Novell NDS/Netware 5.x and GroupWise 5.X TO AD/Exchange 2003

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Mark Smith, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. Mark Smith

    Mark Smith Guest

    Does anyone have any pointers or suggestions on migrating from NDS and
    Groupwise to AD/Exchange 2003? I am NOT looking for links to Microsoft
    sites as I already have the whitepapers, migration guides - what I am
    looking for is SOMEONE's own experience.

    Thank you.
    Mark Smith, Dec 5, 2004
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  2. Mark Smith

    In Disguise Guest


    Yeah - don't do it. I've been involved in a lot of them, and the first
    question asked is, "What is the business reason for doing this?" and all
    they can do is quote M$-paid for studies that show the alleged benefits.
    There are none.

    AD/Exchange 2003 is hard enough to manage without having to migrate data
    and Directory Services over.

    If you MUST do it, about all I can say is to ensure you have reliable
    backups, someone who knows AD/Exc 2003 like the back of their hand, give
    plenty of time to accomplish it, test the heck out of it, and make sure
    you have the 'after-install' support staff in place - not because it
    will fail, but you know when people are exposed to something new, there
    will be plenty of "how do I...?" questions that will have to be
    addressed. No matter how well you communicate "what's new?" with
    everything, there will always be some who will never read it and will
    still flood the call center with questions; some very basic, some pretty

    Not sure how much this helps, but I've never been a fan of moving from
    one Directory Services and email structure to another, regardless of
    source and destination. It always causes pain, no matter how
    well-planned it is.

    Good luck!
    In Disguise, Dec 5, 2004
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