updated 01:55 am EST, Thu November 18, 2010
Also offers low-cost XServe migration advice
Group Logic has updated its ExtremeZ-IP software -- which offers integrated Windows file and printer services to Mac clients -- to version 7.1, which expands support for Microsoft's Distributed File System (DFS), allowing DFS file share support for Mac clients running 10.4 or higher. In addition, the company has unveiled low-cost services to help XServe users migrate to a Windows file server while still retaining connectivity and support for Mac clients.
ExtremeZ-IP's DFS support fills a gap that OS X's built-in SMB could not overcome -- support for DFS namespaces. The software corrects this and other deficiencies in SMB to provide full access to DFS file shares on a reliable basis. With the latest release, Group Logic now offers a low-cost DFSConnect add-on to licensees with as few as 10 Mac clients to add DFS access capability, previously only available to high-volume installations.
Apple's decision to discontinue the XServe has forced companies who rely on it to plan for an eventual migration as support is eventually discontinued. GroupLogic is now offering a no-cost briefing to evaluate client needs, and provide migration services focused on system and file recommendations, security and administration for those who choose to migrate to a Windows-based file server, using their experience in developing products to help Mac clients integrate into Windows networks to smooth the transition.