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MacServerIP 7 - share files to macs from windows machines
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:29:36 AM »
http://web.archive.org/web/20000413125642fw_/http://www.cyansoft.de:80/macip_f.htm

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Key features:

On 100Base-T and 1000Base-T networks its 200%-400% faster than a conventional file server like Services For Macintosh (SFM) of Windows NT
seamless and save upgrade of exising Windows NT SFM installations within minutes (No need to restart server; customers can always switch back to SFM). Can even be used in parallel with SFM. No need to re-link any documents on client side or to re-install files
compatible will all common page layout programs, including QuarkXPress 4.0.4
runs on Windows NT Server and Workstation version (Intel/DEC Alpha)
Macintosh clients can access volumes shared by MacServerIP, over routed TCP/IP networks like the Internet and dialup PPP connections.

Important features not offered by other AFP/IP servers:

The MacServerIP product represents a significant advance in AppleShare-type (AFP) file servers for the Windows NT platform, offering a number of features not found in other products, including support for AFP-over-IP,

excellent support of CD-ROMs and removable media, supports CD-ROM changes (SFM does not),
can share HFS CD-ROMs, media with e.g. MacOpener,
sharing of non-NTFS volumes,
remote administration,
optimized for Windows NT cluster servers; MacServerIP is currently the only AFP/IP server which allows to use only the Virtual IP number of the cluster software, this feature is required for a cluster fail-over solution.
real support for multiple network cards; MacServerIP is currently the only AFP/IP server which allows all users to connect to it by using the Macintosh Chooser, regardless how many NICs are installed in the server,
efficient use of memory, so many clients can make simultaneous file transfers with a consistent speed,
can share volumes with millions of files.

Performance:

The aggregate troughputs of five G3 Macintosh clients with 100Base-T network cards to a Dual Xeon Server with a RAID system can reach 44 MB/sec. (Server is connected over 1000Base-T to the Hub; measured with Helios LanTest 2.0.1).

Demo versions:

A full functional trial version for Intel can be downloaded at http://www.cyansoft.de/macsrvip.zip and at http://www.cyansoftware.de/macsrvip.zip
The version for the DEC Alpha platform is available at: http://www.cyansoft.de/macsrvip_alpha.zip and at http://www.cyansoftware.de/macsrvip_alpha.zip

Review:

Computer Reseller News review: "... Multiple files and folders were transferred consistently at rates two to three times faster than that of the standard NT Macintosh services. ...MacServerIP product performed as advertised--and can be a great improvement for multiplatform enterprises. The CRN Test Center at PC Expo recommends MacServerIP."

AFP-over-IP heads list of major features

MacServerIP offers a more complete range of important features than any other AFP server product for Windows NT. MacServerIP is currently the only AFP server product to support access via the Internet Protocol (IP), using the specifications developed by Apple Computer for its AppleShare IP products. MacServerIP allows Macintosh computers to access the server and transfer files using IP instead of the AppleTalk Datagram Delivery Protocol (DDP), offering significantly better performance than DDP and making it possible for users to access the server from anywhere in the world via the Internet, using the standard AppleShare client software provided in MacOS 8.1 and higher or System 7.6 and higher with AppleShare Client Software installed (AppleShare Client 3.7 or higher required for AFP-over-IP access).

In addition to the performance benefits of AFP-over-IP, MacServerIP offers greater flexibility in sharing volumes than Windows NT Server’s Services for Macintosh. While Services for Macintosh requires Windows NT Server and can only share volumes that are formatted with NT’s NTFS, MacServerIP can run on either Windows NT Server or Workstation, and can make non-NTFS volumes available to Macintosh clients. MacServerIP is also able to share CD-ROM drives and other removable media.

While offering better performance and more flexibility than Windows NT’s Services for Macintosh, MacServerIP is tightly integrated with NT’s security environment, allowing administrators to establish and maintain a single database of users, groups, and access privileges, unlike other third-party products which require maintenance of a separate database of AFP users.

Better preservation of Macintosh-specific information

A significant difference between MacServerIP and other third-party AFP servers for NT is the use of the same file format for Macintosh files as NT’s MacFile Service. This approach provides for storing the resource fork of Macintosh files in a second invisible file stream within the main file object, along with Finder information such as type and creator codes, comments, and other Finder information. This ensures that when non-Macintosh users move, copy, or rename Macintosh files, none of this important information is lost, even if MacServerIP is not running at the time. Other third-party AFP servers for NT use a discrete second file for the resource fork and Finder information, with a database of links between the data fork file and the resource fork file. Because the NT operating system is not aware of the connection between these files, if a user other than a logged-in AFP client copies, moves, or renames the main file, the link to the resource fork information is broken.

