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anyone work with novell networks

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by thetokyoproject, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. thetokyoproject

    thetokyoproject Byte Poster

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    does anyone work in a company that is primarily novell based?

    just wanted to find out if you;ve had trouble finding other jobs since most companies tend not to be on netware.
     
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  2. derkit

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    I don't work with novell but had 2 colleagues that did in the past - and one has recently changed jobs that uses novell quite a bit - I think he was a CNE6.

    Found a job in Luton and got a nice pay rise to around £30k + benefits. This was for a small firm of around 150 users I believe.
     
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  3. thetokyoproject

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    it's quite a niche market now so the pay should be fairly good since there are less people with the novell skills.

    how have people found the transiton away from novell. has it been relatively straight-forward or has there been a lot of retraining required?
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    havnt touched a novell network for almost 5 years, apart from the obvious network and groupwise migrations to ad and exchange

    novell is a bit of a different beast these days than what it used to be, but there are far less people doing it so less people required to support it too
    the change away from it was pretty organic, i did novell stuff as a side gig to nt stuff anyway, and nt just won out over time and novell faded into the ether (for a while)
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    I got all my grounding on Novell Netware 3.12 but decided way back in 2000 that it was more likely that Microsoft would encroach on their market share, so i re-trained and became MCSE. Half the battle is predicting the future :biggrin
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    I haven't supported any company using NetWare in the last 7 years. Used to be that companies would at least have one NetWare 3.11 or NetWare 4 server around, if not more... but those days are long gone.
     
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  8. thetokyoproject

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    well this server ops role i;m looking at still runs NDS with AD and a few w2k/W2k3 boxes. the mail system is not exchange either. it's a novell mail system.

    so i presume that if i did manage to work her for a few years and then moved on, the novell experience wouldn;t get me that far since it;s getting phased out and if i wanted to move into another w2k3/ADS/exchange role, i;d not have the relevant experience.

    i dont; really know much about novell - is this correct in saying that it's installed on top of the microsoft OS or is it an OS in itself that doesn;t require windows?
     
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  9. dales

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    err this isnt reassuring me much guys and gals, I moving into a new job next month where they mostly use novell stuff, then a bit of server 2003/ solaris/linux. Still im thinking its easy to study for mcsa for ms experience but the novell etc that I will learn might help raise the pay bracket a bit as it appears to be an uncommon setup.....
     
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  10. Tinus1959

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    That would be groupwise I presume.

    I have to disagree. Every experience is valuable. If you have the knowledge on an OS as Novell, you only have to learn how the trick is done under Windows. You don't have to learn what a DNS server is, just how it is implemented on Novell or Unix or Windows.
    Novell is a server system. It has its own installation and does not need a other OS to run on. The clients are mostly windows clients. NDS is the Novell variant of AD, but NDS is much more granular. You can do things in NDS never dreamed of in AD.
    Now, I'm not a Novell specialist, but every student I get to train AD comming from Novell tells me that the options in Novell are more flexible than in windows.
     
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  11. tripwire45
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    If you work with Novell today you pretty much are working with Linux SUSE. There are virtually no Internet discussion groups that have Novell forums but there is one and a number of CF members also frequent this site. Here are the Novell forums within Tech-Unity:

    http://www.tech-unity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=88

    I'll post the occasional "Cool Solution" in the forums but I notice they don't have a lot of activity relative to people actually working with Novell products. Take a look at the forums and see for yourself the direction Novell seems to be taking.
     
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  12. Theprof

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    I worked with novell for 2 months during my stage, I am not an expert or anything at it, but it was definitly an experience.

    People around here keep saying that novell is pretty much obsolete but I dont really think so because it seems like there are still a few companies that still use novell.

    Like the saying goes "If it aint broken dont fix it"
     
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  13. thetokyoproject

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    thanks tinus. you seem quite knowledgable about novell.

    i just can;t get my head around how novell integrates with these other w2k3 application/file servers and AD that this company is using - are they on a different domain or can novell really integrate w2k3 servers in?

    perplexed as we work with w2k3/ad/exchange here which all integrate nicely under the ms umbrella.
     
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  14. Tinus1959

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    Not sure on this one. My knowledge of Novell is dated and hearsay.
     
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