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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sat, Jun 12, 1999
Worms and 'Abandoned Users'
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER 

2. TECH BRIEFING
* WHAT IS PARTITIONING?

3. NT RELATED NEWS
* WINDOWS 98 SECOND EDITION RELEASED
* OFFICE 2000 RELEASED ON JUNE 10-TH IN THE U.S.
* BEWARE, SOFTWARE RENTALS LOOMING AT HORIZON
* INTERESTING NOS-SHOOTOUT BY PC WEEK

4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* SUNBELT SOFTWARE OFFERS "OCTOPUS ABANDONED USERS" DISCOUNT
* GET INSIDE THE BRAIN OF A NETWORKING ENGINEER ...
* MELIA GETS KUDOS FROM EXCHANGE EXPERT
* NETOP REMOTE CONTROL GETS EDITORS CHOICE AWARD

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

6. THE NT STOCK WATCH - June 11, 1999

7. Y2K WATCH - NT COMPLIANCE AND SERVICE PACKS: WHICH ONE?

8. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

It's been an exciting week for sure. The latest ExploreZip worm has 
caused significant damage in both lost files and lost time in quite 
a few companies. It's been all over the major news media. These are 
the things that make it once again loud and clear that backing up is 
absolutely essential. But in cases like these that is not enough. 
Losing 8 hours of work can still be extremely costly. Quite a few 
of us are working this weekend to restore the damage.

You may need to consider other tools aside from Backup and virus
protection tools (the latter ones are often too late). Have a look at 
the low end for utilities that undelete files, and at the high end 
'mirroring and fail-over' products. With these High Availability (HA) 
tools you can specify that if a file gets deleted on the source server, 
it will _not_ be deleted on the target server. That will _REALLY_ 
protect your file servers against these kinds of melissa-class worms.

And that brings us to the next major event. There are only three 
major players in this HA area. Octopus, Vinca and Double-Take. The
company that bought out Octopus was called Qualix. They renamed
themselves to FullTime Software and were subsequently bought out 
by Legato. I mentioned this in an earlier newsletter. 

Now, this week Legato announces they have also bought Vinca. So 
Legato owns two of the three: Octopus and Vinca. It makes no sense
to develop and support two competing products, so one is going to
be dropped. Guess which? You got it. Read the 'Octopus Abandoned 
Users' Press Release below.

There is just a LOT of NT related news again, so let's get to work!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

PS: All the back issues of NTools E-News are available with just
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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* WHAT IS PARTITIONING?

DEFINITION: A high-end technology that allows you to configure 
a single multi-processor server into a number of separate servers, 
each with its dedicated CPU, memory and disk space.

Why would you need this? Think large sites that have dozens of NT
servers that need to be consolidated. You can lump a bunch of small
servers together for ease of management and improved scalability.
And having logical partitions also lets you concurrently run test 
_and_ production environments in the same machine. Pretty cool.

Partitioning has been around in mainframes for years. But recently 
IBM announced that this is going to be available in their mini-line
(AS/400) as well. 

Partitioning will also be included in the High-End version of NT.
Windows 2000 Data Center Server will have a similar tool built in,
that allows you to consolidate a set of servers into one with all
the related benefits. We'll have to wait for about a 9 to 12 months
for that version if I read the signs correctly.


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* WINDOWS 98 SECOND EDITION RELEASED

If you run W95/98 as clients of your NT Servers, the big difference of
MS W98 Second Edition is its built-in support for home networks and 
multiple, simultaneous Internet connections. The Second Edition transcends 
the peer-to-peer networking that's already part of the W9x OS by allowing
several PCs to access the Internet over a single connection. So, nothing
really special for the business environment. Except for the fact that this
puppy comes factory installed so you will have to deal with it by default.
The novelty is called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). For upgrades,
check: http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/ 

New stuff:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer V5 browser software
- NetMeeting(R) 3 videoconferencing software
- Windows Media(TM) Player 6.1 for popular multimedia formats
- It includes the W98 SP1, addressing top issues, such as Y2K updates.
More at: http://www.microsoft.com/insider/confidential/default.htm
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* OFFICE 2000 RELEASED ON JUNE 10-TH IN THE U.S.

