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Mon, Jan 24, 2000
Microsoft Long Term Outlook
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER

2. GUEST COLUMN: What Other Certifications Are There?

3. NT RELATED NEWS

* MICROSOFT LONG TERM OUTLOOK

* WINDOWS 2000 CONFERENCE 4-30 TO 5-3 PHOENIX, AZ

4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* MYSTERY PERFORMANCE BOOSTER PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

* NT THIRD PARTY TOOLS NEWLY CATEGORIZED

* DEVELOPER OF OCTOPUS GETS CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS

* WINDOWS NT MAG CHOOSES DOUBLE-TAKE FOR FAULT TOLERANCE

5. HINTS AND TIPS

6. THE NT STOCK WATCH

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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 



Hello again!



A lot of interesting news again this week. We have Ed Tittel's

third column discussing what other certifications there are, a 

long term outlook on Microsoft and an exciting announcement. And

also an apology from one of our business partners.



A few of you have been getting 3 or even 4 newsletters from a 

company called ForeFront Direct. They have suffered an internal 

glitch (loop) with their own list server. This is a company that 

Sunbelt has used to advertise our NT tools. Due to an internal 

ForeFront misunderstanding, they used the Sunbelt name in their 

unsubscribe instructions, but Sunbelt is not involved with Fore-

Front except as an advertiser, but we have both large databases

and they overlap somewhat. Our apologies for the confusion this 

has generated. Sorry guys, this kind of thing sometimes happens.



And, since this list is rapidly getting up to the 600,000 level

subscribers, we decided to give it a new dedicated server. This

is now sent to you from a refurbished Dell 4300 Dual 500 with 

256Meg Ram and a 19 Gig RAID 5 set we got from the Dell Outlet, 

hooked up to a double T1 in the Sunbelt Data Center. This puppy

is smokin' :-)



I always love feedback, this is a nice example I got this week:



 Good Morning,

 I just wanted to let all of you know that your E-News Flash is 

 THE BEST! I have subscribed to many other "techmails", and I am 

 still signing up for more (to give them a chance). However, 

 after finally finding the time to actually read them, I usually 

 end up deleting the others and saving yours.

 

 I have actually considered unsubscribing to all Microsoft 

 techmails. By the time I find any useful information directly 

 from MS, I've already found out from you. Keep up the good work! 

 I love it! Thanks, Karen Lewis



Let's have a look at the news this week:



Warm regards,



Stu Sjouwerman

Email me at [email protected]



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2. GUEST COLUMN: What Other Certifications Are There?



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 third out of 

three I'm doing for him. In fact, he and I agreed last week that 

this collaboration was so successful (I've averaged about 250 e-mail 

for each column so far), that I'll become a monthly contributor to 

his newsletter from now on!



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 colleague and co-worker, Dr. Bill Brogden, is also 

the author of and Exam Cram and an Exam Prep on the Java 2 Programmer

certification.



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, Stu asked me to talk 

about what kinds of certifications people are pursuing beyond the 

MCSE, CNE, and Cisco, and to give you folks some pointers should 

you want to learn more about any of this stuff. So here goes...



Vendor-Specific Programs



Most certification programs are built by vendors for their specific

products and programs. This gives them a great way to flog their 

products and to explain their capabilities in great detail. In fact, 

most vendor certifications cover their subject matter very well. But 

alas, many of them don't acknowledge defects in their products and 

technologies. 



Likewise, to promote good PR and to stimulate sales, vendor programs 

can't be as candid about problems that users or technicians are 

likely to encounter with their products and program. Nor do they 

typically expose the various known "gotchas" that working experts 

must learn to overcome when they dig deeply into such environments. 

This lack of ultimate truth is a sad way of life for vendor certs.

You have to expect a certain lack of candor if you're going to walk 

hand-in-hand with a vendor toward that vendor's certification.



* Sun Certified Java Programmer

http://www.sun.com/service/suned



Sun offers certification Solaris and the Sun OS, but Sun also offers 

certs for users of its trendy Java programming language. Today, this

environment incorporates related technologies like Java Beans, JDBC 

and Java Servlets. Java is so popular today that companies like IBM, 

Novell, and Netscape assembled to accept Sun's own entry-level Java

certification--the Certified Java Programmer--as THE entry-level 

certification for their Web developer programs and other related 

certifications. 



Although Java certification is not exactly vendor-neutral, multi-

vendor support makes the Certified Java Programmer title valuable. 

The Certified Java Programmer exam costs $150 and comes in three 

versions, for each Java Development Kit currently available.



