Communications Server

Network Administration Guide

About This Book

IBM(R) SecureWay(R) Communications Server for Windows NT(R) and Windows(R) 2000 (referred to in this book as Communications Server) is a communications services platform. This platform provides a wide range of services for Windows NT workstations that communicate with host computers and with other workstations. Communications Server users can choose from among a variety of remote connectivity options.

The Network Administration Guide is provided as a planning and administration source for the person using or planning to use Communications Server. Administrative personnel, technical and service support personnel, service coordinators, and IBM personnel, as well as anyone who has responsibility for making decisions on information systems will find this book helpful. This book provides an overview of Communications Server functions and the steps required to create the Communications Server configurations for the workstations you support.

It is assumed that you are using Windows NT 4.0 Server or Windows 2000 Server as your base operating system.

How to Use This Book

Network Administration Guide helps you perform the planning required to install and configure a network of workstations. This book helps you:

Setting up a network of workstations requires careful and thorough planning. When you create a network, you need to know the following things:

The steps in Chapter 15, "Implementing Communications Server Configurations" provide one procedure to determine this information for your network. If you already have a procedure that works, you might want to use it instead, but you should review the procedure in the chapter before you make that decision.

Conventions Used in This Book

The following conventions are used in this book.

Text Conventions

Bold Bold type indicates the following:
  • Verbs, functions, keywords, and parameters that you can use in a program or at a command prompt. These values are case sensitive and should be entered exactly as they appear in the text.
  • The names of window controls, such as lists, check boxes, entry fields, push buttons, and menu choices.
Italics Italic type indicates the following:
  • A variable that you supply a value for.
  • Book titles.
  • A letter is being used as a letter or a word is being used as a word. Example: When you see an a, make sure it is not supposed to be an an.
Bold italics Bold italic type is used to emphasize a word.
UPPERCASE Uppercase indicates constants, file names, and options that you can use in a program or at a command prompt. You can enter these values in uppercase or lowercase.
Double quotation marks Double quotation marks indicate messages you see in a window. An example of this would be the messages that appear in the operator information area (OIA) of an emulator session.
Example type Example type indicates information that you are instructed to type at a command prompt or in a window.

Number Conventions

Binary numbers Represented as B'xxxx xxxx' or B'x' except in certain instances where they are represented with text ("A value of binary xxxx xxxx is...").
Bit positions Start with 0 at the rightmost position (least significant bit).
Decimal numbers Decimal numbers over 4 digits are represented in metric style. A space is used rather than a comma to separate groups of 3 digits. For example, the number sixteen thousand, one hundred forty-seven is written 16 147.
Hexadecimal numbers Represented in text as hex xxxx or X'xxxx' ("The address of the adjacent node is hex 5D, which is specified as X'5D'.")

Where to Find More Information

For more information, see Quick Beginnings which contains a complete description of both the Communications Server library and related publications.

The Communications Server home page on the Internet has general product information as well as service information about APARs and fixes. You can access the Communications Server home page at the following URL:

What's New in This Book

The following new functions and enhancements were added for Version 6.1:

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