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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jan 17, 2000
Win2K Starts Selling 3 Weeks Early
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER
2. GUEST COLUMN: My Favorite MCSE Study Aids
3. NT RELATED NEWS
* BILL GATES STEPS DOWN, WHAT EFFECT WILL THIS HAVE?
* NEW FREE EXCHANGE LIST BIG SUCCESS
* WINDOWS 2000 STARTS SELLING 3 WEEKS EARLY
4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS
* WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 BESTSELLERS, AND WHY?
5. HINTS AND TIPS
6. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Greetings,

If this is your first sample issue, welcome! This list is growing
rapidly, and one of the main reasons is word-of-mouth. You are 
part of a group of more than 550,000 professionals that run Windows
NT and/or are studying for their Certifications. You can 'unsub'
at any time and you will not hear from us again, but I strongly 
suggest you read a few issues before you decide to leave the list. 
Too much exciting NT/2000 and Certification related news is 
happening all the time.

NTools E-News will soon be renamed to W2KNews, and we will shortly
start with a membership campaign. When you find a friend who wants
to subscribe to the list, both of you will be entered in that week's
sweepstake for things like superlarge hard drives, cool watches, digital
camera's, free NT Utility software and all kinds of other fun stuff.

This issue we have the second guest column by Ed Tittel. Ed and I 
are co-authors of an NT book that is doing very well. Ed is the
Certification Guru of Exam-Cram fame, and this time he writes 
about his favorite Study Aids.

Warm regards, 
Stu Sjouwerman

Email me with comments at [email protected]
The book Ed and I wrote is here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/stubook.htm

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2. GUEST COLUMN: Favorite MCSE Study Aids

Dear Readers:

Dear Readers:
My name is Ed Tittel. You may recognize me as the co-author of 
Stu's wildly successfully book "The Windows NT Power Toolkit." 
That probably explains why Stu asked me to guest-author several 
columns for his online news, of which this column will be the 
second out of three I'm doing for him. As some of you may already 
know, I am also the series editor for Certification Insider Press's 
equally popular "Exam Cram" series for MCSE and CNE topics, and 
helped to design the series in the first place.

My company, LANWrights, Inc., follows the certification market 
closely, and helps to design and develop all kinds of study aids 
for MCSE and CNE certification. In this column, he's asked me to 
identify my own favorite study aids, which is like asking a bank 
robber to identify his next target! 

Nevertheless, I'll do my best to share my own favorite books and 
Web sites with you, to help you prepare for a whole new generation 
of exams, coming to a Sylvan or VUE testing center near you soon...

Let me start with a list of the books that I myself am most likely 
to turn to when looking for enlightenment on Windows NT subjects 
(forgive me for not including Windows 2000 references just yet; 
what titles do exist on this subject are brand-new, and I haven't 
spent enough time with any of them to recommend anything,):

NOTE: You won't see me plugging any of my own books and series in 
here. Although they don't appear below, this doesn't mean they're 
not any good. It's just that when I'm researching my own books, 
I don't get the benefit of being able to read them before I write 
them. Nevertheless, I do recommend that you check out our various 
Exam Cram and Exam Prep titles, which cover the Windows NT Core 
Four exams (70-067 Windows NT Server 4.0, 70-068 Windows NT Server 
4.0 in the Enterprise, 70-073 Windows NT Workstation 4.0, and 
70-058 Networking Essentials). 

In fact, Coriolis has just released new and improved 3rd editions 
of all of these titles this week, for those of who still chasing 
the MCSE for Windows NT 4.0. We plan to start work on Windows 2000 
Exam Crams, as soon as we can take the beta exams in the new 
curriculum, starting in March, 2000. Look for titles from us on 
those topics starting this summer (June or July, 2000)!

Recommended Reading

Windows NT Server 4 : Professional Reference, Second Edition By 
Siyan, Karanjit S. Ph .D. This is my favorite all-around reference 
on Windows NT; it's better indexed, easier to use, and easier to 
read than the Resource Kit, but otherwise offers much of the same 
kind of coverage.

FOR SPACE REASONS, THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE IS OVER HERE!
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/guest-columns


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* BILL GATES STEPS DOWN, WHAT EFFECT WILL THIS HAVE?

Big News, Bill gave the CEO post to his longtime sidekick Steve
Ballmer just this week, and moves to the post of Chief Software 
Architect. He will stay Chairman of the Board. This happens at the
same time that the Department of Justice comes forward with the
plan to break up Microsoft in 2 or even 3 parts.

Are the two events related? Perhaps, but an informal survey on
a few hundreds system administrators showed that nobody things
much is going to change. Bill will still be running things of
strategic importance. Steve Ballmer will actually do a lot of
good in the sense that he is a marketing man, and knows you need
to keep your customers _very_ happy campers.

So I expect to see some positive change for MS customers based
on the fact that Steve Ballmer actually has shown that he listens
to customer complaints and then fixes them. And the DOJ breaking
up MS? Looks like MS will defend itself vigorously and this thing
will take years to resolve through the court system. The industry
is moving so fast that the whole issue will be a moot point soon
anyway. A good example is of course an earthquake in the market
like AOL gobbling up Time Warner. In short: Business as usual.
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* NEW FREE EXCHANGE LIST BIG SUCCESS

Sunbelt announced a new free resource two weeks ago, and it's
already a smash hit. Over a 1000 Exchange professionals subscribed
and there is a healthy stream of postings already going on. If you
run MS Exchange and need to discuss administration issues, have
questions about Outlook and their interaction this is your forum!

