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Posted by [ISS] Ian Spillane on 07 January 2014 12:19 PM

Goodbye Novell

Novell is the network management system that DCU has used for many years, and it has served the University very well. However, all good things come to an end and it is now time to say goodbye.  Novell has now reached end-of-life and in order to fully implement and recognise the benefits of switching to Microsoft Active Directory as its replacement, Novell access will no longer be available from the 8th February, 2014.

Active Directory provides significant enhancements over Novell including improved security, helping to ensure that ISS can provide more reliable services going forward. Examples of these enhancements include:

  • Automated software delivery
  • Patch management
  • Remote inventory & administration
  • Improved desktop and laptop security
  • Better infrastructure management


What is involved in this change?

ISS have been migrating users across campus to Active Directory for some time, and all new Dell machines delivered to DCU are set up for it out of the box.

The migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 has also facilitated removing Novell from DCU machines, and most computers across the DCU community now use Active Directory. If you are still using a PC or laptop that uses Novell for network drive access, you will no longer be able to do so after the 8th February. However, you will still be able to log into the computer locally to use the software and files held on it. If you do not need network drive access, you can continue to access the computer in this way.

Please note

As most machines that use Novell are still running Windows XP, they will also need to be migrated to Windows 7 when possible, or replaced where the hardware is not capable of running Windows 7. Please see the link below for further information on migrating to Windows 7. If you have a computer that is connected to a piece of equipment or an analytical sytem, you will need to upgrade it or consult with ISS to investigate alternative solution.

Please note Windows XP will not be supported from 8th April 2014

Click here for information on the Windows 7 migration.

How do I know if I am still using Novell?

If you are unsure whether or not you are still using Novell, the folllowing screen shots are examples of how the Novell login box appears when you are logging into your computer;

Novell Login Screen SP4         Novell Login Screen SP5

What is Active Directory?

Active Directory (AD) is a software environment developed by Microsoft that provides directory services, network file and print services, and identity management. AD will allow us to consolidate a number of services and functions onto one platform. It will also allow us to provide critical services like network file share space and centralized printing to a large number of users including all students.

Who is affected?

All DCU Windows computers will be affected in some way. University-owned machines will need to be on Active Directory in order to work on the DCU network.

What happens to my network folders?

Once migrated, you will still have access to all of the data currently in your DCU network drives, such as the H: or L: drives. You will continue to have access to the files on these drives as normal.

Do I need to change my password?

The password that you currently use for Novell will continue to work with Active Directory. As long as your password is active, your should be able to access all services as normal.

What changes will I notice?

Your initial login process at computer startup will be a little different. You will no longer see the Novell login box, instead you will see an Active Directory login screen (see below). There you will login with your DCU username and password to access the computer. This will be the only visible difference now using Active Directory to login.

Windows 7 Login Screen