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.
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.
First of a long series of posts from the next 100 or so days talking about the next version of ZENworks.
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.
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
In an earlier Cool Blogs post I set out my plan to describe the Next Generation of ZENworks. This is the first in that series – the History of ZENworks.
I have written this series of blog posts using my experience of describing the Next Generation of ZENworks to customers and partners. These are slightly longer posts than normal – I apologise in advance. I hope the content is informative and useful. I look forward to your comments and questions.
Written at: Waltham, MA