Novell will release zenworks 6.5 this summer. In this release Novell will provide the most reliable, tested and validated release: a complete ZENworks system that allows you to manage your enterprise devices.
Novell ZENworks, the technology foundation for the Novell Resource Management solution, is a complete IT management solution that helps you manage the entire lifecycle of desktops, laptops, servers and handheld devices. With ZENworks, you get a complete, end-to-end directory-enabled network management solution that automates IT management processes through your network. The latest version of ZENworks offers a full-featured set of integrated tools that gives you an intelligent way to manage all the resources of your diverse systems with a single solution—decreasing administrative burdens and increasing enterprise-wide business efficiency. What's more, ZENworks does not require a NetWare server or the Novell client so you have control over the operating system in your environment.
With Novell ZENworks, you get an easy, automated way to manage all of your diverse systems and changing work environments—across multiple server platforms and multiple operating system environments and versions. You save time through efficient, centralized management and your users gain simple and seamless access to the resources they need from wherever they are, even across the Internet. Research shows companies that deploy Novell ZENworks can eliminate 36 percent of employee downtime.
Let's briefly look at some of the many new features that have been added to ZENworks 6.5.
At installation, version 6.5 now includes the option to enter a licensing code that will unlock any portion or the entire product. When you first install ZENworks 6.5 you get a free 90-day evaluation license that allows all components to fully function. When you complete your buying decision, you only need to enter the proper license to unlock your purchased components.
Even Broader Platform Support
The latest version of ZENworks offers a full-featured set of integrated tools that gives you an intelligent way to manage all the resources of your diverse systems with a single solution
For example, an application that can run on Windows 98 or Windows XP but not on Windows 2000 no longer needs two separate application objects. Instead, you simply create one application object and add the system requirements of Windows 98 or Windows XP. (See Figure 1.)
A great example of when this could be used is deploying a utility to wipe a virus from a workstation. Many viruses run in memory as processes and the process will re-infect the system even if the file that hosted the virus is cleaned. You can force the virus process to be terminated prior to deploying a virus cleaning utility to the workstation eliminating the risk that files would be re-infected.
For example, if the application uninstall removes directories that have data files created by the application that you want to keep, the pre-uninstall script can create a directory and copy or move the necessary files to it. Conversely, if an application uninstall does not remove data files created by the application that should be removed with the application, the post-uninstall script could take care of removing the unnecessary files.
ZENworks 6.5 lets you define whatever script engine fits your needs. Therefore, the uninstall scripts can be written in Visual Basic, Perl, DOS batch files, etc., giving you the necessary dynamics to perform extremely complex tasks.
Administrators have used ZENworks to distribute applications to users of multiple languages by either creating multiple application objects, one for each language, or by implementing a user prompt for language during the application install. ZENworks 6.5 introduces a new feature which lets you easily deploy the same application object in multiple languages for different users. The use of language variables which detect the language of the operating system on the client workstation enable you to deploy the appropriate language version of the application.
Workstation Associated MSI Apps
Enhanced Citrix Metaframe Support
Remote Desktop Management
Request a Remote Control session allows the remote desktop user to request a remote control session of the administrator. When the request comes into the administrator, a dialog box prompts to see if the request can be honored and then it asks the administrator to provide password credentials or directory-based security. Then the remote control session is started, with the administrator controlling the session to the remote machine.
Scale to Fit allows you, during the remote control session, to have the system automatically scale the remote control session to fit the remote control window on your desktop.
Block Mouse Movements, when set in the Control Panel of the remote control session, will block mouse movements from being displayed on the remote or local screens. You can still select items on the desktop but the mouse movement to the selected item is not displayed.
Lastly, you can force the display to a 256-color palette to aid in the performance of remote control over slow links. Set this option on the Control Panel within the Remote Control console.
No-Touch Agent Deployment Wizard
Once these agents have been applied to the desktops, they are fully manageable via ZENworks 6.5.
"ZENworks 6.5 adds many useful features to make it even easier and more flexible to handle the daily application management challenges. In short, Zenworks 6.5 is simply more flexible."
AdminStudio ZENworks Edition can discover and create MST files from any MSI application. With MST files, you can customize and pre-configure the installation of any MSI application to minimize end-user interaction with the application at installation time–keeping your environment consistent and standard. (See Figure 3).
The Deployment Wizard with AdminStudio ZENworks Edition also creates Desktop Applications or Server Distributions in your tree allowing you to easily deploy your new MSIs and MST systems to your ZENworks-managed systems. InstallShield even includes a conversion tool so you can convert your AOT/AXT files to MSI.
