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New OPTI-NET NLM CD-ROM Networking Software

Magazine article Information Today

New OPTI-NET NLM CD-ROM Networking Software

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Online Computer Systems, Inc. previewed the newest offering in its OPTI-NET family of CD-ROM networking products at the 7th International Conference & Exposition on Multimedia And CD-ROM. The new OPTI-NET NLM Version runs as a NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) on a Novell NetWare 386 version 3.11 file server and takes full advantage of the power and flexibility provided by Novell's newest operating system. The OPTI-NET NLM increases the functionality of a Novell file server by adding the ability to manage and share CD-ROM drives. It provides complete compatibility with CD-ROM applications by emulating a stand-alone or non-networked CD-ROM workstation.

The OPTI-NET NLM capitalizes on the open architecture and flexibility of NetWare 386 and extends the functionality of the file server. Multiple user workstations are allowed simultaneous access to CD-ROM drives connected to the file server. The user workstation is not required to load the network shell or log in to the file server to use OPTI-NET. The OPTI-NET NLM includes standard features such as a full-screen console for administration and a high performance architecture. In addition, applications using one or more CD-ROMs may be logically grouped into databases for easy administration.

The OPTI-NET NLM includes removable OPTI-NET device driver(s) and a removable Microsoft MS-DOS CD-ROM Extensions TSR. Because of this, it is not necessary to reboot a user station to remove the OPTI-NET driver(s) or Microsoft Extension TSR from RAM after a user finishes using OPTI-NET to access a DC-ROM application. …

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