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Client has Novell network which has worked without failure for years
in file, print sharing, and a flat database. Also has a fax server on
it and Novell Groupware for messaging. He does not want to change
that.

Now needs a relational database, and we are considering DB2 Express on
a separate machine running XP Prof as a node on the Novell network.

Cost "is of the essence."

I need to be able to answer whether this is practical and will work
satisfactorally.

Stan
Nov 12 '05 #1
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Client has Novell network which has worked without failure for years
in file, print sharing, and a flat database. Also has a fax server on
it and Novell Groupware for messaging. He does not want to change
that.

Now needs a relational database, and we are considering DB2 Express on
a separate machine running XP Prof as a node on the Novell network.

Cost "is of the essence."

I need to be able to answer whether this is practical and will work
satisfactorally.

Stan


I don't think a DB2 server edition (any edition besides developer or
personal edition) is officially supported on XP Professional (it is
supported on XP Server). I am not sure why, since it is supported on Win
2000 Professional. I have heard some people who are running evaluation
copies on XP Professional without any trouble, but if you ever needed to
call IBM support you would have difficulty getting support..
Nov 12 '05 #2

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Stanley Sinclair wrote:
Client has Novell network which has worked without failure for years
in file, print sharing, and a flat database. Also has a fax server on
it and Novell Groupware for messaging. He does not want to change
that.
Fair enough - but he may need to add to it...
Now needs a relational database, and we are considering DB2 Express on
a separate machine running XP Prof as a node on the Novell network.
I assume that this client also has TCP/IP protocol set up and working
on the network? I don't think DB2 supports any Novell-specific
protocols.
Cost "is of the essence."
I may be a bit biased, but wouldn't a Linux-based relational server
make more cost sense? You can still use Windows clients to access the
Linux server in exactly the same way as if it were a Windows server.
In fact, the client applications would never even need to know the
server is Linux.
I need to be able to answer whether this is practical and will work
satisfactorally.


I doubt IBM tests DB2 in Novell networks, but I can't speak to that.
Theory says that DB2 should work just fine via TCP/IP in a network that
normally uses Novell...
Nov 12 '05 #3

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We run DB2 on Linux in what is ostensibly a Novell network without issues. About half our clients use IPX for Novell and TCP/IP for other purposes so all works well together. I second the comment, if price AND stability are issues then for sure consider LINUX as the OS for DB2. Another thought for LINUX as well.. Novell bought SuSe so using it for LINUX would reduce the number of vendors you may have to deal with.
Nov 12 '05 #4

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