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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, May 30, 1999
TechEd News Roundup
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER
* TECHED DALLAS SHOW REPORT & SMS USER CONFERENCE

2. TECHED NEWS ROUNDUP
* WHO ARE THE REAL TRAINING EXPERTS?
* NEW SQL SERVER MAGAZINE
* HOW COME W2K IS MORE RELIABLE?
* PAUL MARITZ: NO WORRIES ABOUT WIN2K RELEASE SCHEDULE
* NEW WIN2K DATACENTER SERVER FEATURES AND DEVELOPMENTS
* GET A FULL EXCHANGE V5.5 FOR ONLY $125
* NT BOOK OF THE MONTH: MS CLUSTER SERVER
* TWO COOL NEW HARDWARE GADGETS

3. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* SERVICE PACK 5 ALREADY HAS TWO HOTFIXES
* QUOTA ADVISOR SPECIAL TECHED SHOW PRICE OFFER [REMINDER]
* DOUBLE TAKE GETS INDUSTRY RECOGNITION: PREVENT DOWNTIME

4. THE NT STOCK WATCH - May 29 1999

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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

The Microsoft TechEd in Dallas was very interesting again. More than
10,000 attendees, hundreds of technical education sessions and a high
quality of people attending. This event had two main topics. The first 
two days were focused on IT Operations Management, and the rest was 
dedicated to Development on the Windows platform. Next year it will
be in Orlando, FL from June 2-9, 2000. So mark your calendar, buy
your sunscreen and stay tuned for more info.

The tradeshow had a bigger space and many more exhibitors than last
year in New Orleans. One of the things I found was that there will
be an SMS user conference in our very own state: Florida. It's in
a luxury hotel during August 1-4 in Naples. If you run SMS and want 
to know more about the new V2.0, this is your chance. Exclusively for
NTools E-News subscribers we have negotiated an additional discount
of $50 (but you HAVE to tell them you heard about it from NTools E-
News). Make sure you check out the URL in the sponsor message.

And if you live in Europe, there will be a TechEd in Amsterdam very
soon: July 6-9. Definitely worth going to. Sunbelt will be there too,
come pick up your free CD from the Sunbelt booth. But now, let's have 
a look at all the TechEd News!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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2. TECHED NEWS ROUNDUP

* WHO ARE THE REAL TRAINING EXPERTS?

At the show, I ran into David Solomon. We had a chat and I found out
that the training they give is pretty much the best there is to be
had. (It's also almost always booked full). The 'Expert Seminars' 
are for the best and brightest, these are the guys that -wrote- the
books that others teach from, and -train- Microsoft's own developers.

Stuff like WinNT/2000 Internals, Device Drivers, MFC, COM and MTS
programming, Win CE embedded systems and more. Check out their site:
http://www.solsem.com
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* NEW PUBLISHING HOUSE FOR PROGRAMMERS

And suddenly they were there, and they were all over the place. A
company I had never heard of called WROX, but that had been on the 
market for a few years already. They publish books 'from programmers 
for programmers'. I asked them for the TechEd Top 5 selling books:
1) Beginning Active Server Pages
2) Visual C++ Database programming
3) XML Applications
4) XML Design and implementation
5) XML in IE5 Programmers Reference.

So now you know what all the other programmers are studying. Better
keep up with everybody! See http://www.wrox.com/
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* NEW SQL SERVER MAGAZINE

You may not have heard about it, but a new trade mag started a few
months ago: SQL Server Magazine. I got the first few copies and it
looks good. It's published by the same people that make Windows NT
Magazine so it's good. If you are a SQL database manager, you should 
really have a look over here: http://www.sqlmag.com
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* HOW COME W2K IS MORE RELIABLE?

