BrainShare 2007

Six months to BrainShare 2007 – and we’re working on proposed sessions.

The big thing is the Next Generation of ZENworks – I’ve blogged about that before.

I am proposing four sessions – co-presenting with Mark Schouls:

  • ZENworks: Live Migration from ZENworks 7 to Next Generation
  • ZENworks: Next Generation in an all Windows environment
  • ZENworks: Next Generation and the Vista lifecycle
  • ZENworks: Next Generation. Architecture, Planning and Migration


Collanos update

I’ve been using the Collanos Workplace for a few weeks now – and it’s frustrating and promising at the same time.

The beta is currently at version – so things are moving forward; however there are still fundamental problems with the basic functionality.

I’m seeing that sync of data and workspaces is really hit and miss. I’ve been working with the team at Collanos – and it seems like ‘large object’ sync – i.e. documents – has timeout issues.

There are some additional issues with sharing workspaces; the invitation mechanism is clunky – requiring people to be online; the sync of the workspace suffers from the large object sync above (namespace first, then data perhaps?); the permissions model is a little too simplistic.

On the positive side – the product looks good for a beta. Cross platform support is as touted; Windows, Mac, Linux. The peer-to-peer model (when it works) is great; no data lives on a central server and the sync time is generally “almost instant”. The integration of documents, chat, tasks and notes is a real breakthough.

I’ll post another update in a few weeks; hopefully the sync and invitation issues will be ironed out.

Browser shares

Three different blogs; three different audiences; three different browser market shares:

From – a tech blog, visited by technical people. 69% Firefox.

From a scout web site that I run. 59% Internet Explorer

From my family blog – most of my extended family have Firefox.


ZENworks for Networks

So I got inundated with email from inside and outside Novell when I posted that ‘ZENworks for Networks’ was still available for download.

For those that don’t have long memories – ZENworks for Networks was released in 2000 as a directory enabled Quality of Service and Firewall solution. Part of it was from a Novell acquisition of Ukiah in mid-1999.

So why don’t you see ZENworks for Networks anymore? Simple – it was end-of-lifed within a few months.

The market for ‘directory enabled QOS’ disappeared rapidly when pretty much every switch and router vendor added support for LDAP directories within their products. Far better to get native LDAP support (and use eDirectory) than to build a product that competes with the switch vendors.

So where can you find ZENworks for Networks? Have a hunt around the Novell Support site. At a meagre 30MB the product is tiny! The documentation is still around too.

Thanks to all those that asked – for me another gentle wander down memory lane.

Written at: Salt Lake City, UT