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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Sun, Oct 17, 1999
Win2K Slides into Feb 2000
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
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This 'NTools E-NewsFlash' contains:

1) BOOK 'WIN NT POWER TOOLKIT' GOES INTO SECOND PRINTING
2) WINDOWS 2000 SLIDES... INTO FEB 2000 !
3) IBM INTRO'S 73-GIG HARD DRIVE, YOU'RE GONNA NEED IT
4) TALKING ABOUT Y2K, MICROSOFT UPDATED ITS SITE
5) TWO WIN2K SHOWS YOU WANT TO PLAN FOR
6) END-OF YEAR QUOTA ADVISOR SPECIAL PRICING
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Hi All!

Well, we made it to at least _one_ Number 1 spot! This is 
the latest update about the book, and more hot NT News.
Coming Sunday I'm flying to London, to report on the biggest 
European NT Show. But first next Saturday I'll send you the 
next newsletter. You'll get a SHOW SPECIAL sent from London
probably on Tuesday the 26-th.

Let's have a look at what is happening in the NT-space:
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1) BOOK 'WIN NT POWER TOOLKIT' GOES INTO SECOND PRINTING

The book is really a Smash Hit. In the same 24-hour period
last Tuesday we were at #4 in Amazon USA, #1 at Amazon UK,
and the first English Language title at Amazon Germany at
position 12. That's a -first- for any computer related title,
so the book is doing excellent. Thought you might be like to
know what the first few buyers actually said in their reviews 
on Amazon.com. I copied them over here on the Sunbelt site:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/testimon.htm

But you can also see them over at Amazon of course. That is
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/073570922X/qid%3D940162935/002-6807453-0776217

And the most exciting news is that -so- many were sold that
the publisher already decided to go for a second printing.
There are only a few thousand left of the first edition.
I'd like to thank you all for your trust in me and buying
the book. You will not be disappointed. You can still get
a copy by the way .

And now for a few more interesting NT related items!
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2) WINDOWS 2000 SLIDES... INTO FEB 2000 !

Yup. Steve Ballmer said at the recent Gartner Group 
Symposium the following: "No sense in this stage rushing in 
any sense. We're going to take our time and make sure the 
thing is absolutely, positively right."

Client Server News reported the following: "On Thursday 
morning, October 14, its developers, working under mounting 
pressure, were inching toward code tree lockdown on Release 
Candidate 3 with 809 priority one bugs still to go: two "Bs," 
330 "Ds" and 477 "Is." These are bugs of different kinds
of severity.

Death March to 'RTM' In December

Microsoft people claim Win2K will Release To Manufacture
on December 5. Technically that means it would ship 
this year, but we would not get our hands on it six to 
eight weeks after RTM. The Sunbelt Techs are running Win2K 
Professional (workstation) in our production environment
and they like it. They tell me it's faster, stable and
they have found no major problems.

Obviously releasing at any point in Q4 makes for lousy
strategy with the Y2K roll-over coming up soon. Everyone
sticks to existing installations and gets them fortified.
We find that many sites add third party utilities to help 
them beef up NT's strength. Which ones?

A good example is Double-Take that provides High Availability
and Disaster Recovery in one package. Another product we 
find that people are buying in even greater volume at the 
moment is the NT vulnerability scanner STAT. And a tool like
Quota Advisor to lock down user's disk consumption is still
extremely popular. All of these can be downloaded for eval
at http://www.sunbelt-software.com/
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3) IBM INTRO'S 73-GIG HARD DRIVE, YOU'RE GONNA NEED IT

IBM introduced a 73-gigabyte hard drive, the largest ever, 
aimed at high-end markets, such as the professional audio 
industry, credit card transaction processing and digital 
documentation. The Ultrastar 72ZX will ship in the 1Q of 2000,
according to the statement issued by IBM's San Jose-based 
Storage System Division.

Win2K is a HOG in many respects. Takes a big chunk of disk
space, more memory and more resources in running it. Big
disks are no luxury, and I recommend no less than 128Mb RAM
for -any- box running Win2K.
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4) TALKING ABOUT Y2K, MICROSOFT UPDATED ITS SITE

There are a few last small Y2K related fixes that came out
for NT in the last months. You might want to check out the
place where MS has put them all together so you stay up to
date. Just go to http://www.microsoft.com/y2k to get year 
2000 info and software updates. No data on Service Pack 6
yet, but I'm sure it's imminent. I'll keep you up to date.
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5) TWO WIN2K SHOWS YOU WANT TO PLAN FOR

There are two Windows 2000 conferences you want to pencil
into your planners. One is the IDG show in San Francisco's
Moscone Center from Feb 15 to 17-th. It just might be that
Microsoft will let the actual availability of Win2K coincide
with that show (http://www.idg.com/events/)

Probably as interesting (or more) is the Windows 2000 Event
in Phoenix AZ from April 30 - May 3rd. This event is much
more focused on the practical side of getting Win2K deployed
correctly and also has a Win NT thread. Great speakers like 
Mark Minasi, Sean Daily, Bill Jeansonne, Dan Balter and Christa 
Anderson will have sessions on a host of nuts-and-bolts topics. 
I'll be there myself and Sunbelt decided to sponsor this show. 
More later!
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6) END-OF YEAR QUOTA ADVISOR SPECIAL PRICING

Just yesterday I was given the Q4 special offer of W Quinn
that is valid only until the end of December 1999. This is
something you want to look at if you have not yet put in
any tools to control your storage resources. Quota Advisor
is -still- the only Second Generation Disk Quota tool in
the market that uses advanced filter driver technology. And
Microsoft Redmond decided to use this for all their in-house
NT server sites. Quota Advisor is a 1999 NTools E-News Target 
Award Winner : http://www.sunbelt-software.com/qa21.htm

Check out these prices:

SC4-ES-EE-1N StorageCeNTral Enterprise Edition 
EACH TOTAL 
10 Pack $799.50 $7,995.00 
25 Pack $699.50 $17,487.50 
50 Pack $599.50 $29,975.00 


SC4-QA4-EE-1N QuotaAdvisor Enterprise Edition 
EACH TOTAL 
10 Pack $645.00 $6,450.00 
25 Pack $545.00 $13,625.00 
50 Pack $445.00 $22,250.00 

That is all for this weekend. I'll keep you up to date!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])