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The following questions and answers may be of value to early users
of OS/2 Base 6.177H, and associated Extended Services/2 1.0 and LAN
Server 2.0.

The information is grouped into the following general categories,
but a perusal of the entire file is suggested to ensure information
regarding your area of interest has not been incorrectly cataloged:

Base Operating System
Communication Manager
Database
LAN Server
NOVELL
General/Installation


BASE OPERATING SYSTEM QUESTIONS
-------------------------------

Q01. How will instructions for emulating 1.3 User Interface "look-and-
feel" be provided with this driver?

A. The "Getting Started with the WorkPlace Shell" document, Chapter 2
contains initial instructions on how to closely emulate the 1.3
interface. A few steps needed to emulate additional interface
details are missing, but documentation on how these can be
accomplished will be forthcoming.

Q02. When can we look for the arrival of an 802.2 Virtual Device Driver?

A. This is a high priority known requirement; no commitment exists
to provide at GA.

Q03. Are 32-bit PM and Seamless Windows support provided in this driver?

A. Most of PM is still 16-bit code at this point. The Graphics
Engine is being rewritten in 32-bit, and will be available at GA.
The XGA driver, GRE and a few others are still 16-bit.

Q04. Is there support for the additional SCSI adapters in this driver?

A. Some additional SCSI adapter work has been done with this driver,
but has not been fully tested. Additional data on support for major
SCSI adapters is expected at GA.

Q05. Is support for the Virtual HLLAPI in MVDM provided in this driver?

A. Virtual HLLAPI support should be present in both Base and Extended
Services with this driver.

Q06. Are the HPFS Performance considerations described in earlier
restrictions documents lifted yet?

A. Although there has been much work done in this area, the restrictions
have not been lifted yet, and work to optimize and tune both HPFS
and FAT file systems is still underway.

Q07. Is there full 8514 and XGA Support in this driver?

A. Support is provided. We have it working on a 90, are aware of
some who have had problems with it on a 95. Please report any
problems to the EEP Bulletin Board.

Q08. Is full color on the 8514/A, with all 255 colors, provided with
this driver?

A. Yes.

Q09. Is the WorkPlace Shell product functionally complete in this driver?

A. Functionally, yes. Changes between now and GA to refine function
and look of the interface are highly likely. Much of this change
will be the result of feedback from early programs such as the EEP.

Q10. Will there be CDRom or Read/Write Optical support for docs with
this driver or at GA?

A. No such distribution media is announced for GA at this time.

Q11. Is there a way to install OS/2 2.0 without Windows support?

A. Yes, when beginning the installation, indicate you want to
select installable features. Then you can select DOS Only (radio
button) and you do not need to install Windows. This gives you
DOS Emulation and MVDM support.

Q12. Will CSET/2 and Borland Turbo C run in the VDM, particularly
with regard to debugging?

A. IBM CSET/2 includes a 32-bit compiler only, and will not support
16-bit applications; thus, it will not operate in a VDM nor
develop apps to run in a 16-bit environment.

It's too early to comment on Borland, but we expect to have
more information shortly.

Note the following FTN of interest to all EEP customers:

2/27 Preview of 32-bit tools, including Borland, CSET/2...

This is the beginning of a series of some 6 FTNs to be aired
April-June '92, to address each of the above products, including
Borland and two other C compilers.

Finally, the IBM C/2 and its debugger will run in the VDM.

Q13. When will you be able to disable a Windows application from
opening another session which can link to additional resources.
the ability to trap a user in this way into a single session
(as an option) is a security option already available in Windows.

A. We do not anticipate this capability being available at GA.

Q14. With OS/2 MVDM, can you segregate the printout coming from
multiple VDMs by directing the output from each to different
queues, then releasing those as the jobs complete?

A. No capability is provided to direct output from separate VDMs to
separate queues. If your VDMs are using the print spooler, their
output is naturally separated, and will print separately as each
VDM completes its printing.

