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The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jul 17, 2000 (Vol. 5, #30 - Issue #204)
Powerful New V2.2 Event Log Monitor
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Speeding up an NT/2000 CAD box
    • Hot New Site: SearchStorage.com
    • W2K SP1 Due This Week
    • Powerful New V2.2 Event Log Monitor
    • Special: All $99 NetApplets are $10 off
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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Hi NT/2000 Pros,

Just a few short points:

1) The Target Awards Vote is going great. You have TWO WEEKS left to indicate which tools you like best. You should check out the page, it's a really nice piece of javascript programming our webmaster broke his head on. You can vote (only once) for your FAVE TOOLS at:

2) We are slowly but surely phasing out the nt-list and ask you all to renew your subscription to the W2K-list. Click here:
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Now, let's have a look at all the news!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
(email me with feedback: [email protected])

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Speeding up an NT/2000 CAD box

You know, Sunbelt does a Satisfaction Survey to make sure when some one buys something, they are a happy camper. This week I was sent one of these after someone purchased SuperBoost-NT. I thought that these answers spoke for themselves and you can see what this new tool can do for you technically.

Customer Satisfaction Survey Form
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2000 12:38PM

  1. How was your overall purchasing experience? Good
  2. Would you purchase another product through the same means? Yes
  3. Please rate the people that you dealt with in purchasing your product: Excellent
  4. How would you rate the product based on your expectations? Met my expectations
  5. Which product(s) did you purchase? SuperBoost-NT
  6. What were your expectations of the product? To provide the RAM disk to store the numerous temporary files created by Autodesk's Autocad 14 program and, thus, eliminate the time required for writing to the temporary directory on the hard drive. The inclusion of Norton Speed Disk was of great value, this is a very effective defragger.
  7. Would you recommend this product to someone else? Definitely Would
  8. Do you have any questions or recommendation for us? You might try advertising in Cadalyst and Cadence magazines to market towards the CAD users. Autocad creates numerous temp files on the hard drive and can easily slow down an otherwise speedy machine.

Could not have said it better myself. NOTE: SuperBoost is only available in the USA and Canada. Check out the specs and pricing on our site at:
If you are in Europe, call your Rep for a similar solution.

Hot New Site: SearchStorage.com

Recently I went for some websurfing and found SearchStorage.com. They position themselves as The Web's Storage-Specific Search Engine, and you can find all the storage related information for WinNT/2000 networks in one place.

At SearchStorage.com they have an editorial team that hand picks pre-screened storage-specific Web sites so you have access to a specialized search engine for any storage need. When I got in touch with them they said registration is FREE, and they enter you for a PalmVII you man win. You can find them over at:

They also told me that subscribers of W2Knews will get an extra goodie thrown in. They are allowing people that register, a free copy of the "SAN Survival Guide," a white paper that normally costs $995. But to receive your free report enter promo code nt12 when you fill our the registering section.

The benefits I see with this site are the following:

  • Specialized search against 2,000 pre-screened Storage sites.
  • Storage Chats with industry experts
  • Tech tips for Administrators and the SAN/NAS Newsletter
  • Daily Storage News delivered via email
  • Storage career advice in the Storage career center
  • An eMarketplace to find all those specific Storage related products, books and training you are looking for in one location.

    So, the registration is FREE so I suggest you sign up today and perhaps win that PalmVII. Also, you'll also be able to download your free copy of that $995 "SAN Survival Guide," a white paper.
    - Stu's 'Warmly Recommended'

    W2K SP1 Due This Week

    The Register in the UK reported on the 12-th that W2K SP1 is due the coming week. Better unpack that cable modem as the final version will be over 60MB. Being patient and wait for the CD is probably not a bad idea, as that one is bigger and comes with a bunch of tools and add-ons.

    Keep in mind that you'll need a whopping amount of disk space for those backups and temp files. I suggest to keep half a gig free for this. SP1 contains a bunch of setup bug-fixes, 35 access violation errors, five memory leaks, 12 stop errors and some security issues. The already existing serious bugs that were addressed with hot fixes are all included in SP1. It will become available via the Windows Update Website which you can find here:

    If you want more SP1 detail, here is an excellent write-up.


    Powerful New V2.2 Event Log Monitor

    NEW! Event Log Monitor V2.2 has a bunch of powerful features.
    1) Now Supports Microsoft Clusters (Free White Paper available)
    2) Provides SYSLOG file ('Unix events') integration
    3) Supports Flat File Monitoring

    ELM now supports Microsoft Cluster Server. MSCS is a very complex piece of software that requires a solid understanding. A properly designed and implemented MSCS solution can provide you with an availability level of 99.9%. But without careful monitoring and management of MSCS, you probably won?t achieve that. Fortunately now there's ELM Cluster Monitor, a FREE add-on to Event Log Monitor. It provides enhanced monitoring of MSCS and Windows 2000 clusters.

