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HP links to networks

Hewlett-Packard adds several enhancements to HP-UX with version 10.20 that make it easy for a server running the Unix operating system to communicate in a TCP/IP-based network or intranet.

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Hewlett-Packard (HWP) has added several enhancements to HP-UX with version 10.20 that make it easy for a server running the Unix operating system to communicate in a TCP/IP-based network or intranet.

The new version includes support for an encryption security feature based on Kerebos, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). It also includes enhanced email and messaging capabilities.

Two-license versions of HP-UX ship with every HP workstation and server.

Although Sun Microsystems has an early lead in adapting Unix products for the Internet and internal corporate networks, other Unix stalwarts like HP are quickly adding functionality to their brands to catch up.

The Kerberos support is a more powerful security feature that uses an encryption ticket, not a password, to authenticate a user. Support for DHCP is a must in the Internet era, since it allows for central locations and dynamic distribution of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, easing management, and configuration.

BIND can trace an address accessing a network and turn away a fake address. It also can control elements of information transfers from a specific server on a network, especially servers for restricted information housed on an intranet.