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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sat, Aug 14, 1999
LOTS AND LOTS OF NEWS!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER 
* LOTS AND LOTS OF NEWS! (and a correction)
2. TECH BRIEFING
* WHAT THE HECK ARE SOCKETS ANYWAY?
3. NT RELATED NEWS
* MICROSOFT RELEASES THE FIRST SERVICE PACK FOR SMS V2.0
* THEY HAVE ACTUALLY DONE IT - NT IS NOW... EMBEDDED!
* EARTHWEB ROLLS OUT SUPPORTSOURCE 2000
4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* BRAND NEW NETWORK TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TOOL: TRAFFICMAX 
* TASK-XPLORER TAKES OFF LIKE ROCKET
* DOUBLE-TAKE TOPS MICROSOFT CLUSTER-AWARE TOOLS LIST
* GET READY FOR MANDATORY Y2K DISASTER RECOVERY
* AUTOPILOT PERFORMANCE BOOSTER GETS THUMBS UP
* CLARIFICATION OF NT DISK STORAGE MAINTENANCE TRADE-OUT
* NEW VERSION OF PRINT QUEUE MANAGER VERY PROMISING
* SYMANTEC RELEASES NEW VERSION OF NORTON DEFRAGGER
5. HINTS AND TIPS - TIME SAVERS AND A SALARY SURVEY...
6. THE NT STOCK WATCH - August 13, 1999: 2 New Companies.
7. BOOK OF THE MONTH: 'Win2000 Architecture and Planning'
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hello NT-friends,

There is a _tremendous_ amount of news this time, especially in 
the Third Party Software section, so I'm going to keep this corner 
short. Just a few initial remarks before we start:

1) I loosely defined 'hacker' as something negative. There is also 
a positive definition that I omitted. Here is a good link to the more 
complete meaning: http://www.wins.uva.nl/~mes/jargon/h/hacker.html
And the spell- and grammar checker in the last security issue skipped
by a few errors that I only found later, sorry for both!

2) A friend of mine in Marketing at the Dell Outlet gave me an inside 
tip that now they have great deals on Dell refurbished Workstations 
(BTW, these puppies are the #1 selling NT workstations in the industry)
Go to www.dell.com/outlet/sunbelt.htm , and click on 'workstations' 
to see an example of the configuration they have. Many of those boxes 
are over a 1K$ less than new. And no, I'm not getting paid for this 
plug . 

3) There are two new companies in the NT STOCK WATCH section that went
public recently: Mission Critical Software and NetIQ. Both are worth
following as they are pure NT focused companies.

4) What is life without humor? On the NTSYSADMIN list we sponsor was
an item so funny I decided to copy you. I was laughing out loud when 
I saw it. http://www.dumbentia.com/pdflib/stupida.pdf . Something to
print and hang on the wall but make sure your users do not see it ;-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

PS: All the back issues of NTools E-News are available with just 
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BOOK MARK THIS URL - YOU MAY NEED IT SOME TIME.

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2. "TECH BRIEFING"

* WHAT THE HECK ARE SOCKETS ANYWAY?

OK, so you hear about this "sockets" term all the time. Our server
now and then runs out of them, but what the heck are these things?
To start with why they are important, because of the rapid growth
of the 'Net and the fact that TCP/IP is now the standard, sockets
have become the Number One communications mechanism between software
programs and it looks like they are going to be there for a long time.

If you would define it first conceptually, it is the method that 
identifies a specific process running on a machine that is accessible 
though an IP connection. You can also call it an API (software 
interface) between a user application program and a TCP/IP Protocol 
stack. -- Nutshell: Sockets can hook up an app to TCP/IP! --.

The term originates from early eighties Unix. It was created at the 
University of California at Berkeley for the 4.1c release of BSD 
Unix. It became popular and filtered into use via first some Unix
flavors and later into Netware, W95/98 and NT. There is a variant
of the Unix sockets for Windows and guess what, it's called WinSock.
(Windows Socket Specification). 

At the moment, the large majority of the Windows software utilizes
the WinSock 1.1 implementation. However there is a new and more
powerful standard being developed inside MS called WinSock 2.

The original Berkeley Sockets enables allows apps with two ways 
to hook into network transport services: 
1) connection-oriented (a.k.a. session- or stream oriented),
2) connectionless (a.k.a. datagram, using the User Datagram Protocol) 

With the first, TCP is used to maintain a 'permanent' channel 
between the client and server. The second technique uses the UDP
to transfer data packets from one machine to another without
actually guaranteeing the delivery.

