Novell offer products related to networked systems. Their main product in use within the University is the NetWare network operating system, which provides the eDirectory directory services product for user and computer management, authentication and authorisation, together with networked file store, printing and many other functions. Novell now offers the Open Enterprise Server (OES) product which is available on both the original NetWare platform, and also on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. The company is in the process of developing many of their portfolio of products to run on the OES/SLES platform as well as the OES/NetWare platform.
In addition, the University has a site licence for File System Factory from Condrey Consulting. This is a policy-driven file system management package to help automate the management of users' file store, including access rights, quotas etc. This product can manage Netware, Linux and Microsoft Windows fiesystems, and will run against both eDirectory and Active Directory
2. Oxford University Site Licences
Oxford University has site licences for a number of Novell products. Some of these licences are fully funded and are available without charge to departments and colleges; for others a charge is made. In general, the University also pays maintenance on these products, entitling users to any new versions as they become available.
Note that not all of the site licences are administered centrally by IT Services. For site licences administered by other parts of the University, IT Services generally maintains contacts with the administrators of the licences and can forward requests to participate, or provide licence codes on request as necessary. However, as IT Services does not manage these licences, it has no control over whether maintenance will continue for these products in the future.
To obtain the installation media for most of the products, you should download the evaluation versions from Novell. These evaluation versions are fully featured, and simply need to be licenced or activated using the appropriate codes in order to use them beyond the evaluation period (usually 90 days). See the contact details in the list below in order to obtain the appropriate codes. Note that an exception to this is Groupwise; the evaluation version cannot be turned into a fully licensed version. Instead you will need to obtain the full installation media via the contact details given below.
|Product||Administered||Licence Codes/Details||Download From||Notes|
|OES on NetWare||IT Services||A charge is made for this software: see the Computing Services Shop for details. To register to use the software and/or to obtain up to date codes, email email@example.com||Novell|
|OES on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server||IT Services||A charge is made for this software: see the Computing Services Shop for details. To register to use the software and/or to obtain up to date codes, email firstname.lastname@example.org||Novell||Please see the instructions for Updating Novell Products for details of how to update OES/Linux|
|SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) — v10||IT Services||A charge is made for this software: see the Computing Services Shop for details. To register to use the software and/or to obtain up to date codes, email email@example.com||Novell||Please see the instructions for Updating Novell Products for details of how to update SLES|
|File System Factory||IT Services||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||For futher information see the File System Factory site|
|Identity Manager||Locally||Contact email@example.com||Novell||Note that the University is only licensed for certain connectors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to determine which|
|Zenworks Configuration Manager (previously Zenworks for Desktops)||IT Services||Novell||Contact email@example.com for installation queries|
Further details about updating OES/Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) may be obtained from the Updating Novell Products page.
3. Post-Installation Configuration for Netware and OES/Netware
Netware generally benefits from some standard post-installation configuration. This presentation details a number of standard configuration tasks, including configuring SLP, time synchronisation, networking and memory settings.
Instructions for Updating Novell Products are also available.
4. Obtaining Advice and Support
For queries and advice relating to installation, licencing and updating please use the contact details in the site licences section above.
For help and support from the Oxford ITSS Novell community, subscribe to the novell-admin mailing list in the usual way (i.e. via email to firstname.lastname@example.org), or use the linked newsgroup.