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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?

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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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