Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Jul 9, 2001 (Vol. 6, #50 - Issue #285)
NEW FREEWARE: Print Queue Manager Lite
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- The Second Half Of 2001 Is Here
- TECH BRIEFING
- Purchase Price Is Just 20% Of Total Printer Cost
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Switching Between Multiple W2K Network Configurations
- Update On 1000-user Limit Per MS-Cluster
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- NEW FREEWARE: Print Queue Manager Lite
- New Site: WebCensus
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- CRYPTO: How the Code Rebels Beat The Government
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The Second Half Of 2001 Is Here
Is it me, or is time just moving faster every year? We're already
in the second half of this year. Sunbelt's total sales are well over
the first half of year 2000, so we're still expanding. We're coming
out with a few new exciting tools in a few weeks, but for the moment
I'd suggest you download the new freeware we have as a goodie this
week. It's a "Stu's Warmly Recommended".
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
SPONSOR: Print Queue Manager Lite
DOWNLOAD THIS NEW FREEWARE
Getting calls from users about "printers not working" or "jobs stuck"?
Print Queue Manager Lite gives you the power to control multiple printers
with the click of a button. Arrange printers into logical groups, allowing
you to perform actions on groups of printers that you select. View print
jobs from multiple printers, all in one view, and a lot more every useful
functions. This is not an eval, get your own freeware copy now at:
Visit Print Queue Manager Lite for more information.
Purchase Price Is Just 20% Of Total Printer Cost
You know, new printers proliferate all over the place. Looks like
every department, and every little group in each department wants
their own printer. Walking more than 30 feet seems to be impossible.
And in the mean time, you are being asked to DO more, with LESS
budget. Here's some ammo that might help.
The Gartner Group recently calculated that the cost of acquiring a
printer is only 20% of the total cost involved. Hewlett-Packard manager
Nickolai Stickel said: "No one really takes ownership of the printer,
it sits there like it always does and just prints. Very rarely is a
printing strategy formalized."
He further stated that the cost of printing is an area that has been
neglected and one where significant savings can be made. He said that
"printing is the last uncontrolled area of expenses - a printer is not
expensive in itself but it is all the add-on costs over the life of
the printer that creates a huge total expense."
If you break this out in the different components of how you can save
on printing, here are areas where you can optimize your budgets:
If you add up all these costs, it may be an idea to start managing this
area to optimize your budgets. There are software tools to do this and
that allow management reports and even quotas for printing. There had
been no specific software solution to manage keeping track of these
hidden or unknown printing costs until the development of Print Manager
- While the Internet has changed printing requirements, people still
print off e-mails and online documents and an increase in electronic
information has lead to an increase in the amount of paper. In the US
it has been calculated that on average, every worker prints 28 pages
- A printer is bought in line with company policy and, beyond its
installation, is not managed until it breaks down. The cost of printing,
toner, and its administration (you getting calls and purging queues)
is not seen. Getting a grip on these costs is important.
- Workers are making dozens of trips to the printer each day. Not
only to get documents but to add paper, toner, or try to fix something.
The average trip to the printer costs the company $1.00 in lost
revenue. When you could remotely see a printer has a problem and can
fix it before workers try to mess with it, that would save everyone
- 70% of companies are unaware of the total cost of printing output
and maintenance - these simply are not measured. But you are the person
called when "it does not work", and it can take valuable time away.
It is installed into the NT or Windows 2000 print server and from there
tracks the number of pages printed by each user printing from ANY OPERATING
SYSTEM. It allows you as the administrator to report on printer use and
send these to department heads, and even (if you want) put quotas of how
many pages users may print in a time period or a max amount of pages in
a print job (this last option is very useful for schools).
Print Manager Plus requires no learning curve, it is simply installed
on the print server in a matter of a minute and ready to go and create
savings. It costs $495.00 for one print server license that covers all
your users and printers. For more info and specs :
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Switching Between Multiple W2K Network Configurations
Rainer Schlosshan sent me the following useful hint:
If you are for example using a Notebook in various different Networks
(e.g. at different Customer Sites), You always have to change Network
Settings like IP / Wins / DNS Configuration /DHCP. The "netsh" Utility
gives you the possibility to "dump" all settings into a file, that you
can later use to restore your complete Network settings.
To Save the current Settings:
You can then create a dump file for every Network that you use.
