Great New Moves
The Time has Come for GroupWise 8 and ZENworks 10 Configuration Management
Written by Ken Baker
In terms of its Web based architecture, the console in ZENworks 10 Configuration Management is served up by an https server. This allows you to manage, secure and track all your endpoints from any standard Web browser whether you’re in the office, on the road or at home. It also makes it easier to distribute management responsibilities to other IT administrators in geographically diverse locations. Whether they’re located across campus, town, the country or the ocean, they can easily log into the Web-based ZENworks Control Center and access its system dashboards and hot lists to get an immediate view of task status, errors, warnings, statistics and policy compliance. (See Figure 3.) Inside the Web console, you can also drill down to event details for faster and more effective problem resolution than ever before.
ZENworks 10 Configuration Management also provides tighter integration between other ZENworks products. Whether you’re managing your endpoints with ZENworks Configuration Management, your patches with ZENworks Patch Management, or your assets with ZENworks Asset Management, you’ll be able to use the same integrated console, the same integrated database and the same integrated agent. (See Figure 4.) You'll no longer have to switch between management consoles, and you'll only have one ZENworks database to deploy and one agent to deploy.
Whether it’s for the latest version of Novell ZENworks or GroupWise, and whether you look at it from a support or feature perspective, there’s no better time than now to make the move.
A natural benefit of this integration is that it also makes it easier to try and take advantage of new ZENworks products. For example, if you have ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Standard Edition, but you want to evaluate ZENworks Patch Management, there’s nothing new to install. You just turn on the free trial and give it a try. If you want to deploy it, you simply buy a license and activate the license keys, and the new features automatically become available.
When ZENworks 11 (See Novell ZENworks Futures) comes out later this year, console and agent integration will be extended further to include ZENworks Endpoint Security Management. (See Figure 5.) Management console integration will also be extended to ZENworks Linux Management. All of this current and future integration goes a long way to simplifying overall deployment and streamlining your day-to-day management experience.
Another compelling reason to move to ZENworks 10 Configuration Management is its support for Windows 7—something you don't get with ZENworks 7. In fact, if you have plans to migrate to Windows 7, ZENworks 10 Configuration Management can dramatically simplify that migration by helping you 1) plan your migration with readiness reports for your current applications and hardware and 2) implement the actual migration to Windows 7 with as little disruption as possible. (See Mover’s Toolbox.)
Taking advantage of the Web-based infrastructure, tighter component integration and Windows 7 support in ZENworks 10 Configuration Management is easy if you’re current on your maintenance. ZENworks 7 Suite customers current on maintenance are entitled to the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Advanced Edition, and ZENworks 7 Desktop Management customers current on maintenance are entitled to the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Standard Edition. If you’re not current on maintenance, you can still upgrade to ZENworks 10 Configuration Management according to standard upgrade licensing provisions. Contact your sales representative for information or visit www.novell.com/products/zenworks/configurationmanagement/howtobuy.html for more information on upgrading.
Make the Move
Whether it’s for the latest version of Novell ZENworks or Novell GroupWise, and whether you look at it from a support or feature perspective, there’s no better time than now to make the move. To get the latest information to help you upgrade either product, visit www.novell.com/products/zenworks or www.novell.com/products/groupwise/, respectively.