Windows 2000 Beta3 was at TechEd in many booths, running live apps 
at the show. Microsoft has done a lot of work to determine what
causes the BSOD's and has made some significant changes. These
were all nicely summarized on one page that I found on the MS-web
site. No use to repeat that via email, when it's all over here:
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/server/Overview/intro/reliable.asp

Also Coming Soon: a new MS free Uptime Reliability and Availability 
Information Tool Available for downloading. This new tool can analyze 
a single server for reliability and availability information. Stay 
tuned, I'll let you know when and where you can download.
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* PAUL MARITZ: NO WORRIES ABOUT WIN2K RELEASE SCHEDULE

At the TechEd, Paul told us that he is getting good feedback from 
people testing W2K Beta 3. He sees no reason to worry about being 
able to release the software on schedule with its current timetable.

"We're getting a lot of good feedback from the customers, and there
is no new data that would make us nervous about it (the release)," 
Maritz said.

Microsoft execs said most recently that they the release sometime 
this year, and Maritz declined to be more specific, but I expect a 
Q4 99 release personally. Another so called "Death March" has begun.
The lights are burning late in the Win2K headquarters in Redmond.
They are running compatibility tests until early in the morning,
and are also tuning W2K. 

It takes almost twice the memory and disk space compared to Win NT 
4, so it needs to be optimized. That is things like removing test 
and debug code, tune the system for a minimum of memory use and 
consolidate tasks so they require less threads. I hear the goal is 
have a working set (memory used) that is only 20% larger than V4.0
In short, when you have multiple apps running, count on 128 Meg for
these machines.

Maritz continued: "We're not announcing a ship date either way. But 
there's no new data that would cause us to want to panic or jump 
for joy, or either of the two". "We're in the standard process 
of working through the thousands of details that you have to do 
to get a major product out," Maritz said.

Windows 2000 for large data centers will follow 90 to 180 days after 
the main versions, and have a few additional features built in.
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* NEW WIN2K DATACENTER SERVER FEATURES AND DEVELOPMENT

The most important things were that IBM was showcasing an MSCS cluster
with 5(!) nodes instead of just two, and that NuView introduced ClusterX
which adds a user friendly management console and added features like
load balancing to an MS cluster server. Microsoft also announced a new
API for data mining.

Brian Valentine, Microsoft vice president of NT development, showed us 
an Intel Xeon server with eight Pentium III processors and an 8GB hard 
drive running multiple incidents of SQL Server using the new greater 
than 4GB Physical Address Extensions (PAE) kernel support available in 
Windows 2000 Data Center Server.

The demo also featured a new workload management tool developed by MS
and Sequent, called 'Process Control Tool'. This is a pretty nifty tool 
(with roots in the mainframe world) that allows you to exactly specify 
what resources (RAM, CPU) should be used by which application on a 
DataCenter Server. 

Process Control utilizes Microsoft's new underlying Job Object technology 
to manage application process affinities with specific system resources.
Sequent developed the Process Control technology to meet customer needs
for high availability, performance optimization and manageability in their
core data center environments.

The current clustering coming from Microsoft has not quite lived up to
their original promises. On the one hand MS gave a public endorsement
of IBM's technology, but on the other hand (as I know them) they cannot
be all that happy with IBM taking MSCS and extending it. They are working
hard on Phase 2 of MSCS that gets to at least 4 nodes in the cluster.

NuView gave me a demo of ClusterX at the show. Very nice indeed. A
few companies have already decided to bundle it with their machines:
Dell, Unisys and Data General. The ClusterX product was so impressive 
that Sunbelt decided to carry that product as it also provides a great
new interface for all you Convoy customers (now renamed to Windows Load
Balancing Server). You will hear more about this soon.

Microsoft also released another API, especially for data mining. MS
will release specs for extensions to data-mining to the OLE DB interface 
in SQL Server. It was indicated that a 'design review' was planned on 
June 24-th.
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* GET A FULL EXCHANGE V5.5 FOR ONLY $125

During TechEd, Microsoft announced a so called HOTKIT for Exchange 5.5.
Evaluation, training, and selling tools valued at $3,000 --- for only
$125. What do you get for this?