The sockets concept is simple. When you want to send a message, you
first need to know who to send it to, and if they are ready to receive
the communication. A specific software process (service) needs to be 
there as a receiving 'end point' for the communication.

This is done by giving each service process running on a machine 
a so called "port". This is simply a numeric value used to identify 
the process. That makes it possible for your browser to see the 
difference between for instance FTP and HTTP.

You might ask "who standardizes and assigns the port values for 
these services?" Well, they get set over here: http://www.iana.org/ , 
and these people assign the port value for any given service like
Web servers that use Port 80 for TCP connections. But you could 
allocate a different port number to a service if you want. It's 
just handy when everyone uses the same ports . 

If you want to send and receive data using the File Transfer 
Protocol, you use two port numbers. Port 21 to issue commands
and Port 20 for the transfer of the data. 

The upshot of it all is again relatively simple: What makes a socket
is 'the combination of a port and an IP address'. The port on the
Server is a known number. And this service can run in multiple
instances on the server. Think one Web server providing data to
1000 browsers at the same time. All the browsers (clients) have
their unique socket that communicate with the ones using Port 80
at the server.

Now, sockets are not the only way to communicate using TCP/IP,
but they are simple. More high-level API's exist such as RPC's
(Remote Procedure Calls) that are more robust but also much
more complex. Sockets are the old Volkswagen Beetle of TCP/IP:
run forever but not very elegant ;-)


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* MICROSOFT RELEASES THE FIRST SERVICE PACK FOR SMS V2.0

Microsoft released the first service pack for Systems Management 
Server V2.0. SMS is positioned as the flagship MS tool that allows
you to centralize management of your MS desktops and servers.
Instead of repeating the full page, here is the URL with all the
stuff that's new! http://www.microsoft.com/smsmgmt/exec/whatsnew.asp
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* THEY HAVE ACTUALLY DONE IT: NT IS NOW AVAILABLE - EMBEDDED

Microsoft announced on August 9-th that the Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R)
Embedded 4.0 operating system is available to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) building embedded devices. Wow. Hats off being
able to cram NT in such a small space.

They expect it to be used in vertical markets like telecom, retail 
point-of-sale terminals, manufacturing, office automation, medical 
devices and Internet appliances. OEMs developing solutions based 
on Windows NT Embedded 4.0 are now able to finalize their designs 
and rapidly bring the next generation of embedded devices to market.

Windows NT Embedded 4.0 provides a set of technologies from which 
vendors can choose operating system features; this results in 
tailored functionality for embedded products. NT Embedded 4.0 was
developed for systems in the middle and high end of the embedded 
space. 

"Developers building embedded devices now have an open, reliable 
platform from which they can create innovative new solutions and 
bring them to market faster than ever," said Jim Allchin, senior 
vice president of the Platforms Division at Microsoft. 
"These solutions based on Windows NT Embedded 4.0 will enable 
customers to streamline and automate processes through the use
of a wide ranges of new intelligent devices."
More at http://www.microsoft.com/embedded/
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* EARTHWEB ROLLS OUT SUPPORTSOURCE 2000

Need the specific specs for the hardware you are running NT on? Manuals
been eaten by the dog? Users ran off with them? Some colleague has
them at home? EarthWeb released a browser-based version of their
SupportSource. www.supportsource.com. SupportSource provides access 
to an online database bristling with answers to just about any technical 
issue. Their new version is designed to provide quick and universal 
access to EarthWeb?s multi-vendor, advanced support content from 
any browser, version 4.0 and later. SupportSource 2000 is the new 
web-access point for EarthWeb Support On Site? Hardware, Applications 
and Networks and Micro House® Technical Library products, used by IT
professionals worldwide for multi-vendor service and support info. 
A free 7-day evaluation of the service is available via their website 
at: http://www.supportsource.com/ss2000/landing2.htm 

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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* BRAND NEW NETWORK TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TOOL: TRAFFICMAX 

TrafficMax is an advanced traffic monitor including PROactive 
features for network & Internet monitoring, scheduled reporting, 
policy blocking, alarm notification, and remote monitoring. 

