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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Mar 27, 2000
WINDOWS 2001 IS IN THE WILD!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1. EDITORS CORNER: 
2. TECH BRIEFING:
* NT CLUSTER USERS WITHOUT UPGRADE PATH?
* SECURE YOUR IIS 5.0 WITH NEW FREE MS DOWNLOAD.
3. NT RELATED NEWS:
* WINDOWS 2001 IS IN THE WILD!
* FORMER MICROSOFT CRITIC CONFIRMS W2K IS ENTERPRISE READY
4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS:
* NEW STORAGE CENTRAL V4.1 DOES CAPACITY PLANNING
* MASS CREATE NT/2000 ACCOUNTS IN UNDER 30 SECONDS
* REMOTELYANYWHERE V3.0, NOW SUPPORTS W9X 
5. HINTS AND TIPS: FileWipes, DLL-trace and Souped up CPU's.
6. THE NT/2000 STOCK WATCH - Friday March 24, 2000
7. HOW TO USE THE MAILING LIST
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Sunbelt W2Knews (the original NTools E-News) is the World's first 
and largest E-Newsletter designed for NT/2000 System Managers that 
have the job to get and keep NT up & running in a production 
environment. Sunbelt launched this electronic newsletter early 1996. 
Every week we keep the Windows NT/2000 community informed and aware 
of new developments of NT and 3-rd party System Management Tools. 
You get hints and tips that will enable you to better utilize and 
understand Win NT/2000 and help to pass your Certification Exams.
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1. "EDITORS CORNER" 

Hi NT/2000 Pro's, here are some various short items:

How is Windows 2001 for consumers going to look? Well if you want
to spend the time, it's out there now for you to play with. In the
mean time, it looks like Microsoft and the US Department of Justice
are around the table to settle the case, spurred on by an impatient
Judge.

In the mean time a LOT of you responded to my question about 
renting app-space on an outsourced server. The golden 80-20 rule
was again apparent. 80% of you said 'no way', 20% saw benefits
in the setup. As you may or may not know, when 15% of a market is
interested in a solution, it is usually economically viable. So
I guess MS is investing in that 20%. 

And what has Sunbelt been doing? Redesign our website. It's now 
easier to navigate and practically everything is now SQL 7.0-driven. 
We started October last year to get rid of our old war-horse static
site that was fully written with FrontPage. First we created the
database structure, slowly working from the 'back to the front'.
Well, the 'front' is ready for your inspection.

All download forms and pages are now in ColdFusion, the Alpha-
and Category Searches live in SQL, and we have a high-speed external 
FTP site to offload the downloads from our in-house website. The
new site has already been up for a week, and we feel confident 
enough to invite you to take a look at our new home. It's not 100%
done but the roof is ready ;-) I'd like you to click on the 'NT/2000 
COMMUNITY' tab and check out all the free lists we are running! 
New Sunbelt Site: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/index.htm

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
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2. TECH BRIEFING:

* NT CLUSTER USERS WITHOUT UPGRADE PATH?

You could find yourself without an upgrade path for your NT 
Enterprise Edition. Microsoft is getting Windows 2000 Datacenter 
Server ready and was planning to only have 4-node cluster support
for W2KDC. But this might change.

"A lot of customers and OEMs wanted to use four-node technology 
on lower-end systems," says Michel Gambier, product manager for 
W2K enterprise marketing at Microsoft. He added: "We're looking 
at bringing down four-node technology into Windows 2000 Advanced 
Server." 

Currently, WolfPack has two flavors, 2 nodes for W2K Advanced
Server and 4-nodes for Datacenter Server. Having 4 nodes makes
clustering cheaper. Instead of having a standby server waiting 
for the failure of just one active box, you could configure that
standby machine to _three_ active servers. Count your profits.

One problem: W2K DC is only sold by OEM's or qualified server
vendors as part of a complete 8-CPU system, _together_ with the 
hardware. That is to ensure the reliability as WHOLE systems 
can be tested and verified. So, how to get your hands on 4-node 
clustering without shelling out big $$$ for an 8-way box??

You could buy IBM's Cornhusker software, which allows up to eight-
node failover clustering by using the Wolfpack API, but that 
again would cost more and leave NT EE users in the cold. Analysts 
urged Microsoft to hurry its native four-node clustering stuff
into Advanced Server. 

"Clearly there's a need even by rank-and-file users to have higher 
availability through much more robust clustering," says Laura DiDio, 
an analyst with Giga Information Group (www.gigaweb.com).

In the past, Microsoft has responded to customer pressure/requests.
I would urge all of you to talk to your MS-rep and ask them to
include 4-node clustering into W2K Advanced Server.

