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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Mar 14, 1999
Microsoft Splits In Four
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER 

2. TECH BRIEFING
* 10 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR W2K

3. NT RELATED NEWS 
* MCSE EXAM DISCOUNTS AT TECH ED '99
* MS SPLITS IN 4 GROUPS, NT IN 'CORPORATE ENTERPRISE, CIO'
* NOW 28 MILLION NT WORKSTATION USERS

4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* GIGA GROUP CONFIRMS SUNBELT LINUX SURVEY RESULTS
* SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: BUNDLE OF STAT AND FREE SPQUERY
* SECURITY EXPLORER NOW ENTERPRISE READY
* NEW NETOP V6.0 HAS 75% FASTER REMOTE CONTROL!

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

6. THE NT STOCK WATCH - Friday March 12, 1999

7. Y2K WATCH 
* USA'S Y2K CZAR: FIGHT HYSTERIA AND COMPLACENCY

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,

Three items before we're going to look at the latest NT-News:

- If this is your first NTools E-News, welcome! We are _almost_ at 
a healthy 200,000 subscribers, let's make that magic number! Any 
NT-friend or colleague you know that does not get NTools E-News yet, 
point them to this URL: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/aplt for 
a FREE copy of AutoPilot for NT Workstation - the only NT automatic 
tuner that boosts NT performance. (And take one yourself as a bonus? 
:-) They will get an automatic subscription to this newsletter, 
nothing else has to be done.

- The Haiku error messages of last newsletter were originally published
at the Salon Magazine, and they have even more, very funny ones. Also 
their originators are attributed which was omitted from my newsletter.
http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/chal/1998/02/10chal2.html

Next, a quick mention of our new sponsor Dell. They have an 'outlet' 
where they have refurbished systems that are 'smokin' and cost much 
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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* 10 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR W2K

MCP Magazine has an excellent article about W2K preparation. I will
give you the 10 points and a little extract of some points. The URL
for the full article is at the end of this section. Next time we will
talk about 3-rd party tools like Trusted Enterprise Manager that will 
make your W2K migration easier. Here goes:

1) Identify your W2K Architecture Team and send it to training.
W2K establishes a whole new list of terms, tools and concepts that
are best learned in a structured environment.

2) Identify business requirements and map them to W2K functionality.
Find out how you want to use Active Directory to manage your company.

3) Standardize on NT 4.0 and TCP/IP.

4) Learn DNS and how it is implemented in your organization.

5) Read an X.500 book. To add adventure, include LDAP.
X.500 is the public directory standard. W2K will be 'X.500-like' 
so you have to understand it. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
is used to access and manipulate Active Directory

6) Reevaluate NT 4.0 groups and Administrative structure.
This is a biggie I will discuss in a coming TECH BRIEFING.

7) Prepare a W2K test lab.
Speaks for itself. They have some good suggestions how it should look.

8) Create a W2K pilot program and deployment schedule.

9) Identify network infrastructure and future plans.

10) Participate in W2K beta program and forums.

The full article is here. MCP Magazine has their own (recommended) 
website. Did you know there are 110,878 MCSE's per Feb 12, 1999?
Article at: http://www.mcpmag.com/members/current/fea3main.asp

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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* MCSE EXAM DISCOUNTS AT TECH ED '99

If you're registered for Tech Ed '99 in Dallas, you can take MCP exams 
and the Microsoft Sales Specialist exam on site at the conference. If 
exams you register for are among the first 750, you will receive a half
price discount: $50 each for MCP exams, $25 for the Sales Specialist 
exam. The registration begins April 19, 1999. See the MCP Web site 
for more details. http://www.microsoft.com/mcp/

And while you are there, visit the Sunbelt at Booth number 133! Come 
pick up this year's freebie?
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* MS SPLITS IN 4 GROUPS, NT IN 'CORPORATE ENTERPRISE, CIO'

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday March 12, that Microsoft will
regroup in 4 divisions. This is Steve Ballmer's first major move as Prez,
and reorganizes Redmond so they can focus on customers instead of products.

