The Question is:
I have a VAX4000-300 and a VAX 11/785, both running VMS Version 5.4-3, and
connected to one another using ethernet. Real-time processes run on both
machines and data (not files) are passed between both machines using the
facilities provided by DECnet Pha
se IV software. I plan to extend the system's capabilities by introducing a PC
running Windows NT Version 4 and wish to connect this PC to the VAX 4000
(using the ethernet cable) and setup a process on the PC to exchange data
between the PC and a corresp
onding process running on the VAX. Any ideas please on what software I need to
effect data exchange between the PC and the VAX (in both directions, as fast
as possible). Rumour has it there's such a thing as DECnet for Windows NT; is
this true and if it
is, will it do the job?
The Answer is :
PATHWORKS 32 is the product that provides DECnet for Windows 95,
Windows 98, and Windows NT. But it is unlikely that PATHWORKS
32 V7.1A has been specifically tested with VAX/VMS V5.4-3.
Another option for network communications -- one that can operate
entirely in parallel with DECnet -- involves the use of IP. (You
may have problems finding an IP client for as old a version of the
operating system as is in use here.)
An OpenVMS upgrade to at least V5.5-2 is recommended, though an
upgrade to V7.2 would be better.
Also see other topics here, including 4119.