Yeah, I know: the week is not quite over yet. That's OK; I started early.
I've done two SCO upgrades this week. As much as I wanted to move both of these folks to Linux, it just could not be done easily: one was running old Medical Manager software and the other had MAS90. I suppose it *might* be possible to run these under ABI, but for both these companies the application was and is "mission critical" and it's just not worth introducing any chance of problems.
The MAS90 conversion was the smoothest: I installed SCO 5.0.7 on a new machine, popped in the Microlite Edge DVD-RAM and did the usual things. No issues, quick, simple, done.
The Medical Manager job was a bit more trouble. This was an old SCO 5.0.4 Host system (no tcp/ip) and, in retrospect, I should have spent the extra money to upgrade them to 5.0.7 Enterprise. I didn't because there is no network; it's a one person office, one user, no internet: a doctor who is getting close to retirement but needs this system to run for a few more years. So I just bought a upgrade to 5.0.7 Host, and came to regret it very quickly.
The obvious first problem was to transfer the data. The old system was old IDE with a scsi tape, but I went SATA with DVD-RAM with the new to keep expenses down. I thought I'd just mount the old drive as a secondary, but just could not get by drive geometry issues. It's an old Quantum Bigfoot drive, and while I could put it in the new box and boot it successfully, I could only do that by disabling the SATA, even when running as legacy IDE. I don't want to mess with something this old until I'm sure I have backups restored somewhere else..
Oh well, it's not a lot of data, I'll just swap the tape controller over.. ooops.. what the heck?..
It's been a while since I've seen a non-universal PCI card, but of course that's what this old beast had. You can't put an old 5.5 volt PCI card in a new 3.3 volt system unless it's universal, so that's out. Hmmm..
Well, I can buy a new scsi card, or I can send a tape out for conversion. You'd think the second option would be cheap: all I want is a dd of the tape to a CD - ten minutes work if you have the equipment. I thought maybe $100.00 or so? Nope: best quote I got from a tape conversion place was $350.00 and that was an "estimate". Heck, I can get a low end SCSI controller for $100.00 or less.. obviously that's what I'll do.
I suppose overall that still works out cheaper than buying the Enterprise upgrade, but it does delay things: I wanted to get this whole thing done this week, and now that's not going to happen. Oh well..
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