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With ‘Fest’ in the name, it has to be good



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September 29, 2006 4:39 pm

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If you live in Ohio, you may want to check out the Ohio LinuxFest tomorrow in Columbus. There’s quite a speaker lineup, including Novell’s Ted Haeger talking about desktop innovation at Novell. Plus vendor exhibits, the conference party and all the cool things you’ve come to expect from a good Linux get-together.


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size matters?



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September 29, 2006 3:21 pm

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i remember, in my high school days, once spending most of my money that i earned during a school break period on a new 20MB hard disk for my PS2 computer. since then the world has dramatically changed as far as storage capacity is concerned. but still i keep asking my self: does size really not matter anymore? our current designer build is >400MB in size! please help me understand how this affects your usage of designer.i would like to know whether:

– you don’t care because you have a broadband internet access and assume the rest of the world has it, too

– you think it’s pretty big but you still download it whenever you need it, even once a day if necessary

– you don’t download as often as you used to when it was less than 200mb in size

we want the designer community to keep downloading the latest nightly and milestone builds so that we get the necessary feedback to improve our product. if the size keeps you from following us from milestone to milestone, this is a serious problem for our development model which relies on you downloading our latest builds.

please provide us honest feedback and, if you want, ideas how to improve.

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Linux x desktop = “multiplied” strategy



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September 28, 2006 5:03 pm

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For fans of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (a group that seems to be steadily growing), you might be interested in a white paper from Omni Technology Solutions about “multiplied” SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop strategy. According to the white paper, modern PCs spend most of the day idle, and the Multiplied Linux Desktop strategy allows …

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ZENworks Next Generation .. a teaser

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September 28, 2006 3:03 pm

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I’ve written a little about the Next Generation of ZENworks – it’s time to write some blog posts about what we are planning during 2007.

I planned the structure of this series while visiting customers in Europe; during that tour I was describing our roadmap, strategy and vision – all under Non-Disclosure. My challenge is to share much of that in a public blog, without requiring every one of you to sign a ‘virtual non-disclosure’, and yet keeping the content interesting and useful.

As we move through the remaining months of 2006 and into early 2007 we will be communicating a lot more about our plans for the Next Generation of ZENworks; BrainShare 2007 will naturally be a focal point for announcements.

So here is my rough plan for the next few posts:

  • ZENworks History 101
    • Looking back over the last ten years
    • why has ZENworks been so successful with customers?
    • how did the product evolve?
    • why is there a need for ‘Next Generation’?
  • ZENworks Next Generation Architecture
    • a dive into the architectural components of the Next Generation of ZENworks
    • why is this a good thing for existing customers?
    • why is this a good thing for new customers?
  • Installation and Deployment
    • Zero to Hero – Deploying your first ZENworks server in ten minutes!
    • Adding managed workstations and servers
    • Expanding your ZENworks infrastructure
  • A walk through the ZENworks Control Center
    • Web based management for ZENworks
    • Native integration with your corporate directory
    • Linux and Windows management from a single point
  • How to get there from here
    • Some early notes on migrating to ZENworks Next Generation

I’m sure that questions will drive more posts – but for now that seems to cover a lot!

Written at: München, Germany

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Laptop batteries again?



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September 28, 2006 1:51 pm

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Yes, this time Lenovo/ThinkPads. They announced today that about 526,000 Sony batteries shipped in their various ThinkPad models are subject to recall because of the same over-heating/fire hazards that caused Dell to recall 4.1 million batteries. The models were sold worldwide from February 2005 until September 2006 and include these models:

* ThinkPad R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e)
* ThinkPad T Series (T43, T43p, T60)
* ThinkPad X Series (X60, X60s)
* ThinkPad T4x Series or ThinkPad R5x Series systems (in some cases)

If you are running ZENworks Asset Management, you can easily create a custom report to query for these system models and then have users run Lonovo’s automated check from this page to determine if the battery is actually subject to recall or
users can enter their battery part number on this same web page to determine if their battery is subject to recall or not.

Either way, it is prudent to create a report of these sytem models and document what steps were taken to ensure that affected batteries were identified and replaced. The auditors will eventually ask for it.

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ZENworks Code Names

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September 27, 2006 10:00 pm

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Quite a few weeks ago Ron van Herk asked about ZENworks project code names.

Here is my ‘inside view’ of ZENworks – from ZENworks for Desktops 3 to present day!

I’ve tried to include dates of product release, the final product name and the code name.

Written on: United 906 between Chicago and Munich

So here is the recent list:

Summer 2001 – ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 – Firestarter
Summer 2002 – ZENworks for Desktops 4 – Prometheus

Summer 2001 – ZENworks for Servers 2 Management & Monitoring Services – Palomar
ZENworks for Servers 3 – Indianapolis

Summer 2003 – ZENworks 6 Suite – Hercules
Summer 2004 – ZENworks 6.5 Suite – Midas
Summer 2005 – ZENworks 7 Suite – Shade

Summer 2005 – ZENworks 7 Linux Management – Birdman

Next Generation ZENworks Architecture – Brimstone

Going back through my archive of roadmap planning is fascinating.

