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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sat, May 1, 1999
Windows 2000 Beta 3 Special
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
This 'Special Windows 2000 Issue' of NTools E-News contains:

1. EDITORS CORNER 

2. WINDOWS 2000 BETA 3 RELEASE SUMMARY 

3. TWO 'MUST SEE' NEW HOT NT TOOLS
- PRINT QUEUE MANAGER 
- NETOP VERSION 6.0

4. SUNBELT PARIS JOB OPPORTUNITY

5. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
Instructions on how to subscribe, sign off or change your address.

****************WHAT IS NTOOLS E-NEWS?******************************
Sunbelt Windows NTools E-News is the World's first and largest 
E-Newsletter designed for NT System Managers that have the job to 
get and keep NT up & running in a production environment. Sunbelt 
launched this electronic newsletter early 1996. Every two weeks we
keep the Windows NT community informed and aware of new developments
of 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, now renamed to Windows 2000 (W2K and pronounced Win-two-K).

You'll find general Windows NT related and third party news, tech
information, and 3-rd party beta and release information. As a
subscriber to NTools E-News[tm], you will receive instant notifi-
cation 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 US and 
Europe.
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

If this is your first issue, welcome. You are receiving this news
every two weeks because you are interested in Win NT Utilities and
have downloaded one from Sunbelt or one of our developers. NTools
E-News summarizes all the important NT-related news, and informs
you immediately when interesting or important news hits the wires.

This is an opt-out newsletter. That means you can unsubscribe in 
5 seconds and never hear from us again. But I suggest you read a
few issues before you do that ;-) We now have almost 300,000 sub-
scribers since early 1996. Please forward this to your friends?
They might like the info as well.

In this Special Issue we summarize the brand new Windows 2000 Beta 
3 release that was released this week by Microsoft, we have two hot
new tools and a job opportunity. It was an interesting week!


Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

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2. WINDOWS 2000 BETA 3 RELEASE SUMMARY 

Well, MS announced it and they actually did it. Win2K Beta 3 has been
released to production. That means it will slowly filter through a
multitude of channels to the 670,000 beta testers in a 4 to 6 week
period. You can even get your own copy for 60 bucks. They will spend
about 40 million dollars to get everyone trained on it. The High-End 
version ('Windows 2000 Datacenter') beta will ship later this year.

Beta 3 will be shipped to 430,000 customers, 140,000 developers and 
100,000 channel partners. And that does _not_ include the amount that
will ship on machines with Beta 3 preloaded by manufacturers like IBM 
and Dell. Microsoft's spokesperson said Beta 3 is feature complete 
but we all know better. The first Service Pack will contain a lot of 
code that did not make it in time. Also, MS will post a few Release 
Candidates (RC's) during the rest of the year until the actual code 
goes gold. They expect new RC's about every two months.

It looks a bit like Microsoft tries to treat Beta 3 like finished code. 
A lot of companies are already telling the market they are supporting 
it. But there are not all that many users out there that proclaim they 
will run it. We have a version of Beta 3 RC1 in house. It is pretty 
stable, but booting takes forever and we're interested in seeing how 
that is with the latest Beta 3.

Laura DiDio, Windows NT analyst with Giga Information Group says the 
beta may appear stable. She cautions however that it needs to be up 
and running in environments that are as close as possible to real
production before everyone knows if the code still has minefields that 
need to be debugged.

Earlier Sunbelt surveys have shown that only a very small part of the
market is going to deploy Win2K immediately. Most of the companies we 
talk to think Q2-2000 at the earliest, and have said they want to see
Service Pack 1 before they do any large roll-out.

Bill Gates will insist as usual that Microsoft eats its own dog food.
That means Beta 3 will be deployed into production environments 
throughout the MS worldwide operation, but _when_ is not known yet. 
They recently said that some of their internal IT infrastructure bas 
been upgraded to W2K. A limited amount of MS-employees that log into 
the network are now authenticated by Windows 2000 and Active Directory.

Microsoft invites everyone to a free Microsoft TechNet training event, 
where they offer help to install and deploy Windows 2000 Professional 
and Windows 2000 Server Beta 3. With live discussions, demos, and 
videos, they give you step-by-step information on deploying W2K. To 
register for the event: http://events.microsoft.com/events/windows2000

The two most complained about problems regarding NT reliability (too 
many reboots and BSOD's) are going to be addressed in W2K as well.
Microsoft has identified third-party drivers, virtual device drivers 
and rogue DLL's as the main culprits that cause crashes. TSR's are
also mentioned as causing trouble. They will take measures to stop 
that from happening. One is a driver verification system to create 
"digitally signed drivers" that are guaranteed to work in W2K boxes.
This _does_ mean some legacy windows code will no longer run. Better 
test carefully.

