The conclusion (that Active Directory [LDAP + Kerberos] won’t work) proved to be a bit inaccurate. It’s now well supported by Samba and seems to be the default way of doing account stuff in most big(ish) networks.
I never got a chance to properly play with NetWare and that’s made me a bit sad. It was the only mainstream operating system to use rings 1 and 2 on x86 (which made the Xen PV port all sorts of fun, apparently) and for that reason alone is an interesting bit of history.
Article is from 2001, as seen in the archive history.
12 years later:
How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today’s networks