The odd client out is Novell's Desktop System client, based on Linux, which doesn't have a peer client-side connectivity method that generic Linux, MacOS and Windows clients do.
While both foundation kernels will run on bit CPUs which we tested and found no anomalies , both OES application sets are limited to bit use and are only supported by Novell at that level. Novell says that a cross-platform, full bit version set of OES services is scheduled to arrive early next year.
Our tests showed excellent installation compatibility for both kernel foundations across an array of server platforms see "How we did it".
We found the network installation process to be much quicker than installing the OES software from the distribution CDs. Initial configuration of eDirectory on either platform, while unattended, takes time about 45 minutes for a baseline eDirectory configuration on SLES 9. It also is possible to migrate Windows NT domain information into eDirectory with a little effort. Connecting to a Windows Active Directory tree requires more work, and synchronization services between eDirectory and Active Directory uses Samba, which requires extensive initial manual installation when used with eDirectory.
Once configured, either OES foundation can be clustered with any other, with surprising ease. Connecting shared resources - such as file systems - was a breeze. Novell says that CIFS support will be improved in an update to arrive later this month.
We found server application support to be cohesive across both operating system foundations. Very few minor differences exist with these applications between the two server platforms.
Additionally, a new certificate authority accessible from either foundation worked well and has flexible, RSA-licensed certificate generation and management. This rcp-type Unix remote copy method also prevents dragging files and folders through network wires.
We tested all types. Both cluster synchronizing or mirroring was fast for example, when we imported a M-byte file into MySQL, the data was mirrored effectively within 30 seconds , even under heavy, sustained loads between all OES foundation combinations.
With OES, Novell has finally delivered on its basic promise of migrating eDirectory and previously NetWare-based components onto Linux as a fraternal partner. Yet to come are ports to a full bit CPU platform infrastructure. Additional cohesiveness in storage support back-up snapshots aren't supported in SLES OES, as well as certain types of file attributes, and encryption will be welcome when they arrive.
Henderson is principal researcher for ExtremeLabs in Indianapolis. He can be reached at thenderson extremelabs.
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