Please don't be confused if you think that you've already seen this
article somewhere else. I have a truckload of questions that I have
split into various news articles to distribute the questions to the
appropriate newsgroups and to provide descriptive subjects. I am using
this article's first paragraphs to introduce my situation in a bunch
of questions that I will ask after the introduction.
I am currently administrator of a small network. We have 16 machines
running DOS 5.0 / Windows 3.1 hooked up via 10Base2 Ethernet to a
NetWare 3.11 server in an office situation. Word processing using
WinWord 2.0 is the main application, but there also is a Btrieve
database application accessing about 40 MB installed and used
frequently. My users usually don't have any computer knowledge, so the
network is configured very restrictively to minimize damages caused by
some unknowing user.
I am some kind of NetWare guy and the setup is fine-tuned to do some
things that the DOS / Windows / NetWare configuration never was
intended to do. On boot, the workstations synchronize their local HDDs
to a "master image" on the server so that I don't have to run around
on configuration changes. My users can have their personal
configuration like window colors follow them around without being
restrained to identical workstations - the setup is automagically
adapted to the hardware the user is using at that particular time. I
understand that some of these setup quirks such as the sync will have
to go once the machines are running Windows 95. On the other hand,
Windows 95 comes with some features that I had to coax out of Windows
3.1 with some serious arm twisting.
We will upgrade our workstations to Windows 95 in September, after
they have been beefed up to P133's with 16 MB RAM. Although the server
really doesn't need to be upgraded, I am thinking about changing the
OS to Windows NT on that occasion.
These are my reasons:
I have yet to find out how to get NetWare to support Windows-95-type
lower case long file names.
I have a feeling that Windows 95 will integrate more nicely into a
Windows NT server rather than into a NetWare server.
I would like to ask you for your opinion. Any more arguments pro
and/or contra NetWare and/or Windows NT? Should I stick with NetWare?
Would anyone recommend running the workstations under Windows NT also?
Will 16 MB be enough memory on the workstations to do so?
I'd appreciate any hints. If you answer by posting on UseNet and send
me a courtesy copy of your post by email, please indicate so that I
can answer on Usenet rather than by private mail to keep the
discussion going. And please be sure to cut my introductory *and
not to quote it into your followup. I've been posting this so many
times in the last hours, we'd end up singing it if everybody would
quote it. :-)
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