PRODUCT (Not for Resale versions)
* Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5
* Service pack 2 for Exchange Server 5.5
* Microsoft Outlook 98

TRAINING
* CBT course Introduction to Implementing and Supporting Exchange V5.5.
* Over sixteen hours of self-paced computer-based training with access to
an on-line mentoring component administered by scholars.com. This course
covers; Basic Concepts, Planning and Design Considerations, and Installing
and Getting Started

Assess your skills on Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5
Take the Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Self-Administered
Assessment exam on the scholars.com/ Microsoft Direct Access Web site and
test your skills. Once you pass this assessment exam we'll send you:
1. A certificate of achievement for passing the exam
2. A tee shirt recognizing your knowledge of Exchange Server 5.5 - wear 
it with pride!
3. The opportunity to receive an additional Microsoft Certification course
for free - Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. This
course gets you ready to take Exam #70-81, Implementing and Supporting
Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. If you pass exam #70-81, you will be a
Microsoft Certified Professional-the first step to becoming a Microsoft
Certified Systems Engineer! (Note: This offer is valid for the first
1,800 purchasers who pass the on line assessment exam, so act fast!)
http://www.microsoft.com/directaccess/hotex.htm
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* NT BOOK OF THE MONTH: MS CLUSTER SERVER

While at TechEd, I had some time to kill so I started in Richard 
Lee's "Windows NT Microsoft Cluster Server". This book covers NT 
Enterprise Edition and is important reading for users of scaleable 
high-availability servers. It explains how to design, deploy and
manage MSCS to support business critical applications across your
company. The publisher is OSBORNE, ISBN 0-07-882500-8 with a list
price of $49.99 but you can get it cheaper on-line.
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* TWO COOL NEW HARDWARE GADGETS

At the show, I found a company called InfoWave and they were able 
to wirelessly extend Exchange to mobile staff. It's a small laptop
with antenna so people on the road are always in comm with the office
via email. Pretty cool and secure: http://www.infowave.com

Nothing to do with NT, but with Windows CE. They showed a car with
Clarion AutoPC built in. Impressive! It's a kind of personal assistant
built into the dashboard. Voice activated, it can be hooked up to a GPS
receiver so can give directions. You can plug your cell-phone in so 
you can call via your normal connection (and cost). A powerful sound
system and CD player, but also an address book, voice memo's, vehicle
diagnostics, news, weather, and traffic updates among other things.
Very cool, check it out at http://www.autopc.com

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3. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* SERVICE PACK 5 ALREADY HAS TWO HOTFIXES

Just as a reminder, hotfixes will not go away. Even Win2K will have them.
SPQuery is a great way to keep up with new hotfixes. The new version 3
will support SP5 so if you have questions, try out our 24 x 7 x 356 
Sunbelt Knowledge Base to see how this works. We try to provide a 24 hr.
turnaround time! http://www.sunbelt-software.com/scripts/rightnow.exe
To have a look at SPQuery:http://www.sunbelt-software.com/spquery.htm
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1) QUOTA ADVISOR SPECIAL TECHED SHOW PRICE OFFER [REMINDER]

Sunbelt (US and Europe) are offering a QuotaAdvisor/StorageCentral Special 
Promo. This special runs for the US till June 30-th and for Europe until
the European TechEd that ends on July 9-th. We are dropping more than $200 
off the retail price, even for single units. 

That means the following for Quota Advisor Enterprise Edition:
Standard Retail: $795
Sunbelt Special: $595

StorageCentral Enterprise Edition:
Standard Retail: $995
Sunbelt Special: $795

More over, since you now know that Microsoft Redmond has chosen for this
tool over all the other products out there, you might want to upgrade to
a second generation quota management tool. We offer a "CROSS-UPGRADE"
(also called a competitive upgrade) promo. 

WE BUY BACK YOUR OLD VERSION OF _ANY_ OTHER QUOTA MANAGEMENT PRODUCT.
Call our Account Reps to discuss this for your environment.