Millions of users have Office as their environment, and you guys have
BackOffice running on the servers. Well, it's finally here, and MS has 
changed their website to reflect all the changes. To get summarized info
about Office 2000 from an enterprise perspective, visit the "Office for
Organizations" section at: http://www.microsoft.com/office/go/control/

What's new? Your users can collaborate in new ways using your existing 
intranet, but you keep control with a host of new IT-oriented features.

- Save File As Web Page.
- Single Consolidated Dashboard
- Easier for users to write their own reports via Web Components
- Customized install: "just-in-time, just enough"
- Improved On-line Help
- and more.
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* BEWARE, SOFTWARE RENTALS LOOMING AT HORIZON

Of course all of us are looking seriously at W2K beta 3. Having to pay
for a Beta is a bit new, and the beta expires after 240 days. That means
we need to repurchase the final version. Admitted, the 59 bucks are most
likely covering the production, shipping, handling and other overhead
but still. The fact that there is an expiration date has another
consequence. MS is getting you used to the idea of renting software.

Another thing is the so called ASP's. That's for Application Service
Providers. You basically rent the software that runs on their servers.
This model would be a very desired change for Microsoft. A recurring
source of income instead of selling one-off licenses. I'm not so sure
though if I'm interested in that model. It's right back to the way 
mainframe software was charged by IBM 20 years ago.

The reality is that no version of any software product is ever truly
complete. Also, there are _always_ bugs, that too is a fact of life.
And it means a consistent flow of updates, bugfixes, and service packs.
Up to now, we had to pay for major upgrades. But this model might change.
So, how about you, would you be willing to get on this software rental 
bandwagon and pay a fee per year to get the latest goodies?
Write me back at [email protected]
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* INTERESTING NOS-SHOOTOUT BY PC WEEK

Since we have had all the hoopla about which one is better, these guys
have done a fair test that shows all the pros and cons. What was looked
at were Linux 2.2, NT4.0, NetWare 5.0, and Solaris 7.0. Good data for
a management briefing you may have to prepare. It's over here:
http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/jumps/0,4270,2254356,00.html
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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* SUNBELT SOFTWARE OFFERS "OCTOPUS ABANDONED USERS" DISCOUNT

PRESS RELEASE:

Sunbelt Software Rescues Abandoned Octopus Users
Offers special "Octopus Abandoned Users" discount.

Clearwater, FL, June 8, 1999 -- Sunbelt Software announced that any 
users of Legato's Octopus High Availability product can purchase a 
competitive upgrade of the Double-Take fault-tolerance solution via 
Sunbelt Software for $495.00 for a limited time only-- this is $1000 
off the regular price for Double-Take.

Called the "Octopus Abandoned User Discount", this aggressive offer
is being made as part of an effort to assist users of Octopus running
on Windows NT Server to maintain their fault tolerance configurations.
Legato announced yesterday that they have acquired Vinca, one of three 
independent players in the fault-tolerance marketplace. Several analysts
have reported that Legato will no longer actively market or develop 
upgrades for Octopus, which they acquired with the acquisition of
Fulltime Software in 1998.

"Because Legato has decided to discontinue further active development of
the Octopus product, they've left about 15,000 licenses running on mission
critical Windows NT Servers exposed without any real support or on-going
product upgrades," said Stu Sjouwerman, executive vice president of Sunbelt
Software. "The Vinca product features are not sufficient to replace the
existing Octopus installations". ( See feature analysis grid here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dt_competitive_compar.htm )

"With this special promotion, Octopus users now have a real option to
upgrade their high availability solution to one that works extremely 
well with Windows NT and offers a wide range of powerful fault tolerance 
and disaster recovery features."

Double-Take V3.0 is a powerful high availability solution developed by 
NSI Software that includes fully integrated features for data mirroring 
and failover, one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many and many-to-one
configurations including offsite disaster recovery. Double-Take has 
won numerous press and industry accolades, including awards such as 
Windows NT Magazine Editor's Choice.

The Double-Take product competes directly with Legato's Octopus and 
Vinca's Standby-Server products, and has enjoyed great commercial 
success since its launch in 1996.

