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The Penguins Are Marching - Novell Open Workgroup Suite: Migrating Back-end Servers and Services to Linux

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Posted: 26 Oct 2006

The Penguins Are Marching
Novell Open Workgroup Suite: Migrating Back-end Servers and Services to Linux

by Michael Wilkinson
Novell Connection Magazine - October 2006

Here's an excerpt:

Freedom Of Choice
This is the second article in a four-part series on the Novell Open Workgroup Suite. The first article in the series ( was focused on helping administrators understand that they had a choice when it came to desktop and server operating systems. It talked about getting all systems under management by deploying the ZENworks agent, collecting a comprehensive hardware and software inventory, and securing the desktop environment by implementing system-wide patch management.

This article focuses on the migration of servers and workgroup services to Linux, based on the technology included in the Novell Open Workgroup Suite. The introduction was my way of illustrating that many of you have already been playing with Linux for several years now. To some, Linux has been a hobby; an after-hours time killer. For others, Linux sneaked in the back door, seemingly overnight, systematically taking over the primary servers and services of their companies, unbeknownst to the network users or executives. The fact is, Linux is real; it is already within the walls, and it is here to stay. Many of you who have been using NetWare for years want to know what to move to Linux, and how. But, you also may not know just how to go about doing it. In this article, I identify solid reasons why your core workgroup services, which are included in the Novell Open Workgroup Suite, should be moved to Linux, and I'll identify the plethora of recently published resources to help you along your way.

Why Linux?
Are there still some out there who don't know why everyone else is doing it? The reasons are deep and profound. One reason alone will usually justify the move. For a real-life example, see Taking Novell Open Enterprise Server To The Bank! If you're still struggling to understand and justify moving your servers and workgroup services to Linux, consider this short list of benefits:

  • cost efficiency
  • cost savings
  • stability and productivity
  • tighter security
  • improved manageability
  • customization and OSS (open source software)

What Should I Do First?
The hardest part of any project, both great and small, is getting the project started in a meaningful way. Analysis paralysis can wreak havoc on IT departments that look at a wholesale back-end server migration. For others, simple fear stands in the way of taking the first step. For others yet, anxiety is king when they try to "flip the switch" over a weekend in an attempt to avoid end-user disruption. Whatever ailment might be keeping your feet nailed to the floor, realize that the transformation of your back-end servers and services to Linux does not have to be that way. Migration is not an immediate act, but rather a journey and a process. Every company's migration plan will be different; however, if you don't know where to start, it's always best to start with the basic elements of your network, which are file, print, directory and collaboration services. To start, this means systematically replacing or migrating operating systems from NetWare and Windows to Open Enterprise Server on Linux.

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