Re: Microsoft Commercial Internet System

Dale E. Reed Jr. ( (no email) )
Mon, 02 Jun 1997 22:29:44 -0700

Troy T. Hall wrote:
> I'm using many components of MCIS and I can't comment on all of them as of
> yet as I'm still getting the feel for them all, EXCEPT for MCIS news which
> I have thrown in the trash bucket. This memory hungry pig of a program was
> a pain to configure and I was never able to get it to run 100% to my
> satisfaction.. I'm using DNEWs now and am very happy with it.
> Installed quickly, easly, THE FIRST TIME, and my users love it. Uses 1/3 the
> memory of Mcis News, and runs MUCH faster.

We tested MCIS on a partial feed from out main DNEWS server and it
puked so many times. The database fix routines generally take
2-8 hours (depending on the spool size) and it really wasn't that

The DNews crew re-wrote the database storage format twice (3.0 and 4.0)
and we have been using 4.2 (after a couple of quick fixes) and its
just rocking. We fixed an upstream issue and DNews is really moving
the news. We went from a lot of complaints to zero on it. Maintenance
for DNews isn't even a though, compared to the MCIS nightmare.

-- Dale E. Reed Jr.  (       IEA Software, Inc.      |  RadiusNT, Emerald, and NT FAQs Internet Solutions for Today  |