MS Drops 175Mil+ on NetIQ
It's a small world. In 1996, Sunbelt decided that an event log monitor
tool called SeNTry made by Serverware in the UK would be excellent for
NT system administrators. We did well with it. But a while later, the
Serverware people sold their tool to MissionCritical (MC) for a good
chunk of cash but not more than $10-20Mil in my estimation. MC did not
want Sunbelt to distribute it, so we needed to find another event tool.
The MC people kept developing SeNTry further, and after a year or so,
renamed it to 'OnePoint Operations Manager'. Then NetIQ merged with MC,
and the 'Onepoint' was lopped off. Next, NetIQ continued to develop it.
And guess what? Microsoft thought it was a good idea to provide event
management with W2K. I thought so too, just a little earlier. [grin]
NetIQ sold off the code to MS this week, but for a whopping 175Mil to
be included in the new .NET initiative. Neat profit margin. I wish my
friend and the original technical developer Selim Kohen was still here
to see this happen, but he passed away recently due to a heart attack
at the too young age of just 50. Selim, RIP, your original idea just
got the ultimate endorsement.
The code will now be called Microsoft Operations Manager. MS will grab
the existing code, spruce it up and run it through their internal
quality control. It will see the light of day in a new retail deal by
MS somewhere in 2001. No idea what it will cost yet though.
MS pays NetIQ $175Mil for OpsMan, next they will pay $6M/yr more in
the next 3 years to develop additional projects, $5M/yr for co-op
marketing and MS will also buy NetIQ stock for three years at
the rate of $5M a year. Sum Total: 211Mil. Not to be sneezed at.
New Security Tool Released: Enterprise Security Reporter (ESR)
So how do you find out which objects on a network a user or group
has *effective* permissions to, without manually examining each
individual object on your network?
And ever asked yourself:
Using the tools that come natively with NT/W2K you quickly realize
that it is nearly impossible to gather the data to produce the
reports you need. ESR is a powerful security reporting package that
was created to comb through the vast amount of data on your network
so you can analyze, query and report on the security and configuration
of your network.
- To which groups does a user belong?
- To which folders and files does a user and/or group have access?
- How can I view *all* the shares and their permissions on the LAN?
Some of the features:
Create unique summarized permissions reports - -
ESR's exclusive Delta Permissions Reporting technology targets
and reports permission changes on folders and files that differ
from those of its parent folder, enterprise wide.
Powerful Reports - Featuring reports developed using Seagate
Software's Crystal Reports, ESR reports can be exported to
numerous formats and you can email them to others.
Support for Microsoft Access Reports - By natively supporting
Microsoft Access reports, ESR allows you complete flexibility in
developing your own reports in a tool most people are familiar
with, and then letting you run these reports from the ESR interface.
Scalable Data Discovery - Using either a centralized data
discovery agent or distributed data discovery agents, ESR can
accommodate both small and large networks without becoming intrusive.
Remote Agent Installation - Install the agents on remote servers
without having to log onto the server itself.
Open Database - ESR uses MS-SQL Server 7 or the scaled-down
Microsoft Data Engine as its back-end database. This means you
can use any tool you want to connect to and query the data. The
ESR database is fully documented so you can write your own queries
And more features like:Parameterized Queries
Browse Real-time Data
Check it out at:
NEW: Tired of AT scripting? Replace it with Opalis JobEngine!
For just 199 bucks you can automate Job Processing instead of spending
tons of time with the AT command. Opalis JobEngine is one of the Modules
of Opalis Robot we have broken out of the package at popular request.
It's an advanced job scheduling and automation tool for Windows NT/2000
environments. You can use it to automate routine tasks and multi-step
job sequences to improve productivity and availability of resources.
JOB SCHEDULING & PROCESS AUTOMATION
The Opalis JobEngine enables you to schedule jobs that run unattended.
Daily tasks such running batch files, launching the back-up, connecting
to the Internet and transferring files can all be automated. Weekly or
monthly reboots, reports and file purges can also be scheduled.
This is one of those little gems that can save you time and increase
your productivity. Schedule uploads, downloads, file transfers,
database updates, report generation, email distribution, backups,
server reboots, internet connections, program executions, batch
files and more, all without one line of writing a script.
