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Vista – the first thirty (something) days – update

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December 24, 2006 3:53 pm

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I wrote about Vista – since then I have had a flood of emails – I’ll try and answer them here:
Firstly – VMware Workstation 6 is in beta.

My friends at VMware let me know about that and got me on the beta. So far it’s looking great with Vista as a host – and there are slew of new features.

Secondly – many people asked ‘is it worth the switch from XP?’

Difficult question. If you have a burning need for x86_64 support, or if you have pretty good hardware and a good end-user training program – then a qualified ‘maybe’.

Thirdly – I’ve been asked about ZENworks and the Novell Client.

Good news. The next version of ZENworks will be in beta in January – that will support Vista.

The second piece of news – and I have the scoop here – is that Jason Williams let me know that the Vista Client will be available as a technology preview in January with release in mid-2007.

I’ll be working on some ZENworks Pulsar posts over the break – so see you then.

Happy Christmas and here’s looking forward to a great 2007.

Written at: Draper, Utah

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The future of (Network) Operating Systems…



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December 21, 2006 10:25 am

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Hi,

I’ve been working on clusters (generally, parallel processing) for quite a long time now, and that has created a perspective on service (cluster resource) oriented modeling of distributed applications. I wanted to share a few thoughts on the future of Network Operating Systems; from this point of view…

We’ve long considered (and have been training) server-hosted applications to be relocatable cluster resources, thanks to data persistence in the storage network, and secondary network addresses, services have already been somewhat virtualized and are relocatable across the physical servers in a high-availability cluster. Service-oriented location transparency is a nice way to describe this. Two generations of Fibre-Channel and now the rise of commodity iSCSI Storage Area Networks has helped our thinking. And as Brad has been writing, we’ve reached a level of sophistication that allows for automated service-level disaster recovery – cluster resources that can failover from one data center cluster to another – Netware or Linux – together with your most important asset – the persistent data that those cluster resources depend on and serve access to – whether it be file, mail or other valuable data.

I invite you to read Brad’s posts on Novell’s latest Business Continuance Cluster release.

Now – something _really_ interesting is happening – as a PC-server based industry – we are taking the next step to make compute virtualization become an intrinsic component of the network operating system. The integration of clusters, storage networking, virtual machines plus some ideas, protocols and algorithms from the high performance cluster computing (aka parallel processing aka Grid) community is causing a convergence and opportunity to think about what network operating systems actually mean and will be able to offer in the future. And Novell’s work with open standards, in open source, creates the foundation for practical enterprise interopability.

Distributed identity and trust creates the security foundation.

Virtual machines – are the missing link. The active/active versus active/passive cluster resource deployment construct we’ve been working with the last few years, becomes a much more robust tool for managing services that are entirely self-contained, thanks to compute virtualization. We call this a proper separation of concerns. By wrapping a traditional cluster resource (network consumable service) inside a quality-of-service controlled virtual machine, we can dynamically provision the performance and availability of that service relative to available physical resources. Configuration is separate and follows the service. Code follows the service. And individual services gain even more mobility than our cluster (constrained) resources – via resource management software that can orchestrate the combination of application service and data, at service instantiation – i.e. deployment – rather than installation time.

Clusters of failover resources, and now virtual machines, and clusters-of-clusters for automated geographic disaster recovery, and grids of virtual machines hosted by high-availability clusters, are the things we’ve spent the last few years thinking about – for Netware and Linux. And we are delivering these capabilities via products like OES, SLES10, ZENworks Orchestrator, BCC 1.1, and soon, SLES10-based OES2.

If you have time this holiday season – I’ve written a few more words on these topics – and invite your feedback, and thoughts, on the future of the Network Operating System.

https://www.novell.com/connectionmagazine/2006/q4/tech_talk_9.html

Here at Novell, the company that offers Software for the Open Enterprise, we are certainly looking forward to 2007. A lot of good stuff is coming together…

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. See you at Brainshare 2007 :-)

Robert

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Taking the pulse of ‘Pulsar’



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December 20, 2006 2:16 pm

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The beta code of Novell’s next generation ZENworks for device management, code named ‘Pulsar,’ is now available for testing. Pulsar is a complete device management product for Windows desktop customers who are looking to get the most out of their desktop investment from Vista or earlier versions. It is the only solution that can run …

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More GroupWise releases



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December 20, 2006 11:44 am

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Quick update before the Christmas break.  We are right now in the process of releasing GW7 Interim Release 1. It’s a public patch, fully tested and it is a precursor to SP2.  It will appear on the GW patches page later today.  Now, if rolling out patches takes your company a while, or your problem is not listed in the readme then I should warn you that we plan to follow with SP2 some time in the first quarter of next year – bear that in mind.  And no, I am not going to give you a date – it has backfired on me every single time :)
Also, available for download are a MAPI beta and the GW7 Migration Utilitity for MS Exchange.  The MAPI beta contains a load of fixes and enhancements for our MAPI provider.  So if you are experiencing problems with utilities that use MAPI to send mails through GW then go and give this a try.

