This is not something that I would recommend in blanket format.  It has
it's advantages and disadvantages.  It is my understanding that 20% of all
new systems ship with this.....

1.) Combined user enrollment/administration - password synchronization
(personally I never want my AS/400 passwords and NT passwords to be the
same but that's just me....)
2.) Combined management (yes, it is Operations Navigator.....Monitor and
reboot servers, add or distribute disk, distribute packages and commands,
3.) Extend Management Central capabilities - manage NT servers from a cell
phone or PDA....
4.) You might have some extended User Policy support (I have to think about
this one some more but there may be some additional functions....with
regards to the AS/400)

5.) Data being exchanged between the AS/400 and the NT server does NOT go
over the network......

Granted, most of these functions are going to be available whether you
integrate the xSeries or not but you may have easier, centralized, and more
affordable adminstration.

Personally, if I have a server that's function is to be integrated with the
AS/400 I would consider it very strongly.  If the server is more standalone
I wouldn't.

Michael Crump
Saint-Gobain Containers
1509 S. Macedonia Ave.
Muncie, IN  47302
(765)741-7012 f

                    "Walden H.
                    Leverich"             To:
                    <WaldenL@TechSo       cc:
          >            Subject:     WHY would I run Windows 
on my iSeries?

                    12/18/01 06:09
                    Please respond
                    to midrange-l

4) But I can't understand the advantage of the integrated xSeries. Why
I want to run W2K in an iSeries? The only advantage I can think of is a
smaller footprint in the computer room and given that I can fit 42 W2K
servers in a rack using 1U optimized servers I don't really accept that
reason. You don't get to use the CPU or Memory of the machine. You can't
manage it from the greenscreen. While you can use iSeries disk you can get
just as reliable disk on a PC in the form of Shark and the like. I doubt
get any advantage from the io processors since there is no OS knowledge to
drive them. I don't see a stability or manageability advantage.

So... Why would I do this? Silly answers like "because windows crashes all
the time and putting it in an iSeries would help" aren't accepted. WHY
it help?


Walden H Leverich III
Tech Software
(516)627-3800 x11

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