We have migrated 7 clients to Windows Server 2003 platforms now with good results. Libra data can be easily ported to this new environment with minimal configuration changes. User security and printers will need to be set up differently than in a Novell environment but this is still fairly simple to accomplish. There are some advantages to the Windows Server 2003 environment, the greatest of which is continued compatibility with newer computers, components and software. Remote login capabilities are also a definite plus when considering this option.
Libra will run on a large number of operating system platforms. These would include:
Novell Netware – All Versions 2.0 – 6.5
Windows Peer to Peer Networks.
Windows NT Server
Windows 2000 Server
Windows Server 2003
If you have Libra running on another platform other than Windows Server 2003 you can easily migrate if you want to, however if your current system is stable and does everything that you want it to, there is no immediate need to change it. For older Novell Server based systems the only concern in staying with Novell is future hardware compatibility. If your server fails and has to be replaced you may find it difficult to find a computer that Novell 3.x will run on. Most new servers are using SATA and RAID disk technologies that are incompatible with Novell 3.x disk drivers.
Novell 3.x does support basic IDE controlled disk drives and older SCSI drives. We are currently using Dell Dimension 2400 units to replace older Novell Servers as necessary.
Decisions to Upgrade Server Operating Systems should be based on need and reliability issues. If you need a feature such as Remote Login facilities to accommodate employees at home or on the road then upgrading your server may be beneficial. If you want to upgrade your server to eliminate down time and speed up response time you may be limited in your server selection by an older Operating System. Should your server crash you may be looking at one or two weeks to get operational again dependant on compatible computer availability and delivery times on computers and or Network Operating Systems. Constant price fluctuations make suppliers unwilling to keep products on hand.
What are the approximate costs to upgrade? This is
dependant on the size and complexity of your network. For a fairly fast server
running Windows Server Enterprise Edition, 25 Users, the cost of the upgrade
would run about $5000. ,
$6500. with a second backup server. This
would include a Dell server(s), Windows Server 2003
Reasons to upgrade your server:
- Older Server has become unreliable
- Older Server is too slow for network
- Employees need remote capability
- New software requires SQL feature
- Want to avoid possible down time
- Want Windows based Server
Reasons to stay with existing server:
- Existing Server is reliable
- Existing Server is reasonably fast
- Remote Access is not an issue
- Existing software runs well on server
- Do not need Windows based server
- Have Server replacement plan in place