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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 zinnix In reply to NetWare versus NT

I had the same config as yours, but half the users. we where cross WAN in three seperate lands.
I can tell you one thing: NDS.
Why?
1) nds is in it's version 8, meaning it is robust, well-known, checked and approved by millions of users, and thusdans of companies.
Active Directory is only starting now.
2) Netware server demand much less hardware power. a pII 266+256MB is a monster for netware 4
3) Netware comes with zen starter pack, which enables
you to disturb application to all your clients.
the full pack costs money, and gives you:
remote control,hardware inventor, software meteric.
4) novell has 5 clients of oracle. many companies can use this
fact and don't buy another server just for oracle. (see section 2 for hardware demand).
5) With novell you don't have to rebuild all your clients.
to make sure u gain full features from win2000,
u need to convery ALL your clients to win2000.
in novell, u just apgrate the client.
6) Netware 5, comes with many nds schema extendars, meaning u can m

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by TylerDurden In reply to NetWare versus NT

I've worked with Netware in the past (v3.x) and have found that it's (a) more difficult (or at least less straightforward) to administer and (b) it's typically a must faster file server and generally more stable than NT. I've never worked with the more recent versions of Netware.

From an administrative perspective, however, a network is generally much easier to administer the fewer network OSes you've got to contend with. Issues such as user account creation, security (i.e., rights, permissions), application integration, etc. are all simplified by standardizing on a particular OS.

Things to consider:
1. Netware is generally more stable and a better file server
2. The industry trend seems to be moving away from Netware toward NT. With Win2K, this trend may be more apparent.
3. I've been running a 50-NT server, 350-user network for 3 years now with relatively no major problems. To me, NT is stable enough. Just don't believe everything MS tells you (product hype, releasedates) and avoid v1.

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by techrepublic In reply to NetWare versus NT

I personally prefer NT. We have recently upgraded our entire network from Novel to NT.
There are some features that some would use to justify Novel, but NT definately consoldiates logins and administration. The term "simplify" needs to be qualifiedthough, there may be a learning curve if your technical staff is not familair with the industry standard Microsoft "way", but with a little training you can mater Windows and have full control over all of your network "Objects". You may want to lookinto Win2000 as Active Directory is awsome. Look at your pay check also... Microsoft certification demands $$$$$$$$ in the job market... My income has Quadrupled (staying at the same company over 2 1/2 years) going from MCP to MCSE. In summary Microsoft is the standard of choice for the future.

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