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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Aug 21, 2000 (Vol. 5, #37 - Issue #211)
SUPERBOOST your NT-BOX
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Results of the recent SunPoll[tm] and vote for a new one.
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
  3. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Windows 2000 Datacenter Ships
    • Network Operating System Growth Projections
  4. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • GRAND OPENING: Sunbelt BookClub
    • SUPERBOOST your NT-BOX
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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  EDITORS CORNER

Results of the recent SunPoll[tm] and vote for a new one.

Hi NT/2000 Pros,

Thank You! The W2K System Admin Black Book made it up to Number 7 on Amazon.com USA this week and we almost unseated Harry Potter . Would be great when you have received the book if you could go to the page on Amazon and send them a review.
Use this link for that.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1576102688/sunbeltunivers0c

You can still order from the Sunbelt Online Shop with a 30-day money back guarantee.
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/onlineshop.cfm

And now, here are the results of the last SunPoll[tm]. Thanks for voting, this is fun, let's keep it going :-)

We had 1374 respondees in this nonscientific poll. The question was:
"In which area is currently your biggest System Admin headache?"
The replies were as follows:

  • User Account Management 16.44%
  • Storage Management 25.9%
  • Security 30.78%
  • W2K Migration 26.85%
    So, Sunbelt will shortly come out with some more 'best-of-breed' help for your Security and W2K Migration.

    And here is the new SunPoll. This time it's about your W2Knews.
    "What changes would you like to see in this newsletter?

  • Make it shorter, it's too darn long
  • Give me a choice of TEXT and HTML
  • Increase frequency to twice-a-week
  • Don't change anything, I like it the way it is
    Vote here:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/index.htm

    Warm regards,

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

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      TECH BRIEFING

    Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

    Many of us have chosen to protect our Exchange and SQL environments with Microsoft Cluster Server. Quite a few of the big hardware guys like Dell, Compaq and IBM provide out-of-the-box cluster solutions that are plug and play. Microsoft clusters (when configured well) are easy to fail over in case of problems. But it's still early days for MS clusters. Sunbelt is introducing an ADD-ON tool for MSCS that will provide you with significant extra features. Just ask yourself:

    'What would happen when I had a major hardware failure, or a site- wide disaster?' MS clusters still wouldn't not quite make it. However, if you would add the new GeoCluster to MSCS, your servers are no longer 'in one basket'.

    GeoCluster software allows you to create MSCS clusters without the geographic limitations and single point of failure imposed by the standard 'shared disk' MSCS configuration.

    Instead, with GeoCluster, each cluster node has its own local disks containing replicated copies of clustered data which gets you data redundancy. Replication occurs continuously over a shared or private IP LAN, VLAN or SAN IP connection. While standard MSCS clusters servers provide protection against server or application failure, GeoCluster adds data redundancy and provides greater protection against geographic disasters.

    More over, you are no longer required to use identical hardware for the cluster nodes and you get continuous, real-time replication at byte level to a distant location. This puppy just won the 'Best of Show' award at the Microsoft Tech.Ed 2000, and is a pretty cool piece of software if you are using MS Clusters. Check the specs at:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=133

      NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

    Windows 2000 Datacenter Ships

    It's there, the full W2K product family is now available. Windows 2000 Datacenter Server has been released to manufacturing, and that means that you can now order this flavor preinstalled on some high-end hardware as a bundle. You cannot get it shrink wrapped. W2K Datacenter comes with the 'Windows Datacenter Program' which promises to get you a high level of reliability, scalability and serviceability.

    It was originally expected in June, so it's three months late. You can only get it from a small group of qualified MS partners. At the moment that's Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Unisys. I think that in a few weeks there will be more Datacenter partners will be announced, a few of them in Europe.

    Datacenter is quite different from the other W2K flavors in the sense that MS qualifies the full hardware up front before the box manufac- turers get the OK to ship. MS wants to make SURE that it is able to compete in reliability with high-end Unix and mainframe installations. Officially, the launch of Datacenter is going to be at September 26 at Microsoft's Enterprise 2000 event in San Francisco. More at:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/guide/datacenter/overview/default.asp

    Network Operating System Growth Projections

    International Data Corp recently released some growth projections I'm sure you are going to be interested in. The graph I got did not have any numbers in it, so this is an approximation but the trends are very clear. (numbers in millions)

    Combined W2K/NT Server:
    2000: 6M
    2002: 9M
    2004: 14M

    Linux, Multiuser
    2000: 3M
    2002: 6M
    2004: 9M

    Unix, Multiuser
    2000: 2.8M
    2002: 3M
    2004: 3.5M

    Novell Netware, all versions:
    2000: 3.7M
    2002: 3M
    2004: 2.8M

    Novell just had an awful quarter and rumors are flying that they will fire about 27% of their staff (some 1,400 people) shortly. The problem is that they actively killed the Netware cashcow but did not have anything ready to replace those revenues.

      THIRD PARTY NEWS

    GRAND OPENING: Sunbelt BookClub

    If you want to get ready for Windows 2000 in all its facets, you are going to need some study. The good thing is that this is going to be the last major 'upgrade' you need for yourself. We have teamed up with InformIT.com and created a specialized bookclub with as this month's theme all kinds of cool W2K-stuff. We'll expand the titles in the future but we thought passing the savings to you is something you would like.

    Frankly, this new BookClub is more of a 'customer service' for you guys than a money maker for Sunbelt. We just like to see you come back to our site as much as possible! Check out the special 40% Discount deal at:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/bookclub/

    SUPERBOOST your NT-BOX

    We recently announced a brand new performance bundle, and here are the first results back. Would you like to experience something like this on your on NT-systems?

    "I noticed approximately a 30-35% improvement in performance on my NT4 workstation". Darrell Guss MCSE, CCNA

    "My results are in short: Installation: it runs without any problems. Usage: you can feel and measure an increase in speed. Office apps like MS-Office and StarOffice clock 30% and applications running over the network are 10% faster". Kai Dannenberg, Germany.

    If you would like to squeeze the MAX out of your own NT systems before you move to W2K, here is your chance. A combination of a great defragger, a RAM disk and an automatic Tuner in-one. No more painstaking tuning costing you hours of work. This bundle does it all, and in the background. Just defragging can speed up your systems performance up to 80%. And the Norton Speed Disk defrag engine does not need a reboot to defrag the Directories and the Master File Table. Great for servers you cannot take offline.

    We have tested this in-house extensively. You can get a significant performance boost for very little money compared to what you would have to spend for a hardware upgrade. Note: The first 1000 buyers get a very cool Limited Edition T-shirt and lapel pin. Get your eval from:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=900.

      FAVE LINKS

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

  • This is the complete Cisco "Password Recovery Procedures" Link. Quite handy:
    http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/474/index.shtml
  • Need to get trained on Firewalls? Start your search at CERT.
    http://www.cert.org/nav/events.html
  • Vote for your FAVE TOOLS! See what tools your NT/2000 colleagues like best:
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/targetawards/
  • Paul Thurott wrote he received quite a few reports that Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Maxtor hard drives (both SCSI and IDE) don't play nice. Looks like there are some strange side effects, like reports of incorrect drive sizes to data loss. Sounds like a very good idea that when you have a Maxtor drive in your W2K system, use the SP1 UNINSTALL option for sure. You really should do this anyway, but you know how the old Dutch saying goes:
    'a warned man counts for two'.