you are considering updating your Novell network from a
previous version or moving away from the much less secure
and troublesome offering from Redmond, then you should
take a gander at this book.
the book is marketed through Novell Press it was published
by QUE and the style definitely shows it. One of my biggest
complaints with Novell's documentation is that while
they have always been outstanding on theory and networking
concepts they have also always been lousy at providing
procedural methods for setting up the NOS and its various
components. Maybe it's the relationship with QUE and
maybe it's the ongoing integration with Linux, likely
both, but this is the first official Novell Press tome
I've ever read that actually clearly shows you how to
do things. While QUE lists the reader level at Intermediate
to Advanced it appears to me that anyone who has done
any networking at all could use it to set up a NetWare
server and implement the various features of the NOS.
book weighs in at 728 pages including appendices and
has another 46 pages of index. There's no basic networking
information so if you are short in this area don't expect
to learn it here. What the book does is concentrate on
installing and using NetWare 6.5. It covers all the services
that come with NetWare, including user management, eDirectory
(what NDS is called now), file and print services, web
services, multiprocessor and clustering support.
on setting up and using the various components provided
with the operating system are clear and well written.
Each major service gets its own chapter and most chapters
have an Instant Access section at the beginning, pointing
you to what to use and where to go to quickly implement
or manage the chapter's subject material. One of the
things that continue to irritate long-time NetWare Admins
is Novell's flip flopping on what utility to use to manage
the server. Is it NWadmin, Console One, or now, iManager?
The Instant Access sections help nail that down. While
it currently appears that Novell's long term strategy
is now web based administration, there are still things
that are better done with Console One. If you would like
to try the NOS, go here.
The files are in .iso format and you can burn them to
CDs. CD1 is auto booting. Have fun.
organization migrated to NetWare 6.5 late last year.
While it went well, it would have been very nice to have
this book available at the time. Many of the questions
I had before and during the migration are answered here.