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Waiting is a wonderful thing. Don't you just love spending your afternoon at the DMV? Isn't that what makes amusement parks so much fun, waiting in long lines to go on the next ride? Or maybe you love waiting for the weekend, for payday, or better yet, for that monster raise you've been expecting all these years. Okay, so the actual waiting is not always that great. It's what you get when the waiting is finally over that makes it all worth it.

Well, for those of you who have been waiting for all the services you've grown to love on NetWare to make their way to Linux, the wait is over. Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 delivers on the remaining services you've wanted to see on Linux, including directory-enabled Domain Name Services (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DFS Junction support, and Archive and Versioning services. This release also delivers some Linux-specific productivity enhancements, such as full 64-bit support, updates to iFolder, installation and management improvements, and a whole arsenal of migration tools and resources to help you finalize your transition to Linux.

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Since the initial release of Novell Open Enterprise Server, one of the most requested enhancements has been the integration of DNS and DHCP servers on Linux with eDirectory. Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 delivers this directory integration so you now have a single point of management for both your DNS and DHCP services.

Now, DNS services on Linux are functionally identical to NetWare 6.5 DNS. Novell did a full port of NetWare DNS to Linux to achieve this level of functionality. Since this port has a proprietary BIND, Novell will provide direct support for it. Additionally, Novell is working with the open source community to have the changes accepted into the open source BIND project.

The process of integrating DHCP with the directory is another great example of Novell's commitment to the open source community. First, Novell proposed to the community the changes required to directory-enable DHCP. After the community validated the changes and agreed to provide support, Novell made the code changes and submitted them upstream. The new directory-enabled DHCP was then accepted into the downstream code base of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1 as a pure open source project. This means that Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 automatically inherits these enhancements to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server code base. Storing all your DHCP information in eDirectory means you'll be able to centrally manage your DHCP servers from iManager.

Speaking of iManager, file system management has also been enhanced in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 with the incorporation of iManager 2.7 on Linux. This version of iManager includes a Novell Storage Services management plug-in that lets you perform full attribute and trustee management of your Novell Storage Services volumes from within iManager, manage directory quotas, and view inherited rights as well as effective rights. (See Figure 1.) You can also use iManager to create, delete, purge and salvage files and folders.

Additionally, in NetWare environments you've been using iManager to create a virtual view of your file systems and use its DFS Junction support to easily create new volumes, join different volumes or split a volume into multiple volumes. That same DFS Junction support is now available on Linux in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. This means you can use iManager to move and split volumes in your DFS infrastructure from NetWare to Linux, Linux to NetWare and Linux to Linux. This support also makes it easier for you to move your file repositories from NetWare to Linux, since you'll be able to keep files in both places while you make the transition. Furthermore, if you're looking at moving to Linux as an opportunity to consolidate servers, you can use DFS to create a single virtual directory view of multiple volumes on multiple servers and then consolidate them as needed.

Pedro Says

As part of the Help Pedro! campaign at BrainShare 2007, participants were asked about their experiences migrating to Linux on Open Enterprise Server. When asked what was the biggest surprise they experienced during the migration, an overwhelming number of respondents expressed that it was easier than they thought it would be, exemplified by comments such as:

  • "Installing the new Open Enterprise Server server into an existing tree went flawlessly."
  • "It has simple and intuitive interfaces to configuration's services."
  • "It has many more options than just the traditional NCP access (NFS, Samba, etc.)"
  • "It gave me seamless integration into my existing NetWare environment."
  • "There are a lot of new features you can use for administration, automation, and system monitoring and management."

When asked what specific aspects of the migration were easier than they thought would be, answers ranged from the installation, creating Novell Storage Services volumes, to the entire process. In other words, to those who are delaying the transition to Linux because they think they lack the expertise or that it will be too difficult, the consensus from other NetWare customers is that making the move is a lot easier than you think.

The campaign was a great success, but it's not over. You can participate in the creation of a best practices migration guide by clicking the Help Pedro! link on the Open Enterprise Server migration Web page (

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