I am currently running a Netware 3.12 Server (IPX only) with printers attached to DOS workstations. The Netware server also hosts all of the DBF files for a FoxPro 2.6 installation. The clients on the network that access the printers and FoxPro are either DOS or Windows 98 running a DOS FoxPro window or FoxPro for Windows 2.6. I have no webserver or need for this part of my network to get out to the internet right now, so that simplifies things a bit
There are so many places that I need to upgrade that it is hard to know where to start. I cannot buy a new Windows XP client since the DOS FoxPro won't run effectively and the FPW2.6 has problems addressing the printers in my Netware Print Queues.
So I am thinking that perhaps a new Netware server, and therefore Print Server, may be in order. I am looking for a little help and explanation of the capabilities of the two newest OSs from Novell. Here are my broad-stroke questions:
1. I have read up on the iPrint server system that comes with Netware 6.5. This is a TCP/IP based print solution, which would necessitate the replacement of all of the DOS boxes with attached printers. I would need to use at least Windows 98 if not XP. Is this correct? Is there much of a bridge between IPX Print Queues or does everything have to go to TCP/IP?
2. In terms of the Linux OS, how would that handle printers? Would I need Linux drivers for my printers, or can I store Windows/generic drivers for the printers either on the server or each individual client?
I am open to move to either system, though I am leery of moving to Linux due to my inexperience with it and the perception that even this newest release will require a large amount of configuration out of the box to get a network up and running.
Any input is appreciated. Should I post this in a Linux section too, or will Netware suffice?