chapter  23

Changing Server Operating Systems

WithHoward Marks

Most organizations today are on their second or third generation of servers. Starting with beefed up PCs scattered throughout the organization for workgroup automation, servers have evolved into an integral part of the organization’s overall computing infrastructure. Any major operating system change is going to have associated with it some degree of disruption. Users will need IDs in the new operating system’s directory, rights or permissions to resources on the new operating system, logon scripts, and assorted other administrative details that student haven’t done on more than a one-by-one basis in a long time. In addition, it is rare that workstations are able to access the new server operating systems with the same protocols, network components, etc., as they used for the old. Step one in the planning process should be to review the applications and services, like Internet gateways and FAX servers currently in use.