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Less (complicated) is more (servers)



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September 21, 2006 5:44 pm

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If you’re a Novell Open Enterprise Server customer, here’s some good news. Novell is simplifying the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server entitlement for Novell Open Enterprise Server customers, discontinuing the calculation model of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server entitlements and replacing it with a simple needs-based model. Before, customers would get a limited number of SUSE Linux …

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Passionate



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September 21, 2006 4:07 pm

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Today someone mentioned to me “you’re so passionate about Novell’s Resource Management products”, and I must admit I am. But why, why do I think that Novell ZENworks is such a key product for Novell?

Well, I’m just a simple support guy but let me give you my € 0.02 on this (and remember that’s more value then $ 0,02).

We all know the long story about a network operating system many of us love so much, yes I’m talking about NetWare. NetWare is what made Novell “the networking company”, at some point however the IT industry wanted more then just file and print services. Additional products where added to the price list and Novell evolved and now provides a wide range of products focused to the enterprise customer. Many of these products where initially tight to the NetWare platform, at some point these products became more platform independent and would for example also work within a complete Microsoft environment.

OK, but why do I think that Novell ZENworks is such a key product for Novell?

Well, a few years ago Novell made a move, we entered the Linux business, a world with some serious competition with the many many Linux distributions available. What makes Novell so special that we can make a difference within this Linux arena? Linux is just an operating system just like NetWare, but within an enterprise environment you need more. Within an enterprise environment you’ll need to manage the users Identity, you’ll need a scalable collaboration solution, and…. the environment needs to be managed. ZENworks plays a key role in enabling enterprise environments to make the move to a Linux based infrastructure as it provides the management product that allow you to manage desktops and servers in such an environment.

Something to be passionate about?

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GroupWise Administrators Reference Quick Start Card



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September 21, 2006 3:15 pm

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If you manage GroupWise, check out BrainStorm’s new free (as in gratis) GroupWise Administrators Reference. ‘Nuff said.

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So, you need a data warehouse …



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September 20, 2006 5:06 pm

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Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, has shipped an enhanced version of the Teradata database running on Linux, specifically the 64-bit version of SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell. With the 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise operating system, Teradata now delivers the same enterprise-class data warehouse scalability, availability and manageability as it does with Windows or Teradata’s …

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Guest Blog: Talking Security in Balmy London



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September 20, 2006 11:15 am

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From Nancy Hicks, product marketing manager for identity and security: The EMEA Gartner IT Security Summit winds down today, after playing host to a full house of IT security professionals for the last 3 days in – believe it or not – sunny and warm London (I brought my umbrella, but it’s still in my …

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Gartner IT Asset Management Conference



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September 19, 2006 6:34 am

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I am in Orlando, Florida at the Gartner IT Asset Management conference.  Novell is a Platinum Sponsor at this conference and I wanted to provide a quick update on a session that we did yesterday. 

The cool thing about the vendor sessions this year is that they are split/ half the time for the vendor and half for a customer to present a use case.  The title of my presentation was: Separating ZENworks Asset Management from the Pack.  In the presentation, I talked about 3 key areas that differentiates ZENworks Asset Management from the competition. They are:

> Knowledgebase approach (BTY- Gartner has picked up on this terminology in relation to discovery)
> license tracking and reconciliation
> usage tracking and reporting

The customer session was presented by Keith Cartlidge from Lockheed Martin.  Lockheed Martin are a long-standing ZENworks Asset Management customer with 40,000 seats under management.  In his presentation, Keith walked through how they use the product and the various ways they are getting value from it.  He told a great story about how when they first were evaluating ZENworks Asset Management.  They were dealing with an Oracle maintenance renewal at the time and used their old inventory product to produce a report of all Oracle installations.  The problem was that the report did not identify and breakout the products in a way that would allow them to tie back to licensed products.  They sent the report to Oracle and asked them to identify which file(s) went with which products and after several months, Oracle finally said, they couldn’t figure it out. 

So, Lockheed Martin scanned their systems with ZENworks Asset Management and through a sample check, determined that it accurately identified and reported Oracle applications at a level needed to determine the right maintenance renewal. 

This is all possible because of our Knowledgebase approach to discovery and inventory and the Tech Analysts that work on ZENworks Asset Management and update the Knowledgebase on a monthly basis. 

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ZENworks in Paris

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September 19, 2006 1:40 am

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Paris, France

I am in Paris, France for a few days talking to customers and partners.

The main focus of this visit is describing our roadmap and vision – the next generation of ZENworks – and demonstrating some of the new features.

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last few weeks – it’s been feverishly busy. I will be blogging a lot in the coming weeks – there is lots to share.

Written at: Paris, France

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Getting IP Address Details via an App Object

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September 19, 2006 12:00 am

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Freshly updated — Here are some great suggestions for ways you can have an App Object record the IP Address details from your users’ workstations.

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Using RSYNC for Content Replication in ZENworks Linux Management



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September 19, 2006 12:00 am

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If you occasionally have trouble getting Tiered Electronic Distribution to replicate the package data store, this one’s for you. Philip Cockrell explains how to doing it using RSYNC and CRON. Nifty!

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Needing more speed, and getting it



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September 18, 2006 5:52 pm

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There’s more good news on the high‑performance computing front. Wombat Financial Software announced the breaking of the 100 microsecond barrier on an open platform by leveraging Voltaire’s high‑performance, low‑latency InfiniBand switches and software, the new SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time server from Novell, and the new Dual‑Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series. Capital markets customers …

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