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    What is Novell Netware

    As subject says, what is it and what can it do?

    many thanks

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    NetWare is a network operating system; basically, you run it on servers, and it provides file, print and other services to a network. You CAN run server-side applications like Groupwise (Novell's alternative to Exchange) and various database servers, that sort of thing. It's fast, and if it's just providing file and print very solid. However, I personally wouldn't run critical apps on it; seen one two many abends (the NetWare equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death). It's also notable as being the platform on which NDS, Novell Directory Services, was developed, though that can now run on Linux, Unix and Windows servers too.

    See HERE for details.

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    thanks for the quick reply! I'm just interested to see what this software did as we dont use it at my work place.

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    not to mention that netware admins are the biggest bunch of sandal wearing zealots I've encountered

    yes it has some nice ideas

    no protection by obscourity is not a good answer

    and finally I dont need to hack to my groupwise client to make it look like outlook, because I use outlook you numpty
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    You tell 'em Moby! ****ing bearded-hippy-uni-teacher-bunch-of-arse that it is lol.

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    When I usd Novell back in the day it was loads better than the windows equivelant....

    Mind u that was about 8-10 years ago lol...

    Best thing is we still have a Novell4 server at work, shouldnt be there much longer tho as I'm redoing all 3 servers, should free up 2 old Dell servers for, erm, external useage....

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    Trig you know you want SBS
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    You tell 'em Moby! ****ing bearded-hippy-uni-teacher-bunch-of-arse that it is lol.
    phew i thought it was just me
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    Don't talk to me about abends

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    lol sounds almost like fun

    given the choice between linux and netware I'd probably go with linux
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    Trig you know you want SBS
    Yeah, upgrading the UNIX box and using the old UNIX box as the SBS server, should give me something to do I guess..

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    Mind you, apparently the latest Novell is mostly linux based...

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    in which case why settle for the immitiation when you can have the real thing (tm)
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    Novell... was a sys admin for it for 4 years bloody superb server OS.

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    Now its redundent.

    Linux is by far the best choice for a fileserver, with support for NFS, SMB, CIFS, FTP, AFS, NCP and Coda, it is by far the most virsitile OS that exists and beats SBS in performance hands down.

    What is it with sissy admins who are afraid of learning things and doing hard work?
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    dont get me onto this , but SBS isn't "just" a file server. Yes I know you can configure a linux box to do many of the tasks , or even use one of the more out of the box setups like clarkconnect or even a cobalt unit to run a small business. However when one of those will activesync to a mobile device over GPRS , provide remote access to your workstation without a VPN ( and still be secure ) - allow full MAPI functionality within Outlook 2003 , Shadow copy out of the box and most importantly WORK without me having to rewrite it then its a viable alternative. I think linux is great for application units , such as webservers, db boxes etc, but I'm not sold on it for desktop infrastructure management.

    Now why dont you take those blinkers off , hang up your little soap box and come back with a sensible answer that doesnot involve questioning the sexuality of any of the posters.

    And as for work , You'd be suprised at how many 35-50k roles for sys admins running desktop infrastructures in the enterprise environment seem to all want MS skills. How do I know this? because I'm interviewing for them at the moment
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