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Always Know When Email is Down – before Your Boss Knows!



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June 29, 2007 12:20 pm

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GroupWise Monitoring and Reporting, JUST GOT EASIER with Redline 3 – get the details here …

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Novell Hackweek is over



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June 29, 2007 7:48 am

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This week we had for the first time Hackweek at Novell. During this week everybody in the engineering group of the Open Platform Business Unit of Novell was encouraged to work on some innovate and cool ideas – and not look at the usual work. This was not for engineers only but also for documentation, testing, and managers.

I started a day late since I landed on monday from the US, and started directly working on Michael’s patch for ldconfig to clean it up (details are here and sent it upstream. After the first review comments I reworked nearly everything, introduced some bugs, debugged and fixed the code and sent it upstream again and wait now for review from the other glibc maintainers. Afterwards I tried to get some statistics out of bugzilla…

I also met a few guys from our community. Francis, Benji and Frank were invited and sponsored to join us – I hope we can invite more people next time and do it with more planning so that they have a chance to join. Francis and Benji have been hacking on the openSUSE Software Portal and Frank launched SUSE-Art.org. On tuesday a car of developers from Prague came over to talk personally with Benji and Francis about the portal.

Going through the Nuernberg offices I noticed a lot of cool ideas. Some people would need another hackweek to finish it – but I did not hear anybody speaking about a failure. A few people used it to learn new skills, e.g. C#, and therefore needed a bit longer to start. Some of the great ideas that I noticed:

  • Add a buildservice project that recompiles Debian packages“: Coolo and Richi have now the first packages from Debian building in the openSUSE BuildService. They showed me some packages that they installed via rpm and which worked just fine.
  • Michael worked on a SAT resolver for package resolving (idea: Fast installation tool). The speed of the examples he showed me was really impressive. Let’s see whether and when we can use it in libzypp.
  • Henne created a “Media Center” edition of openSUSE.
  • Timo, Martin and Tom created an Laptop Access Panel using some python and an interpreter with both GTK and KDE user interfaces. The panel is extensible in an easy way.
  • Try design a nice digiKam HTML theme was the topic Jana worked on. It looks fine in Firefox, Konqueror and Opera but Internet Explorer does not seem to look it completely yet.
  • Holger worked on graphical suspend to progress – showing a sleeping tux while suspending.

The largest team I saw were six people from our server team, they implemented “Create a properly integrated solution for Directory based user authentication/authorization”.

It was really a fantastic week – and we also enjoyed the organization by our OPS team – especially the breakfasts and the Indian dinner on thursday (Pawar from Sur Mandir is the best!).

You can find more blog posts about Hackweek at Planet SUSE.I’m looking forward to HW2!

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AppNote: Enhancing ZENworks Desktop Management with AutoIt



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June 28, 2007 4:39 pm

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Novell’s Eugene Phua provides detailed instructions that will help you use AutoIT integrated with ZENworks to install programs without user intervention. Very useful to add to your bag of tricks.

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Making Dell Laptop PXE Boot the ZENworks Imaging OS



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June 28, 2007 2:17 pm

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Kaden Napper explains how he got a Dell Latitude D630 to PXE boot the ZENworks 7 SP1 imaging OS.

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Google Desktop for Linux



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June 28, 2007 7:45 am

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I just noted that Google have finally released a Google Desktop for Linux. They even have a ready made SuSE RPM. I just installed it on my SLED10 SP1 workstation so I will see how it does – to be fair I don’t actually search my workstation all that often and Beagle was doing what I needed it to.

*Update * – OK, it’s been something like 3 weeks and I have used Google Desktop a grand total of once.  I moved to Linux before the whole google desktop craze and I guess I imagined it to be more useful than I am finding it – it is not the ‘can’t live without it’ app that the hype had me believing.   I find Beagle more useful and the results much more nicely displayed and if/when we get a GW plugin for it then I’ll be completely stoked.

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Mounting ISO Image Files as NSS Volumes on OES for Linux



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June 28, 2007 5:52 am

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Simon Flood shows you how to mount ISO image files of CDs or DVDs as NSS volumes on OES Linux.

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Novell Open Enterprise Server Training and Support Promotion Extended!



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June 28, 2007 4:42 am

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The Novell Open Enterprise Server Training and Support promotion is being extended through September 15, 2007. Take advantage of free Open Enterprise Server training and support. Get all the details here.

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ZENworks Endpoint Security Management

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June 27, 2007 2:20 pm

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Another post from me today. Novell has just announced the immediate availability of a new offeringZENworks Endpoint Security Management.

There is a new webpage available at https://www.novell.com/products/zenworks/endpointsecuritymanagement/ with more information; also we recorded a podcast which is up on Novell Open Audio – https://www.novell.com/feeds/openaudio/?p=167

For techs looking to check this out – head over to https://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=03eZt8W6YSY~

Written at: Provo, UT

So what are we announcing?

This is a new strategic partnership with Senforce. Novell will offering a fully rebranded, fully supported product to customers starting from today.

So what does this new solution do?

Novell ZENworks Endpoint Security Management simplifies endpoint security by putting administrators in control, and combining ‘point’ security solutions under a single, easy-to-use management console:

Personal Firewall: The world’s strongest, yet easiest to use, firewall to protect against hackers, malware, protocol attacks, and more, keeping security invisible to the end-user.

Wireless Security: Centrally controls when, how, and where users are allowed to connect. Wi-Fi connectivity can be limited to authorized and known access points, minimum encryption strength, or can be disabled completely if necessary.

Data Encryption: Secures data stored on the endpoint and on removable media, encrypting files so they can only be read by authorized users. Protects sensitive information on lost or stolen mobile computers.

USB Security: Prevents intentional or inadvertent transmission of data to removable storage devices. Storage devices can be placed in read-only mode or fully disabled, while the endpoint hard drive and all network drives remain accessible and operational.

Application Control: Ensures only approved applications are run on corporate IT assets — create black lists, or enforce applications to run (i.e., VPN or Antivirus) prior to network connection.

Client Self Defense: Protects the endpoint by ensuring that the security client cannot be altered, hacked, or uninstalled.

Port Control: Controls connectivity via LAN, modem, Bluetooth™, Infrared, 1394 (Firewire™), and serial and parallel ports.

Alerts Monitoring: Provides a scalable and simple method for creating, distributing, enforcing, and monitoring security policies on endpoint devices, without forcing users to make security decisions or adjust settings.

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Why is endpoint security important?

Because we all manage laptops and workstations that contain critical and confidential data.

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Novell Client for Vista – Public Beta

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June 27, 2007 11:58 am

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Just a quick update.

The Novell Client for Vista is now in Public Beta. Head over to https://www.novell.com/beta/auth/beta.jsp?id=2306&type=1  and download it.

Feedback appreciated.

Written at: Provo, UT

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Solving the GroupWise 7.0.2 Vulnerability – Quickly and Completely



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June 26, 2007 10:44 am

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GWAVA’s Uli Neumann shares an approach to getting large numbers of GroupWise clients updated quickly and easily, with Redline and a few supplied files.

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