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Do you have that file?

Ron van Herk

August 7, 2007 2:57 pm




How often do you have the situation where a colleague asks you “do you have that file?”. Within the team I work with we’ve got that quite often. So if you’ve got the file, you put the file on a share somewhere or you e-mail the file to the other.

I just listened to the latest pod cast on Open Audio, the first interview in this episode discusses the Giver project. Cool stuff that makes it a lot more easy to just quickly send over that file that you needed directly from one to another. Interesting stuff….

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Ron van Herk

August 3, 2007 6:09 am



Just like many others I’m looking forward to the release of ZENworks Configuration Management, together with my colleagues from support I’ve been actively working on this for about half a year now while supporting the beta program.

As you all know, ZCM is build on our new architecture and has been build up from the ground. With a change like this it also means that customers will need to get used to the new product and sometimes it might take some time to find the replacement for a particular feature in the old version.
In the past few months several people have asked me “I want to assign that bundle as force-run, how can I do that?”. Well with ZENworks Configuration Management you first indicate where the icon for this bundle needs to show up, and next you can define the Distribution, Launch and Availability schedules. In the Launch schedule can be specified when to run this bundle, selecting “At device Refresh” or “Now” are the replacements of the Force Run option in ZENworks 7. After you’ve seen it for a few times you’ll find it quite easy and wonder why you might not have seen it the first time you looked at it.

OK, so what is the good news, the documentation will have an overview with some of the ZENworks 7 features and an explanation on where these can be found within ZENworks Configuration Management.

Thanks to the documentation guy’s.

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Update Scanner

Ron van Herk

August 2, 2007 8:00 am



Update Scan

Many of you might be using the RSS feed to look at what happens at Cool Blogs. Unfortunately not all web-pages have an RSS feed available (like the page where we moderate incoming comments into Cool Blogs :-)).

Firefox has a great add-on called Update Scanner that can scan web-pages to see if they have been changed and will notify you as soon as a change has occurred. Using it for some time now and don’t want to live without it anymore.

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Deep Freeze

Ron van Herk

July 18, 2007 3:57 am



As a true Dutch speedskater, as soon as people talk about freezing I wonder when I can make a few laps on the ice. But, it’s not only water that can get frozen.

Some of you might have heard of Deep Freeze, the product is often used in education environments and allows the PC’s to get back to their original state after you’ve done a reboot, useful if you have some students that want to screw up your PC’s in your classroom. Today I saw that Faronics has released Deep Freeze for Linux, they already where running on both Windows and Mac, and now they added Linux (only SLED at the moment) to the list. Good news for education environments with “creative students”.

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NNTP access to the Beta newsgroup

Ron van Herk

June 16, 2007 4:57 am



Forum in GroupWise
As Martin just mentioned we just released the public beta of Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management.

On the public beta website you’ll find a link to the newsgroup that can be used to provide feedback, the link will guide you to the web-based interface for the newsgroup that we created for this. Frequent users of the Novell Support Forums mainly use NNTP to access the forums as this makes reading the different newsgroups a lot more comfortable, and indeed the beta newsgroup is available through NNTP as well.

There are several specialized news-readers and even GroupWise can be used to access the forums through NNTP. If you want to know more about NNTP, have a look at the Novell Support Forums FAQ.

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The power of the media

Ron van Herk

June 7, 2007 6:06 am




I know, this blog is supposed to be about Novell and it’s products and not about making jokes. And I know I shouldn’t make jokes about Americans as many of my colleagues are from the US. But let me make an exception once.

One of the nice thing’s about working at Novell is the many different cultures you see around you in such an international organization. I’m working in the European Support Center in the Netherlands and here at the office we’ve got people from many different countries working to support people from all over the world. Today one of my colleagues (she was born in Iran) send me this joke:

A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York. Suddenly he sees a little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog .
He runs over and starts fighting with the dog. He succeeds in killing the dog and saving the girl’s life.
A policeman who was watching the scene walks over and says:
“You are a hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers: ‘Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl”
The man says: “But I am not a New Yorker!”
The policeman answers:
“Oh ,then it will say in newspapers in the morning: ‘Brave American saves life of little girl'”
“But I am not an American!” says the man.
“Oh, what are you then? ”
The man says: “I am an Iranian!”
The next day the newspapers says:
“Islamic extremist kills innocent American dog “

It’s great to see this type of jokes coming by (as long as my colleague from Belgium doesn’t start to make jokes about Dutch people saving money).

