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    Netmeeting 3.01 help needed...

    I hope I'm in the right forum for this question. I work for a company that would like to look into the possibility of using Windows 2000's built in NetMeeting program for a little bit of end user support. We in the I.S. department have just installed it and are trying a few things with it. My question is relating to Internet Directory Servers and ILS's. I'm wondering if we should setup our own ILS on our Intranet, and if so, how do we do that? Any links to good web sites would be great, also any personal experience. I think setting up our own would be a good idea. As I understand it, using MS's Internet Directory requires the use of MSN Messenger. Does it also mean you have to have a hotmail address? This is part of my confusion. Again, any help would be great. Thanks.

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    Re: Netmeeting 3.01 help needed...

    I'll answer this best I can, but I already know that it will not be a complete answer... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I believe setting up your own ILS servers is a good idea. I've not done it, but details should be in the NetMeeting SDK. Otherwise you will be on a public ILS server, but again this is a choice - if you have people in the field it may be more convenient. Rather than give you a web link, look throught the SDK documentation. It will tell you more than you want to know and most likely answer a host of your questions. I found it to be an invaluable resource in getting a NetMeeting training program off the ground.

    NetMeeting was in the past rather sluggish with several users connected. I found it more effective when using it as a training tool to have people from the same office sit around one screen to keep the number of connections down. The problem resulted from dial-up users; the connection would slow to their data rate. I believe this has been resolved in subsequent versions, or at least alleviated to some degree. Curerntly it's a pretty decent solution, and considering the price tag it's hard to beat.

    I currently use NetMeeting for one-to-one sessions, usually over high-speed connections, with great results. I haven't tried "group therapy" since version 2.x.

    <rant>MSN Messenger, Passport and Hotmail are all tightly integrated now. It reminds me of when Outlook 98 came out in the midst of the browser wars and I was forced to finally install IE 4.0, which I did not care for at the time - now, to use some of the websites on the 'net that have partnered with Microsoft, it's nearly a requirement to use Hotmail, Passport, or some such - this is how the new software gets forced onto every Windows PC out there and soon becomes unavoidable.</rant>

    Bottom line, if you don't want to deal with those issues, avoid using the MS solution. But evetually you will get ensnared one way or another since the .NET initiative means that many applications shaer code, and who knows if NetMeeting will be around much longer? It's slowly be rolled into Messenger. For now, it would probably be worth your while to build your own ILS server, since you will maintain control over access and rights - not to mention avoiding having unnecessary things forced your your IT throat.

    Cheers!
    -Mark

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