Tim Malone, MCSE (805) 445-4847 email@example.com
first introduced to Novell Netware when I
worked at a company called Management Systems Corporation
I first began installing and supporting LANs and Novell
Netware in 1984 when I worked for ACS
Computer Systems in
I had first worked with ARCNet
back in 1980 when I worked as a system operator and programmer for the City of Hope National Medical Center
So I became familiar with LAN technology and architecture early in my career through my work with this forerunner topology, which is very rarely known or used anymore. I think I first worked with original Netware (before 2.0) when I was configuring it in 1984.
In 1985 I worked for an early pioneer in the software distribution industry called Softeam. I joined the company as the director of training but soon moved into marketing when I proposed and created the Softeam Journal, a monthly newspaper for the computer reseller.
As the editor of the paper, I was able to fly around the
country and interview some of the early movers and shakers in the
industry. On one trip, my photographer
and I spent considerable time in
While at Softeam I advised the technical staff on the finer points of implementing their first LAN and assisted in setting up the server running Netware 2.0. It was a large LAN and ran between two buildings. We learned a lot about repeaters and active hubs.
I was heavily involved in sales over the next few years so I sold and installed a few more network installations, most of them for small offices. As a sales manager I hired and trained others to sell and install networks as well (2.11, 2.12 & 3.0).
In 1990 I decided to
slow down from the hectic world of sales and joined a publishing firm called Price Books and Forms in
So I wrote a complete multi-user subscription tracking system in Clipper 5.02 so that everyone on the Novell network could access it. While it was being developed, I used Support/400 to download the accounting files from the AS/400 every night and wrote scripts to automatically import them into the dBASE files that Clipper accessed on the Network. It included a complete A/R and G/L system to get complete financials at the touch of a button. No need for closing. Everything was posted immediately and always available for summarizing in the P & L statement.
In 1995, I moved back into the tech support arena as the tech support manager and network administrator for Brandon International, a small manufacturing company with five locations. I designed and installed their LAN and WAN from the ground up using Netware 4.1 servers throughout.
I last worked with Netware in February of 2001 while at Carson Industries in
Summary: I sold, installed, worked with or supported Netware products for over fifteen years. I am most comfortable with Netware 3.x and 4.x. Netware has lost almost all market-share to Microsoft so I have not kept up with Novell technology lately.