It is interesting to see the topic behind the joke, the way thing’s get positioned in the media do have a lot of affect on how people think about certain topics. I try to follow some of the news about Novell and it has been interesting to see how some of the articles about Novell have been written, especially the news around the Novell – MS deal has been interesting to look at. Some articles spoke about the evil Novell while others had a more neutral look at what happened.

One other interesting aspect on this is looking at the topics that people write about, somehow as soon as soon as Novell gets mentioned in an article it’s often “Novell the Linux company that got in the news due to it’s contract with Microsoft” while Novell does much more then just Linux. As a ZENworks guy I sure have a special interest in the news around ZENworks, it will be interesting to see what will get published in the Media about our ZENworks Configuration Management product in the next few months.

Greetings from the Netherlands 🙂

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Adminstudio ZENworks edition

Ron van Herk

June 4, 2007 2:56 am




Last week I posted about the R2 of our ZENworks 7 SP1 where we released some updated components in our suite. One of the components that got updated was AdminStudio ZENworks Edition where we moved from version 7.5 to version 8.

Unfortunately at the time of the release the registration page for the Adminstudio ZENworks edition wasn’t updated yet and as such people that registered still received the 7.5 serial numbers 🙁

The good news is that the registration page has been updated now and should allow you to get the right serial number. For the people that did register last week and received a 7.5 serial number, just register again and you’ll get the right serial number.

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ZENworks 7 Suite with Support Pack 1 Release 2

Ron van Herk

May 28, 2007 12:34 pm



Last week we updated some of the products available in the ZENworks 7 Suite, the updates are available as the “ZENworks 7 Suite with Support Pack 1 Release 2”. The R2 release has the following updates:

  • Handheld Management – updated from version 7 SP1 to version 7 SP1 R2
  • Linux Management – updated from version 7 IR1 to version 7.2
  • Asset Inventory – updated from version 7 SP1 to version 7.5
  • Instant Messenger – powered by Novell Messenger; updated from version 2.0.1 to version 2.0.2
  • Personality Migration – powered by Unicenter* Desktop DNA; updated from version R11.0.4.6 to version R11.1
  • Software Packaging – powered by Macrovision* FLEXnet* AdminStudio* ZENworks Edition; updated from version 7.5 to version 8
  • Patch Management – powered by PatchLink* Update; updated from version 6.2 to version 6.3

Desktop Management and Server Management haven’t been updated in this Support Pack 1 Release 2.

The ZENworks 7 Suite with Support Pack 1 Release 2 is available at Novell Downloads, this also includes the full readme.

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Death by Powerpoint

Ron van Herk

May 22, 2007 4:31 am



Most of you will know that feeling, looking at some presentations and just getting brain dead after looking at several slides while the presenter just tells you what is on these slides. Did you ever wonder if it might be because you just didn’t got enough sleep last night and you’ve stayed in that bar a little too long? Well, it’s not.
At the University of New South Wales they did some study on the “death by Powerpoint” feelings many of you will have experienced in some sessions, and they found that this is just how the human mind works.

“It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in a different form. But it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it is putting too much load on the mind and decreases your ability to understand what is being presented.”

Hmm, something to remember the next time I need to present something. If you want to know how to build a good presentation, have a look at this demo 🙂

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“green” datacenters

Ron van Herk

May 17, 2007 7:32 am



A few weeks ago I’ve referred to an article from Joe Wagner where he discusses virtualization (and the need to manage virtualization), and in the past year Jeff Jaffe has written many blog posts about it. Now this week IBM announced they will be spending $1 Billion per year to dramatically increase the level of energy efficiency in IT and they have indicated that virtualization will play a key role in their plan’s to get to the “green” datacenters.

Why is virtualization so important?

Today I saw a blog post from Dan Kusnetzky where he mentioned the following:

One of the primary goals of almost all forms of virtualiztion is making the most efficient use of available system resources.
Suppliers of management software for virtualized environments have the ability to move workloads to a smaller number of servers when workload and service level agreements allow it. Then the unused servers can be powered down.

Perfect explanation on what it’s all about, tanks Dan 🙂

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