I distinctly remember naming Prometheus. The aim of the product was to run ‘anywhere’ – Windows or NetWare centric environments, with or without the Novell Client32. I jokingly referred to this one day as ‘bringing light to the Microsoft world’. Greek mythology tells that Prometheus brought fire to the world, stealing it from the Gods. Little did I think that the deep thinkers and researchers would look beyond that message and see that Prometheus was punished for his exploits. I’d like to think that ZENworks for Desktops 4 – and subsequent releases – were succesful for customers and didn’t incur such drastic punishment.

The fire theme for Prometheus also led me to the codename for ZENworks for Desktops 3.2. I saw this as a minor point release; so ‘Firestarter’ became the name.

You can still see some of the remnents of the naming. If you look at the documentation site for both ZfD3.2 and ZfD4 they carry the codenames. https://www.novell.com/documentation/zdfs and https://www.novell.com/documentation/zdpr – with zdfs and zdpr being the shorthand for the projects. We’ve made our documentation urls nicer since then.

The final codename I want to mention is ZENworks 7 Linux Management. Birdman. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for this – except that the newly acquired Ximian engineering team selected it. Obviously all big Adult Swim fans.

Written at: United 906 between Chicago and Munich

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NOA: Beergardens and Mobile Devices



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September 27, 2006 5:41 am

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Limited Edition Novell Green BackpackI have previously mentioned that we have an upcoming episode of Novell Open Audio featuring Holger Macht and Timo Hoenig from SUSE’s “Team Mobile Devices.” Well, it’s finally online.

In a tip of the hat to the guys over at The Linux Link Tech Show, this edition involves beer. We recorded from Anderland, a fine beergarden in beautiful Nuremberg. Please consider the background noise on this one simply part of the ambience. Oh, and for our Provo-based listeners: yes, that is a baby crying in the background, and, yes, people commonly bring their infants to beergardens.

We remind you that the online listener survey closes on Saturday, so if you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do! We will award two limited edition green Novell backpacks–possibly stuffed with some other cool schwag–to two of the respondents. We’ll announce who wins them after September 30th.

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data analysis and compliance – hype or trend?



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September 25, 2006 10:15 pm

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why should it be important to an enterprise it department to have full control and certainty over the state of identity and access related data in the company? what kind of data analysis do you need to gain control and certainty over the state of your company’s data? is this all a big hype to warm up the market or are we facing a real problem here? what – by the way – is “compliance”?i think i stated earlier in this blog that i spend my first five years at novell in consulting and delivered tens of identity management projects. one thing that always amazed me was how quickly user experience was put over security. i guess everybody has realized by now that security has its price and it usually does not only come in the national currency for software licenses and service fees but also in the form of opportunity costs from more complicated user interfaces, processes and hardware.

i also found that larger corporations were more security sensitive than smaller corporations and the same is for richer versus less rich corporations. i got the impression that security is a luxury good that not all companies could or wanted to afford. an article in the costco connection made it very clear where this can lead to: universities very often don’t have the same budget as larger corporations and therefore have become a – or i should say THE – preferred target for hackers around the globe. identity theft starts with any kind of identity information being stolen. it’s not just your records at your bank that have to be protected. hackers get what they need from numerous sources.

ok, that was a lot of blabla you heard a hundred times already. if you heard it already for a hundred times, i would like to pick your brain and learn from you what actions you have taken to secure your data and you monitor that your actions are effective. i leave it up to you to hope it was only a hype or to believe it is a trend.

usually people associate the word compliance with government regulations like Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA or 508. but compliance starts long before that. compliance starts where you want it to start. you define rules and strategies how your data should look like to serve its purpose (security related or other). monitoring your data and detecting rule violations is what allows you to find out whether your data is in compliance with your own regulations. if your data and processes can’t follow your own rules, how can it be expected to follow the rules of a complex regulation?

last year at brainshare we showed you a new tool to gain control over your data. six months later, the develpment team releases milestone 0 of a new product called enforcer for novell identity manager. read more about enforcer 1.0m0. m0 is only the first step in enforcers developmen cycle. help us identify whether we are on track and give us your feedback.

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Novell Patch Management Protects Customers from VML Vulnerability (925568)



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September 25, 2006 3:29 pm

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On Friday, Novell issued a Microsoft workaround for a zero day exploit in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to its Novell ZENworks Patch Management users. The patch fixes an IE vulnerability to remote code execution via an error in the Microsoft Windows implementation of the Vector Markup Language. Novell acted fast to issue this temporary workaround and …

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SAN to SAN Migration Using Server Consolidation/Migration Utility



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September 22, 2006 12:07 pm

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Mike Faris explains how to move data from one SAN volume to a new SAN using the Novell Server Consolidation and Migration Utility.

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