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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Feb 21, 2000
In One Word: Impressive.
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
This Special Windows 2000 Release Issue of W2Knews contains:

1. EDITOR'S CORNER
2. ALL THE WINDOWS 2000 EXPO HOT TOOLS NEWS
3. THE NT STOCK WATCH - Feb 18, 2000
4. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT-ers,

Well, like I said I jumped in a plane and saw Bill Gates announce 
Win2K live in San Francisco. In one word: impressive. There was quite
a bit of new cool stuff but the thing I liked best was the cluster of 
32 servers, being hammered by 500 clients. After the event, I had a 
chat with two of the developers of the Windows Load Balancing Server 
(WLBS) that I know personally. 

They told me that each of these 32 servers was handling 600 web requests
per second, and that the cluster had a total sustained throughput of a 
whopping 400Mbits per second. Now you are talking 'big time' for sure.
All of that obviously geared to WOW us and to show that W2K is ready
for the enterprise. I'll tell you more about what I think further down.

We have renamed NTools E-News to W2Knews from this issue onward, but
our mission stays the same and we will continue to report on both NT
and Windows 2000 tools. 

Let's have a look at all the news!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
Email me at [email protected]

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2. ALL THE WINDOWS 2000 EXPO HOT TOOLS NEWS

So, what I did is take the Show Guide, and looked at all the booths
that were under the Utilities section and checked them out. Then I
went over to the Press Center and pulled all the Press Releases that
were interesting. I'll give you a quick overview with what I found!
Here goes:

- NEW PEAK PERFORMANCE TOOL SUITE - 

SuperSpeed.Com announced a new bundle of performance tools. It's
called SuperBoost-NT and combined in one package (and one install)
you get a combo of the Symantec defragmenter Speed Disk, Sunbelt's
AutoPilot and the SuperSpeed-NT Disk Caching tool. Software _can_
speed up your machine and these three together pack a powerful 
performance punch. SuperBoost-NT will ship in March, and SuperBoost
for Windows 2000 will be available in Q2, 2000. I'll warn you when 
downloads become available. That should be interesting for sure.
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- NETPRO RELEASES DIRECTORY ANALYZER FOR ACTIVE DIRECTORY - 

Since one of the major new components of Win2K is AD, you will need
tools to monitor that new directory infrastructure you are building.
You need troubleshooting capability to ensure the 24x7 availability.
NetPro's DirectoryAnalyzer proactively monitors and troubleshoots AD, 
including domains, domain controllers, sites, replication, and AD-
related DNS-functions. Sunbelt will pick up this product. I will let 
you know when you can get a 30-day eval from us.
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- COMMAND LINE ACL MANAGEMENT TOOL -

SuperCACLS is a tool that allows you to manage Access Control Lists
for a variety of tasks. This utility has a full privilege override
and that is not something you get from NT. It's a good tool to have
in your arsenal. Check out http://www.trustedsystems.com
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- VERITAS BACKUP EXEC ENHANCED FOR WIN2K - 

Backup Exec is in its sixth generation and has a whole slew of new
features like built-in wizards for things like start-up, scheduling 
and configuration. It now supports Windows 2000 and includes the
backups of Active Directory, Distributed File System, the new 
NTFS structure and System State components. It also pre-scans for
viruses and cleans files (including zipped ones) before backup.
In 1999, Backup Exec won the NTools E-News Target Award. Check out:
http://www.veritas.com
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- TRANSCENDER COMPLETES SQL 7.0 TRAINING LINE-UP - 

The Transcender guys have a new website that they are very happy
with. They'd like your feedback though. One of the things they
announced is that you can now get fully SQL 7.0 certified. The site
is e-commerce enabled so you can get hold of the CD's even faster.
Click your way over to: http://new.transcender.com/
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- CORIOLIS GROUP RELEASES WINDOWS 2000 BOOKS AND TRAINING

