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Node Director 4.4.5 released

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, software distribution, directory management and more.

Release 4.4.5 comes with a new init mechanism (read the release notes and have a look at the "sfidirector init" command in the reference manual).

Also, a binary tar for installation below /opt/sfidirector has been published on user request.... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2009-01-11

Web user interface 0.12 released

Release 0.12 of the web user interface contains the usability improvements of BigSWAF 0.12, a domaintemplates wizard and various new dialogs like i.e for application subscriptions.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2006-09-07

Node Director 4.2.1 released

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, software distribution, directory management and more. Release 4.2.1 introduces the new domain template mechanism and prepares for the forthcoming release 0.12 of the Web frontend BigClerk.

The new domain template mechanism makes it much easier to get services like DNS, DHCP, NIS, local /etc/passwd, etc. attached to the Director by providing parameterisable templates for commonly used services. So far, the "DNS Zone" template for BIND based name servers and the "ISC DHCP Config" template for ISC DHCP servers are included.... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2006-09-01

Node Director 4.2.0 released

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, software distribution, directory management and more. Release 4.2.0 fixes the famous last stability bug(TM), brings more text into the reference manual and implements the concept of host assigned users.

Stability. The most annoying "timed out waiting for agent activity" bug has been worked around. The spurious problem of jobs staying in the job queue forever has been solved.... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2006-08-10

Node Director joined the Open Management Consortium

The NodeDirector project has joined the Open Management Consortium. The project team expects to participate in and profit from its effort to boost interoperability between various open source management approaches by establishing a common set of standards and interfaces.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2006-06-21

Web user interface 0.09 released

Version 0.09 of Node Director's web interface BigClerk has been released. The new release includes a conservatively revised look as well as new functionality: the new class hierarchy view allows to browse persons and hosts by their class structure. A new "group membership" dialog makes adding persons to groups easy. Special object type specific functionality is now directly accessible via the context menu of the main window.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2006-02-27

Node Director Docu update

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, software distribution, directory management and more. The Director documentation has been supplemented by the manual "Director fuer Fortgeschrittene".

The manual is available as a PDF file from the documentation page http://nodedirector.bigsister.ch/documentation.html.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-12-20

Node Director 4.1.0 released

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, software distribution, directory management and more. Release 4.1.0 brings along more stability and performance, as well as a few new functions.

Stability. Serious bug hunting in order to improve stability and reliability has taken place. The Director has passed stress-testing for the first time without a failure. However, there are still a few issues that are most probably system dependent and related to library versions.... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-12-07

Node Director 4.0.7 released

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution, directory management and more. The latest release fixes a few bugs like excessive memory consumption and hangs of the Director server.

Please note that we strongly suggest upgrading to BigClerk 0.07 and Director 4.0.7b.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-05-26

Director web frontend 0.06 with new look

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution, directory management and more. The latest release of the web-based user interface (BigClerk) comes with a set of new icons replacing the old incomplete look.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-03-21

Director first official public release

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution, directory management and more. After years of developing and using the Director for the developers own purposes we are pleased to announce the first official public release.

This release includes not only the core Director, but also its new Web based frontend as source tarballs as well as RPM and Debian packages available from the download page http://sfidirector.sf.net/download.html. ... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-03-14

Director Debian binaries

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. Besides the "traditional" RPM binaries, native Debian packages are also available from the download page, now.

See http://sfidirector.sourceforge.net/download.html for a pointer to the new Debian packages.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2005-02-21

Director Web Frontend

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. BigClerk, the forthcoming web frontent to the director now officially makes part of DirectorNG project.

We are pleased to announce that BigClerk, the new web based Director user interface, is now developed in sync with the Director core under the GPL. Therefore, BigClerk has been booked into the Director CVS tree, today, available via anonymous CVS for interested parties. We consider this a big step towards a first public release.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2004-12-15

Director professional use

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. The Phinex AG, Switzerland, has announced its new Beaver NetMaster product with the Director being one of its core components.

See http://www.phinex.ch/index.php?id=16 for learning more about NetMaster and professional support for the Director. This will inspire the development of the open source Director.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2004-10-20

Director documentation growing

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. The fundamental lack of documentation is about to be overcome due to the release of big parts of the new User Guide.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2004-10-13

Director & Debian? Yes, sure!

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. The latest revision supports application distribution via Debian's native package system and therefore adds the advantages of centralized management to the powerful Debian packaging system.

The application distribution functionality has always been supporting multiple underlying package systems like RPM, SUN package streams and the Director's own light-weight packages. The latest revision does not only add support for Debian .deb packages (dpkg) but can also take advantage of apt in order to resolve dependencies and install applications from repositories outside of the Director managed network.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2004-10-06

The Director goes Solaris

The Director is a system and network management software featuring centralized user/host management, application distribution and more. It has been ported to and tested on Solaris, recently.

While the Director is multi-platform ready by design it has nearly exclusively been used on Linux. The project developers were offered an occasion to thoroughly test the Director on Solaris platform. The results are: The Director binary now builds smoothly on Solaris platform using GNU make and GNU GCC, Support for managing application packages in SUN package stream format has been completed, compatibility with SunONE Directory server has been proven, a number of small glitches have been fixed.

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2004-08-16

The Next Generation SFI Director

Development of the successor of the SFI Director 3 is now done via the SFI Director project at Sourceforge. The Director NG is completely written from scratch and will hopefully combine years of experience with Director 2.xx and 3.xx with modern software development models.

There is no public release available yet but interested people are welcome to the discussion forums, may want to have a look at the code in the CVS archive or browse through the description at... read more

Posted by Thomas Aeby 2000-10-30