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Ron van Herk

May 10, 2007 4:28 am



Many of you will have seen the announcement about Dell joining the collaboration between Microsoft and Novell. Like many others I had a look to find some more details about this announcement, one of the places I looked at was the Dell blog “Direct 2 Dell”.

At this point, instead of looking at the info about the collaboration with Novell and Microsoft I had a look at the way they got their blog and the way Dell has integrated video on their blog. Doing a video takes much more effort then just writing down a few words for a quick post so I don’t think video will ever replace the blog, but I must say I like the way that Dell has integrated these two.

In the past I’ve asked myself the question, would it be interesting to combine Cool Blogs and Novell Open Audio and get a mix with blog posts and the Open Audio podcasts. Are there other things we could do to make things more interesting. What do you think, do you like the blog the way it is or would you like us to look at new features like integrating video or audio?

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And the winner is…………

Ron van Herk

May 8, 2007 12:57 pm



Team Excellence
Yes, we’ve got some great people working at Novell Technical Support, and it’s nice to see that we do get recognized for the work we do :-). I just saw the following in a press release we just send out:

On May 2, the Help Desk Institute (HDI), the world’s largest membership association for IT service and support professionals and the premier certification body for the industry, honored Novell with its Team Excellence Award for External Support. This award recognizes a support team that has most enhanced the image of the service and support profession by setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in IT service and support. The selection of the HDI Team Excellence Award winner is based on specific criteria that evaluates the applicants’ ability to demonstrate excellence in three categories: people, process and technology. Ron Muns, founder and CEO of HDI, commented, “This award is a tribute to the standards of excellence that Novell maintains in its day-to-day operations to provide quality customer support. Novell is an exemplary organization.”

Time for a small party 🙂

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Ron van Herk

May 4, 2007 1:10 am



If you follow what happens on the Novell Open PR Blog you might have seen it already, but for the people that don’t……

Yesterday Enterprise Networks & Servers published a article from Joe Wagner that discusses the benefits of virtualization and the challenges that come with it. Great reading material for all that have some interest in the future of virtualization.

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Swim across the Atlantic Ocean

Ron van Herk

April 12, 2007 5:53 am



Two weeks ago Ted Haeger gave some insight on the thoughts behind the Mac-PC-Linux videos. Somehow the videos got over a million views so they seemed to be quite successful. But how do you get over a million views? Well it’s due to the fact that people tell others, mention it in blog posts and it might even be discussed on Slashdot, it’s all the magic of communities on the Internet.

It’s interesting to see how companies more and more try to use the Internet to get some attention for their product, putting their commercials on YouTube or create funny thing’s on the web and just hope that people will refer to it. Somehow Google has been able to get lots of attention through e-mails that showed some funny places on Google Earth.

Yesterday someone send me a mail with some info on how to avoid expensive flights between Europe and the US. Great info:

Just adding the route “Swim across the Atlantic Ocean” must have given them millions of hits. People telling friends, forwarding e-mails and even writing about it on their blog (like me :-)). Sometimes it’s too easy, you just have to come up with a smart idea.

OK, now go write an e-mail telling all your friends you saw this cool post on Cool Blogs 😀

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Novell Downloads

Ron van Herk

April 5, 2007 3:02 am



Novell Downloads

Three months ago I wrote about the fact that filefinder had been shut down and from that point on patches needed to be retrieved through Novell Downloads. Not everyone seemed to be happy with that change (and yes, we had lots of feedback telling us you where not happy about this) and many of us needed some time to get used to the new system.

Most of you might not even have noticed, but in the past few months we have had several updates on the search features on Novell Downloads, the issues that where brought up have been looked at and many of these have been implemented.

Have another look and let me know if you have any other suggestions on how we can improve.

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ZENworks 7.2 Linux Management

Ron van Herk

April 2, 2007 8:16 am



With all the news around ZENworks Configuration Management we would almost forget to mention that we just released ZENworks 7.2 Linux Management, it’s available at Novell Downloads.

OK, so what’s all the good news coming with 7.2?

