Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Thu, Apr 19, 2001 (Vol. 6, #27 - Issue #262)
Failure To Plan => You Plan To Fail
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- My New Book Will Come Out Soon: W2K Power Toolkit.
- TECH BRIEFING
- Failure To Plan => You Plan To Fail
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Customers Grade Windows 2000 / New Q2 Survey Invitation
- Microsoft's Latest Advice Regarding W2K Defragmentation
- WXP Server (Whistler) Not To Arrive Until Q1, 2002
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- UltraBac Announces Agents for Linux, Solaris & More
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Tuning and Sizing Windows 2000
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My New Book Will Come Out Soon: W2K Power Toolkit.
NT Power Toolkit was the first book we came out with almost two years
ago. It was a smash hit, as it was not just a bunch of rehashing the
manual and res kit, but added a whole bunch of hard-won in-the-trenches
experience to the mix. And there were hundreds of links to hard-to-find
third party vendors that created great add-on tools for NT.
Well, we have done it again, but now for W2K! Next month, New Riders
Publishing will come out with the Windows 2000 Power Toolkit and it's
even better than the NT-version. We especially made sure you would be
able to use it to get started quickly, migrate NT to W2K if needed, and
there is a wealth of links with supporting resources, tools, and stuff
to get the max out of W2K.
So, stop buying W2K books and wait for the May release of this one :-)
You'll like the special offer that comes with it. (we're throwing $498
worth of software in.) Here is a page from the publisher with the ISBN,
but you cannot buy it there, it's just a sneak preview.
UNDO DEPT: In the last issue I mentioned "W2K built-in load balancer
called WLBS. But in W2K that was renamed to Network Load Balancer (NLB).
Also please check your new profile to make sure you get the right version:
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Failure To Plan => You Plan To Fail
Sometimes the cause is man made, like California's power woes. But
other times it's the planet that has an itch and an earthquake happens.
If you are in CA (or neighboring states), and need to plan for power
failure, I was sent this additional info that might help.
"I recently spoke with a vendor in CA, who told me one of the data
centers he deals with purchased a generator to run their center during
the rolling blackouts. You may want to suggest this to persons
responsible for centers that may have black outs later this year. In
addition, the power company should be able to tell you the schedule
for the blackouts so that the center can be shut down gracefully if
necessary. This information may be found on the power company's web
site". - Kevin Jones. Thanks Kev!
Another point is that some one in MS commented that the midwest was
a safe place for earthquakes. Well, he did not do his homework. It
turns out that New Madrid, MO was the site of the most destructive
string of 8.0+ earthquakes ever recorded in the United states in
1811-12. I have a link here that shows what happened there, with
pictures and all. Very interesting. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide ;-)
But the message is clear. You GOTTA get your mission critical data
off site, to a place that is well out of a danger zone. Getting it
to your Disaster Recovery site in real-time is of course the best
quarantee for a minimum of downtime. Double-Take can help there:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Customers Grade Windows 2000 / New Q2 Survey Invitation
As you all know, every quarter Sunbelt Software and the Giga Information
Group do a survey on the state of the major Operating System. The final
report on the Q1 results just made it on the Microsoft website. After
one year of deployment in production networks, Windows 2000 Pro and W2K
Server are given an "A" for reliability by an overwhelming majority of
corporate customers. But what you should look at is the full report card
at the very end of the page. Here's the report on the MS-website:
And we'd like to invite you to participate in the Q2 survey, which goes
a bit more in depth and tries to identify what the real life savings
are (both in productivity and tech support time) of using W2K, if any.
Here is the link to the survey, and as always, we will share the data
with you the moment Giga is done with the analysis. Thanks for your time.
Please take the 5 minutes it will take to fill this one out!?
Microsoft's Latest Advice Regarding W2K Defragmentation
MS has come out with its latest advisory to keep W2K fragmentation under
control. In today's climate of tightening budgets, no aspect of your
network's performance is beyond scrutiny. But when performance slows,
it's just the visible tip of a broader, hidden situation that can cause
productivity to suffer. The conclusion MS came out with is as follows,
"File fragmentation can negatively affect operating system speed and
performance. To maintain peak performance when using Windows 2000, the
condition of your disks should be analyzed on a regular basis?preferably
once a week for moderate-to-heavy use; less frequently for intermittent
use?and defragmentation performed as needed.
"Disk Defragmenter is designed primarily for stand-alone machines and
users with Administrator privileges. It is not intended to be used for
network defragmentation. Administrators who require network controls,
automatic scheduling, and the capability to simultaneously defragment
multiple partitions, and MFT and paging files, should consider upgrading
to a third-party, networkable defragmenter".
Well, there you have it from the horse's mouth. Link to the full article:
And here's the leading third-party defragger you can take for a spin:
WXP Server (Whistler) Not To Arrive Until Q1, 2002
If you were looking for the Server versions of Windows XP, you'll have
to wait for a bit. Since Active Directory is not taking the country
by storm, MS decided to delay the WXP servers a while and plug some
advanced AD features in these servers.
Stuff like a schema delete and domain/forest rename kind of things.
Features like these would certainly accelerate AD deployment. MS is
listening to the customers out there, and they tell MS that AD needs
more functionality before they are willing to touch it. The MS guys
are trying to give a positive spin to the slow AD deployment by recent
statements that go something like: "AD deployment is about where we
expected it to be". But really they are worried about Novell's NDS
which is still well ahead of AD.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
UltraBac Announces Agents for Linux, Solaris & More
The developer of the UltraBac product announces the April 30 release
of new backup agents. With the popularity of Linux and other Unix
platforms, they developed an agent for those users who are interested
in backing up these platforms to Windows based machines. UltraBac will
have Agents for Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD and HP-UX.
These are the current INTRODUCTORY list prices:
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Every Backup Agent (Each Additional Client) $ 95.00
These Agents will be available for wide release on April 30.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
For *very* advanced (multi) bootable CD creation look at Bart's way:
MS starts to legally crack down on certification test vendors:
Do you trust Microsoft handling your confidential data via .NET?
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Tuning and Sizing Windows 2000
Tuning and Sizing Windows 2000 is a good intermediate-level
admin's guide to making the most of the performance, scalability,
and reliability of Windows 2000. Shows how to size and tune Windows
operating system, key back office applications, and system hardware.
Also shows how to optimize the performance of SQL Server and other
You can maximize Windows 2000 Server performance and scalability -
through a hands-on, step-by-step approach that provides immediate
solutions to your performance issues. It's got practical "rules of
thumb" for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks.
There are specific techniques for optimizing file servers, backup
servers, IIS, SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange. Covers sizing and
optimizing the latest hardware technology. Exclusive management
scripts for tracking performance and availability. Good one!