Liked It, Didnt Love

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-10-21 Print this article Print

It"> Liked It, Didnt Love It

Of course, Novell is hoping that IT managers will fall in love with eDirectory and want to use it for everything. It is a decent platform for administering the always-complex task of managing heterogeneous systems, but it isnt so compelling that wed want to run it in addition to another directory service. Maintaining a single directory is hard enough without requiring a second one to handle desktop and system management.

In tests, eDirectory and ConsoleOne, Novells administrative interface, proved neither easier nor more difficult to use than Microsofts Management Console or the other user interfaces employed by competing tools. Much is made of "ease of use" among all these products, but IT managers should insist on evaluating products based on functionality and integration. Novell excels in delivering both of these.

We installed ZENworks for Desktops 4 in NetWare 6.0 and Windows 2000 Server environments to conduct our tests. All our client machines were running either Windows 2000 Professional or Windows 98 on a variety of Micron Technology Inc. desktop systems and Toshiba Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. laptop systems. We set up user and workstation policies to distribute a small application to the various desktop and laptop systems.

During the software distribution to an HP Armada m700 laptop, we disconnected the network cable. ZENworks for Desktops was able to gracefully halt the software distribution—in this case, a freeware calculator—and resumed the distribution from the point of interruption when we reconnected to the network.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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