I'm not one to defend Micro$oft, but... NT Server 4.0 on a stable hardware
platform running server applications runs quite nicely. I admit that it is
NOT an AS/400, but it holds its own.

A "stable" hardware platform does mean $$$. I'm talking about Compaq
Proliants, Dell PowerServers, etc. All ECC memory (64Meg minimum 128Meg
preferred), redundant power supplies and RAID5 disk. I wouldn't add this
single point of failure to my LAN if it was running on Bob's Basement
Pentium that I picked up at a computer show for $1200 - with apologies to
Bob.

-Walden

-----Original Message-----
From: mcsnet!midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@Mcs.Net
[mailto:mcsnet!midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@Mcs.Net]On Behalf Of
HankHeath
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 1998 5:26 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Re: Secure Internet Connection via MS SNA Server


Most of the folks I know are going to any lengths to avoid putting MS in the
middle. Think about it. Do you want a critical link in your access to
spontaneouly crash multiple times a day?

Hank Heath

In a message dated 98-01-14 16:26:56 EST, you write:

<< Subj:         Secure Internet Connection via MS SNA Server
 Date:  98-01-14 16:26:56 EST
 From:  peter@netserv.ouac.on.ca (Peter Schaefer)
 Sender:        mcsnet!midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@Mcs.Net, owner-midrange-
l@midrange.com
 Reply-to:      MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
 To:    midrange-l@midrange.com

 We're looking for a secure way to permit our users to gain
 interactive access to our AS/400 via the Internet.

 After reading the promotional material for Microsoft's SNA Server, it
 appears to be a viable solution:

 Client <------Internet------>NT Server 4.0<-----LAN------>AS/400
                    (TCP/IP)               &                     (SNA)
                                            SNA Server 3.0

 Anybody doing this?

 Any gothcas?

 What kind of encrytion is occurring between the client and the SNA
 Server?  PPTP?

 Any other alternative solutions?

 Thanks.






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   Peter Schaefer
   Manager Computer/Operations
   Ontario Universities' Application Centre
   P.O. Box 1328
   650 Woodlawn Road West
   Guelph, Ontario, CANADA
   Telephone: (519) 823-1940 ex. 226    Fax: (519) 823-5232
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