We’re pleased to announce our plans for releasing Kanaka for
Mac 2.0 this month!
Kanaka for Mac 2.0 will provide Macintosh OS X workstation
users automated single login access to Novell eDirectory storage resources
through flexible login options. As with previous versions, the Kanaka Plug-in
component will allow users to simultaneously log in to the workstation and mount
storage resources through a single username and password. Kanaka’s newest
component, the Kanaka Desktop Client, will allow users to access network
storage resources after they have logged in as a local user to the Mac OS X
Additional product enhancements will include an updated Kanaka
Plug-in Console (formerly known as the Kanaka Dashboard), and support for
Macintosh OS X “Snow Leopard” including 64-bit support.
For those of you who did not get a sneak peek of Kanaka for
Mac 2.0 at BrainShare, here is a look at the login screen for the new Kanaka
If you’re a Kanaka customer and up to date with your
Maintenance agreement, you’ll be getting the new version real soon.
If you are tired of painful manual configuration process involved in integrating your Macs in your Novell network, then Kanaka is for you! Learn more about Kanaka by visiting our product website.
The IT Central lab assignments at Novell BrainShare 2010 last week had Condrey
Corporation people dispersed among the three tables and six workstations
showing components of the Novell File Management Suite. As the author of the Novell File Reporter documentation, I was asked to work at the eDirectory and
Active Directory Novell File Reporter demo workstations.
In a very short amount of time, it was easy to show the
power of Novell File Reporter with its ability to generate reports among the server
volumes of large enterprises, so that administrators could access information
such as duplicate file reports, owner reports, access date age reports,
filename extension reports, and more.
I recall talking to one woman who worked for a state
government. Among all of her responsibilities, she had a task of periodically going
through peoples’ home directories, determining which files were non-work
related files and then removing them. I asked her how long this takes, and she
didn’t want to say, but responded that she had now learned who the biggest
storage abusers were and really focused on those individuals’ home directories, so it didn't take as longs as it used to take.
She said that a few people had a real problem of storing a large amount of JPEG
I then asked her if she wanted the ability to quickly see how many
JPEG files were being stored and where they were located. In no time, I showed
her how to generate a filename extension report using Novell File Reporter. I
then asked her if it would be useful to know what all of her workers were storing.
She replied that this would indeed be useful, so I showed her how to generate a
user report showing what all of the users in our demo network were storing.
She is just one of the many people who requested that I get
back to them this week on Novell File Reporter.
To learn more about Novell File Reporter click here.
On this, the last day of BrainShare 2010, Doug Ouzts, David
Condrey, and Ed Shropshire conducted the last of our seven sessions at 10:30
AM. It was another session on Novell Storage Manager, and attendance was good.
Those of us working in the IT Central lab did more demos of
components of the Novell File Management Suite, and even demos of the upcoming Macintosh client in the next version of Kanaka. A few of the
people that stopped by only had a couple of minutes to talk before they were
heading out to the airport, but they wanted to get some last-minute information
on our products.
Novell File Management Suite was the first of the on-stage
demos during the final keynote address during the afternoon. Richard Lindstedt
and Kevin Smith from Novell gave the demo, which covered all three products in
the Novell File Management Suite.
Overall, our experience was terrific. The attention that
Novell gave to the Novell File Management Suite was remarkable. And this
attention seemed to gain momentum as the week progressed. For those of you who
stopped by our tables in the IT Central lab, thank you for talking with us and
giving us feedback on the products. We all took a lot of notes and we’re now
determined to make a great product even better.
For those of you attending BrainShare in Europe in May, be
sure to stop by and visit with Ed Shropshire.
Wednesday was another full day for all of the five Condrey
Corporation employees working at BrainShare. The IT Central Lab was again busy,
as more and more people are hearing about components of the Novell File
Management Suite and are coming over to ask for demos.
There were also a number
of people that came by following the session conducted by Doug Ouzts—“Control the Chaos with Novell File Reporter.”
David Condrey had an interview with Burton Group analyst
Richard Jones on Novell File Management Suite in the afternoon. The suite had
Richard’s attention because he and David talked for three hours.
In the evening was the IT Tech Talk event. Formerly, this
was known as “Meet the Experts.” Since this event is held at a time when no
sessions are going on, many people choose this time to come by and say hello as
well as learn about the products we are showing.
Many came by to learn about Kanaka and see a demo of the new
Mac client that will be available with the plug-in in our next release.
We hosted a partner breakfast this morning for some of our
Condrey Corporation partners that are in town for BrainShare. Following
breakfast, Doug Ouzts, Ed Shropshire, and David Condrey all helped present our
first session of the day: “Novell Storage Manager, Your Secret Weapon for
Simplified File and User Management.”
