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Finding the right place for file and print servers

We have about 100 NetWare 5.1 file and print servers spread out throughout the US, Europe and Asia. We are at a point where we need to make a decision. We need to either upgrade to NetWare 6 or migrate our file and print services off NetWare and look at either Windows 2000, Linux or move to a NAS solution. We have about 400 Windows 2000 application servers and we will have AD implemented throughout the enterprise by end of this year....

What is your professional recommendation?

There are always circumstances that may be important but aren't clear now and certainly I wouldn't be aware of them from your brief description.

Given that, I can give a few things to think about and consider. First, you've already taken a major step with implementing AD. That will give you security and administration capabilities that you haven't had previously. Since you're doing that I would move to use that for your file and print services. If you want to use a NAS box rather than configuring your own file servers, there are several that work with AD such that it will be a consistent administration of security for you.

Good luck on this.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in March 2003

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