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By Thumper1 ·
I am the NW Admin for two law firms, splitting my time between the two. One firm has 11 Attorneys. Presently, on a Novell 4.11 Server with GroupWise 5.2. The Accounting program is on a separate Windows 2000 server that run the accounting program only.
We are getting ready to replace the Novell servers with Windows 2003 servers, adding Exchange 2003 and seem to have a difference of opinion on server requirements:
I maintain that Exchange should be on a separate server. Client data and programs that run on the network should not be on the same server with exchange.
One of the Attorneys maintains that Exchange and client data will be fine on the same server. We have about 6G of sensitive client data that I do not want to risk.
I have always thought that Exchange belongs on a separate server. Who is right?

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by Oz_Media In reply to Need Opinions

You answered the question yourself really, you have a mixed enironment, which NOvell has no problem with. If you went to MS through and through you are opening a big, expensive can of worms, good luck as a sole netadmin for two locations!

Perhaps you can explain to them, if they had brains instead of wallets, they would be keeping the Novell GW system in place, upgrading to newer software versions and retaining the security and manageability of he system. Novell has no problem with a Windows server in the mix, not so the other way around though, why the change?

Should they choose to swap out to MS servers, they will need to make the hardware investment as it is not as resourceful as Netware.

I still don't see a valid reason for swapping the servers, explain that they will most likely need to hire another tech too as you cab't be in two places at once. Novell offers better management of both servers and updates, including the MS server with the accounting program.

What were/are they thinking?!?!? This is a law firm, not an ebusiness, perhaps you can explain the benfits of GW encryption and security, then show them how many Exchange targeted exploits there are.

Law firm email is not to be taken lightly, I have done my brother's fairly large and reputable law firm myself, this is no joke. Certainly not a place to start making backward changes in client email! They would even be beter off with a Mac Python email system in that case, and I wouldn't recommend that over GW.

Show them all the neato toys that come with GW 6.5 or something, that'll get em, secure collaboration online, one of the most popular features of my brothers firm!

This discussion will soon become a pissing contest and lose all focus but try and just read between the lines and take it for what it is.

This is like a bank deciding to stop using Brinks armoured car service because they heard that Terry's Tough Volkswagon's offer it too.

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Don't switch

by mray In reply to Need Opinions

I recommend you avoid all this hassle, install GroupWise Agents on your Win2K server, and don't go to Exchange. GWise runs great on WIN2K. In fact, a large government organization just moved all their GroupWise Servers over to win2k and have been that way for the past 2 years. I helped them migrate. Why go through all that hassle? Oh, and while you're at it, upgrade GroupWise to 6.5 sp2. I hope in your analysis you didn't compare GW5.2 (ouch, that is so old) with the latest exchange. 6.5 SP2 is way better than exchange, less virus issues for sure, and you don't have to learn a new package and your attorneys dont' have to learn a new client.

Matt Ray

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Exchange Server.....Don't do it!

by dafe2 In reply to Need Opinions

"I maintain that Exchange should be on a separate server. Client data and programs that run on the network should not be on the same server with exchange."

You are right. It's just best practice to seperate the two.

You CAN, in fact, install Exchange on a DC (SBS 2003 is done this way)

Let them do the legal stuff........your wanting to provide a sound and safe network....and should be permitted to do so. My personal preference is to seperate the roles...Then again, if your running a small domain, it's one less server to manage & backup as well. :-)

If you don't mind my saying've only got a few users & a working network. Throwing Exchange Server at 11 or so (Even 100 users) is like putting out a match with a firehose. Why would you go through the grief???

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