IBM warns employees of Win2K install perils

IBM employees have been ordered not to connect Windows 2000 directly or indirectly to its production network infrastructure, according to an internal memo obtained by Computerworld.

Big Blue employees were cautioned that Win2000 integrates elements that can "interfere with IP network services, which could harm the availability of our worldwide network".

This echoes a warning delivered by industry analysts at Gartner, that 25 per cent of medium and large enterprises moving to the platform will encounter compatibility problems with existing business applications, network infrastructure or non-Windows interoperability. (see CW February 21, 2000, page 1 - Warnings cloud Win2000 debut).

A spokesperson for IBM Australia told Computerworld the warning primarily targeted employees seeking to prematurely install Windows 2000 because server freezes could result from "dynamic domain name server (DNS) updates not occurring".

"The Windows 2000 system assumes homogeneous environments, and like a lot of enterprise environments IBM uses multiple server platforms. During controlled migration we can adjust the connectivity problem by overriding default network configuration settings," he said.

Microsoft Australia confirmed IBM was "still on schedule to roll out 300,000 Win2000 Professional worldwide starting mid-2000 and continuing over the next two years".

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