Novell’s newly released NetWare 6 is a good choice as a network operating system and suite of management tools, “provided you’ve got the balls to say ‘bugger Microsoft’."
This was the forthright opinion of one user delegate to Novell’s One Net Summit in Wellington last week.
Delegates appeared impressed with the facilities of NetWare 6. The dirXML interface between the Novell Directory Service and other directories and applications is a particularly impressive and useful feature, said the delegate quoted above.
Others applauded not only the products but Novell’s willingness to come out of its shell and market them actively with events like the “summit”. Novell, more than one said, has been too quiet in the face of the Microsoft NT assault, but had now clearly changed. “I brought a client to the summit and they [Novell] did the selling for me,” said a representative of systems integrator gen-i.
The seminar included hands-on workshops, taking users through the processes of installing and configuring NetWare 6 on a network, and exploring its features. These include the ConsoleOne central control point, iFolder, allowing a user’s personal folders to be automatically replicated to the server and accessed from any workstation with the iFolder client, and iPrint for remote printing.
Other more lecture-oriented sessions reinforced knowledge of NetWare 6, and associated Novell products such as its directory-based portal services and Zenworks and OnDemand for management of users and their applications.