Responding to the growing number of Windows NT-based servers and client systems in its corporate users' shops, IBM has previewed its next release of OS/2 Warp Server, which will allow IT managers to administrate Windows NT servers from an OS/2 server.
The new Windows NT management support lets administrators create and delete user accounts and passwords, as well as entire groups, using either OS/2 Warp's graphical interface or character-based command line. This sort of user information can be synchronised with Windows NT servers that are part of an OS/2-anchored network.
"One of the problems our administrators and users both faced is logging in to an NT server to get data and losing resources off the OS/2 server and vice versa," said Ken Christopher, project executive for OS/2 Warp Server. "There was a lot of infrastructure needed to re-create printer and other resources in multiple environments. It was a growing pest."
To solve the problem, according to Christopher, IBM created an NT Server management capability for OS/2 Warp domain controllers so that users from Windows NT, Windows 95, OS/2, and Work Space On Demand clients can log in to the central server and have full access to all file, print, and applications services, Christopher explained.
The new NT management capability also eliminates the need for multiple IDs and passwords in order to access information on different servers, Christopher said.
The upcoming OS/2 Warp Server will also offer support for Intelligent I/O (I2O) device drivers and adapters, including those for SCSI and LAN Ethernet and Token Ring networks.
"This support is just the ability for an OS/2 Warp Server to support all adapters that meet the I2O spec," Christopher said. "By doing this, we have enabled immediate access by an OS/2 server to any I2O-capable device."
As company officials had previously announced, the upcoming server will also feature Big Blue's higher-performing Journaling File System, which IBM borrowed from its AIX operating system, and will have out-of-the-box year 2000 and euro-currency readiness, as well as improved Web serving capabilities.
The upcoming server will not enter formal beta testing until late this year, although company officials will be taking an early version on the road in August. The finished version will be available in next year's first quarter, an IBM representative said.
Pricing on the product will be set early next year, the representative said.
IBM, in Armonk, New York, is at http://www.software.ibm.com/os/warp/.