I think that writing to NTFS partitions under Linux is still very much problematical. Reading is supposed to be okay though. What a lot of people do is to have a FAT partition on the machine so that Windows and Linux can write to the same files. You could also have a look at Samba for connection and access to the Windows machines.
I have had instances where linux has been able to access files on the windows machine where Windows couldn't.
The Novel/SuSE site should be able to give you the prerequisites for 9.3 even though it's not due until next week.
Sorry if it's not much help, I'm at work with a terrible cold, but Ithought I'd get the ball rolling for you.