Remote clients mount over Solaris WAN...
Posted on 1998-09-30
We are a financial institution with branches in 8 different
geographical locations within the same country.
We are setting up a WAN connecting all our branches to the
HQ via Bay Networks routers and frame relay encapsulation
provided by a local Telecommunications Company.
Our remote servers are Sparc 4 & 5's running Solaris 2.5.1.
Our HQ server is an Enterprise E-3000 running Solaris 2.5.1.
We are instaling a Client/Server application that uses data
held in Informix database and in Cobol VSAM datafiles on the
servers. The Clients are running Windows95.
We also want to run our organization mail communications over this WAN. We want to keep Microsoft Mail, which we are
now running over dial-up connections via a gateway PC.
To eliminate dial-up since we'll have the WAN, we would need
to have all remote clients mount the Maildata directory
from the HQ server on their Win95 PC's.
How can the remote branch clients (with different subnet) map the directory on the HQ server to a drive on their local
I know that it is possible to implement this using Microsoft
Browsing using Win NT servers and clients.
Our investment has been on Solaris and we don't want to invest in Win NT if it is not necessary.
There must be a way to accomplish the same process of browsing without using Win NT.
I tried sharing the filesystem from HQ to a branch which was
then mounted at the branch server. However, the branch server could not share this filesystem to its clients.
I would appreciate any ideas and advice!
Thanks Denmark W.