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Putting AdRem's Server Manager to the Test

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Jeff Hughes

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Posted: 26 Aug 2002

If you've ever wondered what you get when you buy one of those server management packages, here's a peek. Novell Connection's Jeff Hughes installed AdRem's Server Manager 4.0 and ran it through it's paces.

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Like all network administrators, you are undoubtedly looking for ways to reduce the time you spend managing servers. After all, the less time you spend troubleshooting and monitoring servers, the more time you have to pursue other networking projects. Of course, you are always looking for management products that are easy to learn, provide detailed information about servers, and do not require large-scale deployments.

Enter Server Manager 4.0 for NetWare from AdRem Software Corp. AdRem Software offers two versions of its server-management software: Server Manager Standard Edition and Server Manager Client/Server Edition. This article focuses on the more comprehensive Client/Server Edition. (The Client/Server Edition is the most typical installation of this product because of its expanded feature set.)

I tested Server Manager 4.0 Client/Server Edition (hereafter referred to as Server Manager 4.0) and found it to be a useful and intuitive product. It vastly reduces the effort required to gather critical information about servers and to manage those servers. Server Manager 4.0 is geared for small- to medium-sized networks but can be used in a large enterprise as well.

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