PS: Patrick Wools sent me the following: I noticed you mentioned 
the word WolfPACK but did not tell anyone what it meant. This comes 
from a gentleman by the name of Gregory F. Pfister and he explains 
the whole deal in his book "In search of clusters". Joke: the
term WolfPACK sounded better than DogPACK. .
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* SECURE YOUR IIS 5.0 WITH NEW FREE MS DOWNLOAD.

Microsoft just announced that version 1.0 of the Windows 2000 
Internet Server Security Configuration Tool is available for download
and use. The tool makes it easy to secure a web server running IIS
5.0. It conducts an interview to determine what services you want 
to provide and the general way that you'd like for the server to 
operate, then generates and deploys a policy to configure the server
appropriately.

Download at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools.asp. 
Before using the tool, please be sure to read the Readme file 
included with it. The tool errs on the side of caution, and locks 
down many aspects of the system. It's important that you understand 
the effects this can have before deciding whether to lock down 
your server.

They will be developing an advanced version of the tool, and also are 
deploying more security checklists. All of these can be downloaded
from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools.asp. 


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3. "NT RELATED NEWS" 

* WINDOWS 2001 IS IN THE WILD!

It almost looks like MS does it on purpose. An early (alpha) 
version of the 'Whistler' code which is the so called consumer 
version of W2K has found it way in the wild, meaning a pirated 
copy is now available on a series of websites. It's not stable 
yet, so it really is no more than a curiosity at the moment. 
But fun if you want to play with it on a system you don't mind 
trashing.

Win2K1 was suddenly spotted by observers last Tuesday and like 
other alpha versions of other MS O/S-es it spread like oil on 
water through websites and college campuses. The build that 
found its way out is number 2211.1 which means it was created 
last weekend in one of Microsoft's daily builds. 

I do not expect Whistler (which is basically a spruced up 
version of W2K with a bunch of HTML add-ons) to be available 
until Q2, 2001. More at: 
http://betanews.efront.com/article.php3?sid=953595359
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* FORMER MICROSOFT CRITIC CONFIRMS W2K IS ENTERPRISE READY

Perhaps you know about Network World's e-zine written by well-
known industry pundit Dave Kearns. It's a regular short column 
with very useful items. This time I'm shamelessly stealing most
of his story! , and suggest you subscribe to his timely
and well written "WINDOWS NETWORKING" yourself.

Here goes:
"Critics of Windows NT networking have been able to count on 
data from the Boston Aberdeen Group for ammunition in their fight 
to keep the Microsoft operating system away from enterprisewide 
usage. But a recent report from the research firm may change 
that. 

"January's report, "Is Microsoft's Windows NT/Windows 2000 
Enterprise-Ready?" reaches some surprising (for Aberdeen) 
conclusions. Although it is hemmed in with numerous caveats, 
the report concludes that NT/Win 2000 makes an excellent platform 
for business-to-business and business-to-consumer Web-based 
organizations. Aberdeen suggests three requirements to make 
it an enterprise-ready system:

* NT/Win 2000 applications must be properly designed so that 
they do not conflict with the operating system.

* The NT/Win 2000 environment must be operated in a datacenter- 
like manner - with policies and procedures in place for change 
management, software updates, software distribution, backup/ 
restore and the like.

* In heterogeneous environments, third-party or custom code must 
be used to enhance system manageability and security, as well as 
to improve cross-operating environment directory services.

There's nothing onerous in that list. These are requirements 
most knowledgeable IT managers already have for mission-critical 
systems. The report itself is quite long but makes very interesting
reading for those who either have, wish to have, or are about to 
have NT/Win 2000 platforms running their enterprise's dot-com 
businesses.

Thanks Dave! You can find them at: http://www.nwfusion.com

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4. NT THIRD PARTY NEWS

* NEW STORAGE CENTRAL V4.1 DOES CAPACITY PLANNING

W. Quinn Associates, a leading provider of Windows NT/2000 storage 
solutions software, announced the upgrade of its StorageCeNTral 
product to V4.1. SC4.1 is the only storage management product 
that offers *real-time* disk space consumption management on the 
market and enables you to quickly estimate your future storage 
requirements.

In addition to the StorageCeNTral upgrade, the two suite products, 
DiskAdvisor 4.1 and QuotaAdvisor 4.1, have also been upgraded. 
Quinn listened carefully to your needs and added a series of new 
features to their product. You will have additional capabilities 
that automatically push file management to the users via an 
Intranet and accurately plan for future storage requirements 
and deployment of SAN and backup technologies.

