Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 included the following major features and enhancements that were not included in OES 1. All features are retained in SP1 unless otherwise noted in Section 1.6, New in OES 2 SP1.
OES 2 introduces Novell Dynamic Storage Technology, a unique storage solution that lets you combine a primary file tree and a shadow file tree so that they appear to NCP and Samba/CIFS users as one file tree. The primary and shadow trees can be located on NSS volumes on the same server or on different servers.
This lets you manage storage costs in new and efficient ways that were not previously possible.
For more information, see the related sections in Section 14.0, Storage and File Systems and the OES 2 SP3: Dynamic Storage Technology Administration Guide.
In addition to the legacy Server Consolidation and Migration Toolkit, OES 2 includes new migration tools for migrating data and services from NetWare to OES 2.
For more information, see Section 9.0, Migrating and Consolidating Existing Servers and Data.
Both OES 2 and NetWare 6.5 SP8 can run in virtual machines on either an OES 2 or a SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 or later server. This is especially valuable to those organizations that are deploying new hardware that doesn’t run NetWare as a physical installation.
For more information, see Section 10.0, Virtualization in OES 2.