TrafficMax is a great traffic tool for the busy NT System 
or Network Admins. The product is loaded with functionality, 
so you can do a lot of things with it:

- Understand and manage the network traffic 
- Tells who was connecting to what Internet or Intranet site 
- Shows top traffic stations, bottlenecks, and conversations 
- Tracks network usage by timestamp, HTTP, FTP, etc. 
- Monitor employee productivity 
- Control network access and traffic 
- Block ad sites for improved bandwidth 
- Manage the network with scheduled reports and alarms 
- Establish Internet access policies 
- Use as a departmental or intranet firewall 
- Schedule traffic reporting for clients (internal or external) 
- Share traffic information with emailed reports or shared report files

The Product features are:

* Network & Internet traffic monitoring. 
* General network statistics, Traffic Matrix, and Host Table. 
* Policy blocking by address, application (port), direction, 
time schedule, site groups, or predefined lists. 
* Alarms with email / pager notification, SNMP traps, user 
defined thresholds, and security alerts. 
* Security alerts for unencrypted passwords, ping (ICMP) 
attacks, and flood (TCP Sync) attacks. 
* Scheduled reporting to email or file. 
* Service level / application tracking by port (pre-defined 
or user-defined)
* Remote monitoring! - includes one Remote Traffic Agent. 

TrafficMax is a native Win32 application for Win 95/98/NT/2000, 
so compatibility with current and future systems is assured.
You can monitor over a modem or NIC - using the existing Ethernet 
or Token Ring adapter - information is displayed with an easy 
to use, easy to read graphical interface. 

Feature Highlights: 

- Displays network traffic statistics in graphical formats 
- Enhanced Traffic Matrix and Host Table with display filters 
- Auto-discovers local PC hosts 
- DNS query to translate IP addresses to real site names 
- User defined ports for identifying new applications 
- Monitor remote offices or segments with the remote agent 
- Scheduled reporting with automatic emailed reports 
- Export files in HTML, text, JPG, & BMP formats. 

If managing your network traffic is a headache, get a 30-day 
eval over here: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/trafficmax.htm
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* TASK-XPLORER TAKES OFF LIKE ROCKET

Wow! You guys certainly seem interested in managing performance.
There were a couple of thousand downloads already and it's still
going. We are very interested in your feedback, so make sure you
let us know how it goes and what additional features you would
like to see in Task-Xplorer. Send your suggestions to email:
[email protected] and we will forward them to the 
developer. You have their ear and they will certainly listen to 
your ideas! http://www.sunbelt-software.com/taskX.htm

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* DOUBLE-TAKE TOPS MICROSOFT CLUSTER-AWARE TOOLS LIST

Microsoft Cluster Server is getting more and more implemented.
That means the Third Party market is also getting more active as
there are more installations to provide service for. That made
Microsoft create a Cluster-Aware Products List. 

This list showcases products that use the clustering capabilities 
of Microsoft Cluster Service, which is a component of NT 4.0, 
Enterprise Edition, and of Win2K Advanced Server and Datacenter 
Server. The products listed are certified by the vendor to meet 
the following listing criteria: 

- The vendor's application uses the Cluster Service API to 
exploit Cluster Service in some way. 
- The vendor will support customers if they install the listed 
application on a cluster according to the vendor's instructions. 

This is a page to bookmark, you may need it in the future... On 
second thought, the MS-website changes so much that this link
may break soon but at least you know the list exists ;-)

Microsoft has the following to say about Double-Take on their
clusters:

"Double-Take for Windows NT provides real-time data replication 
of critical clustered data to another MSCS cluster or server 
over standard LAN or WAN connections. The replicated copy can 
provide additional data protection be used to provide off-site 
disaster recovery, can be used to provide centralized tape 
backup providing Double-Take properly protects clustered data 
in an ?active/active? configuration and shifts data protection 
responsibilities to the appropriate cluster node according to 
changes in the state of the cluster". 

(URL was broken up on purpose)
http://www.microsoft.com/NTServer/ntserverenterprise/exec/overview/
Clustering/PartnerList.asp 

For a 30-day full eval of Double-Take click your way over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm
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* GET READY FOR MANDATORY Y2K DISASTER RECOVERY

Quite a few financial institutions and insurance companies
have a mandatory requirement to have their Y2K disaster recovery
in place before I think end of September this year. That does
not leave a lot of time. And it is not a bad idea to have this
in place even if you do not have handling money as your prime
business objective ;-)

So, SECURITY MAGAZINE recently did a review of Double-Take and
came out with a very favorable result. A few quotes out of
the article:

"VERDICT: 
We liked this system a lot. It was great to have a system which 
kept an up-to-the-minute record of files being written to the 
system and might be essential for e-commerce or web trading 
operations.