The Exchange Migration Utility is the result of months of work for our team and offers vast, vast performance increases over the old version.  If you are planning a migration soon then make sure you give it a try – it’s free after all.  They are all available from here.  Make sure you select the beta link at the top for the 2 beta updates.

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ITIL, SAM and ZAM



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December 20, 2006 9:28 am

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We recently published an article about how ZENworks Asset Management maps to and enables many of the best practices described by the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)- particularly the Software Asset Management (SAM) Best Practices Guide.

Check it out here and reply with comments.

If you are not familiar with ITIL, it is simply a framework for organizing and managing IT operations in a way that aligns to a set of services provided to the business. You can read more about ITIL here.

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ZENworks shines at BrainStormer event



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December 19, 2006 1:47 pm

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Guest Blog from Gil Cattelain, Novell ZENworks Product Marketing, on the BrainStormer Christmas Update in the UK I’ve just returned from last week’s BrainStormer Christmas Update/ZENworks Summit held at the prestigious University of Oxford in England. This year approximately 55 educational ZENworks customers (universities) attended the event. Various ZENworks sessions were offered covering everything from …

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java.exe, java.exe, java.exe and java.exe



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December 19, 2006 7:25 am

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Task Manager

I recently had a customer that had some problems with his ZENworks install on Windows, one of the java processes on the server was generating lots of connections to eDirectory. The unfortunate thing on Windows is that when you have a look at Task Manager it shows several instances of java.exe it however doesn’t tell you what each of these processes are.

There are some debug java utilities within the JDK however these are not too easy to use, so I had a look to see if there was an easy way to find out what each of the java.exe instances where doing. I ended up using the process explorer from Sysinternals, it’s a great tool that shows exactly what each of the java processes does.

Process Explorer

So, in case you ever wonder what java.exe, java.exe, java.exe and java.exe are doing…….

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Vista – the first thirty days

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December 18, 2006 3:33 pm

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Vista
A month ago I got my hands on the RTM DVD of Windows Vista and took the plunge. I installed Vista Ultimate on my production IBM Thinkpad T42p; 80GB HDD, 2GB RAM. I integrated this copy of Vista into my home lab Active Directory environment.

Up front – I’m posting this for ‘FYI’ and general interest. I know that there are several components of the Novell portfolio (Client, ZENworks) that are not in beta yet. I am not looking for comments on these.

Written at: Draper, UT

Comparing ‘like with like’ – how does SLED 10 compare with Vista?

SLED 10 seems a lot more responsive and the desktop effects in SLED really grow on you. The non-privileged user on SLED 10 also gets to work pretty well too; obviously this is a native part of the security model. Vista is just so ‘in your face’ and intrusive. Microsoft haven’t got that part right yet. I’m down to a handful of applications that require Windows; but I’m working on those.
So back to Vista: currently here is what I’ve got running, as well as a list of applications that are working for me:

  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Office 2007
  • Firefox 2.0
  • Novell GroupWise 7
  • Open Office 2 Novell Edition
  • Putty
  • TextPad 4.7.3
  • Adobe Creative Suite 2
  • iTunes 7.0.2
  • Microsoft Windows Live Writer
  • Audacity
  • WinISO 4.3
  • WinZIP 9 SR1
  • BulletProof FTP Client 2.59
  • Symantec Anti Virus 10.2
  • Freemind 0.8
  • Nero 7 Ultra Edition
  • Collanos Workplace 1.0.0.9
  • Apple Airport Admin 4.2
  • GLoSS
  • GAIM 2 beta 5
  • Skype 2.5

The only applications I’m having trouble with so far are

  • Nortel Contivity VPN client
  • VMware Workstation (Vista as host)

I found a couple of defects; Microsoft worked with me and got a fix for one:

The most annoying thing was the User Account Control – every action required confirmation. I’m a domain admin and local admin on the box; my own fault if I do something foolish. I turned off all of the UAC features within a few hours – just too in your face.
Next steps are to find the Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad tools for some of the key mappings; not essential. Also have another hack at the VPN client.

Usual disclaimer – some of the apps listed are not ‘supported’. In fact I’m probably the only person testing Collanos Workplace on Vista ;)

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Inventory Multiple Machines at Once in ZENworks Asset Management

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December 18, 2006 3:23 pm

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In ZENworks Asset Management, there are several ways to start an inventory on multiple machines at once. Geoffrey Carman tells you about how you do it with the Manager.

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Take a Closer Look: SecureWave Sanctuary Suite

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December 18, 2006 12:00 am

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If you are looking for a way to keep your end users from inadvertently bringing malware and spyware to work with them via their USB memory sticks, ZIP drives, PDAs, digital cameras, CD/DVD players, etc., you should take a closer look at Sanctuary Suite.

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