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By hampy68 ·
My Computer Server runs on Novell Netware 4.2, my bank application, BankMaster runs on DOS 75 user licence. With these platforms, I want my branch offices (4)that are located, each about 900 km away from the head office to connect remotely to this server.
1. What is the best solution for the remote connectivity?.
2. How do I implement a mini-network in the branch offices running real-time on-line and at intervals the mini-server should update the main server in the head office.
3. To implement customer remote banking from their homes, what products/solutions do I need to achieve this.

Regards

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by vfrunza In reply to connecting branch offices ...

For 1.
Now, there are several possibilities, all depending on the type of lines that you will using to assure the physical connections between the branches and the head office. some are:
- direct TCP/IP, with VPN, if the lines are T1, ISDN or ADSL512kb;
- using NT terminal Server, if the lines are slower (but not slower that half-64kb).

For no.2
For on-line banking there is more than updating the main server from the branches. The branches have to have the same informations as the main server. Are you going to replicate the main server everywhere (4 other locations)? I think Oracle has something like that, but I do not think that they have something for Novell in this respect.

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by erikdr In reply to connecting branch offices ...

Fully agree with 1st reply on point 1.
Point 2, replicating data - generally spoken
any major SQL databaseserver (Orace, MS, IBM) will do. So hopefully your application can store its data in such a server.
And yes, probably that SQL Server will run under Linux or Windows, not Novell - but the rest of the app can still run under NetWare.
Point 3: probably you'd like to bypass the 'fat client' era and go directly to web banking. This too allows for intelligence like batch upload and download.
Connectivity will be solely from your main office, the customer connects to the website whose data reside at the head office.
The question on which products cannot be answered easily - we (at a large consumer bank, > 1,000,000 customers) combined offtheshelf with homemade website stuff.

Hope this helps,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by estebandelatorre In reply to connecting branch offices ...

It all depends on:
-what services (protocols, remote printing and sharing, mail, etc) and Bandwith your applicationS requires.
-Security (encryption, passwords authentications, secure or clear file transfers, etc).
-Quality, availability, downtime, etc.

Bandwith relies primary on:
- Does users need to login to a BRANCH?
- How heavy is the traffic, copy, send attach files using mail, etc
- remote printing
- Internet/intranet browsing
- And mainly your core application, how heavy is.
One TCP/IP wan conectivity solution will not be and outstanding solution if your application is written in foxpro 2.6 (DOS version)
Most common applications may use:
a.- dedicated point to point lines with routers in each branch. (most expensive)
b.- A Frame relay network, which also needs a router in each branch but is less expensive
c.- A VPN using internet, using for example Novell?s BorderManager software.

Make a list of your needs and requirements (along with your platform!) and I will be able to be more specific.

Good Luck

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