    ELM Cluster Monitor is a cluster-aware plug-in for Event Log Monitor. It is comprised of two DLLs: ELMCLU1.DLL, the cluster-aware resource DLL; and ELMCLU1ADM.DLL, the Cluster Administrator interface to ELM Cluster Monitor.

    ELM Cluster Monitor provides extensive and configurable monitoring of Windows NT and Windows 2000 clusters. ELM Cluster Monitor uses all seven sets of Cluster APIs to monitor the status of a Windows NT/2000 cluster in real-time:

    1. Cluster Management. ELM Cluster Monitor uses this set of APIs to collect cluster events, information on cluster objects (including the quorum), and overall cluster state information. This includes cluster-related events that do not get logged to the event logs.
    2. Cluster Database Management. ELM Cluster Monitor uses this set of APIs to monitor the cluster database. The cluster database, which contains data on all physical and logical elements in a cluster, is stored in the Registry.
    3. Group Management. These APIs are used to monitor cluster failover groups (also known as Resource Groups) by tracking and reporting group status and membership changes.
    4. Network Interface Management. ELM Cluster Monitor uses these APIs to monitor the network interface(s) and report status changes, including those interfaces not monitored by the Cluster Service.
    5. Network Management. These APIs are used to monitor events related to networks being monitored by the Cluster Service. The Cluster Service monitors all networks available for use by the Cluster Service as the 'heartbeat' network.
    6. Node Management. ELM Cluster Monitor uses these APIs to monitor and track node status, cluster membership and resource ownership.
    7. Resource Management. These APIs are used to monitor clusters at the Resource level, including the initiation of operations on the resource (stopping, starting, etc.).

    ELM Cluster Monitor works with Build 2.2.1 and higher of Event Log Monitor 2.2. ELM Cluster Monitor is a free add-on; customers need only purchase the following to use ELM Cluster Monitor:
    1. An ELM Cluster Server Agent for each physical node in the cluster;
    2. An ELM Cluster Server Agent for each failover resource group being monitored.

      ELM Cluster Monitor System Requirements:
      A) Windows NT Server 4.0 - Enterprise Edition with SP5 or higher (SP6a recommended) Microsoft Cluster Server /OR/ Windows 2000 Advanced Server of Windows 2000 DataCenter Server Windows 2000 Cluster Service
      B) Event Log Monitor - Enterprise Edition or Small Business Edition 2.2 or later. For more information, download our free White Paper, Managing Microsoft Cluster Servers with ELM Cluster Monitor. It is on the download page with the 30-day evals.

      2) Provides SYSLOG file ('Unix events') integration

      Event Log Monitor now supports the exchange of events with Unix and Linux Syslog clients and servers. Event Log Monitor can act as both a Syslog client and a Syslog server.

      By default, Event Log Monitor will receive any messages sent to it by a Unix or Linux Syslog client that has been properly configured to send them. Configuration on the Unix/Linux side is quick and easy. Administrators need only add an entry for the Event Log Monitor Console into the Unix/Linux SYSLOG.CONF file.

      Name resolution is also important here; the Unix/Linux system needs to be able to resolve the host name of the Console, so make sure that DNS (or a local hosts file) is configured properly. If the Unix/Linux computer cannot PING the Console, it will be unable to send it events.

      The Unix/Linux systems are considered IP Agents and will be automatically added to the Console?s Agent list when the Console receives the first Syslog message. Using the included SendEvent.exe command-line utility, Event Log Monitor can also forward events to a Syslog server, making ELM in this case a Syslog client.

      3) Supports Flat File Monitoring

      Event Log Monitor includes a free command line utility called FileMon.exe that enables you to monitor ASCII text files, such as .LOG, .TXT, etc. Event Log Monitor can monitor these files continuously, or you can monitor them at specified intervals. Sunbelt Software is pleased to provide this utility free of charge to all Event Log Monitor customers.

      You can control how frequently your monitored flat files are examined by either running a looping batch file for continuous monitoring, or by scheduling the periodic execution of a batch file. Event Log Monitor includes a sample FileMon batch file (called FileMonBatch.txt) that you can modify and rename to FileMon.bat.

      Your 30-day eval at:

      Special: All $99 NetApplets are $10 off

      These nifty tools are now all $10 off. Check them all out at this page:
      Better Hurry, this offer ends August 14-th!


    This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  • Neat little (FREE) network speed monitor and debugger at NetIQ.
  • Find out how to get I-net+ certified on Wed August 23rd, 2000
  • Did you know the first 1000 buyers get a super cool SuperBoost NT- Shirt and Pin?
  • Did you know that when you just type in your browser the words:
    ' sunbelt-software ' and then hit ctrl-enter, it fills out all
    the rest? (http://www, dot com and all the other jazz?) Try it!