Q15. Is there any native device driver support for the HP DeskJet/500
printer or other HP DeskJet printers?

A. Deskjet is emulated as an Epson printer. There is no native
DeskJet printer driver provided with OS/2 native or Windows under
OS/2. Native support is a known requirement, but we are not able
to commit support at this time.

Q16. We are happy to have the SAA HLLAPI functions in REXX to allow
HLLAPI calls. Are there any plans to add additional PM calls,
e.g., Dialog Boxes, List Boxes?

A. 1. No current plans exist to provide additional capability to
REXX to do PM calls. We will forward this request.

2. At Technical Seminars this past year, Object-oriented REXX
was described as the direction we wanted to take; implementation
could remove all programming boundaries for REXX. There is no
announced plan at this point.

Q17. What about AS/400 Support in MVDM with this driver?

A. AS/400 support in a VDM does not work in this driver, but is being
addressed by development as a bug. System test is working on the
problem.

Note that the 5250 Workstation Feature 1.3 via Communications
Manager should work.


COMMUNICATION MANAGER QUESTIONS
-------------------------------

Q18. How easily migratable is a 1.3 NS2 configuration: is the NDF
migratable over to 2.0?

A. Raleigh indicates 1.3 NDF will be migrated to an APPN definition
for you - perhaps via a migration utility.

Q19. TCP/IP Version 1.2 - does version 1.2 (designed to work with OS/2)
work with this driver?

A. We have customers running with TCP/IP 1.2 today under driver 177H.
There has been no announced plan for support for TCP/IP on OS/2 2.0,
but we expect this will happen sometime after GA of 2.0.


DATABASE QUESTIONS
------------------

Q20. Database Tables - are they migratable from the 167F level to 177H?

A. Migration should work with this drop - any problems, please
report to the Bulletin Board.

Q21. What is the status of Downlevel Database Server support - does
the announcement letter indicate this support is provided, and
will it be available at GA?

A. OS/2 Extended Services 1.0 did not announce support for "downlevel"
Servers, and it is not planned for GA.


LAN SERVER QUESTIONS
--------------------

Q22. NetWare Requestor and Communications Manager on the same system -
there was a problem with coexistence with these packages in a
previous driver - has the problem been fixed with this driver?

A. Yes, the problem is resolved with 177H.

Q23. LAN Install - will it be supported with response files in this
drop? And where is it documented? (OS/2 Forums indicate "people"
have it working. Will it be supported?

A. This function is not supported at this time.

Q24. With OS/2 Base and NetWare Requestor installed, I am having a
problem getting to other servers over Novell routers. Is this a
restriction or known problem?

A. This should work, and it if is failing on your system, please
report the problem on the bulletin board.

Q25. Is it possible to install the new Lan Server over previous Beta
code and still maintain all your aliases and user definitions?
Will user profile information be maintained?

A. Support is provided in this driver.

Q26. Can I run the LAN Server or Requestor (2.0) without Extended
Services installed, or is Extended Services required?

A. Lan Server does not require ES, unless your requestors will also
need host access instead of simply running on the LAN. Extended
Services is not a prereq in the Requestor instance either.

Q27. Documentation indicates LAN Server works on 2.0. It appears to
be running at one account on OS/2 2.0 177H, although the supplied
statement of support indicates it must be installed on 1.30.2.
What is the proper answer (for Entry Server), and what is
supported by Service Delivery?

A. After checking with development, we have learned that the
Entry Server code was not able to complete testing on 2.0 base,
partly because not all the required modules were completed by
package ship time. Therefore our position remains that 1.30.2
base is required, and LAN Server on a 2.0 base is NOT supported
with this driver.

Q28. Access to both DOS public and OS/2 public applications: Can we
run a DOS application from an OS/2 LAN requestor?