- netsh -c interface dump > networksetting.txt
To Load the Settings again:
In this way you can easily switch between different Configuration Sets.
- netsh -f networksetting.txt
Update On 1000-user Limit Per MS-Cluster
There is an update to the 1,000 user limit cluster problem and I believe
it is important you know about it. A W2Knews reader is a Network Architect
on a 20,000 user migration to Exchange 2000 involving, among other things,
4 sets of clusters. They ran into this 1000-user limit problem.
But.. a revised "Deploying Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack 1
Clusters" whitepaper was posted on the Microsoft website. The official
position now is this: Active/Passive clustering is recommended. If Active/
Active is implemented, one should not have more than 1,500 concurrent
So, the problem which Steve mentioned remains (and will not be fixed
until the next version of Exchange), but the guideline has been revised
from 1,000 to 1,500 concurrent connections in an Active/Active
configuration. Also, Exchange SP1 implements several features which will
alert administrators to diminishing contiguous virtual memory blocks.
These are new performance monitor counters, and event log entries.
Here is the MS-Exchange site with the specs and explanation:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
NEW FREEWARE: Print Queue Manager Lite
Yes, there is a new free utility that you can get your hands on!
The developer decided to simply give away the "lite" version so that
all of you can get a taste of the power of this software. If you have
more than a few printers, this is a major time saver. What does it do?
Print Queue Manager Lite allows centralized control of all printing
activity on a network of Windows NT Servers and Windows NT, Windows 3.1,
Windows 95, Unix, OS/2 or Apple Macintosh Workstations.
Here are the specs:
Printers may be directly connected to a Windows NT/2000 Print Server
via a COM or LPT port, or network-connected, either through a built-
in network card or via a device which interfaces the network to an
LPT1 style connector.
(This device is often called a "Printer Server" do not confuse this
with the Windows NT Print Server machine). This advanced technology
is purely software based and does not replace anything in NT itself.
Print Queue Manager Lite gives you the power to:
This is not an eval, and it does not time out. This is a really free
piece of software. I suggest you get your own copy right now while the
news is fresh in your mind. The link below gets you to the Print Queue
Manager page, scroll down to the link: Download Print Queue Manager Evaluation,
fill out the form and from the next page that appears, download this file:
pqmlite_sunbelt_36.exe. Here's where you start!
- Control multiple printers with the click of a button.
- Arrange printers into logical groups, allowing you to perform
actions on groups of printers that you select.
- View print jobs from multiple printers, all in one view.
- The PrintFolders tab allows grouping of printers into logical "folders"
which you create. Printers can be sorted by their name, document count
or status. Clicking on a print folder allows you to perform actions on
all printers in the folder, such as pausing/resuming/purging, etc. The
Network tab allows you to navigate directly to a printer in your network,
and manage it. There is no need to install the printer first (as in NT).
Once Print Queue Manager Lite is loaded you can search for printers over
the network to add as many printers as you want.
- Make copies of existing printers with the click of a button.
- Automatically add locate and track printers in a domain, or even in
an entire network.
- Colonize printers based on criteria you select. Such as "Printers with
error show up in red"
- Sort printers based on criteria you select. Such as "Order printers by
document count", so the busiest printers show up on top.
New Site: WebCensus
I thought you might be interested in checking this out. Tally Systems
has a new site called WebCensus, and it provides fast, accurate inventory
over the Web. Interesting concept, and I did this at home. Pretty complete
list of what was on my dual CPU Dell P950 box. Also some stuff I had long
forgotten about! You might want to try the site's online demo to inventory
your own PC. Tally is a known and trusted vendor so I think the security
risk is not so great. But if you are a netparanoid, they have sample
reports as well [grin]
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Running a CISCO router with HTTP Server enabled? Quick! Patch this hole!
The Feds have updated their crypto standards from 140-1 to 140-2. Check:
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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
CRYPTO: How the Code Rebels Beat The Government
If the National Security Agency (NSA) had wanted to make sure that
strong encryption would reach the masses, it couldn't have done much
better than to tell the cranky geniuses of the world not to do it.
Author Steven Levy, (also wrote "Hackers") tells the story of the
cypherpunks, their foes, and their allies in Crypto. It's a great
story and when you have read the book, you'll know all you need
about PGP and how it really works. I liked it a lot myself.