Unix with shared files

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I recently have been brought on as the IT consultant for a small business. They have a "new" Windows Server2003 and they also have an older Unix (SCO) server which hosts an acounting application. All of the shared files are being mapped to the Unix server using SAMBA. There are only 4 - 5 users of the Unix server and it is a bit slow.
Is it in my best interest to map the shared files to the Windows Server2003 machine?
I believe the reason he had not done this is because there is no backup on the new server. (I know...hard to me that is only the tip of the iceburg....)
Question by:jvalescu
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    If the UNIX server is only hosting files and not doing anything else plus you have the disk space to place these files on the Windows file server then why not just have one file server? If there are no UNIX admins available then there's a big plus to migrate also if the box is old and out of hardware maintenance then that might be another reason. As you can guess the answer is that is really depends on the situation.

    Before doing anything drastic sort out the backup issues and shut the UNIX box down correctly don't just turn if off (or maybe just pull the network cable) that way if there's something you've missed you can bring it back on-line easily.
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    ¿How many users are we talking about? It may be the case that you are short in licences on the Windows Machine, so migrating the files would require some investment.
    If migrating the files to the Windows machine have clear advantages (I see none), you could still use the Unix-based backup through samba setting the Unix machine as a client.

    I have a similar scenario: a Unix box hosting legacy applications and a bunch of Windows servers. A couple of years ago I cut the Unix-based backup and moved to a Windows solution. The Unix files are still being backup through Windows. So, the shared files are based on Windows.

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