We read this article on the MacNN website (www.macnn.com) this morning and
thought you should know:
>A posting on ANAT-Users mailing list says that Apple will be providing a
>free, AppleShare IP 6.3-compatible version of Macintosh Manager, which is
>currently available for Mac OS X Server. The new version, due by November,
>will the "same functionality and compatibility on both platforms, as well as
>unlimited client access." This free software is expected solve At Ease 5.02
>compatibility issues with Mac OS 9 and newer Macs:
>In March of 1999, Apple introduced a powerful new product called Macintosh
>Manager in conjunction with Mac OS X Server, Apple's new server operating
>system. Macintosh Manager provides a significant increase in functionality
>over At Ease for Workgroups, and together with Mac OS X Server represents the
>future of Apple's network management technology. To ease the transition to
>Macintosh Manager networks, a version of the server will soon be available
>that also supports AppleShare IP 6.3. The latest version will offer the same
>functionality and compatibility on both platforms. [...]
>To further assist customers with existing At Ease for Workgroup networks,
>Apple will provide a detailed transition guide that describes the benefits of
>Macintosh Manager and the steps necessary for a smooth, orderly transition to
>either an AppleShare IP-based network or a Mac OS X Server-based network.
>Meanwhile,Vince Pratt notes that Apple Network Assistant 4.0 administration
>software is no longer separately available and requires users to purchase a
>$500 shrink-wrapped version of AppleShare IP 6.3, which is only available as
>a $20 upgrade for those who purchased ASIP 6.2--with no remedy available for
>those who updated to ASIP 6.2 via the free Web updatrer:
>"Apple used to sell the Apple Network Assistant 3.5 software separately for
>$355.00 They also bundled it with AppleShare IP, and their workgroup servers.
>This included the Clients and the Administration software. Now Apple bundles
>the client for free with Mac OS 9, and the Administration software for free
>with AppleShare IP 6.3. Apple no longer sells the Network Assistant software
>"Since Mac OS 9 is incompatible with the earlier versions of Apple Network
>Assistant, you are forced to upgrade. To upgrade you need to own a Shrink
>wrapped version of AppleShare IP 6.3.
>"The right thing for Apple to do, is to include the Apple Network Assistant
>administration software with the downloadable upgrade to AppleShare IP 6.3."
>An Apple TIL confirms the impending release of Mac OS X Server 1.2 as noted
>yesterday, but also notest that the bundled Macintosh Manager v1.1 software
>will only manage Mac OS 9 clients:
>"Apple expects to release an update to Mac OS X Server, release 1.2, that
>includes Macintosh Management Server version 1.1 to administer Mac OS 9
>"If you have a mixed network of Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 clients that you wish
>to administer with Macintosh Manager, you should wait to upgrade the
>Macintosh Manager Server when version 1.2 of that software becomes available.
>Apple exptects post this software to Apple Software Updates shortly after Mac
>OS X Server 1.2. is released."
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