They just got their brand new Windows 2000 Black Books and Little
Black Book guides off the press and on their booth. I had a look
and they are pretty good. They are designed to be problem solvers
and help you to complete specific tasks, especially critical ones
that are not well documented anywhere else. A very good resource.
They also came out with the Exam Cram Personal Trainer. It's a
new interactive training product they call personal computerized
training. I have not seen it myself yet, so cannot afford an
opinion but it sounds good. http://www.coriolis.com
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- VMWARE RUNS SIMULTANEOUS W98, NT, W2K, AND LINUX

I was given a demonstration of a machine that ran all these above
OS/es in separate and protected windows at_the_same_time. Pretty
cool if you need to test apps, webpages, or other programs in
different environments and don't want to boot all the time. Big
time saver actually. You can even share files with cut&paste 
between all these windows but they all stand alone as virtual 
machines. A BSOD in a virtual machine does not affect the box
you are running on. No partitioning, no reboots, but does support
multimedia. It's like having a whole other computer inside your
PC (or more than one). Cost: $299 at http://www.vmware.com
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- NEW UTILITY SUITE FROM THE NORTH -

A new toolbox was put together called Northern Utilities. The
kit contains 12 tools to help you do remote administration. It is
agentless and has things like Remote Kill, Remote Reboot, Hotfix
Auditor, Service Control, Process Explorer, Account Viewer, Print
Reque, SID converter and IP Scout. You can check out what they 
all do at their website. I have not been able to look at them
myself yet. The CD that I got at the show, and the download I 
pulled off their site both failed to install on the Dell box in
my home office and I did not have the time to debug it. Maybe
you will have better luck at: http://www.northernparklife.com/
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- CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT TOOL RELEASED - 

Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) was announced by a new
company called Fundamental Software. ECM monitors, manages and
ensures compliance with policies for a large number of NT/2000
configuration related items, including hardware, software, all
service packs, hotfixes, services and local account passwords,
service status and control, devices, disk space, file versions
DLL versions, IP information, processes, event log settings,
and much, much much more. This is a tool for the larger sites.
Sunbelt decided to carry this tool and I will tell you more
about it when it is downloadable.
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- PERFORMANCE MADE GRAPHIC

Demand Technology introduced their Performance Gallery. It's
an easy to use tool to graph performance metrics for NT servers,
workstations and networks. With this tool you can visualize
performance bottlenecks, analyze trends and create graphs for
management that show you need more hardware. 
http://www.demandtech.com
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- COMMVAULT RELEASED HIGHLY GRANULAR BACKUP-RESTORE SOLUTION

Their product 'Galaxy' is a data and storage management suite
based on logical views of data instead of physical views. It
can track data based on attributes instead of storage location.
That allows it to support LAN's, NAS and SAN's all at once.
For instance, it has a very high granularity in restoring 
individual email messages (with attachments) in the Exchange
environment, and restarts a Backup/Restore intelligently.
Supports Win2K fully. More info at: http://www.commvault.com
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AND SOME OTHER NEWSWORTHY POINTS OF LAST WEEK:
**********************************************

- VERY COOL COLOR PRINTERS - 

Tektronix showed their PHAZER line. These puppies are solid
ink based and the quality is really amazing. They are pretty
fast too: up to 14 pages per minute and have a built-in 200
Mhz RISC processor. Pricing starts at just $2,495 and an average 
page costs between 5 and 9 cents each depending on how much 
color you use . That starts to become a lot cheaper than having 
it done at Kinko's, or your local Office Depot. Check:
http://www.tektronix.com/color_printers/
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- WINDOWS NT MAGAZINE RENAMED TO WINDOWS 2000 MAGAZINE

I was at the Press Conference where they officially made the
announcement that the name change was now in effect. Like I
said earlier, I think that Windows 2000 Magazine does a great
job in getting into the HOW-TO of making and keeping NT and 
now 2000 really work. Their product reviews are also pretty 
good, and their network and career performance tips are worth 
it ten times over. Get a free copy to try out:
http://www.win2000mag.com/sub.cfm?code=WS00INANTL
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- BILL GATES ALSO INTRODUCED SUBTLE NAME CHANGE

I do not know if you noticed, but MS seems already to be 
moving away from the '2000' designation. In the Press Release 
it was presented like this: The New Windows 2000 Family:
Windows Professional
Windows Server
Windows Advanced Server
Windows Datacenter Server
And in his speech he actually called it 'Windows Professional'
and not Windows 2000 Professional. I'll keep you up to date.
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- SO, IS WINDOWS 2000 ENTERPRISE READY?