Use of the same file format as NT’s MacFile Service also allows for easy migration from NT’s Services for Macintosh to MacServerIP; existing MacFile server volumes can be shared immediately by MacServerIP, with no reconfiguration necessary. In fact, MacServerIP can run simultaneously with NT’s MacFile Service.

Remote adminstration

MacServerIP is also designed to make network administrators’ lives easier by provide a remote administration program that allows users to control and configure servers from another Windows NT machine on the network, or even from a remote site via Windows NT’s Remote Access Services (RAS). This makes it possible to configure multiple servers from a single point.

Product versions

MacServerIP will be available in range of versions to meet the needs of different types of users and sites:

MacServerIP Personal Edition. Up to 10 simultaneous client connections.
MacServerIP Standard Edition. Up to 20 simultaneous client connections.
MacServerIP Standard Edition. Up to 40 simultaneous client connections.
MacServerIP Professional Edition. Up to 100 simultaneous client connections.
MacServerIP Professional Edition. Up to unlimited simultaneous client connections.
Versions for DEC Alpha and Intel processor types, and NT Workstation and Server available

 
System Requirements
MacServerIP requires an Alpha, Pentium or Pentium II processor (or compatible), 32MB or more of RAM, and Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation (versions 3.51, 4.x, or 5.0). Windows NT’s AppleTalk Protocol must be installed for access via AppleTalk. Windows NT’s TCP/IP Protocol is required for AFP-over-IP. Windows NT’s RAS (Remote Access Services) is required for remote administration.

Complete MacServerIP Features and Benefits List

AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) Server for Windows NT
Allows access from all Macintosh clients; any AppleShare (AFP) client.
Runs on Microsoft Windows NT Workstation or Server versions 3.51 and 4.x
Supports AFP-over-IP (AppleShare IP)
Up to 3 times faster than conventional AFP servers
Allows access from anywhere in the world via the Internet using IP
Supports standard AppleTalk-based AppleShare clients (AFP versions 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2)
Compatible with any Macintosh client and most non-Macintosh AFP client software
Supports up to 250 simultaneous client connections
Fully integrated into Windows NT security
Uses existing Windows NT user accounts
Supports guest login, cleartext passwords, and one-way and two-way random number exchange DES-encrypted password logins
May be integrated with Windows NT Server’s MacFile service, or may run as a standalone service.
Uses same file formats for Macintosh resource forks as NT’s MacFile service; file resources written by NT’s MacFile service can be read by MacServerIP and vice versa.
Seamless upgrade from Windows NT MacFile service — no need to re-establish server volumes or share points
Does not require Windows NT Server
Single-file storage of Macintosh resource fork and Finder information
Resource forks, type and creator codes, comments and other Finder information is stored in second invisible file stream within the file
Information is preserved when files are moved, copied, or renamed by Windows users — even if MacServerIP is not running
Shares non-NTFS volumes for read and write access
Can make any file on Windows NT machine accessible to Macintosh clients without reformatting the volume
Shares CD-ROMs and other removable media
Detects media changes automatically
Can share HFS (Macintosh) CD-ROMs with e.g. MacOpener or third-party juke box managers
Provides notification of file changes to clients
Ensures that file information displayed by Macintosh finder is up-to-date and accurate
Comprehensive management software including remote management
Windows NT-based administration software allows remote management of server via RAS
Can manage multiple servers from a central point
Extremely stable multithreaded implementation
Runs on Windows NT cluster servers
Year 2000 compliant
Free full-working evaluation version / Competitive upgrade
Perfomance: For testing the performance of MacServerIP and doing some tuning we recommend Helios LanTest 2.01, a network testing utility for Macintosh clients.

Large Volumes / 65535 Files Limit: MacServerIP is a solution for the large volume problem (too many files per volume) other AFP file servers, like MacFile of SFM, have. Before buying an AFP server, you should test whether the AFP server has problems with many files per volume, MacServerIP does not. For testing the behaviour of an AFP server with many file per volume we reommend to download TestFileLimit.zip. With the TestFileLimit Windows application you can, for instance, create 2 Millions files on a volume for testing.

You should check that you have the latest AppleShare client software installed on your Macintosh computer, to ensure that the Macintosh uses the much faster TCP/IP transfer. For the latest AppleShare client software go to Apple's FTP site: ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/Apple_SW_Updates/US/Macintosh/Networking-Communications/AppleShare_Client