Finally, a new breed of network administration utilities has arrived on the scene. ConsoleOne is a Java-based program that provides NetWare 5.x servers and Java-capable clients with a GUI environment for performing network management tasks. This article will provide you with an overview of the two versions of ConsoleOne. Version 1.1 is designed for the server; version 1.2c is the latest release for the workstation. As with all software packages, ConsoleOne has specific hardware and operating system requirements. I’ve listed the requirements for each version below.

  • NetWare 5 support pack 3, or later
  • At least a 200 MHz processor
  • 64 MB of free RAM (128 MB is strongly recommended)
  • 25 MB of free disk space
  • 800 x 600 resolution
  • Windows 95, 98, or NT
  • NetWare 5 client software
  • At least a 200 MHz processor
  • 64 MB of RAM (128 MB is strongly recommended), with an equal amount of virtual memory
  • 25 MB of free disk space

ConsoleOne 1.1, now serving
ConsoleOne 1.1 is automatically installed on all NetWare 5.x servers. To start it, you can either type C1START from the server console or select ConsoleOne from the server GUI menu. Since you’re using ConsoleOne 1.1 from the server, your options are somewhat limited. You can create new users, groups, and organizational units. You can also modify object rights, browse the network, and establish remote console sessions with other servers. Despite the limited functionality, ConsoleOne 1.1 can be especially useful when you are working on a server in a remote location and do not have workstation access. Future releases should add more capabilities.

ConsoleOne 1.2c, no waiting
If you elect to use ConsoleOne version 1.2c from a Windows workstation, you must first install it locally. The setup program is located here:

  • Once the software is installed, you can either start ConsoleOne 1.2c by using the desktop shortcut that is created during installation or execute it from the default location:

  • Using ConsoleOne 1.2c from the workstation provides many more features that the server version doesn’t support, including the ability to create and manage most NDS objects, partition and replica management options, and to use a schema manager. The initial ConsoleOne screen appears below, along with the replica and schema manager screens.

    Experienced network administrators have grown accustomed to the look and feel of NetWare Administrator to manage objects. ConsoleOne provides us with a different design, incorporating pull-down menus to switch between object property pages. While it may take some getting used to, the interface works well and is organized logically. The user screen shown below will give you an idea of the changes found in ConsoleOne.

    ConsoleOne is still in its infancy, and Novell has quite a bit of work to do before administrators will start turning to it for day-to-day network administration duties. At the present time, it is rather clunky and pales in comparison to its sleek and feature-rich cousin, NetWare Administrator. However, Novell and other third-party vendors will be adding more functionality through snap-in components. I also like the move toward a single program that can be used to manage the network from either a server or workstation. I think that in time, ConsoleOne will become another valuable weapon for us to use in our daily network management tasks.

    Steve Pittsley is a CNE and desktop analyst for a Milwaukee hospital. He enjoys playing drums, bowling, and most sports.

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