OS Platform Supported
Windows 2000 Server (SP1 or higher)
Windows 2000 Professional (SP1 or higher)
Windows NT4 Server (SP4 or higher)
Windows NT4 Workstation (SP4 or higher)
Minimum Hardware Required
CPU Pentium 200
HD (Install) 5MB
HD (Operating) n/a
Additional Requirement Notes
TCP/IP for RDV protocol, FTP protocol and SMTP functions ODBC for database functions. Remote Access Service for dial- up operations. Client/Administrator can also be installed on Windows 9x.
Q: What is OpalisRendezVous and how does it run?
A: OpalisRendezVous is a Windows NT service, that runs unattended in the system background. It is controlled by a graphical interface (called the Administrator).
Q: What are flows?
A: Flows are the number of configurations that are set-up within the product. An OpalisRendezVous Server License supports a maximum of 256 flows. See the licensing document in the White Papers, Documents and Other Files section below.
Q: Can I define "when" a flow occurs?
A: Yes you can. In addition to flows starting when a change in the directory tree occurs (real-time mirroring) or a directory size exceeds a defined threshold or at a specific time or interval, you can configure for the following:
Define time parameters when flows are active (for example between 8A.M. and 7P.M.)
Specify purge times (activate a last transfer, useful at the end of the day)
Q: What else can I do about the files that get copied where I want them?
A: There are plenty of other options. For example:
- Files can be marked with (new) date of transfer or retain the original file date
- Files can be moved instead of copied
- Files can be archived (to keep a complete record of all file versions)
- Copy can fail, overwrite or create a unique file name if the destination file already exists
Q: What about security?
A: OpalisRendezVous uses Windows NT security. You can choose a global account under which the service will run or choose an account per flow.
Q: What is the RDV protocol?
A: An intermediate entity called RDV Server is used to help senders and receivers connect and exchange files. Purchase of OpalisRendezVous includes an unlimited right to use Opalis Internet RDV Server (rdv.opalis.com).
For transfers using the RDV protocol, the intermediate RDV Server only helps sender and receiver to directly connect. When using the RDV protocol, transfers can be password protected and compressed.
Q: What components are included in OpalisRendezVous?
A: The following components are included with OpalisRendezVous:
- OpalisRendezVous Server License
- OpalisRendezVous Client License (required for each computer from or to which files are transferred)
- OpalisRendezVous RDV Server (used to synchronize NT systems using the RDV protocol)
Q: What about database mirroring?
A: ODBC database flows follow the same rules as file flows. Origin and destination fields are mapped by pair. Rows can be replicated between any type of ODBC data source. ODBC drivers exist for almost every database system, from simple (text or Excel files) to relational DBMS such SQL Server and Oracle.
Q: One of the machines I wish to replicate to only has a dial up modem. Can OpalisRendezVous do this?
A: If the link is a dial-up line, OpalisRendezVous takes care of establishing the connection and hanging up when the transfer is done. A dial-up connection can be initiated towards Windows NT/2000 computers as well as PPP servers (such as Unix hosts). Transfers can use the standard copy, the FTP protocol or the RDV protocol.