The NEW MICROSOFT looks as follows:

CUSTOMER MAIN PRODUCTS HEADED BY
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Corporate Windows Operating Jim Allchin, now senior VP
Enterprise, Systems: 95/98/W2K personal & business systems 
Chief Inform.
Officer 
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Knowledge Office and BackOffice Bob Muglia, now senior VP
Workers Applications and Tools
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Software Development Tools Paul Maritz, now group VP
programmers platforms and applications
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Consumers MS Network, enter- Jon DeVaan, at the moment
tainment Software VP desktop applications and
Brad Chase, VP developer
relations and marketing
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* NOW 28 MILLION NT WORKSTATION USERS

Microsoft announced that the number of worldwide licenses of the NT
Workstation V4.0 has reached an all-time high of 28 million, and that 
Ontario Hydro and Unisys Corp. are among the companies that have 
recently migrated to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 as their primary 
desktop operating system. Each of these companies has unique business 
needs and cited a variety of factors behind its decision to migrate 
to NT WS 4.0.

The number of customers migrating to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is 
simply staggering," said Robert Bennett, group product manager of 
marketing at Microsoft. "With an installed base of 28 million, it's 
clear that there's tremendous momentum behind NT Workstation 4.0 -- 
and it's only growing."

I have to admit that is a big number. But we have only 200,000 
subscribers? Help us find more readers and get a free copy of our
performance boosting, automatic tuner AutoPilot for NT Workstation! 
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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* GIGA GROUP CONFIRMS SUNBELT LINUX SURVEY RESULTS

The Giga Group, one of the USA's largest companies delivering technology
and management advice to IT decision makers mentions that their own market
research confirms the recent results of the Sunbelt survey. An excerpt of 
an advisory by their VP Richard Fichera read as follows:

67% of respondees are already running Linux on one or more machines.
20% are not
12% are thinking about it.

Fichera: "This is very much in keeping with our client reports of 
extremely heterogeneous environments, with the average enterprise 
having between three and five OSs in regular use".

What are companies doing with Linux?
First was WebServer, then EmailServer, next Desktop, fourth File/print.

Fichera: "Note the total absence of Linux as a database server
in these responses, sending the message that if you elect to use Linux 
as a database server now, you are definitely becoming an early adopter. 
On the other hand, from a vendor perspective it also can be interpreted 
to mean that the opportunities for incremental unit growth for database 
vendors is significant, given that we have a widely proliferated stable 
platform with low DBMS penetration".

The 2 Biggest Benefits? STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE.
(no particular drawbacks were significant.)

Fichera: "This response is completely in keeping with our client feedback, 
and cuts to the heart of the Linux debate - it is inherently more stable 
than NT, which seems to be the most important aspect of Linux from our 
client's perspective. Added performance on some applications is a bonus, 
but the minor differences would not be enough to interest anyone if Linux 
were not significantly more stable".

How many Linux servers are you planning to add?
How many NT servers are you planning to add?

Fichera" "These last two response validate our client feedback that both
environments are growing, both at a healthy clip, and probably faster than
the UNIX market in general. Note that without a detailed statistical
profile of the responding organizations we cannot infer real market growth
rates, although statistical common sense tells that with a sample size of
2000, something would have to be very weird for us not to draw a
defensible conclusion of growth from these results".

The Giga Group and Sunbelt Software will be doing future surveys in 
cooperation. For more info about the Giga Group: http://www.gigaweb.com/
For Jesse Berst's opinion about Linux deployment as opposed to NT, see:
http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_3144.html
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* SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: BUNDLE OF STAT AND FREE SPQUERY

The downloads of the new STAT Security Test and Analysis tool are 
impressive. Over 3,000 copies downloaded in just two days! This certainly
seems to be an area where you are looking for solutions, and the recent
survey confirms that as well. 

Sunbelt offers a special 2 WEEK INTRO OFFER: STAT AND SPQuery FOR $2,995.
This means you get both for the price of STAT. Normally SPQuery retails
for $495 for a site license, and you get it this value for free with this
limited time bundle.

In short, if you buy STAT before or on March 31-st 1999 you pay STAT list
price but get SPQuery thrown in for free. The two are a great combo, as
STAT points out which service packs are not installed, but SPQuery gets
them and also installs them for you! Furthermore, SPQuery comes out with a
new vastly improved version 3.0 and will increase in price. You will
get the upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0 for free if you purchase in the next two
weeks. 

