CEBIT - Novell to manage Windows desktops with Zenworks

At Cebit, Novell is demonstrating Zenworks Configuration Management, a tool for controlling Windows desktops with links to Active Directory and eDirectory.

Novell hopes to cut out some of the complexity small and medium-size businesses face in managing Windows desktops with new software it is demonstrating at Cebit in Hanover, Germany, this week.

The software, Zenworks Configuration Management, can be used to manage desktops running versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system from Windows 2000 through Windows Vista, said Martin Buckley, product management director of Novell's systems and resource management business unit, speaking at the show on Thursday.

The software runs on either Windows 2003, Suse Enterprise Linux or Novell Open Enterprise Server, and integrates natively with Novell's eDirectory and with Microsoft Active Directory without the need for metadirectory software such as Novell Identity Manager, he said.

Doing without Novell Identity Manager won't cut software licensing costs, as the product is already included with Zenworks, but it will cut indirect costs by eliminating the need for additional hardware and support to run it, he said.

The directory integration allows the IT managers to control the desktop according to policies related to the user's role, for example by installing different applications or allowing access to specific network resources.

"It will manage deployment, software distribution, asset management and of course patching," Buckley said.

Zenworks Configuration Management is still in beta testing with 30 customers, and should go on sale by the end of June, he said.

Among the beta testers is Virgin Radio, a U.K. broadcaster with operations in London and Glasgow. Management based on policies and roles is particularly important there because the IT needs of a finance manager and a DJ are very different, Buckley said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?