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As a prelude to next week’s worldwide launch of its Windows NT 3.5 (nee Daytona) product set, Microsoft Corp has revealed details of enhancements to its Windows NT Server and Workstation systems, first trailed in June. According to the company, among Windows NT Server 3.5 enhancements are new administration tools, enabling administrators to work remotely via the offering’s Remote Access Server; improved remote configuration of clients; easier TCP/IP management; and a new TCP/IP and Internet Protocol Exchange/Sequential Packet Exchange transport stack, which is said to have been rewritten to be faster and smaller. Also new is an auto-reboot and dump facility. In the event of a crash, says Microsoft, Windows NT Server can now save a copy of the system state onto disk, alert an administrator, and automatically reboot itself, enabling problems to be diagnosed after the system comes back on line. Enhanced tools for NetWare are also incorporated. According to the company, a new NetWare migration tool copies user accounts, groups and files from NetWare servers to NT Servers, while Microsoft also says that the Remote Access Server now supports Point-to-Point Protocol and Serial Line Internet Protocol, enabling access via TCP/IP over asynchronous modem lines. Remote Access Server is also said to now support Internet Package Exchange over Point-to-Point Protocol for NetWare installations. On the NT Workstation 3.5 side, the company is claiming increased performance, as well as other enhancements including new client services for NetWare, with Workstation 3.5 able to access NetWare file and print servers directly without additional software; and improved remote access, with 3.5 now able to access Unix and NetWare remotely. Also, as per the Windows NT 3.5 Server, a new TCP/IP and IPX/SPX transport stack has been added. Both these products are planned for release within a month.

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