* Oracle Database Certifications

http://education.oracle.com/certification



Because Oracle databases are popular, and its certified population 

is still pretty small, anybody who's interested in databases, be it 

their operation, administration or development, has a golden oppor-

tunity to jump onto a big potential winner here. Oracle offers 

several certs, ranging from the one-test Database Operator (DBO), 

to multi-exam certifications for Database Administrators (DBAs) and 

Application Developers. Expect to pay $125 per test and to take 3-5 

tests for more advanced credentials.



Note: If your company isn't an Oracle shop, or you've already learned 

some other DBMS--be it DB2, Informix, or whatever--don't bemoan your 

fate. Most DBMS vendors offer certs worthy of your pursuit. Visit 

their Web sites for more information!



* SAP Certified R/3 Consultants

http://www.sap.com



SAP offers a popular cert that approaches Cisco-like potential. SAP

Certified R/3 Consultants or Certified Technical Consultants can name 

their terms and prices in today's workplaces. In fact, SAP's online 

job postings include spots at partner and affiliate companies, plus 

in-house listings. WARNING!: be prepared to pay around $1,000 just 

to take exams. If you take a prep class at SAP's Partner Academy, 

you'll pay more than $10K for that privilege! 



Note: Other ERP/MRP companies like J.D. Edwards have great training 

and certs. They aren't as hot as SAP's, but they can offer strong 

career advancement. In this market, get ready to spend serious bucks

--as certs go--for training and exams.



* 3COM Master of Network Sciences

http://www.3com.com/support/mns



3COM's co-called "Master of Network Sciences" gives IT professionals 

a chance to specialize in numerous LAN, WAN, or remote access topics. 

To complete this 3COM certification means completing 1 of 6 tracks 

ranging from LAN solutions to network architectures. Each track 

requires taking 5-8 web-based exams for $100 each; the kicker is an 

8-hour hands-on exam for $495. Note: Access to 3COM equipment is 

necessary to chase this certification.



* Compaq Accredited Systems Engineers

http://www.compaq.com/training/home.html



Compaq offers a 3-tiered certification program for Accredited Systems

Engineers (ASEs). The number of tests and requirements increases for 

each tier. ASE certification is for organizations that use Compaq 

servers and other computers. The ASE program has a strong reputation 

and requires individuals to obtain additional certifications from NOS 

vendors like Novell or Microsoft to get to the 2nd and 3rd tiers. 

Sylvan offers the ASE exams; each one costs $100. 



* DELL Certified Systems Expert



Recently, we've learned about a Dell Certified Systems Expert (DCSE) 

cert, which sounds a lot like Compaq's ASE program. Visit Dell

at http://www.dell.com/products/poweredge/service/dcse.htm



* IBM Certifications

http://www.ibm.com/education/certify



From a company that handles everything from mainframes to vertical

applications, you should expect an equally broad set of certs. In 

fact, IBM offers more than 100 programs that cover topics from AIX 

to ViaVoice. Likewise, big IBM offshoots like Tivoli Systems and 

Lotus Computing have their own certs, too. If your shop is in with 

Big Blue, check out the plethora of certifications on their web

site. Because IBM's certs go from simple, one-product programs, to 

multi-product, multi-system certs, you can spend anywhere from $100 

to more than $10,000 for one of their certs, depending on what 

you're after.



* Vendor-neutral Certifications



Some companies and industry groups create certs that cover topics 

without becoming vendor-specific. Such certifications tend to be 

broader, but also, less tightly focused. HyCurve's Web Design 

Specialist certification, covers design and maintenance of web sites, 

and incorporates vendor-specific components so that would-be "experts" 

can show their knowledge of specific toolsets, as well as their

mastery of general concepts and techniques. Other certs, like 

CompTIA's A+, Network+, and iNet+, maintain strict vendor neutrality

throughout. 



Building a neutral Cert means a committee takes input from vendors, 

users, researchers, and academics along the way. For that reason 

vendor-neutral certs, are often more demanding of test-takers. But 

they are normally more candid about the problems and perils inherent 

in vendor-specific implementations.



Because a vendor-neutral cert can demand a bigger knowledge base, 

there's a trend for vendors to allow people who pursue their certs 

to substitute vendor-neutral equivalents like the Chauncey CTT exam 

for their own specific instructor exams. This helps make vendor-neutral 

certs more valuable, because their holders can use them to pursue 

multiple certifications.



Comptia A+, Network+, and iNet+ Certs

http://www.comptia.com



Ed Tittel 2207 Klattenhoff Dr, Austin, TX 78728-5480

LANWrights, Inc: Network-oriented writing & consulting

Please visit our Web site at http://www.lanw.com



The expanded version of this article will appear here on Monday:

http://www.sunbelt-software.com/guest-columns





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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 



* MICROSOFT LONG TERM OUTLOOK



So, what can we expect from MS in the years coming? It's almost a

full-time job to follow what MS is doing, and there are actually

people making a living off doing just that. For us in the trenches 

it is not really possible to follow everything, but I have made 

a best effort.



