* LOOKING FOR NT 5.0 TRAINING?
4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"
* LAN LICENSER NEW VERSION 3.1
* SECURITY EXPLORER HELPS MANAGE NTFS PERMISSIONS
* NEW WAY TO RECOVER DELETED FILES: FORENS-NT
* NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: HYENA
5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...
6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH"
7. "Y2K WATCH"
8. "HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST"
Instructions on how to subscribe, sign off or change your address.

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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 


Hi NT-ers,

We?re keeping the Editor?s corner short this time. A lot has been
happening and we need the space for all the news.

If this is the first time you receive this newsletter, welcome 
to the fast growing group of NT professionals that want to be kept
up to date with the 'NT latest and greatest'. 

Let's see what is going on in the NT-world!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* VERY COOL NEW NT HARDWARE FROM SILICON GRAPHICS

We do not talk a lot about hardware, but this is really interesting.
Silicon Graphics, Inc. announced this week a new line of workstations 
based on NT for "visual computing" that takes high-end media stuff right 
to your desktop. Wanted to do your own ?Titanic?? Well, this will get
the job done ;-) SGI has differentiated their machine from the boxes
that everybody else sells, and these graphics hot rods look good too. 

The workstations, the Silicon Graphics 320 and the Silicon Graphics 540, 
are custom-designed for high end "visual computing" applications such as
video production, 3D medical imaging, Computer Aided Design (CAD), film
and television special effects, and topography mapping. 

Silicon Graphics has always been a leader in high-end graphics but have
had a few slow quarters with their Unix based workstations. They now used
the advanced processor technology of Intel and the much lower cost of the
Windows platform to make professional visual computing possible for you
and me. Some of the 320 pretty impressive specs and the prices:

- SGI superfast COBALT graphics chipset
- 10/100 Ethernet built in
- Can have two Pentium II , 450Mhz CPU?s
- Ultra ATA or SCSI up to 28Gig drives
- SuperWide 17.3 Inch Flat Panel Display (add $2,495)
- Scalable to 1 Gig ECC SDRAM !

They sport far larger and faster pipes between memory, graphics
subsystem and CPU: 3.2GB per second graphics memory throughput!
They also put OpenGL in ROM which does not hurt performance ;-)

The price for the 320 starts at $3,395, and the 520 supports up to 
4 CPU?s for $5,995. They have thrown in some cool software as well.
This is the SGI site: http://www.sgi.com/
Microsoft is pretty upbeat about it too, click you way to:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/1999/01-11sgi.htm
to see what the eternally optimistic Steve Ballmer has to say.

I would not mind having one of THESE puppies below my desk! 

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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* NT SERVER GROWTH NUMBERS

The numbers are in. NT?s growth has been strong. Shipments comparing
Q3?97 and Q3?98 are 44% higher according to International Data Corp?s
latest figures. It is also expected that NT 4.0 License shipments
will grow cumulatively at a rate of 22.6% from 1997 to 2002 compared
to 11% for Unix (commercial versions) and 7% for Novell's Netware. 
The Unix figures do not include Linux by the way.

Users feel more comfortable with NT now, and see they can implement
more servers without too many problems. The fact more powerful Intel
hardware is coming makes the deployment of NT even more likely. The
Intel 450 Mhz Xeon is here now, and new Pentium III machines with 
even higher rates come shortly. (The code name of the PenIII is Katmai
and these chips are based on .18 micron process technology, arrive at
speeds of greater than 500MHz and come with integrated second level
cache.)

IDC's numbers are as follows: 1997 NT Server shipments were 1,268,000
and are predicted to total 1,400,000 in 1998. They expect 1,831,999
by the end of 1999. For the year 2000 they project around 2.3 million 
licenses shipped and NT's market share is growing if you look at the
worldwide market shares of server operating systems. In 1996 NT had
only 19.3% but went in 1997 to 34.2%. Unix dropped from 48.9 to a
still respectable 45.8% over those two years. That means NT's growth
has been at the cost of Netware which is known of course.
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* REGISTER NOW FOR MICROSOFT TECH·ED 99

It will be May 21-28, Dallas, TX. The Tech·Ed has been expanded to 
give you a choice of three days of courses focusing on IT operations
management or five days of developer sessions. Tech.Ed always sells 
out so you want to plan this one early. Sunbelt will also be there 
with a booth and free utilities. Register today for the major NT event 
for NT administrators and architects over at the Microsoft website:
http://events.microsoft.com/events/teched
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* IS NETWARE V5 34% FASTER THAN NT? 

In recent advertising Novell claimed that Netware 5 outperformed NT 
Server by 34 percent. Microsoft does not agree (what else is new)
and did their own benchmark based on another configuration. MS claims
that the Novell numbers are misleading and do not present a real
scenario. Where have we heard that before, was that in the database
benchmark battles?

