Unbound

What does it mean?

For those at BrainShare – take your camera; mail your pictures to me at [email protected]

Systems Management consolidation continues

HP aquired Novadigm.

Altiris acquired Previo, Computing Edge, Wise, FSLogic, Bridgewater Tonic and Pedestal.

Symantec have aquired Ghost, Powerquest and On Technologies.

Novell aquired Ximian and Tally Systems.

LANDesk was aquired by Avocent.

Microsoft aquired Softricity and Desktop Standard.

Now Symantec have spent again and announced the intent to acquire Altiris.

100 days of ZENworks – Windows only management

I’m in Singapore at the Asia Pacific Partner Academy; we are training partners on the forthcoming ‘ZENworks Pulsar’ release. It’s just gone beta 1.

One question that came up:

How do I integrate ZENworks 7 with Active Directory?

Well – here are the links.

Here is a really cool article from Novell Connection Magazine; it’s from December 2004 and refers to ZENworks 6.5 – but the concepts are valid today.

Also take a look at the Novell Wiki.

Here is how to integrate the ZENworks Middle Tier with a Layer 4 switch; here are the Middle Tier Best Practices.

There have also been several BrainShare sessions on Windows only management. I’ll try and find the links to presentations.

An introduction

My name is Andy Philp and I am a ZENworks specialist working in Novell Consulting UK. For the past 4 years or so, I have worked with many customers across Europe architecting, designing and implementing solutions with all of the ZENworks products.

So why I am on Cool Blogs? Well, I’m very passionate about ZENworks and want to hear from you directly regarding your experiences, good or bad, so we can learn from each other. Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing my experiences and posting tips and tricks to help you maximise your ZENworks experience.

I hope you find my future posts informative and useful.

Written at: Frankfurt, Germany

100 days of ZENworks – flying home. Check-in powered by NAL

Post 2 of many in the next 100 days – talking about ZENworks.

Ah – time to travel home from Düsseldorf. Up early and to the airport.

It’s great seeing your product in use. Lufthansa check-in desks are powered by NAL. Check-in agent logs in, up pops NAL and all of the applications.

I’m travelling United from Chicago to Salt Lake City – and United are also a ZENworks customers.

Take a look next time you fly. You might be having your check-in made possible by ZENworks.

100 days of ZENworks – training in Düsseldorf

First of a long series of posts from the next 100 or so days talking about the next version of ZENworks.

Training

I’m in Düsseldorf – running an internal training course on ‘Pulsar’. I wrote a pretty detailed, deep dive, technical training course on ‘Pulsar’ and delivered it today.

I’ve been polishing and writing labs and training course notes all week; I’ve had a couple of hours sleep in the last three days.

Today was the actual training – and I think it went well. We trained 25 internal people from across EMEA on the next version of the product; yesterday was training on our messaging and positioning; tomorrow is marketing, positioning and ITIL training.

It’s been a long time since I spent time with this many EMEA people in technical training; the response so far has been very positive.

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

Thoughts?

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