This module imports the structures, constants an functions
of the Ported LAN Manager.
The set of ported LAN Manager functions supported by Microsoft®
Windows® is based on the set of LAN Manager functions specified
in the LAN Manager 2.x Programmer's Reference. They are not a part
of the Microsoft® Win32® application programming
Certain LAN Manager functions are obsolete.
Other LAN Manager functions have been superseded.
In addition, the Microsoft® Windows NT®
operating system adds
to the set of networking functions introduced by LAN Manager.
For OS/2-based servers, the MicrosoftR LAN Manager functions provided much
of the functionality required for a network operating system;
this functionality was missing from the local operating system.
Windows NT has much of this network functionality built in.
Therefore, some of the LAN Manager functions are not supported.
However, the set of LAN Manager functions is extended to provide
additional capability not included in Windows NT. In addition,
you may use these functions to monitor and administer OS/2-based
LAN Manager servers.
The functions specified in this module are designed to provide some
of the API functionality that was available in LAN Manager 2.x.
They are not the base Windows networking functions. Windows NT
also provides a network-independent set of network functions
(WNet functions) that allow network functions to work across
different network vendors' products. If a base function or
WNet function exists that could be used by your application,
you should convert your code to use the WNet equivalent.
There are at least two reasons to make the change:
The WNet functions are network independent, while the ported
LAN Manager functions work only on LAN Manager networks.
Some of the Windows networking functions documented in this SDK
may not be supported in future releases of Windows or Windows NT
if they have been superseded by base functions or WNet functions.
Microsoft does not plan to remove specific functions unless equivalent
or better functionality is available.
In this documentation, equivalent functions are listed that could be used
in place of a ported LAN Manager function. These are the functions
your application should use if at all possible.
For more info look the "Ported LAN Manager Functions" in WIN32.HLP.