The IT Central lab was very busy today. We had a lot of
Novell Storage Manager customers stop by to say hello. We also were visited by a
lot of people just wanting to learn more about the Novell File Management
Suite. After demonstrating the suite of products, we encouraged people to go to
the Installation and Migration Depot to do some exercises with each of the
A lot of people came by today to specifically see Novell
File Reporter. Many had heard about the product in sessions they had attended either
yesterday or today, and wanted to see the reporting capabilities of the
David Condrey participated in a Novell File Management Suite
executive event this afternoon for some select Novell customers. Along with
David’s presentation, the group heard from Rick Villars, IDC storage analyst,
and Ross Chevalier, CTO of Novell Americas and President of Novell Canada.
Our Novell BrainShare participation this year is exclusively in
support of the Novell File Management Suite. The five Condrey Corporation
employees we have at BrainShare this week are teaching people about Novell File
Management Suite by conducting sessions, working in the IT Central learning
lab, or both.
In this morning’s keynote address, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian
talked a bit about the Novell File Management Suite and this seemed to bring a
lot of people to our area of the lab. We are showing the three components of
the suite on three adjoining tables.
The Installation and Migration Depot a few feet over from us
in IT Central, includes exercises for attendees to learn to use the Novell File
Management Suite in either a Novell eDirectory or Microsoft Active Directory
David Condrey, Doug Ouzts, and Ed Shropshire all helped
conduct sessions today.
Each attendee received in their registration materials this morning, a special BrainShare issue of Open Horizons Magazine. Open Horizons is a magazine published by Novell users in Europe. The BrainShare issue included an article on the Novell File Management Suite written by Buck Gashler.
Jon Toigo is a respected writer and consultant for all areas
of network storage. He contributes to a variety of magazines and trade publications,
and oversees the Data Management Institute. He has published books including “The
Holy Grail of Network Storage Management.” His Drunken Data blog has a monthly
readership of over 500,000.
Jon previously wrote an article for Enterprise Systems
Journal on Novell Storage Manager, saying that the product “… strikes data
Our CEO, David Condrey, gave Jon a sneak peek at Novell File
Reporter months before it was released in the Novell File Management Suite. Jon
was impressed with what he saw and looked forward to working with the entire
suite once it was released.
Jon has had some follow-up discussions with David Condrey
and has reviewed the Novell File Management Suite himself, and recently posted
these comments on a blog posting entitled “Everything We Need to Know About How
to Screw Up IT…”
"The more I learn about
it, the more I like the Novell File Management Suite. NFMS is about
policy-based file management based on user role: a concept I like a
lot. I had a chat with them today and one of their really smart folks
commented that in this DO MORE WITH LESS environment, people seem to be
preoccupied with the WITH LESS component more than the DO MORE component.
As we have been ranting about at length here over the past couple of months,
folks are still trying to throw hardware at the data burgeon — relying on thin
provisioning, de-dupe, on-array tiering, etc. functionality joined at the hip
to their array controllers to tackle the difficult problem of data
management. Technically speaking, data management has virtually
nothing to do with hardware."
"Folks, the thing about
data management is that it focuses on data management, not on capacity
management. Novell’s stuff is best of class in the products I have
reviewed. Dave Condrey’s team has done an out-fracking-standing job with
this software, which lets you set policies for data movement based on user
role. Is it perfect? Nope. Will the Britney Spears files that
that HR guy downloads at lunch be exposed to the same policies as the files
created by his legitimate work effort? Possibly, depending on how you
write your exclusion policies. But, now we have a sustainable way to tag
a file, expose it to appropriate integrity, protection, and security services,
and move it around infrastructure in an intelligent and compliant way.
AND IT IS ALL INVISIBLE TO THE USER."
Doug Ouzts, Directory of Partner Relations at Condrey
Corporation, is working in the Novell booth at the TCEA Annual Convention this
week in Austin, Texas. TCEA is a K-12 convention that draws several hundred K-12
technology leaders throughout the state of Texas.
Doug has been
attending the show for years and normally works at a counter in the Novell
booth showing Novell Storage Manager. This year however, he is showing the new
Novell File Management Suite which includes Novell Storage Manager, Novell File
Reporter, and Novell Dynamic File Services.
The Novell booth
is Booth 2234. If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by and tell Doug “hello.”
interest in the Novell File Management Suite continues to be unbelievable. For
instance, David Condrey participated in another briefing on the suite yesterday for a Gartner Analyst in Sweden. After a full week of analyst briefings
following the launch, we continue to get more requests for briefings.
