NetWare to Windows 2000: Making The Leap

By Dominique Deckmyn, Computerworld |  Operating Systems


Migration Tool Kits

Moving users' files and file permissions from NetWare to Windows 2000 -- preferably without users noticing -- may prove to be the biggest challenge in the migration process. Because of differences in how the two directories support inheritance, it can be hard to make sure that users have exactly the same file permissions and administrative rights under Active Directory that they had under Novell Directory Services (NDS).

Windows 2000 ships only with tools for migrating from Windows NT, but Microsoft Windows Services for NetWare 5.0 is available for $149. Services for NetWare includes a directory synchronization tool as well as software that helps migrate files and permissions. But for big migration projects, Microsoft's Matt Finger acknowledges that third-party tools are a better choice.

Vendors providing such tools include BindView in Houston and NetIQ in Santa Clara, Calif. These vendors' utilities perform tasks such as creating an inventory of security and permission settings, moving user data and user permissions to Windows 2000 and helping manage the new Active Directory tree structure.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina's Don Osborne has used reporting tools from BindView to gain an understanding of his current NDS permission settings, and he says he's looking for the right tool to help him migrate a terabyte of user data and permissions. The tools alone will cost him about $35,000, he estimates. By contrast, West TeleServices' Bob Duros says he doesn't expect to need third-party tools.

But most users and analysts agree that third-party tools are a necessity when moving large or complex networks over to Windows 2000 -- especially when migrating from NetWare 4.x or 5.x. These tools sell in the range of $6 to $12.50 per user account. That adds considerably to the cost of moving from NetWare to Windows 2000, says Giga's Laura DiDio.

With the expense of training staff and, in most cases, bringing in outside help, the migration will turn into an expensive proposition for most users.

NetWare to Windows 2000 Migration Tools

Company: Microsoft Corp.

Web:

www.microsoft.com

Product: Services for NetWare 5

Price: $149


Company: BindView Development Corp.

Web:www.bindview.com

Product: bv-Admin for Novell NDS Migration

Price: Starts at $12.50 per user


Company: NetIQ Corp.

Web:www.netiq.com

Product: NetWare Migrator 6.0

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