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the yin and yang of idm management



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May 26, 2006 7:52 am

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yin-yang

in my last post i asked you what console strategy you would prefer. i would now like to share some insights with you about what the designer for identity manager future holds. your posts have all been received and in my hallway where my office is i was called “trouble maker” for 2 weeks after my post.

see how designer for identity manager is going to address the issues that were brought up.

for the public, designer for identity manager started off as an offline only tool and we got overwhelmingly positive feedback to this new approach. now that designer for idm is in the maturing phase, we get a lot of requests for “live” features. you and others told us that it is awkward to alt+tab over to imanager, do an object modification, watch the trace to see the result and then alt+tab back to designer to make changes to the driver configuration, run the changes through the simulator, deploy them and again alt+tab back over to imanager.

we cannot comlete the whole visionary picture in a single milestone but we work one stroke of a brush after the other. some strokes have been painted long ago like the ability to start/stop/status drivers from designer and some are being painted at this very moment. in our next milestone release you will get access to another experimental live feature: an identity vault browser with object access.

Live Mode

the identity vault browser lets you browse every idv in your current project and allows to login to any other tree as well. the feature currently allows you also to edit any object with a generic object/attribute editor and you will be able to define customized ui for your schema on a per object class basis. in one of the future milestones we will add object creation, rename, move and delete.
imanager remains the primary edirectory administration tool for anything that goes beyond the above mentioned capabilties. designer and imanager are the yin and yang of idm management.

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Cool List/Spreadsheet: Apps You Might Want to Ban

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May 26, 2006 12:00 am

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Now in spreadsheet format in the Cool Solutions wiki — thanks to Mike Murphy! We got a great OPEN CALL suggestion from Bryen Y. Here’s what he said: Since one reallllly cool feature of ZENworks for Desktops is the ability to block Rogue Applications, why not set up a list that Cool Solutions attendees can add to that identifies suggested applications to ban in their network? Updated with fresh ideas.

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Adding more Addon Image files based on PC Configuration

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May 26, 2006 12:00 am

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Adding more Addon Image files based on PC Configuration

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How to show the “Folder” and other Windows icons for your Novell-delivered Applications

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May 26, 2006 12:00 am

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If you want to have an application display a “folder” icon or any other of the common Windows icons for your delivered application, here’s how to do it.

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How to show the “Folder” and other Windows icons for your Novell-delivered Applications

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May 26, 2006 12:00 am

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If you want to have an application display a “folder” icon or any other of the common Windows icons for your delivered application, here’s how to do it.

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Microsoft Windows Vista – part 2

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May 25, 2006 9:38 pm

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Laptop Dispair

A short while ago I wrote about Windows Vista and some of the implications it has for organisations.
Since then there have been several developments. At the start of May 2006 the analyst firm Gartner mooted that Vista will ship en masse in the second quarter of 2007

A research note released this week from Gartner Inc. predicts that Microsoft Corp. will miss its target to ship Windows Vista on PCs by January 2007. According to Gartner, Vista won’t be broadly available to customers until the second quarter of 2007

InfoWorld, 2 May 2006

The report document is here; there is a fee for the original.

There has also been a lot of commentary from many bloggers – from Robert Scoble to MiniMicrosoft – and a lot more.

All of this commentary – from analysts, press and bloggers – is having an impact with CIOs and their teams. I am seeing a lot more customers planning to refresh to Windows XP SP2 during 2006 and stay on that new platform for ‘a while’. The general impression is that Vista is still a ‘moving target’ – not helpful for planning purposes.
Written at: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I promised in my last post on Windows Vista that I would comment on on large area of any desktop refresh – application refresh and validation.

In the last six or seven years we have seen several phases of this process – moving from DOS to Windows 3.1; moving from 16 bit Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 or NT4; and moving from NT4 to Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Each of these desktop OS changes introduces a fresh round of application testing.

Here is the typical process – one that is being followed my most organisations.

  • Select a new standard desktop OS
    • Most customers are at Windows XP professional or are rapidly re-standardising on this platform.
    • I have recently seen a wave of ‘third generation’ Windows XP refresh projects – for deployment in 2006 and to be in place until 2008-2010
    • Usually a combination of SYSPREP, ZENworks Imaging and ENGL tools are used to create a universal image.
  • Inventory the current list of supported and deployed applications
    • We see more usage of tools such as ZENworks Asset Management helping here
    • Most organisations have ‘hundreds’ or ‘thousands’ of applications
  • Pragmatically evaluate whether there is a consolidation in applications possible
    • Aquisition and expansion historically means that applications are duplicated
    • Lax standards and non-centralised, departmental purchasing also leads to multiple solutions being in place
    • Consolidation can lead to license savings and more financial muscle in negotiating a better deal
  • (re) package applications
    • Many IT organisations are now squarely focussed on packaging applications as Microsoft Installer (MSI) packages
    • ZENworks includes the Macrovision Installshield Admin Studio – this is really helpful – and can move NAL snapshots (AOT/AXT) to MSI packages
  • Test

The next post will cover the re-packaging and test phase of this process – one of the largest areas of time expenditure – but also one of the most vital. I’ll talk about how good process and procedures will really make this successful.

Notice how nothing so far has been ZENworks specific? Everything here is really for any customer deploying XP and refreshing their standard desktop. My final post will be to tie this all together with ZENworks glue and magic – and show how we can make it very, very efficient and cost effective.

As always – I’m looking for your feedback and updates – comments welcome.

Written at: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Retailers … they know what sells



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May 25, 2006 4:49 pm

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You probably saw Novell’s news with NCR earlier this week. Novell continues to pick up steam in the retail industry, as evidenced by three recent customer stories that highlight different Novell solutions for different customer needs, although all are in the retail industry. Success Apparel, Karstadt and Jan Linders are having a similar experience, as …

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GroupWise and ZENworks together



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May 23, 2006 3:30 pm

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GroupWise and ZENworks Summit

Hot off the press !!!

Many of the European GroupWise Specialists are already looking forward to the GroupWise Summit October this year. Well, ZENworks specialists get ready as well, the GroupWise Summit will become the GroupWise and ZENworks Summit.
With a few enthusiastic ZENworks fans we have been working with GroupWiser and GWava and we will be adding a ZENworks track next to the GroupWise Summit.
More info will follow…….

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Oracle on Linux from Novell



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May 23, 2006 2:49 pm

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Oracle solutions running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell are gaining momentum, as illustrated in today’s customer win announcement from Oracle. Similarly, Novell has posted a success story about the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in Portugal. Among other things, the information systems manager said, “The performance of Oracle on SUSE …

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Consultant’s Corner: Disaster Recovery Thoughts for GroupWise

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May 23, 2006 9:17 am

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Which is hotter – a plate of spicy Thai food, or the atmosphere in your data center when a disaster unexpectedly strikes? Consultant Gregg Hinchman cools the blaze with some practical advice for preparing for the worst – and planning for the best.

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