Novell & Groupwise

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Currently running Netware 4.9 & Groupwise 6.5 with all XP workstations. I know all are getting long in the tooth and my  IT company is urging switch to Microsoft. I read entire Microsoft vs Novell thread and am now even more confused. Novell has always been reliable, but I know nothing about linux which is apparently what Novell is now and compounding the problem is rumors Novell may be selling.
 Microsoft  "issues" with Vista like uninstalling and paying extra $ for old XP so things will work and the testimony of Microsoft server problems/crashes also has me worried. Would appreciate some advice to steer me in the right direction.
Question by:silversk8r77
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    In a very short nutshell: stay with GroupWise for its scalability, security and stability.  Move it to Novell's Open Enterprise Server based on its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES10).  GroupWise on Linux is managed the same, runs the same works and looks the same as it does on NetWare (or Windows server for that matter).

    If you stay with GroupWise/Novell you won't encounter the consulting costs to migrate to Microsoft and Exchange.  You won't encounter the migration utility cost from Quest or some other vendor to migrate away from GroupWise and Novell's eDirectory.  You also won't encounter the HUGE difference in licensing costs between Novell's OES-Linux and Microsoft Server 2008/Exchange 2007.

    As mentioned if you use NSS as your file system for data and GroupWise, everything you know about trustee rights, ConsoleOne, iManager, GroupWise and Novell services such as eDirectory, Novell Remote Manager and others will be the same.  Yes, the underlying OS is SUSE Linux but you can take a class to get up to speed on the basics of Linux for far less than you'll take multiple classes to get up to speed on Active Directory, Windows Server, etc.  (I teach both as a Certified Instructor so I can speak from some experience here).

    Hope that helps...


    Author Closing Comment

    Like the fact that he is a teacher of both, appreciate the guidance.

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