This is a limited-time-only special promotion. Call us today and we will
ship the Sunbelt T-shirt with your order. The backside looks like this:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/idowinnt.gif As Long As Supplies Last!

If you wonder what is this all about, check out the MS press release
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/qamsnod.htm choosing QuotaAdvisor, or
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/qa21.htm for QA product specs, or
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/storcent.htm for StorageCeNTral specs

Call any of our sales reps in Europe over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/resellers/europe.htm
Or the USA at 888 NT UTILS or (727) 562-0101

Email to make your reservation for Europe at: [email protected]
or the USA at [email protected]
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* DOUBLE TAKE GETS INDUSTRY RECOGNITION: PREVENT UNPLANNED DOWNTIME

Compaq Computer states the following:
NSI is a Compaq Solutions Alliance Partner. Compaq has tested our
software and reports that it operates normally on their servers. Compaq
recommends Double-Take to their customers as a disaster recovery solution
for Microsoft Cluster Server. They also recommend NSI Double-Take as a
solution for global distribution of web pages or centralized backup.

Hewlett Packard gave the following endorsement:
NSI is a Hewlett Packard Solution Provider. Hewlett Packard has tested
our software and certifies that it operates normally on their servers.
Hewlett Packard recommends Double-Take to their customers as a disaster
recovery solution for Microsoft Cluster Server. They also recommend
Double-Take as a solution for global distribution of web pages and
centralized backup. Hewlett Packard also recommends Balance Suite for
network performance enhancement and redundancy. HP has posted NSI product
information for Double-Take on their web site at the following URL: 
http://go.netserver.hp.com/spc/product.asp?key=19981027131027$0.5676081

Get the latest V3.05 at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm
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4. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Closing day May 28 , 1999

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 18 1/2 33 12 3/4 -9.7%
BMC Software............. 49 7/16 60 1/4 30 34 +1.5%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 49 7/16 53 3/4 23 1/8 61 +2.9%
Compaq Computer.......... 23 11/16 51 1/4 22 1/4 -5.4%
Computer Associates...... 47 5/16 61 15/16 26 42 +5.2%
Data General Corp........ 13 1/8 21 13/16 7 -4.9%
Dell Computer............ 34 7/16 55 19 3/8 60 -7.7%
Electronic Data Systems C 56 1/4 59 3/4 30 7/16 52 -3.3%
Gateway 2000 Inc......... 60 13/16 84 1/2 36 1/8 26 -0.8%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 94 5/16 97 9/16 47 1/16 31 +0.4%
Intergraph Corp.......... 8 10 9/16 4 11/16 +12.2%
International Business Ma 116 123 53 33 +0.7%
Micron Electronics Inc... 10 1/16 24 3/4 9 3/8 26 -1.2%
Microsoft Corp........... 80 11/16 95 5/8 41 1/2 63 +4.0%
NCR Corp................. 39 1/16 55 3/4 23 1/2 33 -6.2%
Network Associates Inc... 14 11/16 67 11/16 10 1/16 73 -4.8%
Novell Inc............... 23 1/2 28 1/8 9 1/2 60 -4.5%
Oracle Corp.............. 24 13/16 41 1/8 12 1/8 31 -3.6%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 97 1/4 119 3/4 18 7/8 -3.0%
Seagate Technology....... 30 3/16 44 1/4 16 1/8 41 -1.8%
Silicon Graphics......... 12 3/8 20 7/8 7 3/8 +4.7%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 59 3/4 72 1/2 19 1/4 41 -0.7%
Sybase Inc............... 9 11/16 11 5/8 4 1/2 +5.4%
Symantec Corp............ 24 1/2 29 8 11/16 28 -1.1%
Unisys Corp.............. 37 15/16 38 11/16 17 5/8 31 +8.1%
Veritas Software Corp.... 88 1/4 90 1/8 23 3/4 82 +9.4%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 10,559.74 -2.4%

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