Re: Openserver 5.07 and a medical practice
- From: Boyd Lynn Gerber <gerberb@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 12:10:08 -0700
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
On 6 Mar, 19:27, darko <darko.krs...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mar 6, 1:04 am, "Martin Rubenstein" <ma...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a medical practice with all of our billing, appointments,
etc. running on a proprietary software called Script Systems by
Mysis. The server is a 4 year old IBM eServer with OS 5.07 as OS..
I am concerned about the need to replace the server before a
hardware failure creates a crisis, as I figure most hardware is good
for about 5 years and we are near that. Mysis would prefer
(naturally) that I migrate to a different software they offer that
is GUI instead of character based, although they still support our
product. The OS on our server is OS 5.07. How realistic is it that
I stick to our prior method of buying an Intel based server and load
OS 5.07 and our data myself, and have Mysis still do software
support for their product (but not hardware or OS) given Sco's
financial problems. Our vender's solution is considerably more
expensive, but has the advantaage that they will support the new
hardware and software. All thoughts appreciated.
The information is given. The OP knows that the SW is only supported on
the SCO OS. He is asking for assistance with a specific problem.
At least one major server vendor, HP, still sells new servers that can
run SCO OpenServer 5.0.7, and are certified for that OS. I am not sure
about other vendors, since all Intel/AMD based servers I've dealt with
recently were HP. For example, task of installing 5.0.7 on ProLiant
DL380 G5 is doable, from my recent personal experience. I had to use
external USB optical drive and floppy (broader described in another
thread in this news group).
The other option is to use virtualization like VMWare Server or
Workstation on some Linux or Windows. That is also doable. You should
just check if it is supported by your vendor(s). I am not sure if
OpenServer is supported on VMWare officially.
OpenServer is not supported by VMWare. So taking it to a virtualized
state causes the SW to become unsupported by the vendor.
Just because a server is "compatible" doesn't mean you can get it to
work. I've been doing hardware evaluations and integrations with various
OS's since BSD 4.1, and I've got to say that SCO configuration harkens
back to the bad old '80's of having to know the answer to everything in
advance. including details of SCSI configuration and driver
installations that any modern OS either auto-detects or has decent probe
tools to detect. The result is that adding peripherals, such as tape
drives, external USB drives, graphics tablets, or slightly unusual
monitors is awkward if not impossible. And it's only going to get worse.
That is why there is OpenServer 6. It does not have the old knowledge is
required to get the devices working. Sadly the market has to provide for
clueless Admins, that do no understand UNIX.
Virtualizing lets you sidestep these problems and leave them with a
current operating system capable of handling contemporary hardware, and
allows trivial transfer of your entire virtualized operating system to
an arbitrary virtualization server. It also installs in a fraction of
the time, because the underlying OS and hardware do the bad block
management for you and that *AMAZINGLY* slow OpenServer disk
configuration tools stays the heck out of your way.
Yes, but it is a non supported configuration by the vendor. And yes I use
virtualization. But to report problems to the vendor you have to follow
their rules. Some out right reject any thing done virtually. Sadly we
have to follow vendor rules to get bugs fixed. What you need to realize
is that there are various target audiences. We have to address them.
The SoftWare Applications chooses the OS. We have to look at what is best
for the OP/business. Not pick a ...
Boyd Gerber <gerberb@xxxxxxxxx>
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