Here are the new SPQuery V3.0 features: (will be released shortly)

 Completely new user interface
 Expanded reporting capabilities
 Automatic Internet query and update for new hotfixes
 Download of hotfixes from Internet for NT, IIS, Exchange, 
SQL and Site Server
 Install NT Workstation/Server hotfixes to remote machines
 Download multiple hotfixes at the same time
 Install hotfixes to multiple machines at the same time
 Export report to text, comma-separated or HTML format
 New "Hotfix Profiles" that allow the administrator to query their NT 
systems for security vulnerabilities
 New scripting that allows administrators to create their own query
scripts
 View Knowledge Base article from within application in new HTML 
viewer window
. Extensive on-line help with Hotfix information and recommendations
. Check Service Pack integrity on NT machines. Can tell you if SP 
should be re-applied

And we now also released the webpage for STAT, with a series of 
security articles that will help you to batten down the hatches and 
make your network cracker-proof. Check out these pages:
STAT: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/stat.htm
SPQuery: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/spquery.htm
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* SECURITY EXPLORER NOW ENTERPRISE READY

If you have looked at Security Explorer but had many hundreds of 
machines, it did not scale so well. That is now solved. Basically 
you can set up a Scope to target multiple objects in a domain. You 
can create a scope and then move files, directory trees, entire 
drives, etc...from multiple servers into it, then perform a single
operation on the entire scope (Grant, Revoke, Clone, etc..) Also, we 
have added an "Advanced" button to all User Picking operations for 
the user to be able to search for a user using NT's native screens. 

All new technology in Security Explorer allows an administrator to 
view and modify file permissions without having to have access to 
that file. You will never have to 'Take Ownership' again.

This is a big improvement! Have a look at the webpage and grab the 
2Meg eval of this latest version of Security Explorer:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/secuexpl.htm
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* NEW NETOP V6.0 HAS 75% FASTER REMOTE CONTROL!

This product fully lives up to the competition like PCAnywhere or Remotely
Possible32. Why Sunbelt prefers NetOp out of 10 or so remote control tools? 
It's faster and was built with big sites in mind. It scales up to tens of
thousands of machines without any problem what so ever. 

NetOp is now supporting full 32 bit compatibility under Windows 95/98 and 
Windows NT. Besides a dramatic improvement in speed, the new version
incorporates a new user interface, superior file transfer capabilities,
audio chat communications and French and German language support. With
version 6.0, NetOp further strengthens its position as the professional
user's remote control product for controlling PCs on any platform over 
any protocol.

NetOp V6.0 enables you to simultaneously take control of multiple PCs
running all popular PC platforms including Windows, OS/2 and DOS across
all major protocols including dial-up, NetBIOS, IPX and TCP/IP. Tests
show that this new version, which has been converted to full 32 bit code,
is now up to 75% faster then the previous version of NetOp. 

This speed increase is particularly significant since the previous version
of NetOp was called "fastest by far" over networks running Windows in the
September 1998 review of remote control Software by PC Magazine. 

NetOp 6.0 incorporates a new user interface, which includes several new
features while maintaining the product's renowned simplicity. The Guest
Control Panel now includes tab dialogs for easy navigation and enables
the user to define the layout. The new explorer like interface boasts
multiple view settings and sort options along with a Guest toolbar that
can be placed anywhere on the user's desktop. Remote Control, File
transfer, Text and Audio Chat sessions can now be established independently
of each other while routine tasks and connections can now be placed on
the user's Windows desktop for one-click access. 

The new Audio Chat feature enables a Guest to speak with a Host while they
are connected to that PC using the computer's microphone and speakers.
NetOp includes useful configuration parameters to optimize the sound and 
volume levels. Also included in the new version is a powerful Scripting
tool for automated file transfers and launching programs. The Scripting
tool enables users to schedule and define tasks based on a simple batch
type language or programmers can use popular languages such as Visual
Basic to create more powerful scripts.

NetOp 6.0 includes a new File Manager which offers users faster and easier
drag and drop file transfers. Among the enhancements in the File Manager
are a split screen view, copy and move options, synchronization of directo-
ries, crash recovery, session history and a new delta file transfer option.
NetOp's file transfers now also include a Progress Meter, which shows the 
transfer speed in bits per second and time remaining in the file transfer.
Internal tests show that NetOp's synchronization and delta file transfers 
are faster then competing products.

Further enhanced for help desk support NetOp 6.0 now provides a 'Request
Help' button for users via modems. The popular Request Help feature, which 
was available in previous versions only over network connections, enables
a user to send a text message to pre-defined help providers. Once the help 
desk technician receives the time stamped message they can instantly remote
control the requesting PC with a click of a button. The Help button is now 
also available to users even if NetOp is running in the Stealth mode -- 
where the program typically does not appear on the user's task list or 
Windows tray.

