Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 09:06:00 -0500
Reply-To: "Ricci, Katherine" <RicciK@AETNA.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: "Ricci, Katherine" <RicciK@AETNA.COM>
Subject: Re: SAS and NT
The main complaint I've received from institutional users after making
OpenVMS --> NT switch the the inability to assign disk quotas to
users. This may not be an issue in your case.
The second most common complaint is speed; unless you're running Alpha
NT, there will be a noticeable throughput slowdown as compared with
I don't know the benchmarks of SAS 6.12 on OpenVMS Alpha vs. NT Alpha
or Pentium. You may want to look into these figures.
The migration process can be automated to a degree. The underlying
"user account" philosophy is similar between OpenVMS and NT, but the
implementations differ. There is no seamless automatic transition
between the two systems, although I have been able to extract OpenVMS
account information and script "imports" for NT. The biggest difference
accounts is the OpenVMS mail is part of OpenVMS, whereas NT has add-on
products, so on NT you must configure accounts then configure mail
If you use Exchange, there are ways to configure accounts at the same
as a new mail service, but it is not elegant.
Personally, I'd stay with OpenVMS unless there were some significant
business reason for moving ($$$, systems consistency). OpenVMS systems
are much more reliable (Remember the Win95/NT Reboot Stories), and
easier to maintain, and truly are 7x24 systems. Digital has worked
feverishly to ensure that the Alpha OpenVMS system will be a robust
and reliable server for any Intel/Windows front end.
Just my input.
From: Zita Finton
Subject: SAS and NT
Date: Friday, February 14, 1997 4:52PM
Our systems people are advocating moving from Windows 3.1, VAX
Open VMS cluster and Pathworks to Windows NT. We currently run SAS
6.11 on Pentiums and 6.09 on the VAX and use SAS CONNECT. We are
ready to upgrade to 6.12 on both platforms.
I need some input on pros and cons of making the switch to NT and
would appreciate any input on problems, efficiency increases, etc.