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Wed, Nov 11, 1998
MS releases NT Services for UNIX.
This issue of W2Knews contains:
Just got this bit of info I wanted you to know about right
away. A very high percentage of you has UNIX in your shop,
and needs integration tools. Looks that for only 150 bucks
you will now have an acceptable solution. NOTE: This is brand
new 'fresh off the MS PR-machine' stuff. We have not had the
chance to look at it ourselves yet. Let me know what your
experience is with it at [email protected]
[WARNING - HYPE ALERT!]
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 10 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced
the release of the Microsoft(R)Windows NT(R) Services for UNIX Add-On
Pack. The Services for UNIX Add-On Pack delivers on Microsoft's commitment
to making it easier for customers to integrate Windows NT Workstation 4.0
and the Windows NT Server operating system 4.0 with their existing UNIX
The Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack provides customers with
access to core interoperability components in a single, integrated, fully
supported package. Customers will benefit from lower deployment costs,
improved supportability of mixed environments, and the most complete
integration with current and future Windows NT-based technologies and
"Today Microsoft is delivering on a promise we made to customers just a
few months ago, to provide a tool that helps simplify interoperability
between Windows NT-based workstations and servers with pre-existing UNIX
installed base," said Yusuf Mehdi, director of Windows(R) marketing at
Microsoft. "Customers are increasingly turning to Windows NT-based
solutions to achieve an integrated business environment and lower the
total cost of ownership."
Working Together for a Total Solution
Microsoft has teamed up with key technology players including Intergraph
Corp. and Mortice Kern Systems (MKS) Inc. to help build the Windows NT
Services for UNIX Add-On Pack and to provide a total interoperability
solution that third parties can build upon.
Intergraph, a leading vendor of Windows NT- and UNIX-based
interoperability solutions, provided Network File System (NFS)
client/server software for Services for UNIX. With NFS, users of
Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server will be able to access
files on UNIX systems, and UNIX workstation users will be able to access
resources on Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server.
"As an early adopter, Intergraph has been evangelizing the adoption of
Windows NT in the technical marketplace for the past seven years," said
Jim Meadlock, chairman and CEO, Intergraph. "Contributing our resource-
sharing technology to the Microsoft Services for UNIX Add-On Pack was a
natural next step for Intergraph that further accelerates the adoption as
a whole. In addition to continuing to provide enterprise engineering and
technical solutions based on Windows NT, Intergraph complements and
extends the Microsoft Services for UNIX offering with resource-sharing
solutions such as DiskAccess for clients for Windows 95 and Windows 98,
AccessNFS Gateway, a Windows NT Server-based solution, and access to
Intergraph's extensive migration expertise."
"With MKS Toolkit, we have been providing UNIX interoperability solutions
for more than 14 years and now we are pleased to work with Microsoft to
deliver our combined solution to mutual customers," said Randall Howard,
MKS chairman and CEO. "As well, we have created the MKS Toolkit Update
Edition to augment Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack, providing the
full commands and utilities of MKS Toolkit to customers requiring
additional UNIX command support and interoperability tools."
Based on Customer Demand
The Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack delivers the most frequently
requested features and benefits, including resource sharing, remote
administration, password synchronization and common scripting across
* Resource sharing. Users of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 will be able to
access files on UNIX systems, and UNIX workstation users will be able to
access resources on Windows NT Server. To provide resource-sharing
capabilities, Microsoft is licensing Network File System client/server
software from Intergraph. Intergraph is a leading vendor of Windows NT
and UNIX interoperability solutions.
* Remote administration. Remote administration through Telnet client
and server will give users the ability to remotely log into and execute
commands on Windows NT- or UNIX-based systems.
* Password synchronization. One-way password synchronization will allow
customers to maintain a common password between their Windows NT- and UNIX-
based machines. Password changes made on Windows NT Workstation or Windows
NT Server will automatically synchronize on UNIX systems. This reduces the
burden of maintaining separate passwords for multiple systems.
* Common scripting across platforms. Windows NT Services for UNIX will
also allow users to use common UNIX commands and utilities in a Windows NT
environment. As part of these scripting capabilities, Microsoft has
licensed from MKS more than 25 UNIX scripting commands and its leading
KornShell, which gives users the ability to automate common processes and
administrative tasks across both Windows NT and UNIX platforms. MKS is a
leading provider of Windows NT scripting and migration tools and software
configuration management (SCM) products.
Delivering on a Single Desktop With "No Compromises"
With this release, Microsoft is delivering on its commitment to a "no-
compromise" workstation. For a technical workstation user or administrator,
a single installation of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 provides a superior
alternative to today's common scenario of a Microsoft Windows operating
system-based PC for productivity tasks sitting side by side with a second
UNIX workstation used only for specific technical tasks.
In addition to the Services for UNIX Add-On Pack, Microsoft has launched
a new Web site specifically built for customers that are working on
integrating Windows NT Workstation into their UNIX environments
Through this Web site, customers can learn about recent developments that
enable them to deploy a single desktop running Windows NT Workstation 4.0
as a strong alternative to UNIX-based solutions.
Windows NT Services for UNIX illustrates Microsoft's broad commitment to
enterprise interoperability, which also includes products or services for
Apple Macintosh, Novell NetWare, mainframes and IBM OS/400. Microsoft
supports common industry standards such as TCP/IP, LDAP and Kerberos.
Pricing and Availability
Windows NT Services for UNIX will have an estimated retail price of $149
and will also be available through the Microsoft Select and Open Licensing
programs. The Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack is expected to be
widely available in four to six weeks.
For additional information on Windows NT Workstation, please visit
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/. For additional information on
Windows NT Server, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/.
That's all for now.
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