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Thu, Mar 1, 2001 (Vol. 6, #13 - Issue #248)
Heavy Data Lifting
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Server Migration, the System Admin's Bane
- TECH BRIEFING
- Windows On A Mainframe, We're Finally Here
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Appeals Court Blasts Judge In MS Case
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Secure Copy V3.0: Helps Heavy Data Lifting
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Cisco Press Computer Networking Essentials book
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Server Migration, the System Admin's Bane
And here is your next HTML issue. We've had tons of good feedback
but we're still improving, so send us feedback. Some small items
to begin with, Microsoft confirmed that there is NO direct upgrade
path from NT to WXP and that you would have to go NT -> Win2K -> WXP.
However, a whole bunch of you that are running the beta's like it
a lot and -would- use it in a business environment, so I guess that
all of you will need to look at it when it comes out and make that
choice for yourself. We'll spend a lot more time with XP in the
future and I'll be able to get my hands on a lot more technical
And server migration is one of the things no one really likes to
do but it's one of those 'if I don't things will get worse' type
jobs. The new version of Secure Copy will help you get it done
fast, and in a secure way. Read on!
In the last newsletter I said that MS has half of the webserver
market. But it's 50% of the (much smaller) WebHosting market. MS's
share of webservers on the whole Internet is about 20-25% depending on how you count.
Previous SBS were licensed the same way as the new SBS 2000. SBS 4.0 was
limited to a maximum of 25 users, then a forced backoffice upgrade. SBS
4.5 increased the users to 50.
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Windows On A Mainframe, We're Finally Here
Took Gates about 10 years longer than he planned, but yesterday a
small press release came out that I picked as something we should
look at as an important milestone. Unisys and MS told the world about
their latest successful benchmark running W2K Datacenter and SQL2K
on a 16-CPU Unisys ES7000 system. OK, it's a small mainframe but
So, what were they running? One of the largest ERP applications: SAP.
They simulated a workload of 10,400 mySAP.com users with an average
response time of 1.83 seconds. That's pretty darn good actually. Up
to now, this kind of performance used to take very high end Unix server.
Gordon Mangione, vice president for SQL Server said: "This result
shows that with the Unisys ES7000, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and
SQL Server 2000, everything needed to meet the requirements of the most
demanding SAP installations is in place and proven." What Microsoft
of course means to say is that you are no longer required to buy a much
more expensive Unix solution to run SAP.
Some Pretty Impressive Hardware: The Unisys ES7000 used as the database
server in the benchmark test was configured with 16 700-MHz Intel Pentium
III Xeon processors, 8 Gbytes of memory and 16 Mbytes of level three
cache. The server ran SAP R/3 Release 4.6C. CPU utilization was 99 percent.
Forty-nine Unisys [email protected] Enterprise Server ES5085s, each with eight
700-MHz Intel Pentium III Xeon processors and 4 Gbytes of memory, were
also used in the test. CPU utilization on the application servers
was 62 percent. Total disk space used was 880 Gbytes.
The Unisys test configuration was connected over a Giganet cLAN VI
network using cLAN1000 host bus adapters and cLAN5000 8-port cluster
switches. Giganet cLAN network supports the Virtual Interface (VI)
Architecture, which enables application servers to communicate with
database servers at very high speeds with ultra-low latency. The
benchmark was conducted at the Unisys performance laboratory in Mission
Viejo, CA and has been certified by SAP AG.
The Unisys ES7000 was designed for the future Intel Itanium processors,
and the ES7000 line uses Unisys Cellular MultiProcessing (CMP) architecture.
This same CMP technology is also sold by Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard,
Hitachi and ICL. The ES7000 accommodates up to 32 Intel Pentium III Xeon
processors, which can be field-upgraded to Intel Itanium processors
when that technology becomes available or combined with Itanium processors
in the same server. These advantages enable the ES7000 to match the
performance of UNIX systems in enterprise-class e-business and other
critical applications at a fraction of the price.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Appeals Court Blasts Judge In MS Case
Some publications go into every detail about the Microsoft case. Not
W2Knews. But now and then there is a development that is important
enough to report on. This is one of them. The split-up verdict that
Judge Jackson gave last year was reviewed by the Appeals Court in
Washington these last two days.
They asked a whole lot of very critical questions to the government's
lawyers. The Panel was very unhappy with Judge Jackson's behavior in
the case and at some points it looked like the Judge was on trial
himself. From what experts concluded it seems he will be taken off
the case completely. The panel also hinted that a breakup was not so
likely, as it would not solve the original problem. The government's
case got a bloody nose at both days of hearings.
The Appeals judges were openly skeptical regarding the allegedly
illegal 'tying' of the browser with the OS, but did have a series of
sharp questions for the MS lawyer about the web of exclusionary
contracts trying to maintain its monopoly. It is likely that a good
deal of the government's case will fall but that part of the monopoly
charges will stand. The breakup seems unlikely, but from what I can
see at this point there will very likely be 'conduct remedies'.
All in all, no reason to actually worry. Business as usual. Continue
working on those W2K migration plans [grin].
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Secure Copy V3.0: Helps Heavy Data Lifting
Small Wonders Software just released the latest version of their
popular server consolidation software, Secure Copy(tm), version 3.0.
Secure Copy allows you to copy files and directories on NTFS partitions
while keeping the security intact, creating shares and migrating local
groups. Small Wonders Software has included Microsoft Cluster Server
support, multiple copy destinations, enhanced scheduling options and
the ability to include and exclude file types from the copy to this new
V3.0, added a pretty powerful new feature: multiple destination copying,
so you can copy files from one source server to multiple destinations -
all in the same job. This new feature's ability to replicate data to
multiple machines around the network is especially beneficial for websites
and project data. Also included in the new release is the capability to
schedule a saved job to run at specified intervals, without having to be
logged on in order for your scheduled jobs to run, a must for the busy
In addition, Secure Copy, version 3.0's new functionality allows admins
to include and exclude specified file types from their copy job, making
it easy for those wishing to exclude "TMP" files, or only copy "DOC", and
"XLS" files. Most of V3.0's enhancements were suggested by existing
customers. You should check this puppy out over at:
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Cisco Press Computer Networking Essentials book
One of the long time contributors to the Sunbelt Communities NTSYADMIN
list has written a very useful book. If you want to know more about CISCO
or pass the exams, you should get a copy of this book. It's finally
available on Amazon, and the link below gets you there in one click.
The title is Computer Networking Essentials, by Debra Littlejohn Shinder,
This book is designed as preparatory material for the Cisco Networking
Academy. It covers much more ground than Microsoft's Networking Essentials
and is non-vendor specific; Windows, Linux/UNIX and Macintosh operating
systems are addressed, as well as technologies such as VPN, thin client
solutions, remote access, network hardware and cabling, network design,
and much more.
Deb tried to make this book a comprehensive overview of networking that
could serve not only the Cisco program, but as preparation for beginning
MCSE students and those preparing for the Network+ exam. Warmly recommended!