Storing shared data on network servers is only half of the picture. The other half is making it possible for users of Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX/Linux workstations to access the data. In some networks, the installation of special software is permitted on the workstations to provide client access. Others require users to be able to access shared data without installing extra software on the workstation.
This section discusses migration of the following services:
Novell Client for Windows is the long-standing software solution for providing NCP access to NetWare data from Windows workstations. The Novell Client extends the capabilities of Windows desktops to access the full range of Novell services, such as authentication to eDirectory, network browsing and service resolution, and secure file system access. It supports traditional Novell protocols such as NCP, RSA, and NDAP, and it interoperates with open protocols such as LDAP. For more information on the Novell Client for Windows, see the Novell Client 4.91 SP5 for Windows XP/2003 Installation and Administration Guide.
The Novell Client for Linux provides these same services for Linux workstations. For more information on the Novell Client for Linux, see the Novell Client 2.0 SP3 for Linux Administration Guide.
Because NCP is now available on Linux, Novell Client users can attach to OES 2 servers as easily as they have been able to attach to NetWare servers. The NCP Server for Linux enables support for login script, mapping drives to OES 2 servers, and other services commonly associated with Novell Client access.
For more information on NCP Server for Linux, see the OES 2 SP3: NCP Server for Linux Administration Guide.
NetStorage provides Web access to the files and directories on OES 2 servers from browsers and Web-enabled devices such as PDAs.
Because NetStorage is a service that facilitates access to file services in various locations but doesn't actually store files, there are no coexistence or migration issues to consider.
Novell AFP provides native AFP protocol access from Macintosh workstations to data on OES 2 servers, offering the same basic AFP connectivity that was previously available only on NetWare. No Novell Client software is required.
Novell CIFS provides native CIFS protocol access from Windows workstations to data on OES 2 servers, offering the same basic CIFS connectivity that was previously available only on NetWare. No Novell Client software is required.
iFolder 3.8 supports multiple iFolders per user, user-controlled sharing, and a centralized network of servers to provide scalable file storage and secure distribution. Users can share files in multiple iFolder folders, and share each iFolder folder with a different group of users. Users control who can participate in an iFolder folder and their access rights to the files in it. Users can also participate in iFolder folders that others share with them.
Novell iFolder 3.8 is available only on OES 2.
OES 2 includes Samba software to provide Microsoft CIFS and HTTP-WebDAV access to files on the server. Like Novell CIFS, this is useful to those who don’t want to use the Novell Client.
There is no migration path from Novell CIFS (NFAP) to Samba.
For more information about Samba in OES 2, see the OES2 SP3: Samba Administration Guide.