The Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack includes:
Internet Information Server 4.0, the standards-based,
Web applications server for Windows NT Server, brings unprecedented
power to Web professionals, both as a Web server for corporate intranets
and public Internet sites and as the superior platform for the next generation
of line-of-business applications.
Transaction Server 2.0 is a component-based
transaction processing system for developing, deploying, and managing
high performance, scalable, and robust server applications. MTS defines a
programming model, and provides a run-time environment and graphical
administration tool for managing enterprise applications.
Index Server 2.0 indexes the contents
and properties of documents on an Internet or intranet Web site served
by Internet Information Server. You can set up Index Server so that clients
can search a Web site with any browser by filling in the fields of a query
form formatted in HTML.
Certificate Server 1.0 is a general-purpose, highly customizable
server application for managing the issuance, revocation, and renewal of
digital certificates. Digital certificates are used for public-key cryptography
applications such as server and client authentication under the Secure Sockets
layer (SSL) or Private Communication Technology (PCT) protocols. With Certificate
Server, organizations can perform authentication on a corporate intranet or across
the Internet through the use of these certificates.
Data Access Components 1.5 consist of
ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) and Remote Data Service (RDS), the Microsoft
OLE DB Provider for ODBC, and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). These
components provide client/server applicationsdeployed over the Web
or a LANwith easy-to-use, programmatic access to all types of data
throughout the enterprise.
Site Server Express 2.0 offers a subset of the
functionality found in Microsoft Site Server. It includes site analysis,
usage analysis and publishing capabilities.
Message Queue (MSMQ) 1.0 makes it easy for
application programs to communicate with other application programs quickly,
reliably, and asynchronously by sending and receiving messages. MSMQ's key
features, such as ActiveX support, comprehensive security controls,
powerful administration tools, extensive feature set, and integration
with other strategic Microsoft products such as IIS, MTS, and MSCS make MSMQ
the message queuing product of choice for applications running on
Windows 95 and Windows NT.
Internet Connection Services for Microsoft Remote Access Service
(RAS) 1.0, supplements Windows NT Server basic networking services
with the provision of seamless and secure telecommuting services via
the Internet, outsourcing or reducing current RAS costs, and the ability
to provide custom low-cost Internet access to consumer subscribers of an
Internet Service Provider. Install these services today to see how Internet
Connection Services for RAS can help you significantly reduce remote connectivity
costs, improve end-user experience, and enable new business paradigms over the Internet.
Administration tools for many Option Pack components, such as IIS
4.0, Transaction Server, Index Server, NNTP Service, and SMTP Service,
are hosted in Microsoft Management Console (MMC). MMC hosts the programs,
called snap-ins, that administrators use to manage their servers. Both IIS 4.0 and
Index Server have Web-based (HTML) administration tools that provide for remote
management of your server from almost any browser on any platform. With IIS 4.0,
you can set up administrators for individual virtual directories or computers
running Windows NT Server. Also, IIS 4.0 ships the Windows Scripting Host (WSH)
for performing common administration tasks from the command line. WSH is a
language-independent scripting host for 32-bit Windows platforms. Microsoft
provides both Visual Basic® Script and JScript scripting engines with WSH.
Development Components: The SDK documentation with IIS 4.0
provides detailed information about special event methods and interfaces
available for components running on a Web server that supports Active
Server Pages (ASP), the storage of your custom IIS configuration data and
how you use built-in objects to manipulate that data, creating and maintaining
logging modules, and a set of interfaces that you can use to create HTTP server
extensions. In addition, there are many samples that can be used to develop components.
Web developers can use Microsoft Script Debugger to debug ASP pages containing scripts
written in Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), JScript, and Java.
You can use Script Debugger to set breakpoints, step through scripts, view
and change values, and execute commands dynamically.
Internet Explorer 4.0,
Microsoft's newest version of Internet Explorer delivers the essential features you need to make finding, browsing, and communicating over the Internet a seamless part of the computing experience.