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Upgrade from NW 3 - should I go to Windo

By dgw ·
Hi all,

I administer networks for a bunch of real estate offices which are currently running NetWare 3.20. Since they need to increase users, and NW 3 is no longer sold, I need to upgrade them to either NW 5 or Windows (NT or 2000 Server).

What are the pros and cons of Win vs. NW? Please give me real facts; I don't want to open a political arguement of MS vs. Novell.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Don

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by dmiles In reply to Upgrade from NW 3 - shoul ...

Preserve your quest to not make it political and follow the guidelines and stick with what you have going,with upgrade to current software.
Do you think that the pro and cons will not be a political argument

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by McKayTech In reply to Upgrade from NW 3 - shoul ...

If you're running any kind of vertical application that will not also be updated, the vendor for that software is in the best position to advise on the product and usually they will advise to continue with the same product line.

From NW3.2 to either W2K/NT or NW5 is a steep learning curve so this is not going to be a transparent migration no matter what choice you make.

I don't have any facts to offer but I have a preference for the stability of NW or Linux when doing pure file and printer sharing and for the versatility of W2K/NT when running server-based applications.

I like Novell's NDS better than Microsoft's Active Directory but that may simply be due to product maturity and my familiarity with it.

Either one will work andeither one can be made to work well.

paul CNE and MCSE

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I honestly think that everything (without getting into politics) is circumstantial. What kind of clients are you running? are you running win9x clients with 'client for netware installed'? Obviously if you are based solely on IPX, going to either ofthe NOSs is going to be a tough decision, I have found that you may want to run both actually, (under the assumption that you have enough hardware resources) and retain a Novell for watchdogging purposes and client logons and NT/win2k for file and print. This has seemed to be the trend for many of my clients that originated in NovellLand (not an imaginary place). Good Luck. You may also need to take into consideration everything else interconnected, I have owned some legacy equipment that will only run on IPX. If you'd like more suggestions, I'd need more details, feel free to email.
michael.roark@4its.org

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by James_Randy In reply to Upgrade from NW 3 - shoul ...

Only you can answer your question, since these are your clients. You need to do two things. First, provide the services and features that they want and need. Second, do the first thing in the most cost effective manner. Which one (MS or Novell) would best provide the computing environment that's needed. If that one is also the the most cost effective, then there 'ya go. Use that one. If the needs require the more expensive option, discuss and justify the cost or reconsider the needs.

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