The release last month of Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2 delivers thousands of feature enhancements and bug fixes that further improve the solution. A number of the improvements bring shared benefits to ZENworks Configuration Management, ZENworks Asset Management and ZENworks Patch Management—three key products in Novell Endpoint Management solutions. Other improvements enrich specific capabilities of the individual products themselves. This article highlights some of these key shared and product-specific enhancements.
Installation and Administration Flexibility
The first shared enhancement that ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2 provides is greater flexibility in terms of product installation and administration. With this release you can now run both ZENworks Configuration Management and ZENworks Asset Management as standalone solutions. You can choose which of the individual solutions to actually be installed and activated. You also have the option to dictate which of the individual ZENworks solutions will display in the ZENworks Control Center console.
For example, if you only have a license for ZENworks Configuration Management, then the ZENworks Asset Management and ZENworks Patch Management feature set can be disabled so those services don't show up in the console. This leaves you with a much cleaner, leaner and easier-to-use administrative interface.
This ability to pick and choose extends to the ZENworks Adaptive Agent as well. With ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2, only the agent features that you enable as an administrator will be implemented on your managed devices, allowing the deployed agent to have a smaller footprint. Specifically, you have the ability to uninstall, enable or disable any of the following features:
- Asset Management
- Bundle Management
- Image Management
- Patch Management
- Policy Management
- Remote Management
- User Management
Improved Reporting Capabilities
Novell has also completely redesigned reporting in ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2, providing a single universe for cross-product reporting. Rebranded as the ZENworks Reporting Server, this cross-product reporting engine enables you to build and customize reports that span ZENworks Configuration Management, ZENworks Asset Management and ZENworks Patch Management.
The new reporting universe now has 1,350 objects or fields that you can use to create reports, extending your ability to generate reports on just about anything you want. Novell has made it much easier to access and report on the fields and items that you want. The reporting interface is richer, more user-friendly and structured in a more intuitive manner to simplify and enhance your ability to build reports. The ZENworks Reporting Server has also added support for Windows 2008 Server, as well as 64-bit versions of Linux and Windows servers.
Broader Cross-Platform Capabilities
New platform support is not isolated only to the reporting server.
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In Support Pack 1, Novell introduced the concept of satellites, which can be a server or workstation that can perform certain roles that a ZENworks primary server typically performs. Satellites are ideal for branch offices or locations with slow WAN links, allowing you to offload local tasks to the satellite to improve performance.
When this functionality was first released, only managed Windows devices could act as satellites. Now satellites can be hosted on Linux devices running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2, Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP1/SP2 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1/ SP2. This gives you the ability to better leverage your Linux infrastructure not only for your primary ZENworks servers, but for your satellite systems as well.
Novell has added new platform support in other areas as well. Windows 2008 SP2 is now supported on ZENworks primary servers, satellite systems and managed devices while Windows Vista SP2 is now supported on managed devices. All of this added platform support combines to give you even greater choice and interoperability.
Further extending your choice and interoperability, ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2 is providing "experimental" support for Windows 7 devices. This means that you should be able to discover and manage Windows 7 workstations using much of the functionality in this new ZENworks release. If you experience problems or issues managing these devices, you can report them to Novell to address any compatibility issues as quickly as possible.