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General purpose WAIS server for Windows NT platforms

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WAISS (pronounced WAIS-S) is one of a trio of freeware servers released by the European Microsoft Windows NT Academic Center (EMWAC). The server is actually a port of the freeWAIS server (v0.202) and as such is a fairly basic implementation that does little more than serve its purpose (no pun intended), which is allowing Windows NT (Intel, Alpha, and MIPS) machines to serve information using the WAIS protocol. Like its siblings GOPHERS (a gopher server) and HTTPS(a Web server), WAIS is unsupported software that has ceased being developed (i.e. v0.3 is the final release of the server).

The server is actually a port of the freeWAIS server (v0.

Even though the server never made it to 1.0 release as was expected when originally developed in 1996, WAISS carries a decent set of features, including the ability to run as a Windows NT system service, multithreading support for multiple simultaneous connections, database searching capabilities (requires EMWAC’s freeware WAIS toolkit), search logging, error logging using the Windows NT Event Logger, and a Control Panel application for configuration and administration tasks. Overall, like the protocol itself, WAISS has largely gone by the wayside, but for enterprises looking to complete their array of Internet services with a protocol that allows for extensive searching of large collections of text-based information, WAISS remains a viable choice.

Pros: Adequate set of features; Windows NT Intel, Alpha, and MIPS versions available; freeware
Cons: Unsupported, no longer developed, basic implementation of the WAIS protocol, NT-only
New: No new features – the server ceased being developed in 1996; WAISS Text File

Version Reviewed: 0.3
Date of Review: 3/1/98
Reviewed by: Forrest Stroud

Operating Systems / Latest Versions:

Windows NT: Intel, Alpha, MIPS – (v0.3)

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