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Novell Connects People With Configuration Management

The latest ZenWorks software makes it easier to move application services and access rights to employees as they switch locations.

Novell on Thursday launched a Windows desktop management system that can be tied to Novell and Microsoft directories in order to simplify the process of delivering services and access rights to employees who have moved to different offices.

ZenWorks Configuration Management, unveiled at the CeBit trade show in Germany, provides the usual capabilities of desktop management tools, such as the ability to roll out patches and application updates. But the differentiator, according to Novell, is in its ability to integrate with Microsoft Active Directory and Novell eDirectory.

That capability makes it easier to move application services and access rights to employees as they switch locations, whether it's a new office in the same building or an office in a different location, Richard Whitehead, director of product marketing for Novell, said. "You get the same set of resources based on policies [stored in the directories]."

In addition, Novell has integrated Business Objects' Crystal Reports technology into the new product to provide extensive reporting capabilities, Whitehead said.

While many companies have standardized their desktops on Windows, servers on which directories run are mostly mixed environments of Windows, Linux, and Unix. Active Directory runs on Windows, and eDirectory is cross-platform. Configuration Management, however, only works with Microsoft and Novell directories.

The new product is unrelated to an interoperability agreement Novell signed with Microsoft late last year, Whitehead said. That agreement included both companies saying they would work together on virtualization technology, and on interoperability between Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux.

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