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I am having great difficulty in trying to integrate our Internet Service into its system.
The scenario is like this... our company actually a government entity has a present contract on an ISP provider using Satellite/Broadband connection however the only supported system by the ISP is Windows 2000 and higher. (ISP - AZ-COM Philippines)
now it so happened that in due time our LGU(Local Govt. Unit) embarked on computerezation and implemented e-RPTS a system for real property tax (WEB BASED) developed with php/mysql.
i migrated successfully the then windows server into Fedora Core 3 as required by eRPTS. Local Area Network is enabled. Workstations running Windows XP could still access now the Fedora Core 3 server.
Now the problem i could not possibly hook our system into internet. our ISP claims that it is not part of the package for us to migrate the server running the internet connection into another OS. Since their program/connectivity uses windows kernel. until we find a way to emulate windows inside Fedora Core 3 or for us to be willing to pay additional expenses. our budget is nearly exhausted and we could not possibly have this one.
Is there a way for me to emulate windows XP/NT/2000 on Fedora Core 3 to run our ISP program to enable us to connect to the internet again??
This is rather weird. Your ISP is being unreasonable - having a Windows server so you can run their connectivity software is BS. Since you are a government entity and you are their customer, you should be able to say to them "make it work". You should not have to pay out, potentially, thousands just so you can get a net connection.
Ok, so you have a working connexion through a windows-server.
Can't you access the internet from Fedora Core 3? Through your windows internet-server?
Also: i find ISP's who do not support a linux-system will give you the connexion details in order for you to get the internet.
Maybe you don't need to emulate windows, but rather setup the connexion in the proper way.
muha makes a good point: Usually, your provider can tell you things like the DNS addresses, authentication type, etc, and you can configure your Linux system to make the connection, even if your provider doesn't 'support' Linux
The connection to the isp would be based on the telecomms infrastructure coming into your facility and how that is translated on your side period. In order to run what you are referring to I assume you are running a T1 line, or sdl or even adsl. The data connection on your side needs only to be converted into an ethernet signal. Providing you have the correct equipment your side that can be hooked to a ethernet port then all your isp has to provide is a valid ip and a DNS. The operating system their side or your side is immaterial.
i talked with the technician assigned in our place, he said that i should have a vast knowledge in Linux Administration in order for me to configure the system. he said that in this case the problem really is thier internet accelerator, it could not function apart from Windows OS.
no we don't have any alternative and yes we use a USB modem.
Route all requests for this server ( presuming you have a separate domain name ) through a Windows box. i.e. use a Windows box as a router. If you don't have a specific domain name then buy one as they are so cheap.
Alternatively look for a ethernet based modem/router. Quick Googl search indicates a number of manufacturers.