Tony Cass , IT/PDP , Genny Ferran , IT/ASD and Tony Osborne , IT/CE
Two changes to the registration for Interactive and Batch services have taken place on September 14th, 1999:
From September 14th only one account is necessary for the PLUS service and this enables users to access any of the three existing services.
Please note that this is only an administrative change. You can
carry on working as now, connecting to RSPLUS, HPPLUS or DXPLUS as
necessary. The only difference that you can see is that the output
has changed. Users with only one
account, e.g. RSPLUS, now see this has become
PLUS account - i.e.
the output from the
phone command has changed from
P *RSPLUS NATALIE TNT$C3 17861 1028 05-MAY-98to
P *PLUS NATALIE TNT$C3 17861 1028 05-MAY-98Users with multiple accounts now see a single
PLUSaccount - i.e. the output from the
phonecommand has changed from
N +DXPLUS DOUGAL TNT$C3 10476 1028 02-JAN-99 N +HPPLUS DOUGAL TNT$C3 10476 1028 16-FEB-99 N +RSPLUS DOUGAL TNT$C3 10476 1028 27-AUG-99to
N +PLUS DOUGAL TNT$C3 10476 1028 27-AUG-99There are two reasons to make this change now: one trivial, the other more significant. Firstly, we believe that the systems we have today can cope with the large number of accounts (about 8,000). At the time the PLUS services were introduced we were worried about potential performance problems and so tried to limit the number of accounts on each service.
The more important reason for the change, however, is that we will be introducing a Linux-based public service before the end of the year. By making this change now we can ensure that users of the existing PLUS services will be able to use the new LXPLUS service without first registering for an account. In this way we will ease migration to this new service, which will be taking over from RSPLUS as the general purpose interactive service.
Since September 14th, therefore, we switched to a single
family for all central batch and interactive services - the CORE
family. Group administrators who need to create accounts on central
services will thus have to select the CORE family in
USERREG and then the service required, rather than having to
choose between the CORE and CUTE families. We hope that this
simplification of registration procedures will be appreciated.