Yes, with a few qualifications. You CAN implement this software
in mission-critical environments. It is both powerful and scalable
enough to now compete with SUN and IBM big iron. You DO need to run
it only with hardware on the compatibility list, configure it
properly, and run enterprise-level applications and databases.
You also need to manage NT with 'best practices' discipline in the 
areas of security, system management, and network management. 
(Which is no different from other platforms). But first, test,
test, and test your applications thoroughly. If you keep the above 
points in mind and act accordingly, you have a great platform
at a lower cost.
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HINT: Some great background on the man behind Win2K & a good read:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/beta/hall/99sep08.asp 

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3. THE NT STOCK WATCH Closing Date Friday 18, 2000

52 WK 52 WK P/E WEEK
SECURITY CLOSE HIGH LOW RATIO CHNG
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Advanced Micro Devices... 40 1/4 45 1/2 14 9/16 -10.5%
BMC Software............. 41 5/8 86 5/8 30 42 -3.1%
BindView Development Corp 33 9/16 36 8 5/8 +19.3%
Citrix Systems Inc....... 86 1/2 91 1/2 13 1/4 -1.5%
Compaq Computer.......... 25 1/16 44 3/8 18 1/4 74 -2.1%
Computer Associates...... 71 1/4 79 7/16 32 1/8 56 +2.1%
Data Return Corporation.. 65 1/8 73 1/4 13 3/4 -1.1%
Dell Computer............ 40 1/16 53 31/32 31 3/8 66 +8.6%
Electronic Data Systems C 65 3/8 76 11/16 45 1/8 78 -8.8%
Gateway Inc.............. 56 1/2 84 28 3/8 43 +1.1%
Hewlett Packard Co....... 129 132 26 1/2 40 +6.2%
Intergraph Corp.......... 6 7/16 10 1/4 3 3/16 -11.2%
International Business Ma 112 1/2 139 3/16 81 1/2 27 -2.4%
Legato Systems Inc....... 31 13/16 82 1/2 15 1/8 -8.2%
Micron Electronics Inc... 11 13/16 16 9 29 +11.8%
Microsoft Corp........... 95 1/16 119 15/16 72 59 -4.8%
Mission Critical Software 63 7/8 77 5/8 16 +9.6%
NCR Corp................. 40 54 9/16 26 11/16 12 -2.4%
NetIQ Corporation........ 69 77 3/4 14 3/4 +6.5%
Network Associates Inc... 28 5/16 51 10 1/16 -10.1%
Novell Inc............... 34 1/8 44 9/16 16 1/16 57 -12.2%
Oracle Corp.............. 58 9/16 64 3/4 10 1/2 -1.8%
Qualcomm Incorporated.... 134 1/2 200 7 7/8 +1.8%
Seagate Technology....... 45 48 13/16 25 1/8 11 -3.0%
Silicon Graphics......... 8 15/16 18 7/8 6 7/8 -4.0%
Sun Microsystems Inc..... 92 13/16 96 3/8 23 1/8 100 -1.7%
Sybase Inc............... 21 3/8 25 5 5/16 29 -8.3%
Symantec Corp............ 64 69 3/8 12 1/2 23 -2.6%
Unisys Corp.............. 32 3/4 49 11/16 20 15/16 20 +5.8%
Veritas Software Corp.... 173 1/16 181 1/2 20 3/8 +0.3%
Dow Jones 30 Industrials. 10,219.52 -1.9%


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