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 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.
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 , a leading vendor of Windows NT and UNIX
- 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
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 , a set of more than 210 utilities to improve productivity on
your Windows NT-based system.
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
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 . 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
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
Furthering Interoperability in
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.