"It doesn't take a 'Deep Impact' type disaster to make an 
off-site backup necessary. It may be something simple like a 
small flood, the breakdown of the air conditioning system, a 
local environmental problem - and suddenly you can't use your 
offices and you need access to your data in order to keep
critical and customer-facing operations up-and-running.

"This is where systems like Double-Take from NSI Software come 
in. What essentially happens here is that you merge your backup 
systems with your off-site disaster recovery system. The 
significant benefit of this system is that it provides you 
with an almost transparent mirroring or duplexing of your 
critical data. Not available for all operating systems, 
Double-Take nonetheless covers some of the key ones such as 
Windows NT and Sun Solaris".

Read the whole Article over here. (URL broken up on purpose)
http://www.infosecnews.com/scmagazine/1999_08/survey/
products_01.html#Double-Take 3.0

Cool magazine as well by the way, this is a nice discovery!
SC Magazine is the leading US computer security magazine. It 
contains full coverage of computer security news, individual 
product reviews, comparative product reviews, applications 
and solutions, articles plus other information about computer 
security. Check it out, they gave Double-Take a 5-star rating.

For a 30-day full eval of Double-Take click your way over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm
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* AUTOPILOT PERFORMANCE BOOSTER GETS THUMBS UP

Sean Daily is an MCSE and runs consulting and integration firm
iNTellinet Solutions. He's also a contributing editor and columnist
for the market's #1 Windows NT Magazine. He recently wrote these
kind words about AutoPilot in the July issue of Win NT Mag. (I
edited it a bit as the owner of the product changed).

"Although tweaking NT's subsystems and network configuration can
yield performance benefits, this process is daunting for users
who are unfamiliar with NT internals and Registry manipulation.

"AutoPilot is a software utility that tunes an NT environment to
provide constant maximum performance. AutoPilot uses fuzzy logic
and neural network algorithms to analyze all aspects of your OS
and hardware. I've noticed the greatest benefit when I use 
AutoPilot on heavily loaded application servers. This product is
a must-have for administrators or power users who want to squeeze
every drop of performance from their NT systems". 

AutoPilot also recently passed its BackOffice certification process.
Bob O'Brien, the lead Microsoft BackOffice product manager. said:
"Continuing improvements in performance and reliability are key 
areas of interest for customers. AutoPilot delivers a solution 
that strives to improve horsepower and throughput by alleviating 
bottlenecks." 

Thanks guys! Get your 30-day eval and FREE BENCHMARK tool here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/autoplt.htm
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* CLARIFICATION OF NT DISK STORAGE MAINTENANCE TRADE-OUT

About a week ago I sent an offer made by developer WQuinn for
StorageCeNTral. The wording caused some confusion in Europe so
here is a clarification.

"This is the offer: "Trade out any NT disk Storage Management
utility for a FREE (yes, you read that right: FREE) license of 
StorageCeNTral. Your only charge is $199.00 per copy for the 
support of the product. Support grants you unlimited access to 
WQuinn email support as well as new release entitlements. Only 
in combination with a trade out, in the same deal, additional 
StorageCeNTral ES licenses can be purchased for only 595.00 per
copy. The excellent offer from W. Quinn Associates is only valid 
until September 30, 1999". Hope this helps!
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* NEW VERSION OF PRINT QUEUE MANAGER VERY PROMISING

Why use PQM? Read this and you will understand:

"I have been managing printers through the NT network print 
folder. It was going good until we had over 40 printers on 
the server and it started getting hectic to manage them.

"I set out to look for a product and found Print Queue Manager, 
and tried the evaluation. What a blessing, we knew we had to 
have this now. I loaded it up and added all of my network 
printers to my print folder and was able to see all printers 
from one screen. This helped me see printers in error, and 
allowed me to handle the problems before we ever got a call.

I also started the APM (Automatic Print Management) feature 
for Printer Disaster Recovery. One day we had some printers 
go offline and Print Queue Manager automatically moved the 
jobs to other printers. This saved many, many, man-hours of 
work for us, and the users who had printed". -- RL

Software Shelf has released a new Print Queue Manager version. 
New features were added based on user feedback, but it is still
version 1.0. The features that were added were:

* User Pop-up messages to the user who printed the job. This 
pop-up sends a default message letting the user know that his 
print job has been moved to another printer. You can also 
edit your own message to be sent.

* Admin Pop-up messages that can be specifically sent to an 
Admin, Help Desk, or any machine on the network. This message 
can also be edited for a specific purpose.

