It’s getting clearer by the day that conversations around open source has moved beyond discussions of “what is it?” to “how do I leverage it?” Case in point: IBD Networks, a Silicon Valley based group focused on new trends in the industry, is putting on a Under the Radar event tonight in Mountain View on …
The ZENworks 7 boot process, be it from CD or partition, sometimes has trouble getting a DHCP address from certain switches and/or certain switch configurations. In many cases, this problem can be resolved by increasing the DHCP timeout period. Corey Webb explains how to make it work for ZENworks.
In today’s business environment, manually managing servers for periodic updates, installations, and tasks is impractical. It is a well known fact that automating repetitive tasks can significantly lower a system’s total cost of ownership. This article shows how the award-winning Novell ZENworks software can tier, schedule and automate the distribution of Novell patches.
Six months to BrainShare 2007 – and we’re working on proposed sessions.
The big thing is the Next Generation of ZENworks – I’ve blogged about that before.
I am proposing four sessions – co-presenting with Mark Schouls:
- ZENworks: Live Migration from ZENworks 7 to Next Generation
- ZENworks: Next Generation in an all Windows environment
- ZENworks: Next Generation and the Vista lifecycle
- ZENworks: Next Generation. Architecture, Planning and Migration
[Update – Cool Solutions is looking for your feedback.]
Written at: Salt Lake City, UT
Novell’s CEO Ron Hovsepian will be featured in a fireside chat at the Future Forward Executive Retreat in Beverly, Mass., this Thursday. The Future Forward retreat has become one of top industry events in the Boston area over the last few years, and it’s great to see this kind of session dedicated to open source. …
I am sat in my hotel room in Alabama getting ready for another week at a customer site. I quite enjoy travelling, but the nature of support means that most of these visits are organized at the very last minute with no time to prepare yourself. I was sat in Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ restaurant tonight where the waitress commented on what good English I spoke. Erm, because I am. Made me smile anyway.
The other benefit of travelling, besides stuffing my face on new foods (collared greens was a new one on me tonight), is it gives me time to catch up on work and blogging. Tonight Alias Migration is on the menu.
Many people have probably missed it, and probably just as many don’t care, but in 7.0.1 we included an alias migration tool. This is especially useful for customers in Europe and Asia that have been needing to use aliases for users that have extended characters in their names. Extended characters are illegal in email addresses so the only solution for years was to use an alias instead.
In GW6.5 we added a new field on user objects – preferred email ID, or freeform address depending on what you know it as. This allows you to enter the part before the @ on the user object and allow Internet Addressing to resolve the name. The benefit of this over the alias is that:
- This address appears in the GW System Address book
- It populates the eDir Internet Email address field
- It gets returned on LDAP queries
The problem for a long time was that people weren’t using this field as there was no way to migrate the data from the aliases to this new field. Well, that’s where the new Alias Migration tool comes in.
The tool is found in ConsoleOne, as long as you have the SP1 snapins installed, under Tools -> GroupWise Utilities -> Gateway Alias Migration. It searches the domain for all the Gateway Alias Types and the aliases defined on them and lists them (the list will depend on what object was selected when you invoked the tool):
You are then able to select the aliases you wish to migrate. If the idomain on the alias does not exist in your Internet Addressing configuration then it will be added by the tool. The user portion will be added to the Preferred Email ID. Pretty excellent all round really.
You can read the docs here. My next post will cover another new hidden option in ConsoleOne.
The new Novell Open Audio site is online, but we have not replaced the old site with it, because we’re not sure it’s 100% ready to go.
So, I am asking any willing members of our listener community to help us test it out. We’re looking for suggestions on the look and feel, and whether all the interactions work well or not.
If you find any issues, please let me know by commenting on this post. Thanks for your help!
Thanks to Novell Open Audio listener Mike Petersen, the Cool Solutions wiki now has an initial collection of articles about deploying SLED10.
Says Mike: “Just listened to the Survey results show and noticed that you may do a show about Deploying SLED10. Well, I had a guide on my site that had some tips ‑ but I now decided to move it to Novell’s Wiki so other admins can edit or add to it.”
The coolest thing about wiki is that it’s community property, so anyone can add or modify content on it.
Erin and I did a BrainShare session on using wiki and implementing wiki, and we posted the accompanying how-to guides on…wait for it…on the wiki!
Novell Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon blogged some background info on the origins of Novell Open Audio and his philosophy about the program.
Response comments so far have been few, but John is definitely listening for them. (He emailed me the first comment this morning.)
So, if you are interested in sharing any of your thoughts–positive or negative, please have at it. John is essentially our patron and NOA’s longterm future is in his hands.
Forbes has an article out this week on Richard Stallman and the GPL3 issue. It’s a fairly alarmist piece, in my view. It suggests that disagreements among the open source community around GPL3 threaten to derail the whole Linux and open source movement. Novell was contacted for this story, but we wouldn’t comment on specific …