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A5 and Win2000 Experiences

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    A5 and Win2000 Experiences

    Am running 50 users on a Novell network with a mix of Win95 and Win 98
    I am considering changing work-stations to Win 2000 I am curious if anyone has had experiences Good or Bad Performance issues ?

    RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

    If this helps any, A5v5 and A5v4.5 are both being primarily developed under Windows 2000. My experience has been that Windows 2000 Pro is definately MUCH more stable than any other release of Windows and that stablity has worked its way down into A5.

    - Aaron Brown
    Aaron Brown
    Alpha Software Development Team


      RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

      Thanks I think I will try it a few users at a time


        RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

        I'm guessing that the Win 2000 machines used for development are fairly new. I've seen an installation of Win 2000 on a lab of older hardware that suffers real stability problems. I'm guessing it was simply installed over an existing Win 95 or Win 98 setup rather than a clean install, but I don't know for sure.


          RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

          The preferred way to install Windows 2000 is definately as a clean is notorious for causing trouble when "upgraded" from a non-NT based environment (95, 98, ME).

          I have been working at Alpha for about a year now and have been developing A5 using Windows 2000. Other members of the A5 development team also develop A5 primarily on 2000.

          Gary, it is always a good idea to only upgrade a few users at a time. Mass upgrades almost certainly lead to tons of support hastles, regardless of what software package you are dealing with (Why don't all my programs show up in the start menu!? Why do I have to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL...why? why? fix it!). I worked in a large business doing Network Admin/Tech support during a large software/hardware upgrade and remember all the little problems that had to be worked out due to the users' unfamiliarity with the new software.

          Good luck with the upgrade!

          -- Aaron
          Aaron Brown
          Alpha Software Development Team


            RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

            My brother-in-law is the CIO (chief information officer) for Whitehall Jewelers, which means he's in charge of computer operations for over 325 national stores and their POS systems, internal accounting, etc., and all other corporate operations, including the many salespeople who work on the road and have to log in to the network while traveling.

            We talked about this very issue last night since I'm considering switching to a Novell Server instead of a win95/98 peer-to-peer network like I have. I asked him what he thought about Novell & WinNT/2000. They use a mixture of a number of different servers, software, and platforms including Novell & WinNT.

            This is his reply.

            They schedule a reboot of WinNT Servers "weekly" to make sure they don't run into any problems, as is normally the case. He cannot recall the last time that had to reboot their Novell Servers due to their reliable operation. He said it's been at least a number of "months" since they last had to reboot their Novell Server.

            There's posts in here too by Selwyn indicating Alpha has run A5 on both WinNT & Novell and Novell is superior.

            I for one will make my move to Novell.

            Thank you,
            Mike Konoff


              RE: A5 and Win2000 Experiences

              I was referring to Windows 2000 Professional, not Win2000 Server, which I have very little experience with. Novell is a great product but, unfortunately, is dying. I would be very hesitant to do a new install of Novell in any environment (I too come from a Network Admin background, working as the Network Administrator of a multinational company with over 2000 employees). Novell as a company may not last, and the word is that the newest versions of Novell are difficult to administer and NOT very stable.
              Aaron Brown
              Alpha Software Development Team