This week I attended through work a presentation about Endpoint Management with a focus around the whole “bring your device to work” megatrend the experts are talking about. In case you haven’t heard this discussion is all about allowing an end user to purchase or use their own device instead of a corporate device. Examples given in this presentation are large New York City based banks encouraging people to use their own devices (usually a Mac) as a recruiting tool to help attract top talent. The presentation focused on how will IT manage these devices (patch, deliver software, track inventory, etc) on a non-corporate device. In the past someone in IT decided what version of desktop/laptop (either a Dell or an HP) and then decided on an operating system (Microsoft and still for a lot of shops XP). Now we are seeing a growth of whatever type of device the end user wants (anyone have this at their work?).
On a recent post to Planet Ubuntu, Dustin Kirkland announced he is moving on from the Server Team to the Systems Integration Team with Canonical and also talks about a new product called “Ubuntu Orchestra” a new product that is “a collection of the best free software services useful in provisioning, deploying, hosting, managing and orchestrating enterprise data center infrastructure services…” He then goes on to talking about “the brave new world of Management and System Integration." Will this new product work with Landscape or is it just another product?
I’m trying to understand why Canonical is spending time and money on Yet Another Product and Not Invented Here so it must not be good instead of working with the existing System Management providers to help move Ubuntu further and further into the enterprise.
Landscape is already defined as an easy-to-use management service how is this different from Orchestra?
Here’s my frustration, with Canonical we have a company that is investing in two products for Systems Management, when there are companies that do this for a living they could partner with and get support.
Can someone please explain both the difference in the projects and why Canonical is not working with other vendors for systems management?
My main computer is my work laptop which run Windows 7 however I try to help out as much as I can with Kubuntu and the Kubuntu project. I have ran into various problems with things I need to do for running Kubuntu naitively and have posted here several times about applications I miss when I’m running Kubuntu. (If someone knows how to connect Kontact w/ Exchange 2010 please comment here)
I recently asked on Quora wondering if VirtualBox had a mode like VMWare Fusion on Mac with Unity Mode. I discovered Seamless Mode in VirtualBox and running my Kubuntu Natty VM. So here is the screenshot
Previous versions of the book focused on the circle theme with friends holding hands. Now the book reflects the great new theme.
As normal I have written the chapter on Kubuntu
Feel free to pre-order the book, slated to come out on Kindle and Paperback according to Amazon
I have been trying to use my Netbook running Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition more and more. One of the things I wanted to try and figure was if I could configure Evolution to connect to Exchange. I was never able to get Kontact to work successfully, but was interested to find something called evolution-mapi with a description of "Evolution extension for MS Exchange 2007 Servers." So I fired up apt, ran an apt-get install, and started walking thru the wizard the first time Evolution runs.
However I ran into several problems and this blog will help me remember the next time I do this.
1. Create an empty mail account using the mail wizard
2. Naviagate to Edit -> Preferences and start creating a new account
3. Under Accounts select Add
4. Provide the email address you are going to use
5. Under the server type, select Exchange MAPI
6. In the server configuration section, specify the IP Address of the server you are going to connect to. I tried server name several times but couldnt get it to authenticate correctly. Dont know if this is a bug, or just something setup with my Exchange server.
7. Finish the wizard and you will be connecting to your Exchange server
Hope it works for you
A recent blog post on planet.ubuntu.com, argues the one thing that is missing is manageability of the Ubuntu system. I couldn’t agree more with this post. In the post the author argues the problem with Ubuntu adoption in business is not how shinny things look, or how well the software works in the cloud, the problem is management of systems.
A little background here: For the last 4 years or so I have been an endpoint management consultant (laptops/desktops/severs). I have clients that manage anywhere between 50 desktops and 150,000 desktops. For Windows desktops there are numerous companies that allow you to manage those machines and reduce full time equivalencies (FTE’s). Some examples are: Altiris, Landesk, Kace, etc. Canonical has created its own solution Landscape instead of working with the existing companies to get their product (Ubuntu) supported.
What really stands out from this entry is this section:
And so, Microsoft continues to win on the desktop. Not because an individual PC running Windows is easier for most people to use, but because its easier to set up Active Directory to work with Outlook and Exchange than it is to roll your own directory service with the tools available out of the box on Ubuntu. Bug #1 will never be solved until directory services and authentication are integrated into every aspect of Ubuntu.
And he couldn’t be more correct. Until there is a true competitor to Active Directory, Exchange, Outlook, and the MANAGEMENT of the machines Ubuntu will not succeed in the Enterprise.
Take a look at the blog and all the blueprints that have withered without focus in regards to the issue: (List taken from the blog)
- Turnkey identity management
- Identity management reference/test config
- Default LDAP DIT for user and group management
- implement simply DIT for Ubuntu server
- Make Ubuntu authenticate against Network Authentication services
- Single User Interface to Join and Participate in Microsoft Active Directory Domains
- Architecture of a directory infrastructure
- Enable user login to leverage a directory infrastructure
- Identity management and network authentication in Hardy
- Integrated Active Directory Logon
- 389 Directory Server Inclusion in Karmic
- Directory service included in Ubuntu Server
- Configuration of services to integrate with a directory
- Enable services to leverage a directory infrastructure
- Open Directory Service package
- Integrate OpenDS in Jaunty
- Search for a published printer in an Active Directory
- Easy active directory integration for EDUbuntu
- An integrated directory server for Ubuntu-server
- LDAP Integration
- Ubuntu Server MS Integration Proxies
- Seamless integration into a Windows domain environment (Active Directory)
- Make a LDAP Server as easy to install as a LAMP Server
- Managing the directory
- System Security Services Daemon for Ubuntu
- Make LDAP the default configuration backend for Ubuntu
- Create new tasksel tasks for common server use cases
- Free Identity Policy Audit infrastructure for Ubuntu as the freeipa.org project
- Authentication/Authorization/Access control/Accounting/Auditing services in the cloud
- Extend mail stack in Ubuntu-server
Another release is now out the door and the new release schedule has been announced for Ubuntu 9.04 will ship on April 23rd of 2009. Hard to believe how quickly April will come up and we will then have another release out the door yet again.
A couple of key dates for myself:
- December 11th is the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Mountain View, if I haven’t met you before in person we should meet at UDS
- February 16th is feature freeze and time to finalize the documentation
- March 26th is Documentation String Freeze where the docs are finalized and ready for translation and l10n.
Getting excited about another release. Hope this time work doesn’t get in the way of spending time working on Kubuntu and Kubuntu docs like what happened last release schedule.