Finally, I wanted
to make sure to link a nice blog entry from Ross Chevalier, President and CTO
of Novell Canada, who succinctly covers the problem of file-based data growth
and how Novell File Management Suite addresses it.
Doug Ouzts had his second DocXchanger session this morning and
we had better attendance than our Sunday morning at 8:00 session. We
credit this increased attendance to the later time as well as the introduction
to the product that each attendee got during Speed Dating.
We have been having some great discussions today with
partners about DocXchanger and the new Novell File Management Suite.
Doug Ouzts missed the closing keynote this afternoon because
he was with a Novell Technical Sales Specialist visiting a customer here in Las
Speaking of the Novell File Management Suite, the new
edition of Novell Connections Magazine just came out and there is a great
article on the suite inside.
Unlike last year when we talked exclusively
about DocXchanger, we’re talking about both DocXchanger and Kanaka. It’s been
interesting to hear all of the stories from people here about Macintosh users who
they work with that are having problems accessing their Novell network storage. Many
of these attendees are leaving with Kanaka flyers to share with their colleagues
We’re just down from the Novell booth and many the people
visiting the Novell booth are learning about the new Novell File Management
Suite and coming to our booth to learn more about the two components of the
suite that we develop, namely, Novell Storage Manager and Novell File Reporter.
Speaking of Novell File Reporter, we now have the white paper and podcast available at the product website.
Our next DocXchanger session is on Tuesday morning.
It was a full day of sessions and NFL playoffs. Due to the
Saints vs. Vikings game, the famous GWAVACON Speed Dating was delayed an hour
this evening. By the time we got started, we had to condense our message from
90 seconds to 60 seconds. We were able to talk briefly about Kanaka,
DocXchanger and the Condrey Corporation developed products that Novell OEMs—Novell Storage Manager and Novell
At one point, Doug and Buck were able to get their picture
taken with “GWAVA Man.”
We’ll be participating again this year in GWAVACON in Las
Vegas. Like last year, we’ll be talking to attendees about DocXchanger and its
ability to eliminate the need for sending email attachments in GroupWise, or
any other email system.
While end users may not recognize the problem created from
sharing documents via email, IT people who maintain mail servers certainly do!
File attachments are the primary reason for bloated mail servers. Additionally,
sharing files via email introduces all kinds of problems with document version
control and document security.
Well, you’ve pretty much heard the points that we will be
bringing out during the “Speed Dating” portion of the show, where all attendees
stop by each sponsor’s booth to hear a 90-second product overview.
Of course, we will have a couple of DocXchanger sessions
during the conference on DocXchanger as well. Like last year, Doug Ouzts will
be running those.
We really enjoy working with the people at GWAVA. As we
learned last year, their customers and partners are extremely loyal.
We will be doing daily updates on the blog.
With today’s release of the Novell File Management Suite, I
can finally post some of the information we have been eager to share for quite
The Novell File Management Suite integrates an updated version
of Novell Storage Manager, the new Novell File Reporter, and the new Novell
Dynamic File Services. Novell Storage Manager and Novell File Reporter are both
Condrey Corporation developed products.
By leveraging identities and events in the directory, Novell
File Management Suite enables network administrators to intelligently manage
files and optimize existing storage investments while helping to derive greater
business value from digital assets. You can read about the release here.
Over the last week, David Condrey has participated in calls
with analysts from Gartner, IDC, Burton, and Forrester, and each call has gone
really well. Each acknowledged the exploding growth of unstructured data and was
intrigued by Novell’s approach to 1) Learn what unstructured data they have
through Novell File Reporter 2) Automate the tiering of this data based on file type, size, or access through Novell Dynamic File Services, and 3) Automate the lifecycle management
of unstructured data through Novell Storage Manager.
As part of the Novell File Management Suite release, we have
introduced a new Novell File Reporter Support Site. We’ll be talking a lot more
about Novell File Reporter in future blog postings. One thing worth mentioning
right now is a new SKU that we created for partners. The Novell File Reporter Assessment
SKU lets Novell partners purchase the product at a dramatically-reduced price
for a 60-day deployment at a customer site. The partner can then use Novell
File Reporter to generate reports to let the customer know the exact state of
their storage, and to make recommendations for cleaning up, tiering, and
restructuring the storage.
Of course, the ultimate long-term solution to
addressing the customer’s storage growth is automated management—through the
directory-based policies that drive the other components in the Novell File
Management Suite, namely, Novell Storage Manager and Novell Dynamic File
Services. If the partner’s customer
chooses to deploy the Novell File Management Suite, the price of the Assessment
SKU is credited toward the purchase of the Suite.
