DELL Breaks Into Number One Spot
IDC's latest figures that were released last Thursday night, showed that Dell pushed out Compaq as King of the Hill. Dell's Q1 shipments were up 30% year-over-year to 4.15 million units, 13.1% of the world market. This in contrast to worldwide PC shipments that grew less than three percent.
It's a historic moment, as Dell has never done this before. But Michael Dell in an email to all staff warned not to become complacent. The reason they took over a combination of factors. Dell is growing but Compaq's shipments were down 4.7% year-over-year to 3.8 million PCs, which accounts for 11.9% of the market. HP and IBM did not do too well in the PC arena either. The IDC numbers show what was already expected. Total PC shipments worldwide were up only 2.8% year-over-year.
In a combined email from the three top guys at Dell - Michael Dell (Chairman and CEO), Kevin Rollins (President and COO), and Jim Vanderslice, (President and COO) to all Dell employees worldwide, they remarked in a paragraph:
"No.1 is a landmark event for us and one that we should be very proud of, particularly given these challenging times. But now is not a time for us to relax, because it's when you think you are successful that you are most vulnerable. While we are No. 1 worldwide, we are not No. 1 in many very important markets and we still have a great deal to accomplish. Our continued focus on servers and storage, Globalization and delivering the best Customer Experience will ensure our success."
You may not know this, but Sunbelt partners with Dell on two major admin tools: Double Take and StorageCeNTral. All Dell's customers can get these best-of-breed system admin products via their Dell Account Reps, and on-site installation services are available.
Double-Take for Windows 2000: Excellent Business Continuity
John Shireley is a manager of Web-hosting solutions, and writes articles for Network Computing. It's an objective article by a guy that has no commercial incentive to push it, so I suggest you read the whole thing if you want to prevent downtime and create business continuity.
His conclusion after testing the new version was: "Double-Take 4.01 for Windows 2000 is a fine piece of work. NSI has taken what could have been an overly complicated interface and installation, and packed it into a tidy group of applications".
The article started with: "NSI Software's latest version of Double-Take exceeds its predecessor as an outstanding failover solution in a clustered environment where data and applications are mission-critical. Double-Take 4.01 is intended for customers with extreme high-availability needs. It's made not only to protect file and directory access, but for application integrity as well --even if the hardware or network fails.
"Double-Take does not require a server cluster to function and works just fine with a source and target machine. As such, it can be used to complement virtually any clustered environment, including those from Microsoft and Novell. It's not limited to single-site clustering either; off-site mirroring can be accomplished easily via TCP/IP over almost any link type. And Double-Take now supports Microsoft Windows 2000 in addition to Novell NetWare (4.x and 5.x), Sun Microsystems Solaris and Microsoft Windows NT."
Here is the link to the full article:
And here is the 30-day eval you can download and test:
Sick & Tired Of Having To Mess With Logon Scripts?
The latest version 3.0 of ScriptLogic has turned out to be a major hit. This is a great new version if you are sick and tired of logon script coding. Most of you are using Windows NT Shell Scripts, VBScript/JScript, Perl, or WinBatch and they usually are a 'time-sink' headache. You're a system admin, not a programmer!
If you have never looked at something to make Logon Scripts easier, this is the time to do it. ScriptLogic V3.0 takes centralized client administration to a new plateau. The new Pro Edition adds a great many features, including:
- A more granular 3-part validation logic system that now allows
you to validate each function (drive map, printer deployment,
security policy, Internet, MS Office setting, registry change,
etc.) based on:
- Group membership.
- Domain membership.
- Active Directory Site membership.
- A specific user's logon ID.
- A specific workstation name or subset of workstations based on a partial name match.
- A TCP/IP host address or subnet.
- A distinguished TCP/IP host name.
- A NIC's MAC address.
- A specific client OS type, including W95/98, NT/2000 WS, SV or Terminal Server client.
- Whether the client connected over the local area network or via dial-up networking.
- A new Service Manager applet, that allows you to:
- Globally monitor the status of the RPC services on all your servers.
- Start, stop and configure the startup parameters of the RPC services.
- Remotely install and uninstall the RPC services on all the Domain controllers throughout your enterprise from a single location.
- Monitor the replication status of any changes made to the ScriptLogic configuration through the ScriptLogic Manager.
And check the ScriptLogic V3.0 webpage for the features of the earlier upgrade from 2.0 to 2.5. You should really download this puppy and have a look at this great time saver. Eval copy at:
- A new System Options screen that allows you to:
- Specify the conditions which must be met prior to executing ScriptLogic (e.g. exclude all servers).
- Control the client application files update behavior.
- Easily import your own company graphic to display during the logon process.
- Specify particular servers to locate the ScriptLogic and KiXtart RPC services on.
- Edit the text of the warning message boxes that are seen by the clients logging on. (Internationalization).
- The ability to install service packs to your Windows NT WS, even if the user logging on is NOT a local administrator of their machine!
- The ability to synchronize the time on Windows NT/2000 clients, even if the user logging on does not have the "Change the system time" right on their local machine.