Why should I care about Windows RALLY?

… and what is this RALLY thing, anyways?

RALLY is an architecture and a set of specs form Microsoft that describes how to create devices that will easily configure themselves into a Microsoft centric network, with a heavy focus on home networking at this time. Here is their overview site:


A couple of important technologies include:

  • PnP-X Plug and Play Extensions – This will allow external devices on the network to link themselves into the Windows OS and appear to the OS as Windows devices.
  • LLTD Link Layer Topology Discovery – the name says it all …
  • Web Services Profile for Devices – I sense a candidate for another round of OSP.. or maybe not?

Now the question at hand is, how this program will possibly integrate with J2ME, Jini and JXTA. Any ideas anybody?

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