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Microsoft Unveils Windows Services for Unix 2.0

Microsoft Corp. today announced an upgrade to its Microsoft Windows Services for Unix. Version 2.0 is designed to bridge the gap between Windows 2000 and Unix-based network environments and will be launched at Networld + Interop in Las Vegas next month.

Windows Services for Unix 2.0 will include components designed to simplify account management and network administration, as well as allow customers to build on existing technology by leveraging Unix.

Microsoft Windows Services for Unix 2.0 will include components such as Server for NFS, which will allow Windows NT and 2000 file servers to emulate native Unix file exports, and NIS to Active Directory Migration Wizard, which will synchronize and centrally manage both Windows 2000 and Unix accounts in Windows 2000. Additionally, Microsoft Windows Services for Unix 2.0 will include more than 60 Unix utilities, such as grep, cat, ls, ps, rshsvc, and vi, able to run natively in Windows NT or 2000 environments. The Korn shell will enable users to run Unix shell scripts from Windows NT and 2000.

The upgrade follows Microsoft's release to manufacturing in February of Interix 2.2, a Windows-Unix interoperability tool Microsoft got with the September 1999 purchase of Softway Systems. Interix 2.2 included enhancements to Softway Systems' tool to tailor it for Windows 2000. - Isaac Slepner

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