OT? - Anyone else having Novell problems?

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Is anyone else having problems with their Novell network?

-- Amy Leone (leoneamy@aol.com), November 30, 1999


No. I am using ours right now. We use v4.11. What version are you running? Have your IT people installed patches recently? I have been using and administering Novell networks for around 8 years and they have always been stable. What kind of problems are you having?

-- Darla (dnice@hgo.net), November 30, 1999.

Same questions as above, and I've been a Netware administrator since 2.0. <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), November 30, 1999.

They claim the power went out and the server crashed and now they have a new server on emergency order. So I guess it's a hardware problem. It just sounded a little fishy to me that a power outage could destroy a server. Do you have any experience with that?

-- Amy Leone (leoneamy@aol.com), November 30, 1999.

4.0...you haven't upgraded yet?!?

4.0 had to be >>>THE WORST<<< release ever from Novell. It was full of bugs and not as stable as I was accustomed to regarding prior releases. I know a few who bailed to NT after experiencing v. 4, but they should have waited. Novell 5 is stable, and more robust than NT, IMO.

-- Tim (pixmo@pixelquest.com), November 30, 1999.

Before there was ethernet, there was sneakernet. Thank goodness they still have a few PCs with their own printers around here.

-- Amy Leone (leoneamy@aol.com), November 30, 1999.

I recently upgraded our Novell to "Y2k compliant" (X=crossing fingers) 4.2, although they do have patches out for 4.11. Novell 4.11/4.2 have been practically bullet proof, rarely have problems, although 4.2 does not like to load more than one FrameType, which is a pain sometimes. Heard hideous things about NT but have never experienced first hand. Novell and Unix (HP-UX x) are the most stable systems I've worked with so far.

When was the last time you checked the status of your UPS? The batteries run down over time and need to be recharged/replaced. In the event of a power outage, it may not have had the necessary resources to bring the system down "gracefully".....?

-- (karlacalif@aol.com), November 30, 1999.

We had an upgrade four weeks ago and our system is still stuffed. Can't print, fonts missing, email not behaving as it should. Plug ins not working, unable to create pdf files anymore. You name it.

-- pauline jansen (paulinej@angliss.vic.edu.au), November 30, 1999.

I was wondering about the UPS as well. Although now they are painting it as a freak accident. Apparently someone was working on the server and recieved an electric shock which threw them across the room (yes he's alright). Isn't that what ground fault circuit breakers are for?

-- Amy Leone (leoneamy@aol.com), December 01, 1999.

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