Novell unveils new management wares

Novell unveils new management wares

Novell was this week expected to take the lid off a new suite of tools for performing policy-based management of desktops, servers, routers and switches in NetWare environments.

All of the modules in the company's new K2 management suite can tap into Novell Directory Services (NDS) and be administered via Novell's Java-based management console, ConsoleOne. Administrators can use the tools to define network access policies across an enterprise.

Novell, which sources say was set to unveil K2 at its 15th annual BrainShare user conference, declined to comment on the software.

But analysts briefed on K2 say it comprises new versions of existing products, such as ManageWise, ZENworks and NWAdmin, as well as new software for managing routers and switches.

Novell is hoping the K2 suite will be as successful as its ZENworks directory-enabled desktop management package has been in the 10 months it has been on the market.

Novell will also be announcing a new version of ZENworks with improved software distribution capabilities, sources say.

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