They have done some tests and their results are that NT is 25% faster
than Netware 5. One might have expected that as well. If you need 
some ammo to defend NT against Novell's claims, there are numbers
on the MS website. They have also done some price comparisons and 
they show NT to be 2.7 times better performance for the price.
Click your way to the latest performance claims:
http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/news/msnw/netwarecomp.asp
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* LOOKING FOR NT 5.0 TRAINING?

If you are planning your W2K deployment it makes sense to get trained
and 'know before you go'. Microsoft has a 1-day training set up
that goes into things like:

- Features and components of Windows NT 5.0 
- The Active Directory 
- Security features such as file encryption, Kerberos, IP (Internet 
protocol) security, virtual private networking, and access
permissions - File system structures, including FAT32, NTFS5,
distributed file system (DFS), and disk quotas 
- Administration tools such as policies, profiles, assigning and
publishing applications, Intellimirror client-side caching, and
remote boots 
- Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

They also have 5-day courses that go into greater depth. Check it out at:
http://www.microsoft.com/train_cert/courses/index/nt5moc.htm


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4. "NT THIRD PARTY NEWS"

* LAN LICENSER NEW VERSION 3.1

ABC Systems released the latest version of Lan Licenser version 3.1.
LL3 is the leading software asset and license manager. This new release
adds an important new feature called the 'off-line client' which allows
workstations to gather software application usage information on an
off-line basis and then report this info to a license metering server
at a pre-determined, interval or scheduled basis.

That dramatically increases the number of clients that can be metered
from a single server to 5,000 workstations or more with little or no
impact on network traffic. Previous levels of scalability in similar
products were maxed out at 400 to 800 clients per server. Large
organizations with thousands or tens of thousands of workstations
can now deploy software license metering throughout the whole company
using a manageable number of servers.

Lan Licenser is THE tool to choose when you want to stamp out illegal
software use in your organization, and save money on license costs.
Microsoft has included LL3 into SMS V2.0 so that pretty much determines
what utility you should use for licensing. You can transparently up-
grade to SMS 2.0 when you decide to make the (large) SMS investment.

Another feature is this release is 'Cost Center Reporting'. It is an
enhancement to the existing reporting facilities within Lan Licenser.
It provides you the ability to bill individual departments for the
usage of software. Lan Licenser now also sends messages to the NT 
event log so you can monitor these and with third party tools like
SiMON get paged based on critical LL3 events. The download is 27Meg
so we can send you a CD if you want to eval it. Please send an email 
to [email protected] and we'll get you a CD. You can
pull it down via our FTP-site: ftp://ftp.sunbelt-software.com/
but send an email to [email protected]ware.com to ask for your
unlock key. 
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* SECURITY EXPLORER HELPS MANAGE NTFS PERMISSIONS

I found Security Explorer(tm) recently. It?s a powerful and intuitive 
utility for Windows NT administrators, helps administer group and user
permissions on NTFS drives, Shares, and the Registry. Have you ever 
wondered which files a user or group has access to on your network? 

The solution is found with Security Explorer?s ?Search? function. Have 
you ever wanted to print out the permissions on a particularly complicated
directory structure? Not a problem with Security Explorer. Security 
Explorer enables you to Grant, Revoke, Clone, Search, Backup, Restore, 
and Export permissions on your network - all from one easy-to-use tool.

Some interesting features: 
* Full Access Override - view and modify permissions on files 
_without_ access
* View and modify permissions on NTFS drives, Shares, and the Registry
* Search across subdirectories for permissions on a particular group 
or user
* Change permissions across subdirectories WITHOUT affecting other
user's permissions.
* Set the owner of a file to ANY user or group (without Taking
Ownership)
* Backup permissions to a file - and restore them when necessary.
* View all open files on any server on your network.
* Print the security of any file, directory, share, or registry key
* Export permissions to an ODBC database
* Fully integrated with the Windows NT 4.0 desktop 

Check out http://www.smallwonders.com to download a free 21-day trial.
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* NEW WAY TO RECOVER DELETED FILES: FORENS-NT

Many of you have bought RecoverNT during the last year when you were
confronted with users that had deleted files and thrown them out of
the recycle bin. The initial intro price of 25 bucks for one machine
was limited and many of you asked for a more flexible licensing after
experiencing the excellent results.

That is why we decided to change the licensing completely and make it
into a so called Technician's License that sometimes is dubbed a 
'travelling license'. More over, we combined T-W-O tools together in
one combo-pack. One is RecoverNT and the other one can undelete even
quicker. Instead of the whole disk, it scans only the Master File Table
(MFT) and this takes only a few minutes. It comes back with a list of
files that were deleted you can sort and restore easily.

These two powerful tools are now in one pack, and you can use them on
as many machines (but not concurrent) as you want over time. This means
you have two 3.5 diskettes, you can take 'em anywhere and use the tools
to fix problems at any time on any machine. We kept the cost incredibly
low: only $295 and you can buy these tools online at the Sunbelt Online
Shop. The combo is called Forens-NT (derived from the term Computer
Forensics which is the discipline of recovering data from computer 
disks. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/forensnt.htm

Here is the success story from a very happy camper:

"I wanted to let you all know that your RecoverNT performed far better
than I ever expected! My consulting company received a "desperate" call
from a customer stating they had accidentally deleted two executive
directories from their PC. After testing the trial version, there was no
question I needed to get the full version. 

