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  Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack
Posted: March 5, 1999

The Microsoft® Windows NT® Services for UNIX Add-On Pack makes it easier for customers to integrate Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Offsite link and Windows NT Server 4.0 with their existing UNIX-based workstations and servers. In doing so, the add-on pack makes it easier than ever for technical workstation users to move to a single desktop solution. Offsite link

The Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack provides access to core interoperability components in an integrated, fully supported package. Benefits include lower deployment costs, improved support for mixed environments, and the most complete integration with current and future Windows NT-based technologies and initiatives.

What's in the Add-On Pack?
The Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack delivers the features that UNIX customers have requested most frequently:

  • Resource sharing. Users of Windows NT Workstation 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 Corp Offsite link, a leading vendor of Windows NT and UNIX interoperability solutions.
  • Remote administration. Remote administration through Telnet client and server gives remote 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 will reduce the burden of maintaining separate passwords for multiple systems.
  • UNIX shell and commands. The Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack will also allow users to use common UNIX commands and utilities in a Windows NT environment. For easy migration from UNIX to Windows NT, Microsoft has included popular migration and scripting programs from Mortice Kern Systems (MKS). For a complete selection of scripting and migration programs, see the MKS Toolkit Offsite link, a set of more than 210 utilities to improve productivity on your Windows NT-based system.

Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack will have an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $149 and is currently available to Microsoft Select and Open License customers through Microsoft Worldwide Fulfillment starting March 1, 1999. It will also be available through normal Microsoft Select distribution channels starting April 1, 1999, and through normal retail distribution channels by April 30, 1999.

Partnering for a Total Solution
Microsoft has teamed up with key technology partners, both to help build the Microsoft 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 interoperability solutions, provided Network File System (NFS®) client/server software for the Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX (SFU) Add-On Pack. 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 Corporation. "Contributing our resource sharing technology to Microsoft’s SFU was a natural next step for Intergraph that further accelerates the adoption of Windows NT in the UNIX community and benefits the market for technical applications as a whole. In addition to continuing to provide enterprise engineering and technical solutions based on Windows NT, Intergraph complements and extends Microsoft’s SFU offering with resource sharing solutions such as DiskAccess™ for Windows 95 and 98 clients, AccessNFS Gateway, an NT server-based solution, and access to Intergraph’s extensive migration expertise."

"With MKS Toolkit, we have been providing UNIX interoperability solutions for over 14 years, and now we are pleased to work with Microsoft to deliver our combined solution to our mutual customers," say Randall Howard, MKS chairman and CEO. "As well, we have created the MKS Toolkit Update Edition to augment the Microsoft 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."

The Single Desktop Vision
With the release of the Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack, technical workstation users can more easily move to a single Windows NT Workstation 4.0 desktop Offsite link. It is much more efficient than today’s common scenario where many technical users run two computers: a Windows-based PC for productivity tasks, and a UNIX workstation for technical tasks.

The link above points to a new Web site where customers can learn about recent developments that enable them to consolidate on a single desktop running Windows NT Workstation 4.0 as a strong alternative to UNIX based solutions.

Furthering Interoperability in the Enterprise
The Microsoft Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack 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.

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  Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 1999
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