Maybe even using PPTP to set up a VPN over the Internet to an NT server.
Once the tunnel is established you can telnet securely to your AS400 and
access resources on the NT server (printers etc.) all for "free" over the
Internet.
Carl

Carl Galgano
EDI Consulting Services, Inc.
http://cgalgano.home.mindspring.com
mailto://cgalgano@ediconsulting.com
(770) 422-2995

-----Original Message-----
From: Lamart@aldon.com <Lamart@aldon.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 1998 2:22 PM
Subject: RE: Remote office connection


|You may want to think about an internet connection for the small offices
|with a 56k leased line with the internet coming across it.   You would need
|an NT 4.0 system running M.S. SNA at the office where the AS/400 is
located.
|This system would be a gateway to the AS/400 for remote users coming in via
|the internet.  The only software the remote users need is a Browser that
|supports Java applets (like:  ie4.0 or Netscape).
|
|The product name is "HostFront" by  "Farabi Technology" out of Canada.
|Their phone number is (800) 565-3455.
|
|I hope this helps someone out there.
|
|Lamar Thomas
|Lamart@aldon.com <mailto:Lamart@aldon.com>
|Aldon Computer Group
|Oakland, Ca.
|
|
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Carl Galgano [mailto:cgalgano@ediconsulting.com]
| Sent: Friday, July 03, 1998 2:28 PM
| To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
| Subject: Re: Remote office connection
|
| Lorne:
| First of all, if the new branch office is to support 200
|users, and all the
| rest have approximately 30 users, then you should look
|closely at the speed
| of your frame relay port speed and CIR rates.  Clearly the
|branch with 200
| users will have requirements for more bandwidth.  Also be
|sure to review the
| port speed of the host side to be sure the aggrregate of all
|the remotes
| will be sufficient.
|
| As far as your options, you could use multile remote
|controllers.  You don't
| say if you are running your green screen applications on
|dumb terminals or
| PCs.  If you are using PCs, you could use an ethernet card
|in the Perle and
| not have the need for multiple controllers.  Also, are you
|using SNA or
| TCP/IP.  Another senario if you are using PCs is to set up
|an ethernet
| network at the remote branch and then use a router to
|connect that branch to
| the AS400 via TCP/IP.
|
| As far as using an AS400 at the branch.  Again, that depends
|on what you
| wish to do.  If the entire application resides on the host
|and there are no
| other applications that can be served and distributed on a
|local AS400 in
| the branch, then I find no value in having an AS400 to act
|solely as a
| remote controller.  DDM is probably not the way to go, DDM
|is a great tool,
| but not for this.  If you did install a remote AS400, then
|DSPT (passthru)
| would be a much better alternative.
|
| One comment on installing an AS400 in the new branch, it
|could serve the
| dual purpose of mirroring the primary host.  This could
|serve as a hot
| backup to provide high availability.  I do have one client
|that has a
| situation similar to yours.  They however run 2 AS400s and
|mirror the
| databaase remotely over the 2 AS400s (between 2 different
|countries), thus
| users in each office are working on a local machine, so
|their response time
| is great,  and share a single logical database that is
|mirrored over 2
| physical AS400s.
|
| HTH.
| Carl
|
| Carl Galgano
| EDI Consulting Services, Inc.
| http://www.cgalgano.home.mindspring.com
| mailto://cgalgano@ediconsulting.com
| (770) 422-2995
|
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Lorne Sturgeoff <lgs@aiccorp.com>
| To: Midrange List (E-mail) <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
| Date: Thursday, July 02, 1998 4:03 PM
| Subject: Remote office connection
|
|
| |Hi, everyone.  I'm hoping to get some input from this
|knowledgeable group.
| |
| |Consider the following scenerio.  You have a single AS/400
|in a main office
| with approx. 200 local workstations and several branch
|offices with no more
| than 30 users per branch.  Branch offices are located across
|the country.
| (In Canada, but I think the situation would be similar in
|the US.)  All
| users are all running the same green-screen application and
|must share all
| files.  At present, all branch offices connect via Perle
|remote controllers
| over a frame relay network.
| |
| |Now, suppose you are considering opening a new remote
|office (1000's of
| miles away) with another 200 users that must also share the
|same data and
| applications. What would be the preferred  method (ie.,
|effective and
| relatively inexpensive) of getting them online?  A bunch
|more remote
| controllers in the new office?  Another AS/400 in the remote
|office using
| DDM?  Something entirely different?
| |
| |I'd be most grateful for any feedback from the list.
| |
| |Lorne Sturgeoff.
| |
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