Quite a few things have happened, the Department of Justice issue,

Gates giving Ballmer the reigns, Windows 2000 release, and more.

Where is all this going? Let's look at the big picture.



The Internet has only just started making an impact on MS. Bill saw

the light just in time, but they have a long way to go. The 'Net

really changes the way computing will develop in the near future.

MS will have to follow. I personally think that this is the reason

Bill will be the Chief Software Architect. He sees that if MS does

not come out with new tools for that environment, they will die.



Having his long-time Harvard buddy Ballmer run the day-to-day ops

is a good idea. Steve Ballmer will have to remake Microsoft into

an outfit more focused on marketing, revenues and the existing and

new MS customers. Basically they need to become customer-focused

instead of product-focused and he's doing that as we speak.



He ditched the longtime slogan "A computer on every desk and in

every home" for the more generic "Empower People through great

software, anyplace, any time and on any device". See how the 'Net

comes into play here? They see it but there are no real products

yet. MS's revenue growth is planned to come out of home consumers

and small businesses for the coming 3 years.



MS now has more than 30,000 employees, about $20 billion in revenues

and a total market capitalization of about $580 billion. Ballmer

will have to define goals, close deals and motivate teams while

performing the high-wire act of keeping all this coordinated.

He will also need to reduce the red-tape and political system inside

MS, and get people more focused on production.



Ballmer has announced a new Jihad (definition: religious war) to 

launch 'Next Generation Windows Services' NGWS which is slated to

dominate the next-generation platform for Internet services. And

that is what Bill is going to build: stuff to dominate the Internet

with Windows and Windows-based services. Nutshell: Windows for

the Internet.



It will come out first as incremental improvements to Win2000,

like voice recognition, smarter storage, and better encryption.

Longer term, they are going to try what they did in the PC market: 

build a dominant platform, and them market applications that work

well on that platform. Of course all of this is not so easy as it

was in the PC environment, all of it will have to co-exist with 

the existing Internet standards.



NGWS could be seen as the second battle in the Internet Wars, the 

first battle was the browser, now MS has moved to the OS platform

and the web-apps. They hope to make a customer out of anyone that 

plans to set up web server. This will compete directly with the 

likes of SUN, and Linux. MS is committed to make its stuff work 

with any kind of Internet device, and that is nothing else than 

their old battle cry: "Windows Everywhere", but now off the desktop

as well.



And regarding the DOJ issue, a survey we did last week shows that

an overwhelming majority of about 90% is not letting that stand

in their way of adopting Windows. Quite a few sites will have

multi platforms and stay that way, and that is a very sound way

to conduct business: 'Choose the best platform (HW/OS) for the 

specific application'. 



Microsoft is betting its future on being that platform of choice.

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* WINDOWS 2000 CONFERENCE 4-30 TO 5-3 PHOENIX, AZ



You should check out this conference. It looks like it's shaping

up to be really interesting. A bunch of really good speakers are

there, like Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Dan Balter, Sean Daily, 

Clayton Johnson, and Mark Smith (Yours truly will be there too 

giving a few sessions about 3-rd party tools, and I'll sign my

book). You can also visit the other ASP Connections conference

held there at the same time: for FREE.



There are 4 days of non-stop opportunity:

- 45 hard-core Win2000/NT sessions

- Ask The Experts (panel discussions)

- Product Showcases and giveaways

- MS Certification testing with 50% discount!

- Hands-on Computer Lab

- Networking Reception & Parties

- Pre- and Post Conference Workshops



This conference is sponsored by Windows NT Magazine and Sunbelt

Software. Click http://www.winconnections.com and register!



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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS



* MYSTERY PERFORMANCE BOOSTER PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT



One of the independent developers we represent, told us they are 

working on a brand new Super Performance Booster tool for NT/2000. 

They will announce it in this first quarter. It may even be done

Feb 17, at the same time as the Windows 2000 official release.

The product is unique because it bundles several existing types

of performance booster tools into one, but at a low price. I will 

keep you up-to-date on the developments!

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* NT THIRD PARTY TOOLS NEWLY CATEGORIZED



Sunbelt is working on revamping its website. The old warhorse has

been faithful but was walking on its last legs. We decided to use

Cold Fusion and MS SQL Server as the new tools to build the site.

A lot of work behind the scenes has been done already. 



Soon our whole site will be dynamic, database driven and look less

cluttered. We'll also have personalized suggestions for you based

on your interests. We have re-categorized our tools, and you can 

choose your utilities out of these 6 categories:

* Exchange Utilities

* Network Management Utilities

* Performance Management Tools

* Security Tools

* Storage Management Utilities

* System Admin Tools.



