Active Directory Running on Novell Network
Posted on 2006-04-14
I have an interesting situation here... Our company runs on a closed network with IP's automatically assigned to workstations (our satellite offices in different locations are also piped into our main network and those computers also obtain IP addresses automatically from one central server at our main office). The problem is that everything is Windows NT with Novell NetWare login...
Recently, one of our satellite locations has decided that everything there is getting upgraded to windows xp and they also want to utilize active directory. As such, the plan would be to locate the active directory server at the main office along with the DHCP server. The problem is that the IT staff at the main office is scared to death that if we put any server with AD on the network, AD will automatically take over as the dominate controller and Novell NetWare computers will no longer be able to log onto the novell NetWare authentication server.
That said, I could be wrong, but we are not touching anything that has anything to do with Novell, just creating a new domain with AD on our existing network that will run side by side, but independent of Novell. Theoretically, I believe this should work; has anyone done anything similar, have any thoughts or suggestions / seen any interesting articles regarding such a situation?