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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Feb 8, 2001 (Vol. 6, #8 - Issue #242)
One Million W2K Sold
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • So here is your first W2Knews HTML
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Real Life OpalisRobot Deployment Example
  3. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • W2K Server Will Be Hitting The 1 Million This Month
  4. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Sunbelt/GIGA Windows 2000 Survey Results!!
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  6. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • MCSE Training Guide: All 4 Core Exams
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  EDITORS CORNER

So here is your first W2Knews HTML

Hi NT/W2K-ers!

Thanks very much for the many hundreds of positive responses. Here is your first full issue. You SHOULD have received the .TXT unsub request by now, but if you have not, you can unsub with the instructions at the very end of this email.

We're still getting some small bugs worked out, so let us know if you see something strange. Send an email to [email protected] please? We made the background white, and we are working on direct links from the Table of Content, so there is at least some improvement. [grin] So, here we start with the latest NT/W2K related news? in HTML!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
(unsubscribe instructions are at the end of this newsletter)
(email me with feedback: [email protected])

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  TECH BRIEFING

Real Life OpalisRobot Deployment Example

The Challenge: Single Source Inc. is a nationwide food distributor specializing in providing mostly frozen food to county, state and federal correctional facilities. The company's five U.S. warehouses currently distribute to customers in 38 states and are adding services to additional U.S. states continually.

Just as many businesses are doing today, Singe Source Inc. offers customers a way to order food online. When the company launched its online ordering system, efficient communications with the warehouses and consistent and accurate document management became even more critical. Because Single Source uses a separate online ordering company to manage the ordering process, Single Source needed a solution that could import orders, confirm FTP transfers, order guides and send invoice instructions back to the online ordering company - all without user intervention.

The Situation: When Single Source fulfills an online order, many different locations nationwide, from warehouses to customer service offices, are involved in the process. Orders need to be transferred between these locations, sometimes in different formats, for fulfillment and storage.

Single Source chose Access 2000 to create the company's purchase order and inventory system. It also uses ApplicationXtender for document management. Therefore, any file management or automation solution Single Source chose needed to be able to work with these two applications.

The Solution: Single Source chose OpalisRobot and OpalisRendezVous to incorporate A full-scale job scheduling and file management solution. Although the company also considered Liquid Time 1.22, it determined Robot and RendezVous were more user-friendly and easier and faster to implement.

Now when a customer places an order online, the order is sent via FTP to Single Source. Working together, OpalisRobot and RendezVous take it from there. Files are renamed and transferred to Single Source's database. Once files are exported, they are sent back to the online ordering company. These order files are also sent back and forth between the four nationwide warehouses during the order fulfillment process. Further more, all documents are stored on optical using ApplicationXtender and text files are generated and imported to update document indexes.

"In a matter of one minute and 30 seconds, an order is imported, renamed, sent via FTP back to the online ordering company and the appropriate customer service representative is notified of a new order," said Robert Newhart, director of technical service for Single Source Inc. "Better yet, it's all done without user intervention. Sometimes employees' lives are simplified at the expense of the IT department. In this case, the IT department is reaping many benefits along with the rest of the company."

Once Microsoft Access creates the new file from a new order, OpalisRobot renames the file and triggers OpalisRendezVous to transfer it to the online ordering company for processing. OpalisRobot continues to monitor directories for new orders. It also monitors directories for new files to be transferred to and from warehouses. The OpalisRobot/OpalisRendezVous combination also sends order guides, customer lists, price updates and invoices to the online ordering company as needed

The Benefits: "Using OpalisRobot/OpalisRendezVous in tandem has assisted us in achieving our daily mission immensely," said Newhart. "Customer service no longer needs to enter orders manually and doesn't need to complete any other steps to process the order."

Because Single Source also strives to be paperless, Opalis Robot and OpalisRendezVous help meet this separate goal by providing the latest reports and detailed information for employees on the server. Employees need not take any time out of their workday to run reports, the information is automatically generated. 30-Day trial:
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  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

W2K Server Will Be Hitting The 1 Million This Month

Just yesterday, Steve Ballmer announced that W2K Server will have sold 1,000,000 copies within a year. He said: "The 1 million server mark is strong feedback from our customers that the Windows 2000 Server family is delivering the reliability and business agility they need to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-paced digital economy. We're delighted at the response from customers, as well as the growth opportunity this represents for Microsoft."

