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NWFS Imaging/Migration tools for Linux Posted

Oct 27, 2000, 07:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff V. Merkey)
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 00:29:10 -0600
From: Jeff V. Merkey jmerkey@timpanogas.org 
To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org 
Subject: NWFS Imaging/Migration tools for Linux Posted

I have posted a very complete set of server migration/consolidation
tools for Linux at vger.timpanogas.org.  These tools include
Installshield versions for W2K, Linux, and DOS and provide a complete
set of tools that can be used to perform large-scale organization-wide
migrations of NetWare servers to Linux.

These tools allow IT personnel to boot NetWare servers on DOS, W2K, or
Linux, and compress and archive entire volume sets of a NetWare server's
data into offline archives for migrating and consolidating NetWare
servers and moving large amounts of user data over to Linux systems.
NDS (NetWare Directory Services) database files are preserved and stored
as well in these archives and these tools preserve all of a customer's
NDS data for review and import into
Linux in native eDirectory formats.

We are releasing these tools to aid Novell's Oracle customers who have
been advised by Oracle to immediately migrate to Linux from NetWare. TRG
will be posting Ute-NWFS Oct 30, 2000 (Linux on Native NWFS) along with
the NWFS patches for 2.2.17 on Monday.  The full source code for the
Imaging tools will also be posted at the time at vger.timpanogas.org.
The inode mapping problems for NWFS are completed and ready to roll out.

All Imaging/Migration tools and related source code for W2K, Linux, and
DOS versions are released under the GPL, and are freely

Jeff Merkey


This wa[s] sent to TRG by NetWare customers using Oracle who wanted an
easy path to get from NetWare to Linux.

Oracle cuts NetWare support

Oracle is to drop its support for Novell's NetWare in a move which
analysts say will kill off the operating system as a database

The company unexpectedly announced last week that it would
withdraw all support for NetWare from 31 December 2001, giving users
just one year to migrate to other platforms.

Robin Bloor, chief executive at Bloor Research, said it would be
difficult for Novell to maintain Netware's role as a database platform
without the support of Oracle. "I believe that NT is a better database server
than NetWare, and the market agrees. But for those who have NetWare, it is
important to have support," he said. "We'll see if they will now move over to
Linux or NT."

Oracle will continue to offer limited 'extended assistance support' for its 
products on NetWare for another three years, but this was described as 
"worthless" because it does not cover bug fixes, certification or response time 

"Without error correction support, the extended assistance support is
meaningless," said one user.  Oracle has recommended that "customers upgrade to
other platforms as soon as possible", and is touting its own Oracle 8i
appliance as well as Linux, Sun Solaris and HP-Unix.

A Novell spokeswoman said that the discontinuation of support was Oracle's 
decision but that Novell was helping to find migration arrangements for its users. 
"Our customers are unhappy and say that Oracle is wrong," she said.

The announcement comes as a blow for Novell so soon after announcing the
release of its internet-based open platform, NetWare 6.  Gartner's Mike
Silver predicted last week that investments in Novell's products and services
would only be viable up until 2004.