* SNMP Traps have also been setup to handle:
- Disaster Recovery
- Load Balancing

* POP-UP Messages using the messaging service on NT.
* POP-UP Messages using winpopup on Windows 95/98

If you run more than just a few printers, you really will save
a lot of time with Print Queue Manager. 30-day eval over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/pqm.htm
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* SYMANTEC RELEASES NEW VERSION OF NORTON DEFRAGGER

Symantec announced Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT. They claim
it is the most efficient and manageable NT optimization tool to keep
servers and workstations running at peak performance, but all of
them claim that all the time. Let's see some numbers in a shoot-out.

What _is_ good is that SpeedDisk for NT is the first tool to 
completely optimize a volume online without a system reboot. It 
has a centralized management console, and defrags without turning 
off other services such as anti-virus software. 

Enrique Salem, VP of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business 
Unit said: "Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is the first and only 
NT optimization tool that improves system performance by completely 
optimizing NT volumes." It's Déjà vu all over again. They claim
that that arranging defragmented files in such a way that your 
most important or frequently accessed files are at the beginning.
That is supposed to make those files more quickly accessible.
Again, show me the numbers as I'm not convinced. 

Features in short: The product defragments and optimizes directories,
the Master File Table (MFT), page files, files and meta data. The
first time Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is run, the utility
arranges the drive's contents in the most optimal order. Once Norton
Speed Disk arranges the drives for optimal performance, each subsequent
optimization is completed quickly and efficiently.

I tried the Beta on my system and it defragged things like this:
Drive C: FAT: 2 gig, 24 minutes, 74%, used 18721 files
Drive D: NTFS: 6 gig, 9 min, 15% used, 4375 files
Drive E: NTFS: 700Meg, 1 min, 46% used, 14 files and page file. 
It did not crash my system and the drives are still alive after 
two weeks. 

Pricing: Looks like they come out with it in August. Site license 
pricing for Windows NT Workstations is $33 per node for 100 WS. Site 
license pricing for Windows NT Servers is $249 per server for 10 
servers. 

My take: A major improvement over the first version but I doubt
if they have the power to make a big problem for Diskeeper which
is the uncontested market leader in this space. Nice piece of 
software though. I'm running it as I write this in the background
and typing away. Does not seem to take so much CPU (10%) but I hear 
the SCSI drive chatter incessantly with all the files being moved.

You can have a look at a beta that expires August 30, 1999 over
here http://www.symantec.com/sdnt/sdntbeta.html .


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

Arjan Douwes sent me this one: Some tips on keeping NT 'happy' when 
installing it.

"I upgraded a couple of the 'old' pentium 90 MHz machines running 
Windows 3.11 with extra 32 MB RAM and installed NT WS 4 on these 
systems. Prior to getting the extra RAM I checked the system with 
sysinfo.exe from Norton Utilities and also checked the BIOS and 
wrote down the type of memory that was currently installed.
I figured, if the system is running with this type of memory then 
I can add more of it. Well, this was a wrong assumption.

"One of the major problems I ran into was that I was using what 
later turned out to be incorrect memory type for the system.
Some BIOS-es do accept 'incorrect' memory types e.g. EDO instead 
of Fastpage. The system seems to be unaffected under DOS and 
Windows 3.11 but when installing Windows NT WS 4, the system 
reacts quite unpredictable (BSOD and the like).

"The only way to correct this problem is to install correct memory 
typed RAM. When upgrading do make sure the system supports the 
memory type you want to install. It's wise to check the manual on 
what type of memory modules can be installed, and write down the 
BIOS brand name and version number before going down to the shop 
to get the memory modules. Last but not least do not forget to 
take the BIOS brand name & version number information, that you 
just wrote down, with you when going to the shop ;-)

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The SANS institute sent me this a few weeks ago. Preliminary 
results from their salary survey. So far, the average salary is 
US$55,425/year.