There are going to be some exciting announcements next week pertaining to
new Novell products that were developed by Condrey Corporation. Once these
products are available, we’ll be highlighting some of the more notable product
features on this blog.
Something we can share now, however, is the release next week of Novell
Storage Manager 2.5 SP1. This release includes:
- A completely new NSMAdmin interface for Active
Directory managed networks
- Novell Storage Manager policy reporting enabled (through
a new product available next week)
- Support for Windows Server 2008
- Event monitors that no longer have to run on domain
- A new Storage Redistribution feature that
redistributes storage content based on capacity in use
Last week, Condrey Corporation hosted technical training for
all of the Novell Technical Sales Specialists in the End User Computing business
unit, sales and marketing officers in the same business unit, and a select
number of partners at our corporate office in Greenville, South Carolina.
A notable attendee was Ross Chevalier, CTO of Novell
Americas and President of Novell Canada. Ross not only attended, but completed
all of the courses over the three-day event.
The training covered Novell Storage Manager, along with two
other new products that will comprise a new offering tentatively set for
release in January 2010. The three-product suite will include two Condrey Corp.-developed
products. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I wish I could divulge more, but I cannot
say much until everything ships.
Our training room has 24 workstations and as you can see,
the place was completely full. According to some of the Novell Technical Sales
Specialists who attended, the training courses were well written, technically
in-depth, and very well conducted by our Partner Relations Director, Doug
Ouzts. The enthusiasm for the upcoming release is very high—especially with our
We even hosted a “Meet the Experts” night that gave the
attendees the opportunity to visit with our engineers and testers.
Our training schedule continues next week with training at
two locations in EMEA, which will be conducted by our Director of Product
Management, Ed Shropshire and Novell Advanced Technical Training in Las Vegas
with Doug Ouzts.
week Condrey Corporation released a new build of Kanaka to support Mac OS X
Snow Leopard in both 32- and 64-bit workstation environments. The new build—Kanaka
1.2.17—is available from the download link on the left-hand side of the product page.
network environment is using AFP to access NetWare and Open Enterprise Server 2
Linux volumes, applicable Novell patches for NetWare and Linux must be
installed to mount the AFP volumes.
We were notified today of the release of two patches from
Novell that resolve the AFP incompatibility between NetWare and Open Enterprise
Server (OES) 2 with the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system.
NetWare Patch: Build
129585 ‑ "Mac OS X 10.6 support for NetWare 6.5sp8"
Download URL: http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=ClL27E0t6HU~
OES 2 Patch: Build 129565
‑ "Mac OS X 10.6 support for OES2 SP1"
Download URL: http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=DujkwtJ8y7s~
Doug Ouzts, Director of Partner Relations, participated in
two customer-oriented webinars this week that were set up by our partner EOS Systems Inc.. In the first
webinar held on Wednesday, Doug presented Novell Storage Manager. On Thursday, he presented
our new File System Factor for Active Directory product. According to Doug,
both webinars went very well.
Speaking of DocXchanger, last week we posted something about
how the Dillon School District One has deployed DocXchanger. On a similar note,
here is the student-oreinted DocXchanger page for Drew University.
Dillon School District One is just one of more than 100 educational
organizations that have deployed DocXchanger in the last five months. I
recently visited their website and saw a “DocXchanger” link on the front page
banner. I was intrigued, so I contacted Perry Ford, a Technology Coordinator at
the district who was happy to share with me how they are using DocXchanger to
address their “1 to 1 Laptop” program.
The objective of the program is to loan laptops to students
and faculty so that they can continue to work on their projects that are stored
on the district’s network servers. Presently,
the district loans over 200 laptops on a given night, but this number will be
growing to around 400.
With hundreds of students and faculty members varying in
technical expertise, the district wanted to make sure that network access to
its servers was as simple as possible, and that’s where DocXchanger comes in. Access
through DocXchanger is as simple as clicking the DocXchanger link and then
entering the username and password. Once authenticated, DocXchanger, utilizing identity-based storage access properties in Novell eDirectory, quickly determines and grants network access to network storage areas
over an HTTPS-based connection.
According to Perry, once authenticated, users generally
download their work locally and when finished, upload the updated documents to
the server. It’s a solution that has been remarkably successful since its
inception at the beginning of the school year.
But network access is only one of the problems that
DocXchanger is addressing. Perry also mentioned that the district will be using
DocXchanger to eliminate the need for sending email attachments both internally
and externally through the ability to create DocXchanger “sharing links” to
network-stored content. Perry is hoping to introduce that feature in the second
phase of the DocXchanger rollout this year.