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By LMcD ·
Hello!

I'm looking for some advice and opinions.

I currently look after a Netware 5 LAN for about 130 users. We are hoping to implement a new groupware solution within the next 9 months. However I am not sure whether I should pursue Groupwise or Exchange. All of our desktops currently run Windows95, Office 97, Pegasus mail for email and CaLANdar by the Learning Company for scheduling.

In the past I would have opted to go for Groupwise without thinking about it but after attending recent Microsoft Technet seminars and seeing Windows 2000 Server and Outlook 2000 I now fear for the future of Netware, Groupwise and maybe even Novell. I am not saying that Windows 2000 Server and Outlokk 2000 are better products than Netware 5.1 and Groupwise but it is only a matter of time before Microsoft get it right and I have a strong feeling they will do that within the next five years.

The introduction of a groupware product can mean introducing a whole new working culture to an organisation. I fear that if I

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by budnelson In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

If you can ignore Microsoft's legendary security holes (even in W2K), both products have their plusses and minuses. If you believe the Microsoft hype that Novell will not be around in the future than you should art least listen to some Novell hype for balance. Novell has some products that are flat-out the best in the industry - Border Manager , NDS.

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by LMcD In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

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by bgeary In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

After supporting groupwise and exchange, I prefer groupwise as an out-of-the-box platform.

I think that exchange and outlook are easier for developing applications that tie into your e-mail system (i.e things like a help desk request form).

Ifyou are already using NDS, then the groupwise move is even easier. As for Novell going away, I wouldn't worry about that for a few more years. Microsoft has to take Active Directory to platforms beyond Windows 2000 to even begin to threaten NDS. While it could happen within a few years, I don't think it will go away before then.

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by LMcD In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

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by bmedcalf In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

I have done just about any combination that you can think of and I have found that it is usually eaiser to use the mail platform that matches you network IE: Novell network then GroupWise and NT then Exchange. There always seems to be that gray areawhen you cross platform about where the user gets their rights from,their user name or some other minor issue. In keeping with in one platform there is no question who is incharge. But If you go cross platform do your homework before you start thereare lots of widgets out there to help you in the migration.

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by LMcD In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

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by joelpbanks In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

I live in a GW 5.2 world... we are seriously considering scraping Netware (a ton of servers throughout the world) and Exchange. Primarily due to a number of unusual quircks, such as; one end-user created a new rule that deleted email older than 180days. It populated the rule base for the corporate server and everyone lost their 180+ mail.

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by LMcD In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

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by TINK In reply to Groupwise or Exchange

You can check out this link http://www.zdnet.com/products/content/pcwk/1448/pcwk0024.html for an article entitled "Groupware Systems Are Growing Up."

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