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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Jul 9, 2001 (Vol. 6, #50 - Issue #285)
NEW FREEWARE: Print Queue Manager Lite
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • The Second Half Of 2001 Is Here
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Purchase Price Is Just 20% Of Total Printer Cost
  3. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Switching Between Multiple W2K Network Configurations
    • Update On 1000-user Limit Per MS-Cluster
  4. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • NEW FREEWARE: Print Queue Manager Lite
    • New Site: WebCensus
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  6. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • CRYPTO: How the Code Rebels Beat The Government
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  EDITORS CORNER

The Second Half Of 2001 Is Here

Hi All,

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".

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman (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.
  TECH BRIEFING

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:

  • 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 each day.
  • 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 time.
  • 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.
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 Plus.

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 :
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901-PMPdownload

  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:

  • netsh -c interface dump > networksetting.txt
You can then create a dump file for every Network that you use.
To Load the Settings again:
  • netsh -f networksetting.txt
In this way you can easily switch between different Configuration Sets.

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 users.

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:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901-MSClusterLimit

  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:

  • 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.
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!
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901-PQMLite

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]
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901-ScanMe

  FAVE LINKS

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

  • Running a CISCO router with HTTP Server enabled? Quick! Patch this hole!
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901FL-CiscoHTTP-hole ===
  • The Feds have updated their crypto standards from 140-1 to 140-2. Check:
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901FL-NewFedCrypto ===
  • Earth's Highest Res Monitor: 200 pixels per inch, 22.2' LCD. [email protected]
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901FL-IBMFlatPanel
  •   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.
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=070901BOW-Crypto