NetOp uses minimal system resources, allowing it to be fully loaded at 
all times. This enables authorized persons easy access to mission critical
resources from the desktop, home or anywhere else via modem, networks 
or the Internet. NetOp is available in combined guest/host packages or 
as stand-alone modules for maximum flexibility. Guest/host packages are
available at prices starting at $149. Quantity discounts are available.

30-day eval here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netop.htm


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

MS WINDOWS NT DEPLOYMENT GUIDE - AUTOMATING WINDOWS NT SETUP
Here is a resource that will give you technical tips and tricks that 
will help you automate the Microsoft Windows NT setup process! This 
Deployment Guide was written especially for IT Professionals tasked 
with installing Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server on 
multiple computers.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/cdonline/gdautset.htm

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Closing day Friday March 12, 1999

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 16 1/2 33 12 3/4 -10.5%
BMC Softwear............. 36 5/16 60 1/4 34 7/8 27 -4.9%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 79 9/16 107 1/2 39 59 -3.1%
Compaq Computer.......... 30 1/4 51 1/4 22 15/16 -11.6%
Computer Associates...... 35 7/8 61 15/16 26 36 -13.0%
Data General Corp........ 10 15/16 21 13/16 7 -9.7%
Dell Computer............ 42 3/16 55 15 1/4 80 -1.8%
Gateway 2000 Inc......... 67 1/2 84 1/2 36 1/8 31 -2.1%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 69 83 7/8 47 1/16 24 +1.2%
Intergraph Corp.......... 6 1/2 10 9/16 4 11/16 +13.6%
International Business Ma 178 199 1/4 95 7/8 27 -0.2%
Micron Electronics Inc... 11 13/16 24 3/4 9 11/16 19 -2.0%
Microsoft Corp........... 160 3/16 175 15/16 79 1/2 68 +3.3%
NCR Corp................. 44 11/16 55 3/4 23 1/2 37 +3.3%
Network Associates Inc... 43 5/8 67 11/16 25 1/2 -7.1%
Novell Inc............... 24 1/8 25 11/16 9 3/16 73 +19.8%
Oracle Corp.............. 28 9/16 41 1/8 12 1/8 36 -23.7%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 77 1/4 80 13/16 37 3/4 48 +0.8%
Qualix Group Inc......... 7 5/16 9 1/8 0 15/16 +11.4%
Seagate Technology....... 30 1/16 44 1/4 16 1/8 +0.6%
Silicon Graphics......... 14 11/16 20 7/8 7 3/8 -10.3%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 103 11/16 115 3/4 37 5/8 47 -0.8%
Sybase Inc............... 7 3/8 11 5/8 4 1/2 +2.6%
Symantec Corp............ 15 1/16 32 5/8 8 11/16 20 -13.9%
Unisys Corp.............. 30 3/16 36 1/2 17 1/4 28 -0.8%
Veritas Software Corp.... 79 7/16 86 23 3/4 79 +2.3%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 9,876.35 +1.4%

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7. "Y2K WATCH" Only 292 days to Jan 1, 2000 

* USA'S Y2K CZAR: FIGHT HYSTERIA AND COMPLACENCY

John Koskinen, made Y2K Czar by Bill Clinton said last week that State 
and local governments must do their part to keep both Y2K hysteria but 
also complacency in check.

He further told state Y2K coordinators at the National Governors' 
Association's year 2000 state summit: "The problems and risks to the 
economy will not come from federal computers," The real risk, he argued, 
will come from overreactions to the crisis, such as a mass withdrawal 
of money due to fears that the banking system won't work. The Federal
Reserve have already printed 500 dollars extra paper money for each
USA household which is 50 billion extra dollars.

On the other hand, Koskinen said state officials also need to battle 
complacency about Y2K problems. He stated: "We have serious problems 
that aren't as exotic as planes dropping out of the sky".

Koskinen advised States to look out for and warn small businesses that 
use the FOF system (Fix On Fail). The "wait to see if its broke and 
then fix it" attitude, he said, will only result in long waiting lists 
for Y2K repairs. 

The President's Council on Y2K Conversion plans to hold a "Y2K Action 
Week" at the end of March to provide free Y2K technical information 
at seminars and meetings across the country. Koskinen urged state 
governments to organize community conversations about Y2K preparedness 
and said the federal government is preparing a list of programs with 
major public impact that will be monitored.


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