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MacServerIP
First AppleShare IP-type server for Windows NT to support AFP-over-IP
Up to 4 times faster than other AppleShare-type servers for NT

Key features:


Important features not offered by other AFP/IP servers:

The MacServerIP product represents a significant advance in AppleShare-type (AFP) file servers for the Windows NT platform, offering a number of features not found in other products, including support for AFP-over-IP,


Performance:

The aggregate troughputs of five G3 Macintosh clients with 100Base-T network cards to a Dual Xeon Server with a RAID system can reach 44 MB/sec. (Server is connected over 1000Base-T to the Hub; measured with Helios LanTest 2.0.1).

Demo versions:

A full functional trial version for Intel can be downloaded at http://www.cyansoft.de/macsrvip.zip and at http://www.cyansoftware.de/macsrvip.zip
The version for the DEC Alpha platform is available at: http://www.cyansoft.de/macsrvip_alpha.zip and at http://www.cyansoftware.de/macsrvip_alpha.zip

Review:

Computer Reseller News review: "... Multiple files and folders were transferred consistently at rates two to three times faster than that of the standard NT Macintosh services. ...MacServerIP product performed as advertised--and can be a great improvement for multiplatform enterprises. The CRN Test Center at PC Expo recommends MacServerIP."

AFP-over-IP heads list of major features

MacServerIP offers a more complete range of important features than any other AFP server product for Windows NT. MacServerIP is currently the only AFP server product to support access via the Internet Protocol (IP), using the specifications developed by Apple Computer for its AppleShare IP products. MacServerIP allows Macintosh computers to access the server and transfer files using IP instead of the AppleTalk Datagram Delivery Protocol (DDP), offering significantly better performance than DDP and making it possible for users to access the server from anywhere in the world via the Internet, using the standard AppleShare client software provided in MacOS 8.1 and higher or System 7.6 and higher with AppleShare Client Software installed (AppleShare Client 3.7 or higher required for AFP-over-IP access).

In addition to the performance benefits of AFP-over-IP, MacServerIP offers greater flexibility in sharing volumes than Windows NT Serverís Services for Macintosh. While Services for Macintosh requires Windows NT Server and can only share volumes that are formatted with NTís NTFS, MacServerIP can run on either Windows NT Server or Workstation, and can make non-NTFS volumes available to Macintosh clients. MacServerIP is also able to share CD-ROM drives and other removable media.

While offering better performance and more flexibility than Windows NTís Services for Macintosh, MacServerIP is tightly integrated with NTís security environment, allowing administrators to establish and maintain a single database of users, groups, and access privileges, unlike other third-party products which require maintenance of a separate database of AFP users.

Better preservation of Macintosh-specific information

A significant difference between MacServerIP and other third-party AFP servers for NT is the use of the same file format for Macintosh files as NTís MacFile Service. This approach provides for storing the resource fork of Macintosh files in a second invisible file stream within the main file object, along with Finder information such as type and creator codes, comments, and other Finder information. This ensures that when non-Macintosh users move, copy, or rename Macintosh files, none of this important information is lost, even if MacServerIP is not running at the time. Other third-party AFP servers for NT use a discrete second file for the resource fork and Finder information, with a database of links between the data fork file and the resource fork file. Because the NT operating system is not aware of the connection between these files, if a user other than a logged-in AFP client copies, moves, or renames the main file, the link to the resource fork information is broken.

Use of the same file format as NTís MacFile Service also allows for easy migration from NTís Services for Macintosh to MacServerIP; existing MacFile server volumes can be shared immediately by MacServerIP, with no reconfiguration necessary. In fact, MacServerIP can run simultaneously with NTís MacFile Service.

Remote adminstration

MacServerIP is also designed to make network administratorsí lives easier by provide a remote administration program that allows users to control and configure servers from another Windows NT machine on the network, or even from a remote site via Windows NTís Remote Access Services (RAS). This makes it possible to configure multiple servers from a single point.

Product versions

MacServerIP will be available in range of versions to meet the needs of different types of users and sites:

System Requirements

MacServerIP requires an Alpha, Pentium or Pentium II processor (or compatible), 32MB or more of RAM, and Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation (versions 3.51, 4.x, or 5.0). Windows NTís AppleTalk Protocol must be installed for access via AppleTalk. Windows NTís TCP/IP Protocol is required for AFP-over-IP. Windows NTís RAS (Remote Access Services) is required for remote administration.

Complete MacServerIP Features and Benefits List

Free full-working evaluation version / Competitive upgrade

Perfomance: For testing the performance of MacServerIP and doing some tuning we recommend Helios LanTest 2.01, a network testing utility for Macintosh clients.

Large Volumes / 65535 Files Limit: MacServerIP is a solution for the large volume problem (too many files per volume) other AFP file servers, like MacFile of SFM, have. Before buying an AFP server, you should test whether the AFP server has problems with many files per volume, MacServerIP does not. For testing the behaviour of an AFP server with many file per volume we reommend to download TestFileLimit.zip. With the TestFileLimit Windows application you can, for instance, create 2 Millions files on a volume for testing.

You should check that you have the latest AppleShare client software installed on your Macintosh computer, to ensure that the Macintosh uses the much faster TCP/IP transfer. For the latest AppleShare client software go to Apple's FTP site: ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/Apple_SW_Updates/US/Macintosh/Networking-Communications/AppleShare_Client