Novell says all of its Y2K ducks are in order for the coming year.
The networking giant has launched a new line of Y2K patches, upgrades, and
tools downloadable from Novell's Year 2000 Web site, as part of
its continuing effort to allay earlier concerns by customers that it, like
other major software vendors, was slow to respond to their demands for Y2K
Novell said with NetWare and Novell Directory Services, its customers can
inventory their managed network environment and identify specific hardware
software components, then utilize this data to analyze their network
environment and its Y2K exposures.
earlier, Novell is also offering the Y2K Information Ferret tool and an
application from Greenwich Mean Time called Check 2000 to help customers
address the technology problem from the server and client level.
The Year 2000 Information Ferret tool is a free Windows 95/98/NT
client-based tool that queries servers for Novell products and identifies
the Y2K status of Novell products. This month, Novell plans to deliver more
than 300,000 copies of the Ferret tool to customers worldwide, the company
Check 2000 is a Windows product that checks PCs for Y2K risks. An updated
version of Novell's Zen Works directory-based desktop management tool,
dubbed version 1.1, is now shipping with a five-user version of Check 2000.
It analyzes five levels of the Year 2000 problem: the BIOS, OS,
applications, data, and data exchange.
"Novell has gone to great lengths to ensure that our products are ready for
the next millennium. As our customers continually analyze their Y2K
problems, our products provide them with solutions and answers to these
issues," Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Novell, said in a statement.
"Novell will be taking more networks into the 21st century than any other
company; being Year 2000 ready isn't a question, it's a given."
The Y2K bug comes from antiquated hardware and software formats that denote
years in two-digit formats, such as "98" for 1998 and "99" for 1999. The
glitch will occur in 2000, when computers are either fooled into thinking
the year is 1900 or interpret the 2000 as a meaningless "00." The glitch
could throw out of whack everything from bank systems to building security
procedures, observers warn.