Novell Connection Magazine: Getting Integrated With Linux
by Chris Grayson
Novell Connection Magazine – Jan 2007
Here’s an excerpt:
This article is the first in a three-part series aimed to acquaint you with Novell Open Enterprise Server and perhaps ease some of the anxiety you’re feeling about making the jump from NetWare. The content is taken from the Novell training course Integrating Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux.
Let’s face it. Life used to be simple for Novell network engineers and administrators. It may not have seemed simple at the time, but compared to what you face today, the 20th Century was the golden age of networking.
Especially when it came to Novell networking.
What could be simpler than sitting back and waiting for the next NetWare upgrade or support pack? Chances were that if you had any current issues with the product, they would be resolved (with some tweaking), and your print and file services would continue to run forever.
Then it happened. Novell purchased another entire operating system (SUSE Linux), and suddenly you were faced with Novell Open Enterprise Server when all you really thought you wanted was the next version of NetWare.
As an instructional designer in Novell Training Services, I’ve worked closely with Novell customers for a lot of years (both in the 20th and 21st centuries), and I hear all kinds of stories?your stories?out in the field as we test courses and talk to customers.
And it was from talking to you at BrainShare in Salt Lake City and at several other training sessions that Training Services decided to create a course that addresses some of the issues surrounding a decision to move at least some of your Novell services to Linux.
We call the course, Integrating Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux, but it should really be called, So you don’t know where to start with Linux, and you’re not sure you want to, but you know you need to, and you’d really like to keep those NetWare services around as long as possible because they’ve been so good to you. Or you could simply call it, Course 3077.
Beginning with this article, and two more in the February and March issues of Novell Connection, my cohort instructional designers in Novell Training Services and I want to take you on a high-level tour of Course 3077, pointing out some key principles along the way, and some of what we experienced as we included customers like you in the development process.