1.0 Coexistence and Migration Overview

Novell® Open Enterprise Server (OES) is a secure, reliable suite of services that provides proven networking, communication, collaboration and application services in an open, easy-to-deploy environment. OES combines the industry's most comprehensive set of workgroup and enterprise services with NetWare® 6.5, the trusted leader for secure networking services, and SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9, a leading open platform for delivering business-level applications.

OES provides choice and flexibility by allowing you to deploy the platform mix that best meets your needs. You can choose to use NetWare, Linux, or a combination of both technologies. This powerful, unique networking foundation allows NetWare and Linux servers to coexist and interoperate within your organization. Common management, directory, and monitoring utilities enable you to manage both platforms with a single set of tools, which simplifies daily administration.

This chapter presents an overview of coexistence and migration issues as they relate to the services and technologies included with OES. It contains the following sections:

While Novell has invested considerable effort in identifying the most common coexistence and migration issues you might face, it is impossible to anticipate every possible combination of products and services you might have. Therefore, we intend to continue developing coexistence and migration information and plan to update the Web-based documentation regularly with the newly developed information.