Novell claimed this week that its imminent Year 2000 compliance software patches would not create extra work for systems administrators.
Beta versions of the first patch, which update Netware 4.1 and 3.12, will be shipped this week, with final versions towards the end of the year. But US reports had accused the company of delivering Year 2000 patches for Netware 3.12 that did not automatically update clients, leaving network administrators with the task of updating them manually.
Novell said Netware 3.12 has always shipped with an automatic client update facility, which will enable the patch to be distributed to all clients on the network in one go.
Patches for the Netware 4.11 environment can be distributed using Novell's recently announced Novell Application Launcher facility. Users of Netware 3.11, which is no longer in maintenance, will need to purchase an upgrade to 3.12 before they can become millennium-compliant, explained Novell executives.
Novell is expected to ship year 2000 patches before the end of the year for its other products including Groupwise 4.1 and Managewise 2.5 and 4.1.
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