Updated Servers

By John Rizzo  |  Posted 2006-01-10 Print this article Print

Group Logic Inc. announced a free update to ExtremeZ-IP File Server, an AFP file server that runs on Windows and supports Mac clients. The update adds an admin interface for configuring network home directories on the server. Users will see only their home directory when they log on. Currently, users need to browse for their home directory.
The update will also enable an administrator to use the Microsoft Active Directory profile for a user.
Group Logic also previewed the next version of ExtremeZ-IP Print Server, which adds Bonjour printing capability for Mac OS X users accessing Windows printers. The print server currently supports LPR and SMB printing, which requires the user to type in an IP address or browse for a printer. The addition of Bonjour will make Windows printers immediately available in the Mac OS X print dialog. Another Group Logic product, MassTransit has been updated. The Web-based, high-speed file transfer system now works with Safari and FireFox on Mac OS X and FireFox on Windows. Previous versions required Internet Explorer. Small Tree Communications demonstrated BlazeFS, a new multi-gigabit remote file transfer application for Mac OS X. The software is targeted at workflows with very large file requirements. Small tree will bundle BlazeFS with a low-cost 10 Gigabit Ethernet card, the Intel 10GbE CX-4 Network Interface Card, as well as a 12-port 10GbE CX-4 switch from Fujitsu. The 10 Gig hardware uses copper cabling. Small Tree will supply the Mac OS X drivers. The bundle will ship during the first quarter. Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree, said that the application software and the drivers would work with Intel Macs without using Rosetta. "Weve been working directly with Intel engineering," Seeber said. "Right now we dont expect any trouble." Kerio Technologies Inc. announced that it has acquired the WebSTAR HTTP, FTP and mail servers from 4D. Kerio representatives said the company considering moving portions of WebSTAR into a future version of Kerio MailServer, which runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Kerio is also Intel-enabling its MailServer collaboration software, which serves contact, calendars and e-mail to multiple platforms. Mac users can access the server with Entourage. Editors Note: This story was updated to clarify the positions of Microsoft and Kerio. Following the publication of this story, Amanda Lefebvre, marketing manager for Microsofts Mac Business Unit, offered a clarification of the companys plans for Virtual PC: "We have a commitment to understanding what VPC will look like on the Intel Mac. But until we have the final hardware we cant know what Virtual PC will look like on those machines," Lefebvre said. "There are dependencies with the OS and the hardware. Until we know what the final hardware is like, its difficult to know how it will work," she concluded. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.


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