Microsoft KB Archive/104232
Article ID: 104232
Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006
- Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
- Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
- Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
This article was previously published under Q104232
The recommended Remote Access Client for Windows NT is RAS 1.1a. This package is available at no charge to owners of Windows NT. See the following for more information. This article also contains additional information on older RAS client packages.
RAS CLIENT INFORMATION
RAS 1.1a is the recommended client software to use with Windows NT Remote Access Servers. If you own Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server, you can obtain RAS 1.1a for no charge through a fulfillment coupon located in the back of the Windows NT "System Guide." RAS 1.1a will also be available through the individual MS Network License packages. You can install RAS 1.1a on any supported operating system that has MS Network License. For example, all purchased copies of Windows for Workgroups 3.1 have the right to use RAS 1.1a at no charge.
MS-DOS clients need to own a MS Network License such as MS LAN Manager or the Microsoft License Pack for Networks.
In general, RAS 1.1a now supports flow control, error correction and modem data compression. In addition, it has an expanded supported modem list to match up with Windows NT RAS.
RAS 1.1a contains two versions of the MODEMS.INF file. MODEMS.INF contains standard initialization strings. MCOMP.INF contains initialization strings with flow control, error correction and modem compression enabled for most modems.
For more information, please query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ras and 1.1a and enhancements and fixes
RAS 1.1 was only available as a complete Server and Client package for use with MS OS/2 LAN Manager server and LAN Manager clients. Major enhancements of RAS 1.1 over 1.0 include: X.25 support, Windows for Workgroups 3.1 direct installation support, and so on.
All clients running RAS 1.1 should upgrade to RAS 1.1a.
All RAS 1.1 OS/2 LAN Manager servers must stay at this level or upgrade to Windows NT Advanced Server.
This is the original Remote Access Product and is no longer for sale by Microsoft. RAS 1.0 was only available as a complete Server and Client package for use with MS OS/2 LAN Manager server and LAN Manager clients. Any RAS 1.0 servers or clients should upgrade.
RAS OPERATING SYSTEMS
Windows for Workgroups 3.1
Windows for Workgroups 3.1 is its own MS Network client. It does not require MS LAN Manager. RAS 1.1a should be installed directly with Windows for Workgroups 3.1. RAS 1.1 will recognize Windows for Workgroups 3.1 clients by default, but version 1.1a is recommended. RAS 1.0 is not recommended for this client.
Microsoft Windows 3.1
Microsoft Windows 3.1 requires MS LAN Manager 2.x software. You can individually purchase MS Network License Packs for your MS-DOS Clients. RAS 1.1a is recommended client software. The best solution for this operating system is to upgrade Windows for Workgroups and RAS 1.1a.
MS-DOS versions 3.3 through 6.0 require MS LAN Manager 2.x software. You can individually purchase MS Network License Packs for your MS-DOS Clients. RAS 1.1a is recommended client software.
MS OS/2 1.3x
Microsoft OS/2 versions 1.3x require MS LAN Manager 2.x software for MS OS/2. This is only available as part of MS LAN Manager Server package.
In order to use this as a RAS client, you must get RAS 1.1--not RAS 1.1a. RAS 1.1a does not support OS/2. RAS 1.1 is only available as a separate server package for MS LAN Manager server. It includes both client and server software for MS OS/2 and MS-DOS.
There is no RAS support for OS/2 2.x.
Windows NT includes both RAS client and server software. Windows NT RAS is backward compatible with all previous versions.
The following table applies only to RAS Client packages and platforms. The left column contains the operating system and the required MS Network Client version. The column titles are the various RAS packages that have been produced by Microsoft.
Yes = Best Recommended combination. OK = It will work but it is not recommended. No = Will not work or is not supported.
The values in the table are the number of COM ports that are supported under each combination.
NOTE: This table does not represent RAS interoperablity.
Operating System RAS WinNT RAS 1.1a RAS 1.1 RAS 1.0
MS-DOS v3.3-6.0 No Yes OK OK MS LAN Manager 2.x 2 2 2 MS OS/2 v1.3x No No Yes OK MS LAN Manager 2.x 16 16 IBM OS/2 v2.x No No No No MS LAN Manager 2.x MS Windows 3.1 No Yes OK OK MS LAN Manager 2.x 2 2 2 Windows for No Yes OK No Workgroups v3.1 2 2 Windows NT v3.1 Yes No No No 64 Windows NT Yes No No No Advanced Server 64
RAS Servers RAS WinNT RAS 1.1a RAS 1.1 RAS 1.0
RAS WinNT ABCDEFG BCE E RAS 1.1a BCE E E RAS 1.1 E E E RAS 1.0
A = RAS Software Compression. Windows NT RAS introduced a new RAS feature called Software Compression. This allows data to be compressed before it is transferred. This will work on any modem even those that do not support modem hardware compression. Depending on the data type, Software Compression can offer 2 to 1 compression ratio or higher. This feature offers the best RAS performance available on any platform. It is not recommended to use both hardware and software compression at the same time.
B = Flow Control, Error Correction and Modem Compression. Hardware Flow Control[RTS\CTS] is available in RAS 1.1a and later. With Flow Control enabled, RAS can also take advantage of error correction and modem compression. This can significantly improve performance and throughput.
C = Enhanced Supported Modem List. Windows NT Supports over 100 different modem models. RAS 1.1a supports nearly that many.
D = ISDN Support. Integrated Services Digital Network support. Drivers are included for Digiboard ISDN cards. Supports up to 128K bps.
E = X.25 public switch network support.
F = 16550 FIFO UART chip support.
G = Support for 3rd party external security hosts.
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