The offer is currently available directly from Sunbelt Software only. 
Customers can place their orders by calling 1-888-NT UTILS or (727)
562-0101 for the USA, and +33-1-47.77.05.00 for Europe, or emailing
[email protected] Proof of ownership of Legato's Octopus 
HA product is required for this special offer. An evaluation version of 
Double-Take is available at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm

(And with the hurricane season starting in the U.S. it's a good time
to get this looked at quickly).
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* GET INSIDE THE BRAIN OF A NETWORKING ENGINEER ...

The ExtraCheez people are neighbors of us. We are in Clearwater and
they are in Tampa. I thought they have built an impressive site.
When you're looking for NT networking answers, get inside the minds
of the brightest networking engineers on the planet.

More than 15,000 networking professionals choose ExtraCheez.com for
their networking needs. Even the readers of MCP magazine voted ExtraCheez 
one of their Top 5 Favorite Web Sites, and here's some of the reasons 
why ...

The Boards - The heart of the ExtraCheez site, this is the place to 
ask questions and find answers. They have logged more than 16,000 
posts on 120+ boards, including MS BackOffice, Exchange, KiXtart, Linux, 
Novell, Certification and more. http://www.extracheez.com/boards/

Tech Centers - Looking for links and resources on a specific topic? 
Their Net Guides are traveling the Web for the best technical reviews, 
books, downloads, whitepapers and information from leading vendors. 
Check out the Tech Center on Windows NT ...
http://www.extracheez.com/Resources/RnL/techCenters/portal.asp?centerID=1

User Files - This is the place for code, tips and other tech stuff.
The users submit stories on network installations, code and deployment 
tips, so you can find what you're looking for. It's all in one place, 
in one community ... http://www.extracheez.com ... CATCH THE BUZZ ...
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* MELIA GETS KUDOS FROM EXCHANGE EXPERT

A Microsoft guy who tried Melia recently:

"I downloaded MELIA for testing purposes. Based on that testing I mentioned
it in my TechEd presentation in Dallas in an auditorium of about 700
Exchange admins. I've also made my coworkers aware of it, so they also can
check it out. I found it easy to use, as advertised, and much more friendly 
than Crystal Reports."

Melia is actually selling very well, so you should have a (second) look
at the latest version 2.05 that we now find is very stable. 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/melia.htm
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* NETOP REMOTE CONTROL GETS EDITORS CHOICE AWARD

Well, all of us were right. Since NetOp V6 has come out, sales have 
skyrocketed. This new version is really a great piece of software.
It has not gone unnoticed. All of us in Sunbelt just love it.
From my home office I can get into the servers with just 2 clicks,
I'm not kidding you, it's like being there.

NetOp Remote Control v6 was named Editor?s Choice in a major review 
of remote control products conducted by the Computer Reseller News 
Test Center. NetOp v6 won the product comparison in which editors 
evaluated and rated 11 remote control products for their features, 
security, performance and channel program. The CRN review said NetOp 
was "Dominant in nearly every category." 

In file-transfer performance tests NetOp had an average rate of 
over 5 Mbps which was over 2,000 Kbps faster then the next closest 
Windows remote-control product. According to the article, ?NetOp 
peaked at nearly 8.5 Mbps.? NetOp also topped the charts in remote-
control performance. ?For Windows computers, NetOp?s remote-control 
performance was at least 70 percent as fast as local execution, 
regardless of connecting via LAN or modem,? noted the review. 
?Most surprising was that single-task modem results actually were 
a few percentage points faster than the product?s LAN performance.?

Computer Reseller News is read by over 100,000 resellers of computer 
hardware and software products, consultants and system integrators. 
According to the magazine, ?NetOp delivers the best blend of features 
security, and performance. It was the only product to score an overall 
grade of ?A?. NetOp V6.0 has also gotten some awards in Europe, like
the "BEST SERVICE INNOVATION" Award at the Service Management Europe
99 exhibition, held at Birmingham, England. Get a 30-day eval and
try it for yourself: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/netop.htm
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5. "HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND OTHER GOODIES...

