New to Mac OS - PC IT and server information - if possible best choices

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by na6t, May 31, 2006.

  1. na6t macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,
    I'm new to this fourm and have a little experience with the Mac OS9 & Mac OS X op systems.
    I've got a client that has 5 WinXP Pro boxes and 2 Mac OS 9/OS X boxes in his business - A print Shop. Presently I've got one of the WinXP boxes running 2 160gb drives in a RAID 1 - Mirror system. This box acts as a server where all data for the WinXP pcs have folders storing their data and a back up system that runs a full image and incremental images of all the PC's throughout the week including a second backup system for all critical data (billing, etc) daily and is stored off site.
    I would like to combine the MAC boxes into this same system because the entire printshop is networked with all PC's, printers and copiers usable from all machines. I would like to be able to use the OS9 and OS X data on the WinXP PC's and vis-versa. He has 4 KM printers, a Xerox 500 series plotter-printer and various smaller printers in the network. All the printers are IP printers with there own internal op systems.
    I am able to use the OS X and winXP data between all computers when the same program is used (ie photoshop, illustrator, Corel, etc.) but I haven't been able to come up with a way to use the OS 9 data between all the winXP PC's because of the different file system names with the special characters used in the OS9 file system . I've seen various ways to do this with the use of mac to pc coversion programs, a samba server, etc. The OS9 data is older data (2-3 years old) and not used alot, but he would like to be able to load the files on any of the pc's (mac or m$) and modifiy the files as needed for his customers.
    Is there an easy way to do this? Presently there are about 35 gb of OS9 files that are referenced to invoices (not customer names) and to view the files you have to load each file , view it and then save it in the file format needed for the operation, ie: load photoshop psd, save as psd for OS x or winXP, modify the file and then it usually isn't usable in the OS 9 format because of the modifications made.
    Any help would be appreciated, any websites or file systems would be help in getting me pointed in the right direction. The cost of the complete system server system is relevant, but more than cost is the ease of use for all the employees to be able to access the OS9/OSx/WinXP files is of more importance. I'm open to all suggestions in a way to implement the office 'server' system. Thanks from a long time PC user and a short time MAC user.
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    OS9 file systems and network sharing doesn't work well with Windows. Your best option is to use the OSX Mac as a shared storage area for the data currently on the OS9 machine. Then write an AppleScript to open each file one by one to get the converstion. It seems most of the requirement for these files is on the OSX machine or the Windows boxes, so if you lose the OS9 ability it's the lesser of two evils.

    There are more suggestions at MacWindows which is specialised for mixed Windows/Mac environments. It may also help if you check out DAVE from Thursby Software. I'm sure other posters here who have more experience than I do of print shops can also give suggestions.
     

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