"I am happy to report that all my customer's documents were recovered
(except one, which was a word temp file). And best of all, RecoverNT is
not only easy to understand, but, it is fast! Your product made us look
like the experts, and I will recommend RecoverNT to fellow IS pro's.
Thanks again!! " Michael D [mailto:[email protected]] 

Again, here is the page: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/forensnt.htm
And if you want to implement RecoverNT on all your systems in your
company, there is now a new version 3.0 that support networks (even the
Internet!) and you can license for hundreds of machines:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/recovernt.htm
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* NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: HYENA

Hyena is a powerful software application available for the NT 
administrator. If you have been looking for a way to simplify 
management and administration of your NT systems, then your search 
may be over. Hyena has added integrated event viewing into the latest
release, plus lots more. Hyena gives you a single, centralized 
interface for nearly all system management functions. Whether your 
organization has one or more domains, NT administration has finally 
been simplified with Hyena. It has some unique features and manages:

- Domains
- Users
- Groups and Group Members
- Servers and Workstations
- Services
- Scheduling
- Messaging
- Events
- Shares and files
- Printers
- Sessions and Open Files
- Disk Space
- User Rights
- Exporting

Hyena has cost effective licensing based on administrators using
the utility. Check it out and get your 30-day eval at: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/hyena.htm

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

Double-Take 3.0 upgrades will be shipped out at the end of January to
all Sunbelt customers who purchased upgrade contracts. Anyone else who
would like to upgrade from DT 1.5 to DT 3.0, can purchase an upgrade for 
$495.00. 

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Weekend Jan 15, 1998


52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 22 3/8 33 12 3/4 -20.0%
BMC Software............. 40 1/16 60 1/4 29 1/4 34 -0.4%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 95 5/16 97 3/4 36 3/8 +6.6%
Compaq Computer.......... 46 5/8 48 1/2 22 15/16 +2.7%
Computer Associates...... 46 3/8 61 15/16 26 49 -4.6%
Data General Corp........ 19 3/4 21 13/16 7 +7.4%
Dell Computer............ 79 82 1/4 19 7/8 84 +1.5%
Gateway 2000 Inc......... 55 5/8 68 3/4 31 13/16 29 -2.7%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 70 1/2 82 5/16 47 1/16 25 -3.5%
Intergraph Corp.......... 5 11/32 10 9/16 4 11/16 -1.7%
International Business Ma 184 15/16 192 3/4 95 5/8 31 -1.3%
Micron Electronics Inc... 16 7/8 24 3/4 8 7/16 28 -7.8%
Microsoft Corp........... 149 3/4 152 1/2 62 1/4 73 -0.0%
NCR Corp................. 49 1/8 47 3/4 23 1/2 46 +7.8%
Network Associates Inc... 55 1/4 67 11/16 25 1/2 -4.7%
Novell Inc............... 20 1/16 19 7/8 6 13/16 69 +2.8%
Oracle Corp.............. 47 1/8 48 1/16 17 3/4 42 +1.8%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 63 7/8 67 3/8 37 3/4 43 +6.0%
Qualix Group Inc......... 8 1/4 9 1/8 0 15/16 +10.0%
Seagate Technology....... 42 1/8 42 1/2 16 1/8 +12.7%
Silicon Graphics......... 15 1/8 16 15/16 7 3/8 -7.2%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 100 7/16 104 1/2 37 5/8 52 +10.5%
Sybase Inc............... 8 17/64 11 1/4 4 1/2 +18.2%
Symantec Corp............ 22 7/8 32 5/8 8 11/16 30 +12.2%
Unisys Corp.............. 35 5/8 35 3/8 14 7/8 34 +7.1%
Veritas Software Corp.... 73 74 1/2 23 3/4 88 +4.3%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,340.55 -3.1%


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7. "Y2K WATCH" Only 348 days to Jan 1, 2000 

The Gartner Group reported recently that the overall impact world
wide will be in the range of 300 to 600 Billion dollars. That is a
lot of new soft- and hardware! They also predict that Y2K will
cause 30-50% of organizations to have some kind of mission critical
failure and revenue loss (or health hazard in case of hospitals).

90% of these failures will last 3 days or less. That last one is
encouraging except for the fact that these is an exponential
relationship between the severity of the impact and the number of
problems. Picture yourself a x-y graph. On the x-axis is the # of
problems. On the y-scale is the severity of the impact. There is
an exponential curve starting in the low left hand corner reaching
up to the top right hand point of the graph. You get the picture.

The whole country is a 'just-in-time' system. We all rely on each
other to make the whole thing work. Lots of very small errors can
still make the machine come to a grinding halt. It would be a very
good idea to check with your company if they are compliant, and if
your vendors are compliant. 80% of small business has not done 
much yet, and it gets time to do something about it. Be proactive!

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