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Law firm moves from Netware to Windows

Law firm Olswang has completed its migration from Novell's Netware to a Windows 2003 back-end environment with Windows XP desktop PCs.

Law firm Olswang has completed its migration from Novell's Netware to a Windows 2003 back-end environment with Windows XP desktop PCs.

The project, which began in January 2005, has involved migrating around 500 user accounts from Netware to Microsoft's Active Directory on Windows 2003.

At the same time, Olswang has upgraded its e-mail server from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003, and migrated from Office 97 to Office 2003.

All hardware has been provided by Dell. The company has deployed Dell Poweredge servers, Dell Optiplex desktop PCs and a Dell/EMC storage area network.

Olswang IT director Clive Knott said, "Consolidating on hardware from one supplier means we can manage the infrastructure much more easily."

The roll-out was run by CC Engineering, which provides Olswang with managed PC support.

Next year, Knott is planning to extend the company's roll-out of Blackberry devices and is evaluating archiving software for compliance that will allow all client correspondence, such as e-mail and documents, to be stored in shared folders.

 

This was first published in December 2005

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