'Active Reporting' provides Web-based access to a collection of 
storage management reports via your Intranet. Capacity planning 
enables you to estimate your future storage requirements by 
recording usage over time, which of course decreases your storage 
costs and saves you time. It allows you to accurately plan your
deployment of SAN and backup technologies. 

Active Reports give your users the capability to manage their 
own files and storage. You no longer have to manage user files, 
and frees you up to get your real job done. 

Traditional disk reporting systems sent reports directly to users, 
but users were unable to take any action on the files directly 
from the reports. Instead, a user ran Windows Explorer, 
identified the files in question and took the desired actions. 
Because this is a multi-step, complex process, many users 
simply ignored these reports. Help Desk personnel were then 
forced to intervene with users, further complicating the file 
management process. Active Reporting solves this problem.

StorageCeNTral is the first complete, scaleable, real-time 
storage monitoring, limiting and reporting system for Windows 
NT/2000 environments. StorageCeNTral 4.1 features WQuinn's 
unique patent-pending filter driver technology. As opposed 
to 'first generation' quota tools that change NT security 
permissions which only acts 'after-the-fact', StorageCeNTral
is the only NT/2000 tool to examine data in real-time; and 
consequently, the only available 'second generation' tool 
able to enforce disk space limits before files are written 
and before the damage is done. Check this product out at:

http://www.sunbelt-software.com/search_category.cfm#5
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* MASS CREATE NT/2000 ACCOUNTS IN UNDER 30 SECONDS

We have TEM V3.0 ready for you. If keeping up with the 
employee changes from your Human Resource department is 
driving you nuts then take a look at the newest version 
of TEM 3.0. TEM was created to help automate & manage 
your domains fast and efficiently, with capabilities not 
found in Windows 2000. 

Mass creation and mass imports are no longer the future 
but the present. With TEM it is as easy as taking a 
template user and copying it a thousand times so everyone 
gets the same NT home directory/ share, Windows Terminal 
Server (WTS), and Exchange properties. 

Building, changing and deleting users, home directories, 
home shares exchange mailboxes and WTS properties can all 
be done in less than 30 seconds. Complete with real-time, 
dynamic reporting features, Directory Shadow Repository 
(DSR), following account activities is a snap. 

A SQL 7.0 Server database is the power behind the reporting 
feature. All user information, Exchange accounts, last 
log-on and WTS information are stored on, and powered by, 
a SQL 7.0 Server database repository. From this repository, 
DSR allows you the ability to print, search, filter sort 
and advance sort across domains and Exchange, WTS, NT 
and Windows 2000 directories, all without the need for a 
database administrator. 

Other important features that make this solution really 
stand out include enforced auto naming, Task Progress 
Notification, drag and drop, and managed delegation. 
For consistency in your directories TEM is the only tool 
available that uses enforced auto-naming conventions across 
NT, Exchange, home directories and home shares. 

The Task Progress Notification allows you to see the status 
of your changes to users by the utilization of a progress bar. 
The administrator can highlight the objects they want to 
make changes to (lets say 100 objects at one time) and can 
view those changes occurring in real-time for each highlighted 
object. 

TEM is one of the first products on the market that also 
allow you the ease of dragging and dropping users from group 
to group and groups to users. The managed delegation feature 
gives an administrator the flexibility to assign who controls 
what objects and enables him to run reports on these objects. 

This eliminates the all or nothing level of control that was 
previously found in Windows NT and to see who is actually 
making changes to these objects with the reporting feature. 
This level of control helps ensures the security and integrity 
of the domain. 

Pricing starts at $17.36 per managed user for 250 Licenses 
and goes down according to the number of licenses needed. Check 
out: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/search_category.cfm#4
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* REMOTELYANYWHERE V3.0, NOW SUPPORTS W9X 

3am Laboratories released RemotelyAnywhere, which allows you 
to access and control your systems remotely from any other 
computer via an Internet connection. Originally developed as 
a service for Windows NT Servers or Workstations, the newly 
released version 3.0 is now compatible with Windows 95/98 
and Windows 2000 machines. 

RemotelyAnywhere allows secure access to the computer via 
any TCP/IP network, for the purposes of remote administration, 
access and control using nothing but a web browser, and most 
tasks can be performed without going into a 'remote control' 
session. New in V3.0 is system monitoring and alerting. 

This allows you to configure RemotelyAnywhere to send out an 
e-mail alert, an administrative message, or execute a batch 
file or any other program when certain performance, usage or 
load levels have been reached. 

RemotelyAnywhere includes a Telnet server, with a secure Telnet 
client implemented as a Java applet, but you're also able to 
use the Telnet client of choice when using RemotelyAnywhere. 

