Network managers will be able to administer NT platforms through IBM's competing OS/2 Warp Server by the start of next year.
The new Warp Server, codenamed Aurora, will be geared towards network computing.
Administrators will be able to create or delete user accounts and passwords as well as assign users to groups across the board by using Aurora's drag and drop interface or character-based command line.
A single log-on should then give users access to both NT and OS/2 resources.
Jeff Smith, the director of OS/2 product management, said: "Microsoft isn't supportive of heterogeneous platforms, so the coexistence of OS/2 servers and NT environments had proven too complicated and difficult for our customers to manage."
While IBM cites its support for mixed computing as another reason for the development, the release will not provide the same level of support for Novell's NetWare. It does, however, have a 'gateway' to NetWare.
"Our cross-platform strategy is geared at helping customers exercise application integration. People mainly use NetWare for file and print servers," said Smith.
An upgrade of OS/2's thin-client version, Workspace On-Demand, is due in October of this year. It allows the operating system and applications to be downloaded from a server and run locally on a PC or thin client.
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