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A briefing on the possibilities of moving the SAC&C Network Server from SCO Unix ... InfoWorld, June 7, 1993 v15 n23 p39(2) Title: Vendors are ready to connect with NT ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: SCO Unix vs Microsoft NT


1
SCO Unix vs Microsoft NT
  • A briefing on the possibilities of moving the
    SACC Network Server from SCO Unix as the
    operating system to Microsoft Windows NT.

2
Introduction
  • Questions
  • Can OUSD(A)-SACC and ACCIS benefit from a move
    to Windows NT as an operating system on the
    server as compared to the current situation with
    SCO Unix?
  • Can OUSD(A)-SACC and ACCIS be converted to use
    Windows NT as the operating system on the server?
  • Will Windows NT, as the operating system on the
    server, provide the same level of function that
    we expect from SCO Unix?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of
    moving to Windows NT?

3
Windows NT
  • Overview
  • True 32-bit operating system, does not run on
    top of DOS.
  • Network compatibility with Novell, Microsoft LAN
    Manager, DEC Pathworks, and TCP/IP networks.
  • Meets C2 level security right out of the box,
    share-level security through Windows NT and
    user-level through Windows NT Advanced Server.
  • Runs all DOS and Windows Applications.
  • Provides same benefits as other Unix operating
    systems such as SCO Unix.

4
Advantages
  • Better integration with Microsoft LAN Manager
    System Administration software interface which is
    already used by DEC Pathworks for SCO Unix.
  • Flexibility
  • Multitasking
  • Remote Access Improvements
  • Advanced System Administration Tools
  • Reliability
  • Maintenance Improvement
  • Support from Microsoft
  • Technical Support Availability and Expertise
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Program
  • Microsoft Solutions Channel

5
Disadvantages
  • Cost(s)
  • Cost is 300 for Windows NT
  • Cost is 970 for Windows NT Advanced Server
  • Need DEC Pathworks version 5.0 which includes
    support for NT, may require additional cost
  • CD-ROM should be purchased to install software
  • Time
  • Time delay in delivering network will occur
  • Support
  • Third party vendors may lack NT support currently

6
Technical Advantages
  • Better integration with Microsoft LAN Manager
  • Multitasking
  • Database Engine
  • NT provides network interface to built-in tools
  • User Manager for workstation security and user
    management
  • Disk Administration for maintenance and
    management
  • Event Viewer for monitoring of applications and
    security
  • Performance Monitor for system measurement and
    troubleshooting
  • Tape Backup for easy access to backup/restore
    functions
  • Support
  • Third party vendors involved do have NT support
  • In the future, there will probably be many more
    32-bit applications written for NT than for Unix.

7
References
  • Microsoft Network Development Channel
  • Ziffnet Periodical Article Downloads
  • PC Magazine, September 28, 1993 v12 n16
    p211(11)Title Windows NT The Real Story
  • DEC Professional, July 1993 v12 n7 p32(6)Title
    Pathworks and Windows NT boldly going forward
  • Communications Week, May 31, 1993 n456
    p19(1)Title Pathworks gains NT integration
  • DEC Professional, July 1993 v12 n7 p18(7)Title
    Network operating systems sizing up the
    competition
  • InfoWorld, June 7, 1993 v15 n23 p39(2)Title
    Vendors are ready to connect with NT
  • DEC point of contact

8
Questions
  • Need Windows NT or NT Advanced Server?
  • Answer, NT Advanced Server would be better
  • Can we use Advanced Server and DEC Pathworks,
    will there be a conflict between the NOS?
  • Answer, No. Actually better connection to MS LAN
    Manager which is utilized by Dec Pathworks.
  • What is the current on-the-street version of DEC
    Pathworks? (5.0 has NT support)
  • Answer, version 4.1 is current and has NT
    support.
  • What is the cost to upgrade to DEC Pathworks
    version 5.0?
  • Answer, not yet available at this time.

9
Summary
  • Answers
  • Yes, OUSD(A)-SACC and ACCIS can benefit from a
    move to Windows NT as an operating system on the
    server as compared to the current situation with
    SCO Unix.
  • Yes, OUSD(A)-SACC and ACCIS can be converted to
    use Windows NT as the operating system on the
    server.
  • Yes, Windows NT, as the operating system on the
    server, can provide the same level of function
    that we expect from SCO Unix and even enhance
    functionality.
  • Windows NT brings many more advantages to ACCIS
    than disadvantages and the disadvantages are only
    short-term and do not affect the system itself.
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