Well, that is of course PR for the major part. Microsoft is not Happy with the slow adoption of W2K and would love it to go twice as fast. Businesses are not that quick with upgrades. Look at Sunbelt, we have 10 big servers and only one of ?em is now W2K. The 2 nodes in the webcluster are planned next.

W2K comes in 3 flavors and I would venture to say that 90% is the server version, 9% is Advanced Server and 1% is Datacenter server. Microsoft claims that everyone buying W2K saves 18% per year in cost of ownership. I beg to differ. At least at the start, the time you need to get Active Directory implemented is more like 18% more(!) than less. Later, when the whole thing works, sure it will save time. However, AD?s tie-in with DNS is a headache and I?m not sure if MS really understands DNS all that well since they had 4 DNS servers on the same subnet [grin].

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

Sunbelt/GIGA Windows 2000 Survey Results!!

We did a major survey a few weeks ago, and here are the results! Very interesting data. Here goes the raw results. The analysis will come later.

1. Approximately how many PCs (Desktops and Laptops) are deployed in your organization?

Less than 1,000						713	58.97%
Between 1,000 and 5,000					265	21.92%
Between 5,000 and 10,000				99	8.19%
More than 10,000					132	10.92%
							1209	100.00%

2. Approximately how many servers are deployed in your organization?

Less than 10						311	25.77%
Between 10 and 50					450	37.28%
Between 50 and 100					141	11.68%
More than 100						305	25.27%
							1207	100.00%

3. When do you plan to deploy Windows 2000 Server?

We have already migrated or are
in the midst of upgrading				366	30.40%
In the next three-to-six months				177	14.70%
In the next six-to-nine months				193	16.03%
In the next 12-to-18 months				192	15.95%
No definitive migration plans				276	22.92%
							1204	100.00%

4. When do you plan to deploy Windows 2000 Professional?

We have already migrated or are in the
midst of upgrading					543	44.99%
In the next three-to-six months				149	12.34%
In the next six-to-nine months				142	11.76%
In the next 12-to-18 months				135	11.18%
No definitive migration plans				238	19.72%
							1207	100.00%

5. If your firm is already deploying Windows 2000 Server, rate the quality compared to NT 4.0

Excellent - an order of magnitude better
performance and reliability				146	26.26%
Very good - 5x more reliable and better
performance						166	29.86%
Good - at least 20 percent more reliable
and better performance					159	28.60%
The same - no discernible performance
and reliability improvements				80	14.39%
Worse - it crashes more frequently			5	0.90%
							556	100.00%

6. If your firm is already deploying Windows 2000 Professional, rate the quality compared to Windows 9x and NT Workstation

Excellent - an order of magnitude better
performance and reliability (fewer crashes)		273	34.82%	
Very good - 5x more reliable (fewer crashes)
and better performance					234	29.85%	
Good - at least 20 percent more reliable
and better performance					189	24.11%	
The same - no discernible performance and
reliability improvements				77	9.82%	
Worse - it crashes more frequently			11	1.40%	
							784	100.00%

7. If your organization has not yet migrated to Windows 2000 Server and does not plan to for at least nine months or longer, what is the reason for the delay?

No compelling business need				223	34.95%		
Not enough resources (capital expenditure
monies and trained IT staff)				139	21.79%		
Complex and time consuming				100	15.67%		
Other network upgrade projects take priority		62	9.72%		
We are contemplating extending our investment
in Unix or NetWare and may not use Windows
2000 Server as our primary enterprise server		39	6.11%		
Other							75	11.76%		
							638	100.00%

8. Which will/did you deploy first?

Windows 2000 Professional				533	47.67%
Windows 2000 Server					265	23.70%
Mixed deployment					320	28.62%
							1118	100.00%		

  FAVE LINKS

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

  • The 10 Immutable Laws of Security
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/10imlaws.asp
  • The 10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/10salaws.asp
  • And here is the place where you can download screensavers with them!
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=26684
  •   PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

    MCSE Training Guide: All 4 Core Exams

    The bundle includes the four core Training Guides for Windows 2000 exams, including:

  • MCSE Training Guide (70-210): ICA Windows 2000 Professionals
  • MCSE Training Guide (70-215): ICA Windows 2000 Server
  • MCSE Training Guide (70-216): I & A Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
  • MCSE Training Guide (70-217): I & A Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

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