MANAGEMENT & NOTIFICATION
You've got one cool interface to build and manage automated tasks. A
detailed log provides a centralized view of job status, errors and a
job description of each process. Receive real-time status on automated
jobs. Detailed logging and reporting options available through standard
communication channel such as email, telephone, pager, pop-up and
ODBC/SQL databases. We have said enough. Here are the specs:
Buy it online with 24/7 delivery and a key emailed within 24 hours:
How Sprint Keeps Servers From Running Out of Space
I decided to give you a case study on how one of the largest telecom
outfits controls their disk space.
Three call center groups at Sprint, in Kansas City, Missouri, use
WQuinn's StorageCeNTtral on Windows NT file and print servers to make
sure 5,000 employees don't run out of disk space. At the same time,
these three call center groups don't want employees to misuse the
amount of space that is assigned to them.
For the past year, Eric Bosch, a systems integrator at Sprint's
Business Service Group, has relied upon StorageCeNTral to monitor
space usage on about 28 servers - a mix of Dells and Proliants
- with an average of about 36 Gbytes of internal RAID.
When Bosch first got StorageCeNTral, he immediately ran a report
to find out why some servers were running out of space and others
were at peak capacity. He says, "A few employees had 100s of Mbytes
of .mp3 files in their home directory." Since the computer policy
forbids certain types of files, such as .mp3's, from being stored
on servers, Bosch deleted the files. He adds that he freed up about
three Gbytes of space on some servers.
StorageCeNTral allows Bosch easily to allocate a 150-Mbyte space
quota to each home directory of the 2,500 employees on these servers.
As employees get within 70 percent of their quota, then StorageCeNTral
sends them an on-screen, pop-up message saying they need to clean up
their file or they'll run out of space. They receive another message
when they reach 90 percent of their quota, and again at 100 percent.
He says, "When they reach 100 percent, we allow them about 10 percent
more so they've enough room to store files they're working on. When
they've cleaned up their area, then we readjust the quota to 150-MB."
Bosch says that some employees grumble about having to clean up their
space. On the other hand, he says, rapid disk growth is a real problem
in a large company such as ours. Without StorageCeNTral, we'd have a
difficult time finding out who is using all the disk space on a server."
Bosch uses StorageCeNTral's reporting capabilities to look at disk
space by users, ranked in descending order by the largest users.
With the release of StorageCeNTral 4.1, Bosch will be able to give
employees an HTML-page listing links to their largest files and or
oldest files. An employee can first view a file by double clicking
on a link. To delete the file, an employee can go back and click on
the link and hit delete.
Blocking certain types, such as .mp3's, from being stored on the
servers has become an important concern for Bosch. He says, "Right
now I delete any copies of games, such as Doom, or any .mp3. Since
we use Tivoli for network management, someone suggested that we use
it to set filters for blocking certain file types from being stored
on servers. But you can't do this with Tivoli." StorageCeNTral 4.1's
filescreening capability will allow Bosch easily to set filters on
just about any type of file, such as The Love Bug's Visual Basic
Script, and prevent the file from being stored on a server.
With the servers being upgraded to 80 Gbytes Bosch says he looks
forward to using StorageCeNTral 4.1, which he recently downloaded. He
says, "StorageCeNTral just sits there keeping an eye on your disk
usage. It doesn't require any maintenance or put any strain on a
Change Member Servers to BDC and back? Use U-Promote
On the NTSYSADMIN list the following question was asked:
"Does any one have any experience using Utools "U Promote". Any
feedback especially any comments why I should not use this product
would be appreciated. I need to rebuild several Domain Controls
for a major domain migration project. This tool seems like a
tremendous time saver".
Two answers came: "It's worked very well for us. No problems
to report. (I've not experienced it fail, but it would be wise
to take a full backup before doing this.) This question has come
up often over the past several months so you should be able to
find many hits in the archives.
"I have used it on 2 machines in our domain. Changing a member
server to a BDC and a BDC back to a member server. Worked very
well. Easy and quick. No complaints".
Single copies: $99.95