To get the most from W2K, you will need to upgrade all your clients.
The decision if that is worth it needs to be carefully looked at.
Older PC's with Windows 3.x, 95/98 or OS/2 clients will not be able
to take advantage of the Active Directory (global directory) service,
or the new IntelliMirror. (user configuration sits on server, not
workstation so user can log on anywhere and get their own settings)

Also, W2K is picky about the hardware it supports. Make sure the
stuff you get is on the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) W2K 
requires some beefy machines. It's a memory hog so make sure you 
got enough. They say 64Meg RAM. Forget it, better make it 128!
For a Workstation, count on a MINIMUM configuration of:
- 400 Mhz Pentium II or higher
- MS-certified BIOS
- 128 MB RAM
- Minimum 8 Gig hard disk
- W2K ready network interface card
- Do a clean install from scratch, forget about any upgrades

New Stuff in W2K Professional (workstation)
- Broader application and device support than the beta 2 version. 
- Enhanced power management support, 
- New support tools and numerous usability enhancements.
New Stuff in W2K Server
- IntelliMirror(TM) management technologies, 
- Enhancements to the Active Directory(TM) directory service, 
- Improved COM+, 
- Terminal Server is integrated.
New Stuff in Windows 2000 Advanced Server 
- Windows Load Balancing Services, 
- COM+ load balancing 
- Rolling upgrade support for server clusters. That improves 
the availability and scalability of the server.

A last seemingly nifty feature is a CPU Quota tool that will 
place memory limits on applications. I'd like to have a look
at that and see what it really does.

You can evaluate the Windows 2000 Corporate Preview Kit at
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/preview/order.asp.

Next newsletter we'll talk about NT Server migration to W2K.

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3. TWO NEW HOT NT TOOLS

- PRINT QUEUE MANAGER (PQM)

Managing NT boxes that are used as a print server is pretty gruesome.
NT print management features are far removed from complete. 'Bare
bones' is putting it lightly. If you have more than 5 printers hooked
up to an NT box you will know what I'm talking about. If you have 20,
or 50, or even a few hundred printers it becomes a walking nightmare.

Stuff that cannot be done with NT that you really need:

1) Drag & Drop Redirect!
2) Printer Load Balancing
3) Print Broadcast: job hits 1 queue, and gets printed at n printers
4) Move, Copy or Pause and Priority change per JOB.
5) Recover print jobs
5) Sorting all jobs by all entries.

Well, PQM does all that and more. We normally do not talk about Beta's
but this is an exception. Beta Build 1020 of PQM is now available for
a SNEAK PREVIEW at the Sunbelt Website. This is the _only_ way to
manage your NT print servers and jobs on one or more domains, period. 

FIND A BUG AND GET PQM FOR FREE

The developer has decided on a Raffle: The First Hundred people that 
reply with a bug found will get into the raffle, for one free copy 
of PQM. Send bugreports to [email protected] Oh yeah, make 
sure you install the PQM _ON_ the printserver first. The client
can run anywhere.

This puppy retails for only $995 per server when it becomes available 
in Q2 1999. I suggest you put some budget aside . Here is the 
15-day Beta. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/pqm.htm (just 2Mb)
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- NETOP VERSION 6.0: BLINDINGLY FAST REMOTE CONTROL

Most of you that have read this newsletter over the last 3 years, know 
that I'm an enthusiastic person. But I've been in the IT Industry for 
20 years now, and with the rampant vaporware one of my motto's has 
become "I'll believe it when I see it".

Well, I'm a BELIEVER now...

I just L O V E the new version of NetOp! All the Tech Guys in Sunbelt 
have immediately jumped on it and they swear by it. This blows away 
Remotely Possible (now renamed ControlIT by Computer Associates) and 
pcAnywhere from Symantec. 

As a matter of fact, I use NetOp to go straight into the Sunbelt Web
Server cluster via the cablemodem I have over here in my home office.
It's like being in the office, I have never seen remote control so 
fast. The new V6.0 is a complete rewrite in 32-bit code and these
guys have done a masterful job. All the features you would like are
here:

- Type-and-Talk communications - ideal for remote tech support 
- Delta file transfer, crash recovery, copy, move, clone and Synch
- Fast and easy drag-and-drop file transfer
- Full Range of Security options (can use NT's native security too)
- Powerful scripting tool for scheduled transfers and program launches
- Simple browse-and-click PC connection with hierarchical phone book
- Sophisticated 'help-request' feature for end-users
- Individual smaller windows or Full-Screen Zoom in any resolution

It's been a looong time since I have fallen in love with a piece of
software, but this is one of the very rare times I have. (and I've
seen many hundreds of them). If you control Servers from remote
places, or support end users and need to take over their machine
this is a great solution you just GOTTA check out. Here you go !
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netop.htm (6.4mb)

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4. SUNBELT PARIS JOB OPPORTUNITY

Sunbelt HQ is greatly expanding its technical team, based in Paris, 
France. Due to the fast expansion of Sunbelt's activity in the recent 
period, Sunbelt has decided to expand its Pre-Sales Advisory team.
Helping, training, advising and supporting our partners and clients 
is our key goal.

Looking for a career opportunity in lovely Paris? Are you a citizen 
of the European Community? Do you have experience with BackOffice? 
Then we may have a place for you. Check the Sunbelt Employment Opps
over here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/empop.htm

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