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Interlude – Windows Vista on VMware 5.5



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April 24, 2006 1:57 am

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This is off-topic from my ‘Rapid Deployment’ posts but thought people might find it interesting – so whilst the cuts are still fresh and sore…

I have been looking at how ZENworks 7 Desktop Management might work with Windows Vista. Of course this is totally unsupported at the moment and there is a lot of missing functionality, but I thought that posting my findings (as I find them!) might help other people looking at the same thing.

**BIG DISCLAIMER**

This is all TOTALLY unsupported. Windows Vista is BETA software and not supported by Novell or the ZENworks team. Try at your own risk

So my first finding? How to get Vista to install in VMware. The problem here is that the installation process will not recognise the VMware partition as a blank hard-disk. There are two ways around this, one is install Windows XP and upgrade (not ideal) – the other is here:

  1. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD-drive
  2. Start the VMware virtual machine
  3. At the menu, select ‘Install Now’.
  4. Press Shift-F10 and the command prompt is displayed
  5. Type ‘diskpart’ and enter the following commands:
    • select disk 0
    • create partition primary
  6. When the process finishes, reset the virtual machine
  7. On the reboot select the ‘boot menu’ option.
  8. Choose CD-ROM as the boot device

The installation should now complete successfully.

Watch for more Vista Interludes coming up!

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Novell Cool Audio gets an archive

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April 22, 2006 7:02 pm

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Novell Open Audio

A sign that Ted and crew have been working on sharing more inside tales from Novell – Open Audio now has an archive page.

Written at: Salt Lake City, UT

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Records are made to be broken



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April 20, 2006 10:24 am

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Who doesn’t want to hold a world record? Sun Microsystems’ Sun Fire X2100 servers just set two new world-record benchmarks for real-world mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAE) applications. The servers were running 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. Read more about it here.


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Novell Acquisition of e-Security – Audio Options



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April 19, 2006 11:11 am

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Novell announced today it has acquired e-Security, a leading security and compliance company. This move will help strenghten significantly Novell’s security offerings by providing real-time compliance monitoring capabilities that link closely with our existing identity management offerings. For those of your who like to listen, rather than read, your news, we’ve got a few audio …

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Well, that really served me right!



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April 19, 2006 8:06 am

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Foot in Mouth

In my last post I confidently said that the Exchange gateway would be appearing, probably last week or early this week. Well, I really should have kept my mouth shut, as we found a couple of issues in testing that we need to get fixed. So why has the gateway taken this long? Well, our testing teams have had to concentrate on testing SP1, so that took priority. In addition, just as we were ready to post the gateway originally (back in January) we discovered that there were some files in the distribution that we should not be including. What this meant was that we had to remove these files and do a full top down test of the gateway. Well, we still plan to get it out very soon, sooner rather than later.

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Mobility – and how it changes you

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April 18, 2006 10:33 pm

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Paradise Beach

I’m on vacation – blogging. Don’t tell my wife!

You may have read the post by Bill Pray talking about GroupWise Mobile Server and how that changed his way of working. I wanted to share a few words on my experiences on how bandwidth improvements have made me more productive.

Written at: Watching the Ocean, on vacation.

First some context. When I first ‘got online’ – like many of you it was via CompuServe and my primary reason for this – Novell patches. (I discount the previous online workings at University – Unix mail across the UK JANET academic network. Gopher, telnet and ftp.)

My first modem was 9600 baud; I went through the speeds – 14.4k, 28.8k, 33.6k – and over time added a PPP dialup account via a couple of early UK ISPs. I even had a ‘web site’ (static content) as early as 1993.

At the time these speeds were fine; content was small – and being in the UK I was billed by the second for all calls. Remember – local access isn’t free in most parts of the world!

Email was the main productivity tool; in one of my first roles – as a consultant working for a Novell VAR in the UK – GroupWise via dialup was fine; mainly text emails, no spam, no massive attachments. Patch downloads were small – remember this was before the gigabyte service packs! Dialup was ‘just fine’.

I evolved over time to dual channel ISDN – 128k data connection – and VPN tunnel into Novell. Better – but as of 1999/2000 this was starting to show limitations. Attachments grew in number and size, patches fattened up, product downloads (ISOs and betas) were starting to show up.

Fast forward to today.

My main work location is ‘on the road’. That is outside Novell’s main office, often on my home DSL line, a WiFi connection at a hotspot, working from a customer site or even accessing data via GPRS. Even on vacation my holiday home had 54MB WiFi thrown in!

High speed access seems pretty much everywhere. Even on recent trips to Europe wireless internet seems to abound, many customers have good quality fast internet connections; even my family now have 2MB DSL connections.

As a result I am productive. I can do my email (GroupWise via the GroupWise Client in Caching Mode or via Web Access), I can access Novell resources via the Novell Innerweb (powered by a multitude of Novell services and products), I can VPN into Novell and work with other services.

The end result – I am ‘always available’. Good for Novell, sometimes good for me.

The real challenge – as pointed out by Bill – is the concept of ‘presence’. Appropriate messaging and appropriate content – based on policy and location awareness. When I’m on the beach I really shouldn’t be doing email.. I do care if I’m an IT administrator and my datacentre has a critical problem and I need to start disaster recovery efforts. The same is true for any systems management processes.

I’m interested in your experiences – are you ‘tied to the network’? What are our comments on an ‘always on infrastructure’? Are you in the US and getting multi-megabit connections via cable or DSL – or are you trying to figure out connecting offices across the globe using expensive, slow, intermittent connections? Leave your comments here.

Written at: Watching the Ocean, on vacation.

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ODF goes around the world, but it doesn’t take 80 days



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April 18, 2006 12:26 pm

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The OpenDocument Format Alliance has grown to 138 members around the world, after starting with 36 members just last month. That’s according to an announcement from the ODF Alliance today. Novell is all about open standards, which is why we’ve been part of the alliance since it formed, working with other members to help ensure …

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Oracle Speculation



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April 17, 2006 2:42 pm

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We’ve had a lot of calls today on the Financial Times article – subsequently picked up by the wire services and others – about Oracle’s possible moves in the Linux space and potential interest in Novell. As a policy, Novell doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation, and we won’t be talking about this. Our energies …

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OPEN CALL: Patching Windows XP with only ZENworks

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April 17, 2006 12:00 am

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Andrew P is looking for the easiest possible way to patch Windows XP Clients using only ZENworks (not including PatchLink or other tools). If you have any suggestions for Andrew, please let us know. Freshly updated with some great user suggestions.

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Building and Deploying Windows Images using ZENworks Imaging

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April 17, 2006 12:00 am

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Looking for an automated process for building drive images, without having to purchase a 3rd-party product? Check out this very promising open source project — and lend a hand if you can.

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