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By vikmat2 ·
We are going to have discussion on wheather to start building NT network in our institution. Currently we have mix of UNIX hosts, NT application servers and NetWare 4.1-5.0. All users (2500+) login to Novell and access all application servers through separate logins. Some of our administrators think that building NT network will simplify our task of managing all servers and provide better service to our users (new applications, one login and ...). What would you suggest?

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by Netmetric In reply to NetWare versus NT

NT does not alway simplify your network.

Netware If you think by eliminating separate logins you're simplifing your network, NDS for NT would help. There are also other Single Sign-on solutions available.

The Zenworks product suite could simplify network administration for your network and assist you in rolling out new applications.

Novell also offers Novell Admin Onsite Pro free to preferred customers that also can assist in managing your network.

I would talk to your novell representive and and visit the novell web site. I sure many computer vendors would love to demonstate these products to you.

I would recommend from that you consider these options before changing your entire server operating system.

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by aekland In reply to NetWare versus NT

About a year ago we moved from a mixed novell and NT to NT only. We did not have many Novell servers and we were working to a single os on as few server platforms as possible. This has made things less complex and easier to manage. However this was because our previous setup had a mix of computer hardware and we were only using novell as a fileserver. I agree that novell does have its strong points and there are ways around multiple logins and programs to ease managment.
Having only one OS cancertainly eliminate the hassles that integration brings as well as minimizing the amount a different knowledge that is needed to manage novell, nt, and unix.

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by pallan In reply to NetWare versus NT

The other answers have seemed to focus on the OS itself. Most environments have different platforms for specific reasons, and it can be painful to cut them out. Whatever OS you end up with, consider that NDS will run on all of your platforms and would truly simplify network management. As the first answer pointed out, keeping NetWare would allow you to run ZENworks. There's no better product out there (on any platform) for making your life easier.

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by Inspectorclave In reply to NetWare versus NT

I would also consider this...

Novell is a pretty robust OS and is widely used in the enterprise. However, NT is becoming the predominant OS for small to medium size networks. With NT you need to consider your network needs, as NT has some pretty stiff hardware requirements for each server application. For example is recommended that you have one server to serve as a PDC, at least one server as a BDC, a separate server for your web site, and preferably one server for email. This is just for starters.

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to NetWare versus NT

I administrate a similar sized mixed network as well. We Run Novell for our primary OS, and NT for our app servers. We have found that Netware is simply a better OS. Netware gives us options that do not exist with NT. Windows 2000 makes this problem worse. For example, as has been pointed out before, Zenworks is one of the best products ever made, and Novell gives it away free. It runs on most client machines as does NDS. MAD requires both the servers and the clients to ALL be running windows 2000 in order to achieve full functionality. Costs are not in NT's favor when you're honest about it. How often do you read about security vulnerabilities on NT? How about Netware? As has already been pointed out, NT suggests 3 machines where a similar setup with Netware would require only one.

You give up alot when you leave netware and go to NT. Flexability and choice will probablly be the ones that hurt most. Though, more money spent on hardware leaves less for your pay raise too...

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