A 30-day, full function eval copy of v3.0 can be downloaded 
from BRI?s web site at http://www.BinaryResearch.net


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5. HINTS AND TIPS: FileWipes, DLL-trace and Souped up CPU's.

BCwipe (free) deletes your sensitive files and overwrites them 
7 times with 1's and 0's to DoD standards and then also "wipes" 
the free areas of your swap file. 
http://www.jetico.sci.fi/index.htm#/bcwipe.htm
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On the NTSYSADMIN list some one asked: "Can anyone point me to 
a tool that can display the loaded dll's?

Some very good suggestions were:

1) Look for WinAnalyst ver 1.0 at http://32bit.bhs.com/ 
2) Try Dependency Walker. It is on the NT4.0 Resource kit, or 
you can download it at: http://www.dependencywalker.com/
3) "PrcView is a freeware process viewer utility that shows 
comprehensive information about running processes. This info 
includes such details as creation time, version and full path 
for each DLL used by a selected process, a list of all threads, 
memory blocks and heaps. PrcVIew also allows you to kill and 
attach a debugger to a selected process. PrcView runs on both 
Windows 95/98 and Windows NT platforms and includes Windows and
command-line version of the program." http://www.teamcti.com 
4) Check a couple of utilities at http://www.sysinternals.com
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Looking for a tool or utility that can notify me when a user 
or PC connects to a share on a PC or Server? Head over to
http://www.winfiles.com and search for SHARE NOTIFIER
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Quite a few of us have gone from hopping up cars to souping
up our systems. In many cases that means buy the fastest CPU
you can get and overclock it. That in turn can cause some
heat problems. One of our Techs who has built a superfast
system last week told me to hold a 5 mm thick square inch 
thingie with two wires sticking out of it. He then threw a 
switch. Within 3 seconds one side was cold as ice, the other
side so hot I had to let go!

This is an ingenious cooling device you stick on a hot CPU
to keep the temperatures down, amazing technology. They are 
called peltier units and come from an outfit called Melco. 
They have nice breakdown about Thermo-electric modules over 
here. Recommended: http://www.melcor.com/faq.htm

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6. THE NT STOCK WATCH Closing Date Friday MARCH 24, 2000

(00s)
SYMBL SECURITY CLOSE CHANGE VOL 
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AMD Advanced Micro Devices............. 54 -1 3/8 33000
BMCS BMC Software....................... 52 13/16 -1 1/4 21920
BVEW BindView Development Corporation... 37 3/4 - 7/8 3634
CTXS Citrix Systems Inc................. 98 +8 39580
CPQ Compaq Computer.................... 28 9/16 - 13/16 363087
CA Computer Associates................ 66 9/16 +1 3/16 30259
DRTN Data Return Corporation............ 67 -5 9/16 1880
DELL Dell Computer...................... 56 7/16 -1 1/16 212982
EDS Electronic Data Systems Corp....... 72 3/16 + 9/16 28229
GTW Gateway Inc........................ 56 1/4 -2 1/2 32575
HWP Hewlett Packard Co................. 142 3/8 -4 7/8 29047
INTC Intel Corp......................... 139 1/16 -3 9/16 227353
INGR Intergraph Corp.................... 8 33/64 + 23/32 5876
IBM International Business Machines.... 121 3/8 +6 1/8 120298
LGTO Legato Systems Inc................. 37 1/4 + 13/16 26482
MUEI Micron Electronics Inc............. 16 - 1/4 9014
MSFT Microsoft Corp..................... 111 11/16 - 3/16 548876
MCSW Mission Critical Software Inc...... 70 7/8 -1 1/2 2110
NCR NCR Corp........................... 42 7/8 + 3/16 7551
NTIQ NetIQ Corporation.................. 77 - 7/8 3787
NETA Network Associates Inc............. 34 1/2 - 9/16 18143
NOVL Novell Inc......................... 32 7/8 unch 41350
ORCL Oracle Corp........................ 87 + 1/8 259320
QCOM Qualcomm Incorporated.............. 146 +1 7/8 249531
SEG Seagate Technology................. 71 +1 1/8 23800
SGI Silicon Graphics................... 11 13/16 - 1/2 14427
SUNW Sun Microsystems Inc............... 100 1/4 +2 7/16 180467
SYBS Sybase Inc......................... 23 1/2 -1 5/8 9169
SYMC Symantec Corp...................... 73 5/16 + 13/16 3224
UIS Unisys Corp........................ 25 3/8 -1 1/4 17610
VRTS Veritas Software Corp.............. 162 9/16 +3 5/8 36092
DJIA Dow Jones 30 Industrials........... 11,112.72 -7.14 

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