Re: Microsoft Commercial Internet System

BA ( )
Tue, 03 Jun 1997 10:21:22 -0500

I second this is our exact setup.....we USED for=
couple of years but dumped it for unlimited NTMail.

On Tue, 03 Jun 1997 10:39:24 -0400, Jeff Woods so eloquently wrote:

>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. ;-) =20
>>MS is currently pricing the
>>entire suite(mail, news, chat, replication/personalization, membership)=
>>$3,995 and includes 2000 CAL's for mail and membership if purchased =
>>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=20
> 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 =
>Web: IIS already comes with NT Server, free. Just buy NT Server or =
> a copy as part of a special offer at any MS Seminar, or as a =
>You'll spend about the same, and be able to mix and match to get the
>servers you want, and you know work best.
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