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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Feb 24, 2000
More Win2K Specifics
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
This First W2KnewsFlash[tm] contains the following _short_ items:

1. MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT THE BIG W2K CLUSTER DEMO
2. SUNBELT ON-SITE SERVICES ANNOUNCED
3. STU ON MICROSOFT SITE WITH VIDEO ON W2K RELIABILITY
4. W2K READINESS DOWNLOAD AN AB-SO-LUTE MUST
5. NOW, WATCH ALL THE HYPE COME DOWN THE PIKE
6. THE ACTUAL WINDOWS TCP-C BENCHMARKS OF WINDOWS 2000
7. OVERLOOKED COOL TOOL AT THE SHOW
8. THE * FIRST * THING TO DO WHEN YOU THINK W2K MIGRATION

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Hi NT/2000 Admins, here are a bunch of short items of interest!

1. MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT THE BIG W2K CLUSTER DEMO

Quite a few people asked me what this cluster was and if the numbers
on the throughput were right. A friend of mine in Microsoft confirmed
an informal calculation of an excess of 400 M bits per second. It's
not an official MS performance claim but impressive nonetheless. This
ran over a fibre backbone on 32 Dell Power Edge 4350 2-way SMP servers 
with 512 MB RAM each. The software that did the web-clustering was the 
IP load balancing built into Win2K called WLBS. 

I'm also looking forward to getting my hot little hands on the not yet
released Windows 2000 DataCenter. I expect that in the June-July time
frame. Will be fun to play with THAT puppy, who has a idle 32-CPU SMP
machine lying around that I can borrow for a while? ... anyone?... 
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2. SUNBELT ON-SITE SERVICES ANNOUNCED

To start with the USA, Sunbelt now offers on-site installation 
services of Double-Take. If this goes as planned we will roll the
service out to Europe as well. At the same time we are introducing
Performance Consulting services. Just like the Double-Take installs
these will be billed on a daily basis. 

Six experts that know NT inside out can help you get the most out 
of your Domains and configure them for optimum performance. Call your
Sunbelt USA Rep if you are interested in these services over here: 
888-NT UTILS (688-8457) to get a quotation.
Double-Take is the leading tool for File Replication *and* Disaster
Recovery: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=111
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3. STU ON MICROSOFT SITE WITH VIDEO ON W2K RELIABILITY

Yup, yours truly is now also playing at your local Microsoft website,
. Microsoft asked us to tape the reliability study and so a crew 
with broadcast quality video came to us and was busy for a few hours.
But of course the final footage is less than two minutes. You can 
choose different speeds, but if you are behind a firewall it's safer
to choose the 56K speed instead of the T1 speed. We're all the way
at the bottom of this page!

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/guide/professional/overview/reliable/
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4. W2K READINESS DOWNLOAD AN AB-SO-LUTE MUST

If you want to see if your machine is potentially ready to run W2K,
DO NOT JUMP AND INSTALL IT !! You just gotta, gotta, gotta get this
little free utility from MS and check out your machine first. I did
it and I found quite some interesting things that made me decide to
not do it just yet on my NT WS machine I have here in my home office.
Stuff like drivers for NIC cards not being compatible and the like. Do 
this first before you start to break things that are working now !!
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/deployment/readiness/default.asp
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5. NOW, WATCH ALL THE HYPE COME DOWN THE PIKE

So now that Windows 2000 is really here, you will see the MS marketing
machine trying to create massive momentum. They are very good at that.
All kinds of partners will announce they support it. Tons of people
are going to offer Windows 2000 migration services. Lots of apps will
get W2K certified and are trumpeting about it. A flurry of Press 
Releases will be generated. Magazines will continue to write about it.
Industry 'pundits' (like me) will tell you it's the greatest thing. And
after a few months you get the idea you live in the Stone Age if you
still run NT. But in this case, you are talking about the 'Mother of 
all Migrations' and it would be a very good idea to prepare very, very 
well and plan this well in advance. Think for yourself!
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6. THE ACTUAL WINDOWS TCP-C BENCHMARKS OF WINDOWS 2000

BillG was very proudly announcing brand new TCP Benchmarks that were
fresh off the press (I'm sure that a team of people did not sleep for 
a few days) that showed pretty darn good results and very low cost
compared to other platforms. Here is the actual site where they numbers
sit. And they look good! (See, there I go again, I just cannot stop
that enthusiasm) Check out: http://www.tpc.org/new_result/ttperf.idc
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7. OVERLOOKED COOL TOOL AT THE SHOW

Open Software Associates announced netDeploy Global, a next-generation
solution for software management and deployment that is easy to install, 
easy to customize and is infinitely scalable. For you administrators,
netDeploy Global offers many benefits: The solution is based on Active
Directory and Group Policy Editor so it is a tremendous aid in planning 
and implementing a rollout of Windows 2000. 

It helps you to get Active Directory ?right? from the start. The product 
works in Windows 2000, legacy-Windows and non-Windows environments, 
letting you manage just about any application from any place on earth. 
It does this by helping you connect to your remote, mobile and 
business-to-business users as easily as to those inside your local
corporate firewall or LAN. http://www.osa.com
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8. THE * FIRST * THING TO DO WHEN YOU THINK W2K MIGRATION

So, now you know it's going to finally happen. It's a matter of WHEN,
not IF any more. Most of us are moving this year. And most of us will 
feel something like: "Nooo, not another major upgrade! ". But since
it looks like it's an actual improvement this time we'll all go sooner 
or later.

What is the very first thing you gotta do? Find out what you have so 
you can then continue to plan. That means ASSESSMENT OF YOUR DOMAINS. 
We have an excellent tool for you, that you can run again and again 
and that will grow with Win2K to later report on e.g. Active Directory.

It's called Sunbelt Domain Reporter (SDR). This tool is the *first* thing
you need when you plan 'The Migration'. We have a free (short) white 
paper on the SDR page that shows you how you can specifically use it
to help plan migrating. Click and pick up your 'Product In Action'
Whitepaper. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=866
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OK, that's it for the moment, see you next Monday!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])