Novell is saving network managers shoe leather with the launch of the first desktop management product tied to its directory services.
Using a product called Zen Works, network managers can remotely distribute software and configure desktops to individuals or groups of users, based on information on Novell's Netware Directory Services (NDS).
Zen - Zero Effort Networking - can be used by network managers in three ways: to distribute software, manage and maintain desktops, and manage applications. Network managers create user profiles within NDS which is used to determine which users or desktops should receive which applications and how their systems should be configured.
The product is available for Intranetware 4.11 and Netware 4.1x. Novell is also working to integrate its Managewise server and traffic management product with Zen Works in a Java framework. A combined network and server management system will be available by the end of the year.
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