An Auckland law firm which was the first Windows NT site in New Zealand is spearheading a move to set up a national Windows NT user group.
Craig Horrocks, managing partner at Clendon Feeney, has drawn up a constitution and will set the user group up as an incorporated society.
He says that because the Microsoft distribution model for server products is different to that for Windows and consumer products, there are many issues such as licensing and support that users need to be aware of.
"We installed Windows NT as a beta in 1992 and ran the office on it because we were so desperate," says Horrocks. "So we've had a very close relationship with Microsoft. But over the last 18 months the distribution and support model has changed so that the end user no longer speaks to Microsoft direct.
"This situation is raising a lot of issues. For example, we now deal through third parties for support but not all the support providers out there are certified Microsoft solutions providers. Another issue is that people have to be aware of how much they are going to have to budget under the new Microsoft Open Licence Programme. A user group will provide a forum for sharing information and discussing these issues."
Horrocks says he has had a meeting with Microsoft, which has provided guidelines for setting up a user group.
Clendon Feeney consultant Paul Hannah-Jones is the contact for other NT sites that are interested.