|> > We have evaluated both. We decided to go with wincenter:
|> > 1: Faster than WINDD
|> > 2: Both were better than wabi. (emulation vs native)
|> > 3: Both are multiuser
|> > 4: Wincenter uses X to do graphics
|> > 5: Wincenter will have support for local floppy access
|> > 6: Better support for copy/paste between desktop/windows
|> > And the list goes on......
|> How do either handle NIS and NFS?
NFS works just like a windows share. You specify the server and partition
you want to mount, and the drive you want to mount it to. Then you enter
your Unix userid and password, authenticate, and mount.
Both of them can do this, with slightly different formats.
Neither of them support NIS. (at this time)
|> We do NEED to gain access to the NIS maps we run on our Sun net. NT does not
|> appear to have ANY third-party answers for this - goes against all of NT's
|> "features" (anyone want to get stranded on an island?). This implies a need
|> to periodically import NIS maps onto the NT and .... re-invent the wheel? or
|> use a generic account (GREAT security!) and write some scripts to "automount"
|> the users directory from the NFS server to the NT.
Correct, no NIS. However, it might be possible to integrate the Samba
WINS directory service with your existing service. However, you still would
have to (in their current incarnation) update the usernames and passwords
manually on your WinDD or WinCenter machines. Yeah.. it's a pain..
That's why we're only doing it for a small group of people that need the
extended DOS/Windows and have sun's on their desk.
Hopefully NT will support NIS. But given MicroSloth's track record on
standards comformance, I wouldn't hold my breath. On the other hand, I
wouldn't put it past NCD or Tektronix to integrate in NIS to either or
both on their own. They may even have a schedule for this of which
I am unaware. Check with your salescritter. :)
Doug Hughes Engineering Network Services
System/Net Admin Auburn University