Resolving SPX names w/o a Netware server
Posted on 2011-09-23
We use SPX to remote control machines (XP Pro) running various VPN clients required to connect to our customers. Most customers do not allow split tunneling so bringing up the VPN knocks the connection down if we used IP - so we use SPX. This also isolates these machines as they have no local IP capabilities.
We still have one old Netware server still running, its only purpose is to resolve SPX names so we can "find" the remote control machines using SPX (they are running pcAnywhere). If the Netware box is unplugged, we can't get to any machine.
I would love to replace this with a Windows server or use one we already have running - 2003 preferable.
Any way to do it?
Alternately, is there a way to have a HOST type file for SPX I could put on each controlling machine where I hard code the controllable machine name and (I assume) the network and MAC addresses? This never changes and would be no problem to put on the controlling computers (also XP Pro) so they could find the remote controllable machines.
If I can't do this, then I have to keep the Netware box alive or find another remote control solution that isolates us from the customer's network and can be remote controlled and survives a VPN tunnel.