Here is the distribution of salaries for various admin types, so far:

Salary Range Netwk_Adm Secur_Adm Secur_Auditr Sec_Csnlt Sys_Admin
Under 20,000 26 1.4% 8 2.3% 1 0.4% 4 1.2% 63 1.6%
20,000-29,99 114 6.0% 9 2.6% 4 1.5% 5 1.5% 210 5.3%
30,000-39,99 357 18.7% 30 8.7% 21 8.0% 13 3.8% 557 14.0%
40,000-49,99 498 26.1% 70 20.4% 27 10.3% 36 10.7% 903 22.8%
50,000-59,99 397 20.8% 61 17.8% 40 15.2% 43 12.7% 836 21.1%
60,000-69,99 269 14.1% 65 19.0% 41 15.6% 53 15.7% 646 16.3%
70,000-79,99 122 6.4% 45 13.1% 46 17.5% 60 17.8% 413 10.4%
80,000-89,99 67 3.5% 32 9.3% 32 12.2% 46 13.6% 178 4.5%
90,000-99,99 12 0.6% 13 3.8% 27 10.3% 32 9.5% 64 1.6%
100,000 & up 49 2.6% 10 2.9% 24 9.1% 46 13.6% 97 2.4%
Total people 1911 343 263 338 3967 
Averages US$50,680.61 $59,098.08 $68,524.71 $73,480.18 $53,708.95 

Here is some other interesting data:

* Contractors earn 17.5% more than salaried employees and the few
independent consultants who reported earn 50% more than salaried
employees.

* Solaris administrators earn $12,000 more than Windows NT administrators.
Linux administrators earn about the same as AIX and Silicon Graphics
Administrators and about $3,000 less than Solaris administrators.

If you have not yet had a chance to complete the salary survey, please
check out the URL https://www.sans.org/salary99.htm . Everyone who
fills out a survey receives a handsome bound copy of the results. Last
year's booklet was 36 pages long.


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6. "THE NT STOCK WATCH" Closing Friday Aug 13, 1999

(New companies indicated with exclamation mark)
52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 18 15/16 33 12 3/4 +8.9%
BMC Software............. 57 64 7/8 30 45 +5.1%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 54 3/4 65 1/4 23 1/8 55 +17.5%
Compaq Computer.......... 23 1/16 51 1/4 20 41 +1.0%
Computer Associates...... 48 3/4 58 26 41 +9.3%
Data General Corp........ 18 1/4 21 13/16 7 76 +38.3%
Dell Computer............ 41 7/16 55 20 3/8 73 +4.0%
Electronic Data Systems C 59 3/16 67 3/8 30 7/16 53 +1.2%
Gateway Inc.............. 81 3/4 84 1/2 36 1/8 33 +8.8%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 106 118 7/16 47 1/16 34 -4.5%
Intergraph Corp.......... 5 1/8 10 1/4 4 3/8 +1.2%
International Business Ma 123 3/8 139 3/16 55 1/2 30 -0.1%
Legato Systems Inc....... 74 3/8 82 13/16 27 1/2 95 +7.0%
Micron Electronics Inc... 9 15/16 24 3/4 9 25 +0.6%
Microsoft Corp........... 84 11/16 100 3/4 43 7/8 59 -0.5%
! Mission Critical Software 26 1/4 30 7/8 16 +9.0%
NCR Corp................. 44 15/16 55 3/4 23 1/2 38 +0.7%
! NetIQ Corporation........ 19 1/4 21 5/8 14 3/4 -1.9%
Network Associates Inc... 16 9/16 67 11/16 10 1/16 +1.5%
Novell Inc............... 25 1/4 31 3/16 9 1/2 65 +4.9%
Oracle Corp.............. 38 5/8 41 1/8 12 1/8 44 +5.8%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 160 167 1/4 18 7/8 +8.2%
Seagate Technology....... 29 1/4 44 1/4 16 1/8 6 +4.4%
Silicon Graphics......... 11 1/2 20 7/8 7 3/8 41 -31.6%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 73 76 7/16 19 1/4 46 +3.5%
Sybase Inc............... 11 3/16 13 3/8 4 1/2 +5.2%
Symantec Corp............ 29 32 1/4 8 11/16 22 +5.9%
Unisys Corp.............. 41 11/16 46 3/16 17 5/8 30 +4.2%
Veritas Software Corp.... 52 1/2 63 7/16 11 7/8 -1.6%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 10,973.65 +2.4%

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7. "BOOK OF THE MONTH": Win2000 Architecture and Planning

I started reading more about Windows 2000 and Active Directory as we
all need to get prepared for this and I needed more detail about AD.
Most of all of this is still way in the future but it cannot hurt to
know it up front. I got a copy of Morton Nielsen's new book and it's
very good. Goes from general to great detail and is this months's
"winner" Coriolis Press, ISBN 1-57610-436-2 - www.coriolis.com. Cost
$29.99 but likely cheaper on-line. Warmly recommended.

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