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Upgrade to NetWare 5 or Microsoft

By dgw ·
Hi,

I am a new member, and I administor networks for a bunch of real estate offices. They are currently running NW 3.20, but need to upgrade since NW 3 is pretty much obsolete, and they need to add users.

The question is, should we go NW 5 (Small Business Suite) or Windows (NT or 2000 Server)?

Pros and cons would be appreciated. I am cross-posting this to the NT forum as well.

Thanks for your help.

Don

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by kaltwasserwr In reply to Upgrade to NetWare 5 or M ...

Well, judging by the fact that the offices are currently running Netware 3.x you are probably only utilizing file and print services, and, IMHO there is no better File & Print services Platform than Netware. So on that ground I would upgrade to NW 5Small Bus Suite. Additionally NW5SBS also offers VPN capability, web server functionality and a variety of other options that would make establishing a WAN easier, and the hardware requirements for NW are generally lower than for NT or 2000 while providing higher performance. Finally, Novell's NDS (Netware Directory Service) is generally easier to administer (especially across multiple sites) and definately more powerful than NT's User Admin.

Bill

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by pallan In reply to Upgrade to NetWare 5 or M ...

I'll just draw on my experience a little bit in adding to the first answer. I fought to upgrade from 4.11 to 5.1 rather than migrating to NT/2000 here and won. The result? I'm one administrator working for an NT man who's used to seeing 2-3 people performing my duties. There's no need for me to tell you how that makes me look.

As for system requirements, it's worth noting that a NW server running on a minimum-spec machine will perform adequately in a small file and print environment. The last I tried, the same couldn't be said for W2K.

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by erikdr In reply to Upgrade to NetWare 5 or M ...

And another halfpenny in the same box:
in the multinational I work for, a few years back we were forced to assist in downgrading a number of NW3 networks and even a few larger NW4 networks to NT4 domains.
Now they've decided they need a platform-independent metadirectory to consolidate certain data from all domains/forests. Guess what - the race was won by Novell eDirectory on Solaris clearly ahead of MS ADS (and iPlanet), and Novell can start the proof-of-concept project. Sigh of relief, even in the MS-hype there *is* justice based on actual product qualities...

<Erik> / The Netherlands

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by bart777 In reply to Upgrade to NetWare 5 or M ...

I work in a mixed envronment of NT, Novell, AS400, Unix......

I would have to agee with #1 though. If you are just looking for a file and print server you can't beat novell. If you are going to provide simple vpn, again, novell.

If however youneed to run a machine as an application server use NT/2000. Novell cannot seem to handle the load of a large number of users running programs on the server.

One last thing is the hardware requirements. Novell will take the cake on this one. It supports the widest range of hardware is is far more forgiving. NT/2000 is very picky.

Just some observations for you.

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by papachuck In reply to Upgrade to NetWare 5 or M ...

You are on the right track but asked the wrong question. Do you wnat to go to NDS (Netware) or Active Directory (MS)?

Windows NT 4 is not a option here as Microsoft is planning to discontinue support and MSCE certification. W2K will be the only supported.

Active Directory is a new product and netware NDS has been around for several years. NDS also has been tested and supported for those years and Most CNE's have been use to using the tree structure for a long time.

Also look at the costs associated with each platform. MS wants and needs server and client licences. NetWare needs a client or a server licence. Also if you need a MS box there is NDS for NT. There is no Active Directoy product for Netware ( or any other OS, makesyou wonder) NDS supports Linux and a lot more OS's.

Which ever one you pick, spend the time and carefully plan out your tree. That will make or break any network baised on W2K or NetWare. Good Luck......Chuck

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