You can also upgrade your ZENworks 6.5 AdminStudio ZENworks Edition delivery to AdminStudio Professional with complete MSI development capabilities.
This release introduces a new custom inventory query viewer that allows you to customize your view of the inventory database to meet your specific needs. This new viewer allows you to more easily track and manage the software and hardware components on your workstations and servers. It also allows you to export the custom inventory data to formats that can be used in preparing presentations or reports used when planning future growth as well as identifying deficient areas in software and hardware. (See Figure 4.)
An IDC study of a dozen companies that had deployed ZENworks found that, on average, these companies achieved the following results:
42 percent increase in IT staff efficiency
45 percent increase in IT management staff productivity
$1,263 per person in annual user productivity savings
1,012 percent three-year ROI
Quantifying the Business Benefits of Consolidated IT Resource Management
IDC Whitepaper Sponsored by Novell, Inc.
Because there is no need for multiple types of inventory databases, ZENworks 6.5 implements a single database for all inventories that is much simpler to implement and maintain. This single database concept makes it easier for you to implement inventory on your networks allowing you to quickly begin tracking and managing your resources.
ZENworks 6.5 also bolsters the hardware scanning agent that is installed on the workstations and servers to collect more data than ever before. For instance, the scanning agent now collects data about the system chassis to allow you to collect information about the base framework. This can help you identify systems that are getting out of date or might be incompatible with future upgrades.
The new hardware scanning agent also gathers information about monitors on the network, allowing you to track which users need larger or newer monitors.
In addition to hardware scanning, ZENworks 6.5 has numerous enhancements in the software scanning agent, allowing it to identify more types of software and collect additional data. For instance, the new agent checks for commercial and custom-defined suites. Custom-defined suites allow you to define a specific set of files that make up an application that can be scanned on the systems.
You can now also scan the Add/Remove Programs list on the Windows registry to look for applications. The agent also reads the MSI database and detects applications that were installed by the MSI installer.
Lastly, ZENworks 6.5 has also added specific checks for the most common applications including: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, antivirus software, Microsoft security patches and the Novell client.
The new Linux agents allow ZENworks to trap events and gather trend statistics from the Linux servers allowing you to quickly determine current status as well as any problems occurring on your networks. The new agents also allow you to compile reports that help determine problem areas or growth needs concerning your Linux servers.
ZENworks 6.5 dramatically increases the number of Linux-supported systems.
General Purpose View Builder
Tear-off Views for Segments and Alarms
For example, if you want to monitor two separate segments on the network, you can open up one segment view and use the tearoff feature to keep that one open while you open up the second segment view. So you can now monitor two or more segments simultaneously from the same management interface. (See Figure 5.)
For example, if you have a separate Linux Services group managing the Linux servers on a network, then you can create a specific Atlas for that group. You could then populate the Atlas with the Linux servers. The Linux Services group could then use the new Atlas to manage and monitor the Linux servers for which it is responsible without having the other servers appear in its view.
Native MSI Distributions
Prohibit File Policy
With ZENworks 6.5, Handheld Management includes the following additional features:
Access Points and Synchronization Integration
ZENWorks Handheld Management now lets you associate a handheld policy to a user and have that applied to all of the PDA devices of that user.
Management of Handheld Device by User
Automatic Resend of Corporate Applications
Novell iFolder performs transparent and intelligent file updates to the Web server, encrypting and protecting the files via passphrase identification. Additionally, iFolder allows the users to access their files from any system in the world with a browser.
Red Carpet Enterprise
Red Carpet includes a Novell service that provides to your Red Carpet Enterprise server patches and deliveries of distributions that you can then provide to your servers and desktops. Red Carpet uses fully Web-enabled management to provide you with what you need to keep your Linux systems secure and up to date. (See Figure 6.)
Red Carpet Enterprise includes its industry-leading dependency resolution algorithms that find all dependent rpms that any delivery may require. Then, as a system is being updated, the dependent rpms that a system does not already have are also applied, making deliveries successful.
With this innovative solution, your organization can:
As a result, you can enjoy the advantages of a proactive, high-performance business environment that balances business needs against resource costs. In the long term, this translates into a tremendous competitive advantage and helps assure your organization's future success.
Novell ZENworks 6.5 delivers the next generation of desktop, handheld and server management and capable features. With ZENworks 6.5, you'll be more effective in managing your enterprise environments.