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Novell Teaming 2.1 Delivers on Its Customer and Partner Commitments

Written by Ken Baker

Teaming Specialists

In another show of commitment, Novell Teaming 2.1 introduces a new workspace export/import feature that addresses a very specific need partners voiced to Novell—the need to quickly populate a workspace. This need often arises for partners that want to create a Novell Teaming space customized for a specific vertical market, such as healthcare, manufacturing, education or government. In the past, every time a partner would create one of these specialized Novell Teaming environments for a customer, they would have to start from scratch. Now partners can create a populated workspace model for a vertical market and leverage it for multiple customers using the export/import feature.

For example, a partner specializing in the pharmaceutical industry could create a Novell Teaming workspace and use their industry expertise to populate it with knowledgebases, wikis, forums, electronic forms and automated workflows tailored to the unique needs of their customers in the pharmaceutical industry. Once the model is created, the partner can export the workspace to a zip file by doing the following: (See Figure 3.)

  1. Log in as the Novell Teaming administrator.
  2. Navigate to the workspace to be exported.
  3. Click Manage from the menu and then select Export/Import.
  4. When the Export/Import page displays, choose the Export This Folder or Workspace option and click OK.

To import a workspace, from the Export / Import page you simply choose the option Import into This Folder or Workspace, browse to the location of the exported zip file and then click OK.

It’s important to note that the export/import process does not preserve all types of data. Export and import do preserve the hierarchical structure of the workspace, all folders in the workspace (unless you specifically exclude certain folders), all content in exported folders, landing pages for workspaces or folders, entry definitions associated with any folder content, workflows associated with any workspace content, custom forms associated with any workspace content and wiki links.

The export/import process does not preserve access control information, accessories, permalinks, activity data (i.e., who visited the place, edit history and workflow history), entry ratings, entry definitions not associated with folder content, workflows not associated with workspace content, e-mail notification settings, default folder columns, global filters and custom JSP files. (Note: Custom JSP files must be exported as part of an extension. Workspaces that leverage custom JSP files still retain the settings that point to the custom JSP files.)

To give you an idea of how you can take advantage of the export/import feature, Novell will be posting short video demos that show how to create a model or baseline workspace for your users or customers. You can find these demos in the Teaming Library. Even though Novell created the export/import feature in direct response to partner feedback, users can also take advantage of its functionality if they want to move workspace content between different workspaces.

The new landing page editor has a working canvas where you drag and drop the various elements you want to add to your landing page.

Committed to the Team

Novell Teaming 2.1 also delivers enhancement in other areas, such as calendars and tasks and the introduction of Teaming feeds. Teaming feeds provide real-time updates on the activity within your Novell Teaming site. To help you learn more about these and all the other new features provided in Novell Teaming 2.1, Novell has posted a series of articles on the Cool Solutions community. If you’re planning on attending BrainShare®, you can get even further insights from Novell Teaming product managers and developers who will be hosting a number of sessions on Novell Teaming. (See Team BrainShare)

In another show of commitment, Novell Teaming 2.1 introduces a new workspace export/import feature that addresses a very specific need partners voiced to Novell—the need to quickly populate a workspace.

The more you find out about Novell Teaming 2.1, the more you’ll discover how committed the Novell team is to its Novell Teaming customers and partners.

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