This guide discusses how to create and manage a network environment that integrates Windows NT and UNIX systems. It covers a variety of topics that are important in managing an integrated network, from the role of NT and UNIX in the modern network to integrating Internet servers and platforms. The book presents real-world solutions to common problems, and discusses both commercial and freeware products that can be used to implement integration solutions. The accompanying CD-ROM contains a useful collection of freeware/shareware, and commercial demo products designed to assist in NT and UNIX integration. The book is designed to help intermediate and advanced system and network professionals create and manage a mixed network environment that integrates Windows NT and UNIX. David Gunter is the author of the "Special Edition Linux" series, "Using Linux", "Using the Internet", "Netscape Starter Kit", "Using Netscape 3", "Using Netscape 2", "Client/Server Programming with RPC and DCE", "Using UNIX" and "Using Turbo C++ 4.5". Steven Burnett is the contributing author and technical editor of "Client/Server Programming with RPC and DCE, Special Edition", "Using Netscape 2, Special Edition", "Using Netscape 3", "Netscape Starter Kit" and "Using Linux".
Generally speaking, integrating Unix machines with Windows NT computers means jumping through some flaming hoops. Users of the two environments need to be able to share files, database access, applications, and electronic mail messages. Windows NT & UNIX Integration Guide does a superb job of explaining how to accomplish all these things.
Beginning with a general overview of how the two operating systems can work together, the authors promptly explain how to access Windows NT-resident files from a Unix machine, and vice versa. Unique in its market, Windows NT & UNIX Integration Guide details how to perform system backups in a mixed environment. Printer sharing gets lots of attention, as does routing and simple network management protocol (SNMP). The book's main shortcoming lies in the disproportionate amount of space the authors give to irrelevant Windows NT documentation. However, a reasonably comprehensive frequently asked questions section proves useful, and may well help you solve problems.
Samba, the most popular Windows NT emulator, gets prominent coverage, as does Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and System V Unix variants (especially evident in the sections about sharing printers). A companion CD-ROM holds Samba, SOSSNT, some other software, and some documentation. --David Wall