  • The 7.2 release is a free upgrade for all ZLM 7 customers, so if you are an existing ZLM 7 customer, just grab the update from the web and get to the new release.
  • Cool thing, the Dell management features (Like BIOS and RAID configuration) that only used to be available in the Dell Edition for ZLM only are now part of the 7.2 release as well.
  • Not only support for SLES on 32 / 64 bit Intel / AMD, but also on Itanium, IBM Power and zSeries
  • And yes we do run on RHEL as well 😉

For more features, have a look at the info available on the download page.

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Welcome to the Future

Ron van Herk

March 28, 2007 8:14 am



Microsoft Management Summit

A few of my Novell friends are out in San Diego this week representing Novell at the Microsoft Management Summit 2007, great to have Novell represented at such an event. As Jeff Jaffe mentioned in the Monday keynote at BrainShare “With ZENworks Configuration Management, our aspiration is to be the best manager for Vista desktops”, we just need the world to know.

With ZENworks Configuration Management it’s going to be a lot more easy to attract non-Novell customers to consider using ZENworks as their management solution for Vista, the fact that we can hook up with Active Directory directly without doing any schema extensions in AD makes user based application management in an AD environment a piece of cake.

The amount of customers planning a full roll-out of Vista within the next few months seems to be limited, however several customers and partners are evaluating Vista as a potential platform for the future. Together with their evaluation of Vista, customers and partners will also be looking at the management products available and will try to determine what is the right tool to manage Vista, so the right time to get in to new customers with ZENworks (but yes, that’s the same our competition will think 😉 ).

It’s going to be an interesting year for ZENworks….

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For the people that didn’t get to BrainShare

Ron van Herk

March 27, 2007 3:59 pm



The people that have been at BrainShare must have seen some ZENworks, somehow it seemed to be all over, the demo’s during the keynotes and the many sessions, but also at T-shirts, your lunch tray, the elevator door, etc.

For those people that couldn’t get to BrainShare (you’ve missed something) and would like to know a little more about the new ZENworks Configuration Management, have a look at this article in Novell Connection Magazine (yes, the BrainShare attendees had this in their bag). A nice introduction to “The Next Generation of ZENworks”.

In the same release of Novell Connection Magazine you’ll also find an article from Mark Schouls regarding the deployment of Vista using the Next Generation ZENworks, interesting info…

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BrainShare Sunday

Ron van Herk

March 19, 2007 8:12 am



For me the BrainShare Sunday generally means I’ll take some time to see some partners. It’s the day where I’ve got some time to talk to some of our ZENworks partners but I also try to see some of the non-ZENworks partners to see what they have to show.

OK, so what have I seen?

I had a talk with the people from Touchpaper and had a chat about their integration with our new ZENworks Configuration Management. Well, they are demonstrating the integration between their IT Business Management Suite and our new ZENworks Configuration Management already, I’m impressed!
Sure I also talked to the magicians from ENGL, they are working hard to make sure their imaging solutions and other add-on tools will be working with Pulsar as well. They have got some great work done, this is going to be a good ZENworks year!!
Next thing I did was looking at was what GroundWork and Zenoss are doing, they both offer an open-source management solution, I was very impressed with what I saw, now I just need to find some time to have a play with both of these.
I also had some non-ZENworks I looked at, somehow I always have a look at what the people from Omni are doing (probably it’s the orange color that attracts me). They have sound working separately on their Desktop Multiplier stations and USB sticks separated on each station as well, have a look and see what they are doing.

OK, enough for now, what cool things have you seen?

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Computing Power in Formula 1

Ron van Herk

March 15, 2007 4:37 pm



For me as an engineer working out of the European Support Center, getting to BrainShare often also means I’ll spend a week working out of our Provo office in the week prior to that. This week I spend quite some time with the people testing ZENworks Configuration Management, it has been great to see how much progress we’ve made since we shipped our first beta at the end of January. Beta 2 is looking good and I’m looking forward to show this to some customers at BrainShare next week.

Downside of my stay here in Provo will be that I won’t be able to see the Formula 1 race in Melbourne, Sunday is the start of the season and it will be interesting to see if the BMW Sauber team is able to make some progress this year. Last December they had a new supercomputer installed to do calculations on their aerodynamics, it’s quite impressive to see the computing power they use to do these calculations (rank 60 in the Supercomputer TOP500 list), and yes, this system has some SUSE Linux as a base OS 🙂

If someone knows a stream on the Internet that shows the race in Melbourne, let me know in the comments…

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