A. (The following was condensed from an EEP Bulletin Board response
from a Austin development)
The development lab has tested a means to get to a DOS public
application on an OS/2 2.0 requester. Please take a look at this
method and provide feedback. If response is positive, it will be
incorporated into the publications for LAN Server 2.0.

1. Define a public OS/2 application with the following
characteristics:

Drive : C
Path : \OS2
Command Line: CMD /C C:\OS2\MDOS\DEBUG (insert path
to your DOS app)

2. Add the app to the program starter list for your OS/2 2.0
requester.

3. At the requester, log on, open the public applications group
and double click the application icon

4. There you go... your DOS app should be up and running.
(In the above example, the DOS DEBUG command will run.)

If you If you try and like this function and approach,
please provide feedback via the bulletin board.


NOVELL QUESTIONS
----------------

Q29. What documentation is available for the Novell 177H Driver?

A. Diskette read.me files are available for the NetWare requestor
installation, and for the patch diskette.

Q30. Windows Emulation part of OS/2: Attached to a Novell server via Novell
Requestor, and we pass information to LPT1. If we print to that
printer through the Windows emulation part of OS/2, we get printer
errors though we're actually attached onto that printer.

(Printer is PostScript. This, net, is a request to print to a
printer defined on the Novell Server from Windows)

Response from another caller: Documentation from Netware indicates
when you are running Windows and you are hooked into LPT1, even whe
you send the job to LPT1, it can't go to the Network printer, but
is instead put on a printer locally.

A. We are researching this report as a bug, and have reproduced the
problem on our systems as well. It seems reasonable that customers
who have captured LPT1 output for targeting to a Novell Server-
attached printer should be able to do so, but coming through
Emulated Windows, the output appears to go direct to the local
printed. In our test, we did not get printer errors documented in
the question, and will follow-up with the author to determine more
precise information on his environment.

If we get any further feedback on this issue, we will update this
item on the bulletin board.


GENERAL/INSTALLATION QUESTIONS
------------------------------

Q31. Will installation of this driver require reformat of the partition?

A. The requirement to format or not is summarized in the following
tables:

BASE-ONLY Install:
==================

Format REQUIRED NO Reformat Required
---------------------- -----------------------
1.3 EE 1.3 SE only
2.0 Base only
2.0 Base with earlier ES/LS

ES/LS Install*:
==============

Format REQUIRED NO Reformat Required
---------------------- -----------------------
1.3 SE with earlier ES/LS 1.3 SE only
2.0 Base with earlier ES/LS 2.0 Base only

* New Base must be installed with Format option

Note: ES/LS may NOT be installed over 1.3 EE.

Q32. Does this mean you can't handle any existing .INI files?

A. .INI files are not properly handled at this time.

Q33. How do current packages such as LDU (LAN Distribution Utility)
handle the subsequent updating of workstations with OS/2 2.0?

A. This environment is not handled in this driver, and not planned
for support at GA.

Q34. Will we have to do an install of all features of the Base to
use Extended Services or LAN Requestor components in this drop?

A. No, installation of all features of the base is NOT a requirement
to use Extended Services or LAN Requestor in this driver.

Q35. Will we need to reformat when we move from this level of code to
the GA level of code?

A. Prior to GA, we expect reformatting to be the standard mode of
operation when moving to the next driver. At GA, there should be
no reformat requirement if going from OS/2 1.3 or DOS to the GA
level.

Q36. Is the need for reformatting only aligned with the FAT file system?
Is it still needed w/HPFS where you do not have the ES (Extended
Attribute) files?

A. The reformat requirement is independent of file system.

Q37. Install over the network: will it be available with this driver?

A. Install over the network is not available with this driver.

Q38. Please describe LS 2.0 Server Installation over SE and EE systems.

A. Refer to LAN Server 2.0 Migration Handbook, Chapters 6 & 7.

Q39. Can you create a customer install diskette on a previous release
to use to install (e.g., custom install from 167 to use on 177?)

