Liked It, Didnt Love
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.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 distributionin this case, a freeware calculatorand resumed the distribution from the point of interruption when we reconnected to the network. Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.