People that know a lot about Exchange are also invited to share
their knowledge with the group, and help everyone in this new
community. If you are studying for your Exchange Certification, 
this list is a good place to 'lurk' and get the nitty gritty of 
day-to-day problems and solutions.

We have just decided to actually archive all the messages and
index them for key words so you can search on these in the future
and find solutions for problems via the web interface on our
website. This list does not allow attachments for security reasons.

Subscribe here, make sure to check out the Exchange List Charter:
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* WINDOWS 2000 STARTS SELLING 3 WEEKS EARLY

Compaq, Dell, IBM and HP are among the Major PC makers that will
begin selling Windows 2000 systems on January 24-th. This is almost
three weeks before Microsoft officially kicks off the release in
San Francisco on Feb 17 at the Windows 2000 conference.

Win2K will be available on PC's, notebooks and Servers. Steve 
Ballmer who was promoted to CEO on Thursday said: "Windows 2000 
is the most important product we've done since Windows 95. We have 
great hope for the product for the business user--it's spot on." 

If you want to buy a retail copy you will have to wait till 
Feb 17, but this is a way for Microsoft to preload the channel so
systems can actually be sold by the seventeenth. The quality is
looking pretty good, but obviously a load of bugs will be found
right after the release. Create a testbed, test all your own apps,
and test them again before you go close to any kind of production
environment with it, but this is normal business policy anyway.

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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS 


* WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 BESTSELLERS, AND WHY?

We have closed 1999 and had a look at the bestsellers for the whole
year. Sunbelt again grew 50% in 1999 compared to 1998 and it was very
interesting to see actually how one product came from behind and took 
the Number One Spot: Double-Take.

NUMBER ONE: DOUBLE-TAKE PREVENTS DOWNTIME
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This tool allows you to replicate your critical data from one server
to another and in that way have a real-time backup but also a great
way to implement Disaster Recovery. When your source server dies,
Double-Take will fail over to your target server and your users may
not even notice it. It works great with Microsoft Cluster Server in
a disaster recovery scenario. (I'll give you more detail about that 
in a later newsletter). You will still need this with Windows 2000.
Check: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dtake.htm

NUMBER TWO: TEM SIMPLIFIES ADMIN DELEGATION
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Trusted Enterprise Manager is a utility that allows you to do the
work you were really hired for. You can securely delegate the more
routine tasks to lower levels in your company. It's a life saver
for a System or Network Admin, and keeps the headcount down, so you
can spend money on that hardware you _really_ need. TEM is one of
the very popular tools, and has a whole slew of critical features
built in that makes it just as needed (more actually) in the new
Windows 2000 environment. Check the comparison chart over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/tem.htm

NUMBER THREE: STAT PROTECTS YOU AGAINST HACKERS
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Sunbelt only started selling STAT in the second quarter of 1999 and
the fact it now occupies the third place shows the tool is a truly
excellent solution. STAT does a scan of your domain and compares your
network against the database of more than 600 known vulnerabilities.
You will get a report card that shows where the holes are, and which
ones are priority to fix. Now that Y2K is behind us, SECURITY is
getting very high attention and STAT is a tool you cannot afford not
to run on a weekly basis. One security breach in a mid-size outfit
can cost up to $1,000,000. STAT will come out with a version for
Windows 2000 Security Assessments with their April 8 update. STAT 
will be a key tool for customers moving to or exploring W2K. I would
strongly recommend to all customers interested in W2K to invest early 
in the STAT security tool to assist with the assessment of overall 
risk and maturity of the new operating system.
Download a limited 30-day demo over here:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/stat.htm

NUMBER FOUR: QUOTA ADVISOR HELPS MANAGE YOUR DISKS
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Quota Advisor is part of the StorageCeNTral Suite and is the first 
and only Second Generation disk quota management Utility. Managing
Disks is one of the routine tasks you just gotta do. We all know
that NT does not play well with full disks. Setting a limit on the
space a user can take, and make them manage their own allotted space
helps tremendously in saving your time. It also prevents tons of 
wasted disk space that needs to be backed up which is very expensive.
This is the tool that Microsoft Redmond chose for all their internal 
worldwide datacenters so you cannot go wrong with this one. Test it!
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/quotaadvisor.htm


NUMBER FIVE: DISKEEPER PREVENTS FRAGMENTATION
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It is clear that Windows NT/2000 fragments files like any other
Operating System. Fragmented files take longer to read as more I/O
is needed to get the fragments from disk. There are quite a few
independent tests done that show defragmenting your disks will
improve performance. You need a defragger to make sure your disk 
performance stays 'as new'. But brand new drives can already be
badly fragged as well, so disk defragmentation is a much needed 
regular maintenance task that you simply need to be do.
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/dkpnt.htm


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5. HINTS AND TIPS

Mark Joseph Edwards is one of the Windows NT Magazine (Now Windows 
2000 Mag) Contributing Editors that I have been regularly talking 
to for the last few years. He's written a book that is very useful 
and I just found out it's FREE on his website!
Do you need answers to security questions fast? The book, "Internet
Security with Windows NT," is now available online for free. To have
this valuable content at your fingertips, point your browser to
http://www.ntsecurity.net/book


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