switching from Novel to Microsoft

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
I have a client who has a 11 year old server running a custom program on novell.

they are afraid their system will crash soon.

they want to convert the server to a VM and build a new box and load the VM on there. this should resolve any hardware failing issues.

can i convert a novell server to a VM?

also, if they want to switch from Novell to Microsoft, what do i need to know and what do i need to ask them?
Question by:datatechdc
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    I take that back, you don't use VMware Converter but Portlock.
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    This can be done, but there are a few questions that need to be asked first...

    - what version of NetWare are they running? VMware only supports v5.1 and v6.5

    - custom program that runs ON the server or FROM the server? Meaning does it have specific NLMs that are running on the server?

    Portlock works very well - it does cost money - $500 for a single license. There are other 'free' options, but in my experience Portlock does make it go quicker.

    What else do you need to know... You need some knowledge of NetWare to convert and reconfigure the server.... You need knowledge of VMware (or Hyper-V or whatever) to get the v irtual environment up...

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