Happy Users, Happy Managers, Happy Boxes, Happy LAN: How?
Monitors: you gotta have them! Your company relies more and more
on their IT infrastructure. That means _you_ are responsible for
the availability and performance of business-dependent apps. It
has become a critical issue for both network administrators and
business managers. You need an _intelligent_ solution to detect
and correct system conditions before they cause downtime.
One of the new products we have on line provides a great solution.
OpalisRobot gets you a powerful, smart and highly efficient system
management tool in your hands. Its got a cool visual GUI that
really simplifies keeping proactive control over your NT/W2K LANS
and improves the health of your systems and network.
OpalisRobot provides real-time monitoring of your applications,
web servers, services, email, databases and file systems. Its
in-depth filtering of event logs and performance counters gets
you immediate alerts and usable information to prevent downtime.
This power-tool goes further than other monitoring solutions. Opalis
has built-in corrective action features. It can start/stop/pause
services, reboot, ping remote hosts, launch programs, move, copy,
delete files and query an SQL/ODBC database. It also supports email,
pager and pop-up notification, event log messaging and database
Having this puppy running equips you with an essential tool to
simplify administration and improve your system performance.
Result? Happy users, happy managers, happy boxes, happy LAN. And
guess what? You might even get home early and catch that game.
The new Opalis Robot is an Award Winning, 'Best-of-Breed' tool.
Defragment Your Machines Before W2K Upgrade
Twenty percent of sites are in the thick of upgrading to W2K, or
already done. The other 80% are still thinking about how to do it.
Having a defragger deployed PRIOR to the upgrade can be vital to
performance both before and after your W2K roll-out.
It's no secret that NT's performance can suffer big time by disk
fragmentation. According to a recent report from leading IT
analysts at IDC, "Disk Defragmentation for Windows NT/2000: Hidden
Gold for the Enterprise", defragmentation improved NT performance
by as much as 80%.
If performance is improved by even half that figure, the gains are
still quite spectacular, especially when you considers the large
numbers of NT machines deployed across today's NT sites. You can
download this white paper from the Sunbelt Diskeeper Webpage in
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
As a result of the performance boost, user productivity is greatly
improved, as well as TCO for every machine a defragger is installed
on. Site-wide deployment of a defragger like Diskeeper or a bundle
like SuperBoost-NT, where the highest impact of system performance,
reduction of TCO and increased productivity can be realized, is also
made very easy by 'volume licensing' (=big savings) these tools.
Upgrading to Windows 2000
In addition to the TCO and productivity gains available to you now
on your current Windows NT machines, you should also carefully
examine why you should have a defragger deployed in advance of your
First, the "Disk Defragmenter" contained in W2K is ideal for sites
with one or two standalone machines -- but not for large enterprise
sites. Per Microsoft, "'Disk Defragmenter' is not intended to be a
tool for administrators to maintain networked workstations..."
(Microsoft Knowledge Base article #Q254564). This is true not only
of the W2K Disk Defragmenter, but of any manual defragmenter.
In addition to other functional limitations, such as no scheduling
or background defragmentation, these types of defragmenters require
local admin privileges to run. That's no good as we all know: bad
security and data protection. By opting to use a manual defragmenter,
you have two choices: 1. Run around and MANUALLY defragment all
boxes on a site, or 2. Risk giving out administrator privileges to
users. This is clearly not an option. In order to obtain the
substantial performance gains available on both NT and W2K
you'll schedulable, network-wide automatic defragging.
W2K benefits three times more from defragging than NT !
Second, according the IDC White Paper, W2K performance can be boosted
through defragmentation by as much as 219% -- almost three times the
gains available on Windows NT. It is obvious that you'll need a
defragger on every W2K machine in order to boost the throughput of
these boxes. It is therefore vital to performance and TCO that
you have a defragger installed on every machine prior to the upgrade.
Third, having a third-party defragger installed on every machine
means that, when Windows 2000 is installed on those machines, you'll
have the power of network-wide scheduled defragmentation right at
your fingertips. And you'll need it; testing has shown that simply
installing an OS or applications fragments a disk to a very marked
degree. Having Diskeeper or SuperBoost-NT installed on every
machine means that you can maximize performance right from day one,
and not waste a minute of productivity or a penny in TCO.
Many sites are also purchasing new hardware as part of their W2K
deployment -- and it's obvious from the data above that performance
will need to be maximized on these machines as well. Again, you can
use volume license discounts to make defraggers an inexpensive and
cost-effective part of your Windows 2000 upgrade.
Download a FREE 30-day working copy of Diskeeper from:
Download a FREE 30-day working copy of SuperBoost-NT from:
Both pages have a brand new comparison about the differences between
Diskeeper V5.3 and Norton Speed Disk V5.1 but here is the direct link: