ZENworks Application Virtualization 9 has just launched. This product has been key to the ZENworks portfolio since it was first introduced in September of 2008. This latest release adds a lot of nifty features that people have been asking for.
What's New in Version 9:
In a nutshell, Version 9 is all about making it easier for IT to give the workforce the applications they need. ZAV 9 does this by making it easier and faster for IT to build fully-configured virtual applications as well as giving users more options on how to access those applications once virtualized.
- Application Harvesting: Enterprises have a long list of applications that they have installed across their organizations--all custom configured to suit the needs of the workforce. Version 9 lets you "harvest" these applications, and their configuration settings, by scanning your installed applications and then dynamically building virtual versions of these applications from recipes pulled from a Novell application repository. Using this approach IT administrators can quickly virtualize their application portfolio with minimal effort.
- Web-updated Application Templates: With version 9, application templates are updated via the web--gone are the days of having to install the latest release of ZAV to get the latest templates.
- Application Jukeboxing: ZAV takes the time and hassle out of streaming an entire application suite when you only need one sub-application to run (think MS Word within the entire MS Office Suite). Version 9 gives the workforce the ability to quickly stream only the applications they need, even when these applications are sub-components of a larger suite installation. No more waiting for applications you don't need.
- Offline Streaming Support: Stream an application one time, and then run it forever without streaming again (no need for a persistent web connection). We consider this the "airplane friendly" version of application streaming.
- Application Control: In addition to being able to time-bomb applications, version 9 gives you more control over how applications can be used. This includes requiring that the users meet Microsoft AD criteria, and/or that the device running the application is managed by ZENworks. This helps ensure unintended "license creep" doesn't happen.
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It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.