A. Custom install is not supported for this driver or for any of the
pre-GA code. EE Custom install diskettes are not supported, and
custom install will not upgrade configuration files.

Previous ES Driver's Custom Install diskettes are not supported.
Neither are previous driver's configuration files. Configuration
file formats change during development and only the current format
is supported by ES 351.

With this change in file format, it is too early to indicate if
custom install diskettes from prior releases will work with the
GA product.

Q40. Do the restrictions documents describe migration issues regarding
ES installation on existing systems prior to LS installation?

A. No, but the process for installing LS over ES is described in a
document referenced in a previous question, the LAN Server 2.0
Migration Handbook.

Q41. Please describe how "over the network" installation is expected
to work at GA. Please provide a description of the product, and
describe over-the-network application of a CSD.

A. Regarding "over the network" installation, development is still
working toward a solution, and cannot document the implementation
plan at this time.

Regarding CSD application, CSD install across LAN was not in the
OS/2 FixTool plan. Personal Systems is escalating this concern,
and working to establish a development/installation plan.

We will provide any further information on either of these two
functions as it becomes available.

Q42. What are the current disk space and memory requirements for 177H
components? And will GA requirements differ from these?

A. Please refer to the following information extracted from 'production'
level documents. Requirements during the 177H driver may be
slightly higher.

MEMORY
------
Here is an extract from the 'production' levels of hardware/software
reference materials scheduled soon to go to print.

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Memory Estimating Worksheet for OS/2 2.0 Base, ES 1.0 and LS 2.0 |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| FUNCTIONS | RECOMMENDED | USER |
| | MEMORY (MB) | CONFIG. |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Operating System: | OS/2 | OS/2 | |
| | 1.3 | 2.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Base | 1.5 | 2.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS compatibility | 0.5(1)| 0.5(2)| |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Windows compatibility | n/a | 1.0(2)| |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| High Performance File System (HPFS) | 0.3 | 0.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Active Spooling (while printing) | 0.3 | 0.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| System Performance Buffer (3) | 0.5 | 0.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Communications Manager: | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Base (required for communications) | 0.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| 3270 terminal emulation (4) | 0.4 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| 3270 host print | 0.3 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| SNA gateway (5) | 0.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| 5250 Work Station Feature (5) | 0.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| ASCII terminal emulation | 0.3 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| APPC | 0.4 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| LUA (5) | 0.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| File transfer (6) | 0.3 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Manager: (7) | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Services (standalone) | 1.4 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Client (8) | 0.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Server (8) | 1.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| For each addl. concurrent process | 0.15 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Query Manager | 1.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| LAN Server: (9) | | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Requester | 0.4 | 0.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server | 2.3 | | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server Domain Ctlr- Entry/Advanced | | 3.5/10 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server Add'l Server- Entry/Advanced| | 2.5/9.0| |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS LAN Requester - (depends on DOS) | |105-180kb |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS Compatibility | 0.5 | | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS Remote IPL | | 0.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 Remote IPL | | 1.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Services INST/CNFG program | | 0.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Fault Tolerance for Fixed Disk | | 0.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 LAN Online Reference and Help | | n/a | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 applications (10) | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Applications data (10) | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| TOTAL | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| NOTES: |
| |
|1.Automatically installed but removable by changing the PROTECTONLY=NO |
| statement in the CONFIG.SYS file to PROTECTONLY=YES. This memory is |
| optionally available to OS/2 applications whenever the DOS mode is in|
| the background. |
|2.Under OS/2 2.0, the amount of memory needed per DOS session is |
| dependant upon the DOS application characteristics, particularly it's|
| use of Extended, Expanded, or DPMI memory. |
|3.This additional system memory allows better performance for transient|
| conditions such as program loading, program termination, and print |
| spooling. |
|4.If the 3270 connection is LAN, SDLC, or X.25 (that is, not a DFT |
| coaxial connection), also include APPC. |
|5.APPC is a prerequisite for this function. (Add the APPC recommended |
| memory to the total only once.) |
|6.Concurrent file-transfer function requires 0.3MB for each session. |
|7.Additional memory for database buffer pool or sort heaps for each |
| database may be required depending on the user's workload. |
|8.Includes the necessary Database Services code. Communications |
| Manager base is required for Remote Data Services. |
|9.LAN Server information secured from preliminary OS/2 LAN Server |
| documentation. All other materials secured from "Hardware and |
| Software Reference for Extended Services" preliminary copy. |
|10.Dependent on the application and user. See application documentation|
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+

