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Omni-NFS Gateway new
Version 4.1 for Windows NT
NFS Gateway Exclusive Features
- The only package on the market to support Microsoft OPLocking
(Opportunistic Locking) Read-Ahead Cache Scheme to boost performance. new!
- The only package to support Multiple drive letter assignment
with different access rights assignable to one physical drive for differing levels of user
access on the same drive.
- The only NFS package to support Automatic Windows-UNIX file
- The only NFS Gateway pakcage to feature Automatic File Change
Gateway, Windows NT Server can "re-share" the mounted NFS resources to
all authorized UNIX Clients as their respective native network drives.
Omni-NFS Gateway is built based on XLinks time proven
Omni-NFS Client technology and works
in conjunction with Microsoft Windows TCP/IP.
- Runs as an NT Service, no logon needed to provide service to clients.
- Supports FAT, NTFS, CDFS, HPFS file systems.
- Drive Mounting Wizard to simplify resource definition process.
- Auto NIS Server searching.
- Auto NFS Server searching.
- Much, much more....
Centralizing administrative tasks, lowering
overhead, easing security implementation, are just a few of the advantages of the new Omni-NFS Gateway for Windows NT Servers.
Integrating Windows and UNIX platforms with
NFS Gateway, system administrators can eliminate hours of client workstation installation
time because only one installation of NFS Gateway software on one NT Server is needed. One
installation and all other Windows workstations automatically become connected into the
The Omni-NFS Gateway literally allows an NT Server to act
as a gateway between the Windows-based workstations and NFS files/resources that utilize
industry-standard NFS protocol. It achieves this by attaching itself to the NFS
files/resources then shares the devices to the workstations as if the devices were its
own. The gateway actually becomes a translator, translating NFS protocol to standard
Microsoft Windows networking server message block (SMB) protocol. By doing so, system
administrators have more control, users can gain access to UNIX files without having to
learn anything new, Windows and UNIX users have transparent access to files without having
to duplicate the files into their own stations, and security measures are easier to
enforce since all individual workstation identities (UIDs) are mapped to NFS accounts.
When Do I Use Gateway?
The question concerning when one should use a gateway system
often arises in todays PC-to-UNIX connectivity network planning. Since the entire concept
of gateway is still fairly new, it often goes unanswered. Lets say, for example,
that an NFS network situation arises where there is a 300-user site and one needs to
provide access for all 300 users. However, at any giving moment in time, only a handful of
those 300 users actually need NFS access at the same time
say 100 or less. Well,
instead of purchasing 300 separate NFS Client licenses for each users workstation,
simply purchase one gateway license that allows up to 100 users to access NFS at the same
time (concurrent user). What this does is that it cuts installation time as well as
software cost. (Not to mention every day administrative headaches). All 300 users can now
have access when they want to as long as the number of simultaneous users doesnt
exceed 100 users. Of course the maximum number of users allowed is flexible depending on
application and is usually defined at the time of product purchase. And if a particular
user in the setup is a network intensive individual that needs frequent unfettered access
to NFS, simply install an NFS Client on that particular workstation without fear of
conflicts with the NFS Gateway.
The following diagram is an illustration of what the Windows client workstations sees
in the Windows native naviagtion tools (network neighborhood, Windows/NT Explorer). The
users can simply point and click away. (all while not having to install any NFS Client
Installation or uninstall is a cakewalk because Omni-NFS Gateway
utilizes the Windows installation shield. The administrator simply has to follow the
directions of the installer step by step. Omni-NFS Gateway
achieves this ease of installation by using Microsofts native TCP/IP protocol stack
and utilities, which reduces third-party compatibility problems tremendously. After the
gateway is installed, the administrator then verifies and maps the NFS directories and
print resources to begin the "translation" that allows Windows clients to browse
the NT server. After installing the gateway, the system is now accessible by all types of
network clients including: MS-DOS, Windows 3.x/95/NT systems, and Windows for Workgroups.
No additional software is required on the NFS host system.
When it's time to upgrade Omni-NFS Gateway, you simply
update the NT server which eliminates the hassle of updating NFS client software on every
client workstation. Client systems do not have to run dual-protocol stacks or deal with
memory or disk limitations.
The Omni-NFS Gateway system utilizes reliable encrypted
security that is also native to the Windows network environment. With this secure
pass-through to the NFS servers via the NT server, clients can mount and browse as needed.
With this capability, gateway is ideal for such applications as school campuses and
dial-in sites where users can maintain separate UIDs while they access the NFS resources
remotely or locally. All NT mounting security measures are easily controlled by the NT
administrator, while all NFS connection and file access security measures are controlled
by the NFS administrator.
The Omni-NFS Gateway technology is
based on XLinks Omni-NFS Enterprise for Win NT/98/95. By expanding the functions of
the client software, gateway fully integrates NFS into the Windows environment. By using
the enterprise software, XLinks gateway is able to inherit the numerous other
applications already found on the NFS Enterprise software. By working seamlessly with the
Windows Network Neighborhood and Explorer, gateway allows the user to access mount points
at multiple levels which permits a wider range of flexibility for users. Throughput is
maximized with the full support of NFS v3.0 and 64K read-and-write packets. Performance
can be controlled by a variety of variables: dividing users among numerous gateway
servers, increasing speed with high speed/multiple processors, and utilizing higher speed
networks. Bottom line is that the Omni-NFS Gateway
makes the job easier for everyone.
With our focus on total customer satisfaction, the Omni-NFS
Gateway, as with all XLink software, comes with a 90-day Free technical support as
well as step by step "live" support through installation should you have a
problem during initial installation.
Feature & Benefit
- Supports Microsoft OPLocking (Read-Ahead) Caching mechanism to
Enhance performance. new!
- Transparent access to NFS resources
- Zero memory and disk limitation for NFS Client
- Centralized network control for NFS administrator
- One-to-one or many-to-one NFS resources mapping
- Secure access with separate user identity
- Drive usage monitoring for Administrators
- Controls the number of users allowed to access each NFS drive
- Performs individual user UID & GID mapping
- Separate UID & GID mapping for each UNIX server
- LPD Printer Server
- Group Mapping
- Mount Wizard
- Auto NIS Server searching
- Auto NFS Server searching
- Selection of NFS 3.0 or NFS 2.0
- Bi-Direcitonal UNIX to DOS ascii file conversion
(Click on the component name for detailed information)
- NFS Gateway
NFS Gateway enables you to access UNIX resources and re-share them to other
- NFS Printer Client
NFS printer client allows to
print jobs to the remote NFS Printer Server.
- FTP Client
FTP client allows users to simply transfer binary and text files and directories
between a PC and a remote computer.
- FTP Server
FTPD utility allows you to configure Windows NT or 98/95 to become a FTP server.
It provides the tools necessary to set up user accounts with assignments of a home
directory and access permission.
- LPD printer server
LPD accepts print jobs from many host or users on the network, queues these jobs
and sends them to any locally attached printers.
- LPR printer client
LPR allows local PC files to be printed on remote printers. XLink's LPR Client on
Gateway package allows administrator to re-share the LPR printer to all other windows
- VT420/320/220/100 terminal emulation
Full featured terminal emulation program which allows you to connect and
communicate with hosts that support VT420, VT320, VT220, VT100, and VT52.
- Tape Backup with Tar
Backup and restore using UNIX tape and
floppy drives from Windows NT or
Execute commands without login into remote host.
- LPR Hosts
Printer database editor in which remote LPD servers are defined.
Uuencode and uudecode utilities.
Find information about users in the remote UNIX account.
- Host Editor
Create host database which is
used by all applications.