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DiskAccess Lite for Windows NT/2000/XP

gives you the Core Functionality of our award-winning NFS Client for Windows. If what you need is solid, industry standard NFS connectivity without the need for advanced utilities, DiskAccess Lite is for you.
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In today's multi-vendor working environments, NFS support is essential.  SSC understands the need to share data between Windows and UNIX systems.  DiskAccess,  DiskAccess Lite and our other AccessNFS Solutions were developed to meet the demanding needs of the corporate user.

If you need to integrate Microsoft Windows XP® /NT® /2000 systems into multi-vendor networks and you only need to access file and print resources on UNIX / Linux and mainframe hosts and do not require the advanced utilities of our Full-Featured DiskAccess product, then you need DiskAccess Lite . This  Lite version  is SSC's Core NFS client for the Windows environment. A member of SSC's AccessNFS Solutions software family, DiskAccess Lite  gives Windows users network-based access to NFS-based file and print resources.

With DiskAccess Lite you can browse NFS file systems without committing a drive letter, accessing network resources only when you need them. Or you can have the option of establishing a full-time link to your server. Browsed connections are mounted and dismounted automatically, and frequently accessed NFS folders or files can be added as a short-cut to the desktop. This approach makes accessing resources easier, reduces NFS server load, and improves overall network performance.

SSC's NFS Client Solutions
DiskAccess and DiskAccess Lite enable  Windows  XP/NT/2000 (and W95/98, in the case of DiskAccess ) systems to perform as NFS clients, so you can access file and print resources located on UNIX and Linux servers, mainframes, or other NFS-based server systems. Using NFS, DiskAccess sets a new standard for performance.

DiskAccess file management
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DiskAccess Lite f ully incorporates NFS into the Windows environment, bringing new levels of integration to mixed networking environments. You can connect to resources with drag-and-drop ease and manage file permissions from within Windows property sheets. Using Windows Explorer, Network Neighborhood (click here for image) , or File Manager (click here for image) , you can browse and connect to file systems and printers located on UNIX or other NFS systems.

Technically Superior
With either DiskAccess product, it is now possible to gain path-based (UNC) access to NFS files. Connections are automatically opened to NFS drives from desktop shortcuts and OLE-linked objects providing transparent access to NFS host systems. DiskAccess also makes NFS file access behave more like UNIX, with symbolic link support and automatic mounting when linked files are located on alternate servers.

DiskAccess diagram

Multithreaded Design for Enhanced Performance
The 32-bit Windows operating system is a powerful multitasking environment, but single-threaded processes cannot take advantage of this capability. DiskAccess is a multithreaded design that gives you optimum performance and ensures compatibility.

Native TCP/IP Ensures Compatibility
All of the AccessNFS family of products take advantage of Microsoft's native TCP/IP protocol stack, ensuring quicker installation, the fewest compatibility problems with third-party applications, and the broadest support for industry network adapters.

Based on Industry Standards
NFS is an industry-standard protocol. Based on Open Network Computing/ Network File System (ONC/NFS) standards, NFS integrates Windows systems into multi-vendor client/server networks, enabling an open exchange of files and network resources among Windows systems, UNIX / Linux systems, and mainframe hosts.
Permits Windows Windows NT/2000/XP users to access UNIX files and print servers from native Windows interfaces, including Network Neighborhood, Explorer, and File Manager Protects investment in legacy equipment - Avoids duplicating data, thus reducing storage requirements and improving reliability - Improves productivity by making information more accessible - Reduces training costs
Designed for 32-bit Windows operating systems 32-bit architecture delivers a more powerful, robust product suitable for mission-critical operations
Uses Microsoft's native TCP/IP protocol stack Ensures users the highest degree of compatibility and performance with other Windows applications
Provides PCNFSD and NIS support for security Ensures only authorized users and systems have access to networked resources and corporate data
Supports NFS version 3 protocol Maximizes performance by supporting larger packet sizes
Supports TCP connections to servers In busy networks, failed transmissions are recognized quickly, allowing retransmission to occur sooner
Includes useful TCP/IP utilities Network problems are more easily identified and corrected

DiskAccess Lite Architecture

  • Runs exclusively on Windows NT / 2000
  • Streamlined driver design uses Microsoft's native TCP/IP protocol stack for highest compatibility
  • NFS version 3 protocol support provides write caching and larger packet sizes for maximum performance
DiskAccess Lite Includes
  • PCNFSD and NIS support for security
  • PCNFSD printing support
  • ShowMount utility identifies exported file systems and access privileges
  • Includes DOS to UNIX utility to convert text files between environments
  • RPCInfo utility catalogs Remote Procedure Call activity to aid in identifying network problems
Additional Features in DiskAccess Lite for Windows NT/2000
  • Packet-Smart tunes NFS packet transmissions, dramatically reducing packet count
  • Multipart pathing support for UNC mounts
  • OLE support
  • PCNFSD printing
System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, or 2000 operating system
  • Intel x-86-compatible processor
  • 16 MB RAM minimum
  • 4 MB disk space minimum
  • Windows-supported VGA (or better) display
  • Windows-supported network adapter
Like all SSC software, DiskAccess Lite comes with an initial 30-day complimentary full-support warranty (including upgrades) and the optional Premium Service plan featuring unlimited toll-free telephone support.



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