Microsoft making Windows NT switch easy

Microsoft is refreshing its NetWare-Windows NT integration and migration utilities to support Windows NT 4.0 in a bid to make it easier for NetWare users to switch to the latest version of NT.

Microsoft is refreshing its NetWare-Windows NT integration and migration utilities to support Windows NT 4.0 in a bid to make it easier for NetWare users to switch to the latest version of NT. Directory Service Manager for NetWare (DSMN) enables users to centrally manage a network of NT and NetWare servers via the NT directory service. File and Print Services for NetWare (FPNW) provides NT-based file and print services to NetWare clients.

Both utilities feature the Windows 95 user interface, and Microsoft officials say FPNW offers better performance. However, DSMN for NT 4.0 still requires users to run NetWare 4.1 servers in bindery mode, and it does not allow them to use the more sophisticated functionality of the Novell Directory Services (NDS) network directory.

However, NDS users are not likely to want to manage NDS from the NT directory service, according to Enzo Schiano, group product manager for Windows NT Server, in Redmond, Washington. FPNW, DSMN, and a third utility, the NetWare Migration Tool for migrating NetWare users to NT, are available in a US$149 bundle.

Another tool to be bundled with NT 4.0 is a new version of Gateway Services for NetWare. It will ship in a few weeks. Designed for accessing NetWare systems through a Microsoft Server Message Block client, the gateway now supports access to NDS-based resources, such as accounts, files, and printers. NT 4.0 will ship this month.

Microsoft expects its tools to be available this week.

Meanwhile, Novell has released two utilities for migrating NT users to NetWare and plans by the end of the year to release a utility, code-named Tabasco, for managing NT servers via NDS. Novell plans to ship in 1997 a version of NDS to run natively on NT.

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