Re: Microsoft Commercial Internet System

Jeff Woods ( )
Tue, 03 Jun 1997 10:39:24 -0400

At 08:07 PM 6/2/97 -0500, you wrote:

>We're about ready to start up a new ISP using NT Server and were
>considering MCIS as our software package.

Sucker. ;-)

>MS is currently pricing the
>entire suite(mail, news, chat, replication/personalization, membership) at
>$3,995 and includes 2000 CAL's for mail and membership if purchased before
>June 30. Not cheap, but compared to what I have found for similar
>individual products it doesn't seem out of line - if it works.

I've heard that performance is horrendous. I think you'd be better off,
both performance and price-wise, to go with:

News: OUTSOURCE to for $100 a month. No hardware, nor
headaches. Excellent service. No bandwidth wasted on news.

Mail: Many alternatives NOT based on per-user, but unlimited accounts: $595 (?) $995 give or take, depending on options $495 DON'T USE -- they want $5 per user!

Chat: You don't need your own chat server. Seriously. A waste.

Membership: RADIUSNT and/or Emerald from IEA.

FTP: Serv-U from Catsoft. $25. Unlimited. Bargain of the century.

Web: IIS already comes with NT Server, free. Just buy NT Server or get
a copy as part of a special offer at any MS Seminar, or as a dealer.

You'll spend about the same, and be able to mix and match to get the
servers you want, and you know work best.