After trialling the beta, Christchurch Polytechnic is upgrading to Novell’s just-shipped NetWare 6.
The tertiary institute currently runs NetWare 5.1 on the server and Microsoft Windows NT on its desktops but plans to upgrade to version 6 to run the network next year.
Christchurch Polytechnic IT director Kevin Adamson says the main feature of use to the polytech in the NOS is its newly integrated support for two-node clusters.
Initially version 6 will be used to run a cluster of two student servers which have 20,000 student objects registered in the directory tree. This will be followed by two staff servers which support 2000 staff.
Adamson says the upgrade will support the polytech’s move next year to introduce online enrolment with its Jade-based student administration system, Jasper. “The later version of NetWare will allow us to have a lot more objects stored in the tree,” he says. In addition it will set the polytech up to take advantage of other Novell products such as Portal Services and OnDemand Services, which delivers applications remotely.
Adamson says the polytech has been running the beta version of NetWare 6.0 on a test network and deployment was “straightforward”.
Other new features in NetWare 6, which was released on October 17, include iFolder, which lets mobile users access files securely via a web browser, and iPrint, which is intended to ease printer management by employing a combination of NDPS (Novell distributed print services), internet printing protocol at the server and a web browser plug-in at the client. NetWare 6’s functionality can be added gradually, so both iPrint and iFolder can be bought separately and will work with NetWare 5.1.