DASD
----
The following material documents DASD requirements.

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Hard Disk Estimating Worksheet for OS/2 2.0 Base, ES 1.0 and LS 2.0 |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| FUNCTIONS | REQUIRED DISK | USER |
| | (MB) | CONFIG. |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Operating System: | OS/2 | OS/2 | |
| | 1.3 | 2.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Base (required) | 7.5 | 15.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Base (optional) (1) | 3.5 | 15.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Segment swap data set (2) | 2.5 | 8.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Extended Services | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Base (required for CM or DB) (3) | 4.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Communications Manager: | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Base (required for communications) | 3.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| 3270 terminal emulation (4) | 0.9 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| SNA gateway (5) | 0.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| 5250 Work Station Feature (5) | 0.4 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| ASCII terminal emulation | 0.4 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| APPC/APPN | 0.8 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| LAN communications | 0.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| X.25 communications | 0.7 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| SDLC communications | 0.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Configuration services (6) | 2.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Terminal emulator keyboard remap (6) | 0.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Programming interfaces (APIs) | 1.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| LUA (5) | 0.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Optional CM utilities | 1.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Manager: | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Services (standalone) | 3.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Client (7) | 3.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Database Server (7) | 3.8 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| For each additional database (8) | 1.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Query Manager | 2.8 | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| LAN Server: (9) | | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Requester | 4.6 | 5.5 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server | 6.2 | | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server Domain Ctlr- Entry/Advanced | |9.4/10.4| |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Server Add'l Server- Entry/Advanced| |7.2/8.2 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS LAN Requester - (depends on DOS) | |3.7/5.3 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS Compatibility |2.0-3.0| | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| DOS Remote IPL | | 0.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 Remote IPL | | 0.6 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| LAN Services INST/CNFG program | | 1.0 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| Fault Tolerance for Fixed Disk | | 0.8 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 LAN Online Reference and Help | | 1.1 | |
+------------------------------------------+-------+--------+-----------+
| OS/2 applications (10) | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| Applications data (10) | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| TOTAL | | |
+------------------------------------------+----------------+-----------+
| NOTES: |
| |
| 1.Approximate total of several individually selectable options. |
| 2.A 2 MB to 10MB swap area is adequate for many environments. However,|
| swap area is dynamically allocated as applications require more |
| memory than is available. A swap data set larger or smaller than |
| shown may be needed. |
| 3.This storage is required in the operating system primary (boot) |
| partition. |
| 4.If the 3270 connection is LAN, SDLC, or X.25 (that is, not a DFT |
| coaxial connection), also include APPC. |
| 5.APPC is required for this function. (Include the APPC requirement in|
| the calculations only once.) |
| 6.These features are installed, by default, using Basic or Advanced |
| Install. They may be later removed. The features are optionally |
| installed when Custom Install is used. |
| 7.Communications Manager base is a prerequisites for Remote Data |
| Services. If DOS Database Requester is installed on Database Server,|
| an additional 1.1MB is required. |
| 8.This number is for table definitions and internal structures for |
| each database and does not include user data. It is subject to many|
| variables. Actual requirements may differ. |
| 9.LAN Server information secured from preliminary OS/2 LAN Server |
| documentation. |
|10.Dependent on the application and user. See application documentation|
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+

*----------------------------End of Q&A-----------------------------*


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