6/4/99 - A new post-SP5 hotfix has been released. The NetDDE-FIX (Q231337)
is required because when a remote client in a DDE conversation with a
server running on Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 sends WM_DDE_TERMINATE to
the server, Netdde.exe fails to relay the server's WM_DDE_TERMINATE 
response back to the remote client.In addition to causing the client to
never receive WM_DDE_TERMINATE, this also has the undesirable effect of
leaving child windows orphaned. You can download this hotfix from:
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/nt40/
Hotfixes-PostSP5/NetDDE-fix/

SPQuery automates all this: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/spquery.htm
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Kevin Bowersock sent me this:

"Stu, A friend of mine tossed me a copy of your Tech Q & A on SP4. 
and Y2K compliance. I deployed it here on site and ran into a few 
"minor Issues"

Prior to deployment I put SP4 on 3 servers (2 domain controllers and 
1 member server ) and ran them for 3 months everything seemed to be 
O.K. I then began deploying to the other 30 servers on my enterprise.
The Issues that surfaced were:

1. If you are using DHCP and you issue reservations that are out of 
the scope but still inside the subnet, DHCP will drop the reservations. 
Not a BIG problem unless you use DHCP to issue things like thin-client
and printer addresses ( we were). I only had a few hundred devices on 
my enterprise "drop off" the wire. Article ID: Q195932

2. If you are using DNS under service Pack 4 It will sometimes not 
answer queries. Not a problem Unless you want to call your resources 
by name. Article Q199909

3. LPD printing was Broken in SP4. We had some problems with printing 
from our sun Solaris Unix boxes. They printed o.k under sp3 and then 
they didn't under sp4. Still working on this one.

So as long as you aren't using any of the "enterprise level" services 
on NT like DHCP or DNS or LPD printing. You should be just fine.
If you are running a smaller network (like the one I use in my 
basement to play starcraft). It should pose no problem."
Thanks Kev!
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Did you know that Ziff Davis has a whole website dedicated to Win NT?
Check out: http://www.zdnet.com/windows/nt/

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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Closing Friday June 11, 1999
(00s)
SYMBL SECURITY CLOSE CHANGE VOL 
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AMD Advanced Micro Devices............. 16 13/16 - 9/16 16585
BMCS BMC Software....................... 45 1/16 unch 32714
CTXS Citrix Systems Inc................. 48 1/2 + 9/16 9668
CPQ Compaq Computer.................... 22 5/16 unch 109886
CA Computer Associates................ 46 3/4 - 5/16 16821
DGN Data General Corp.................. 13 1/4 - 1/4 2861
DELL Dell Computer...................... 34 3/16 - 5/16 163670
EDS Electronic Data Systems Corp....... 57 7/8 + 7/16 11184
GTW Gateway Inc........................ 61 1/4 +2 7/16 15280
HWP Hewlett Packard Co................. 88 3/8 -4 5/8 22560
INGR Intergraph Corp.................... 7 41/64 - 23/32 1313
IBM International Business Machines.... 114 5/16 - 15/16 42952
LGTO Legato Systems Inc................. 54 3/4 - 7/8 3867
MUEI Micron Electronics Inc............. 9 3/8 - 1/16 3234
MSFT Microsoft Corp..................... 78 1/8 -1 3/4 172715
NCR NCR Corp........................... 43 1/2 - 1/4 2440
NETA Network Associates Inc............. 14 7/16 + 1/4 20452
NOVL Novell Inc......................... 23 3/16 - 1/8 34885
ORCL Oracle Corp........................ 25 5/16 - 3/4 138330
QCOM Qualcomm Incorporated.............. 108 3/4 -2 20948
SEG Seagate Technology................. 30 13/16 + 1/8 27944
SGI Silicon Graphics................... 12 5/8 + 1/8 7372
SUNW Sun Microsystems Inc............... 59 11/16 - 1/8 49350
SYBS Sybase Inc......................... 9 7/8 - 1/16 7521
SYMC Symantec Corp...................... 24 11/16 +1 1/8 5915
UIS Unisys Corp........................ 37 9/16 - 11/16 16224
VRTS Veritas Software Corp.............. 89 15/16 + 1/8 6431
DJIA Dow Jones 30 Industrials........... 10,490.51 -130.76 
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7. "Y2K WATCH" Only 203 days left till... what? nothing or nuisance?

One of the major proponents of Y2K preparedness has withdrawn from
the scene. This is quite remarkable. Ed Yourdon has written Y2K books,
given countless lectures, interviews and speaking engagements. He's
been invited to the White House and has been a pretty well known
celebrity in this field. He has written an article called 'Sayonara,
Y2K' and you can find it on his website. Very interesting reading.
http://www.yourdon.com/

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