Have a look and browse through this brand new page and I'm sure there

is something that will solve a problem for you. BOOKMARK this page!

http://www.sunbelt-software.com/category_search.cfm



(As you can see, this is now a .CFM page, meaning it's Cold Fusion

pulling the data out of our SQL Server V7.0).

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* DEVELOPER OF OCTOPUS GETS CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS



Legato Systems Inc acquired both the Vinca and Octopus products in 

the last 24 months. The company said this week that its auditors 

have required it to adopt more conservative accounting practices, 

which forced it to restate their third-quarter results. Legato also 

missed estimates for its fourth quarter. The company's main revenues 

come from backup and recovery software. 



Pretty much immediately they were slapped with a whopping 5 class

action lawsuits claiming that that Legato and certain of its officers 

and directors violated the federal securities laws by issuing a 

series of materially false and misleading statements concerning the 

Company's business, financial condition and earnings.



Their Stock crashed upon this news and lost as much as half its

value this week. Have a look at these numbers and you'll see:



52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK

SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG

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Legato Systems Inc....... 30 82 1/2 15 1/8 -48.2%



Some other NT stocks did great this week. NetIQ for instance is

one you should check out in the NT STOCK WATCH below. 

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* WINDOWS NT MAGAZINE CHOOSES DOUBLE-TAKE FOR FAULT TOLERANCE



You can safely say that Windows NT Magazine (it just renamed itself

to Windows 2000 Magazine) are the experts in the NT/2000 field. They

review dozens of tools per year, and are supported by the world's

best experts that do tests, editorials and help create their website.

It is my personal opinion that Windows 2000 Magazine is the best NT/

2000 trade magazine out there.



When Windows NT Magazine needed Fault Tolerance for their own site,

they called Sunbelt and requested Double-Take. It is now installed

and up & running protecting their site in real time. Want proof?

Go to their website, scroll all the way down and click on the badge

that proudly proclaims "Powered by: Sunbelt Software"!

Check it out: http://www.winntmag.com/ 



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5. HINTS AND TIPS



Looking for cool wallpaper for all your machines?



The definitive source of sources is http://www.cybergeography.com/





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6. THE NT STOCK WATCH Closing Date Friday 21 Jan, 2000



52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK

SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG

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Advanced Micro Devices... 36 5/8 45 1/8 14 9/16 -9.2%

BMC Software............. 44 1/2 86 5/8 30 38 -10.4%

BindView Development Corp 55 3/4 61 3/4 17 1/4 -4.1%

Citrix Systems Inc....... 149 9/16 164 3/4 26 1/2 +10.1%

Compaq Computer.......... 31 1/4 51 1/4 18 1/4 55 +2.4%

Computer Associates...... 70 13/16 72 32 1/8 56 +8.0%

Data General Corp........ 22 1/4 23 11/16 9 5/8 93 0.0%

Dell Computer............ 43 3/4 55 31 3/8 73 -1.1%

Gateway Inc.............. 62 84 28 3/8 47 +3.9%

Hewlett Packard Co....... 113 1/8 118 13/16 63 3/8 34 +0.5%

Intergraph Corp.......... 5 1/8 10 1/4 3 3/16 +0.6%

International Business Ma 121 139 3/16 80 7/8 29 +1.1%

Legato Systems Inc....... 30 82 1/2 15 1/8 -48.2%

Micron Electronics Inc... 12 17 3/8 9 29 -5.4%

Microsoft Corp........... 103 3/4 119 15/16 72 64 -8.1%

Mission Critical Software 67 1/4 77 5/8 16 +22.2%

NCR Corp................. 38 3/8 54 9/16 26 11/16 26 +11.2%

NetIQ Corporation........ 69 5/8 77 3/4 14 3/4 +14.6%

Network Associates Inc... 27 3/16 57 1/8 10 1/16 -3.1%

Novell Inc............... 35 7/8 42 7/16 16 1/16 65 +6.4%

Oracle Corp.............. 59 11/16 62 5/8 10 1/2 +11.3%

Qualcomm Incorporated.... 154 3/8 200 7 1/4 +8.7%

Seagate Technology....... 42 1/4 48 13/16 25 1/8 10 -2.1%

Silicon Graphics......... 10 13/16 20 7/8 6 7/8 +13.0%

Sun Microsystems Inc..... 84 7/16 87 15/16 23 1/8 91 +4.8%

Sybase Inc............... 23 1/8 24 15/32 5 5/16 31 +35.5%

Symantec Corp............ 58 17/64 69 5/16 12 1/2 21 +9.9%

Unisys Corp.............. 33 7/8 49 11/16 20 15/16 21 +10.1%

Veritas Software Corp.... 171 9/16 158 20 3/8 +17.7%

Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 11,251.71 -4.0%







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