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25 Jan 2001
Empty the Recycle Bin with App Launcher
Here is a special Matt Brooks tip. He was asked if there was any way to empty the Recycle Bin from an app run from NAL. He gazed at the ceiling for about twenty seconds, seized his mouse, and this is what he came up with. As with everything from Matt, it isn't just an answer ("Yes."), it's a full-on solution complete with an AOT, AXT, and a Bonus Tip. All neatly packaged in the emptybin.zip file below.

24 Aug 2000
ZEN 2 Application Management Tool Kit
Automate and speed many of the application management tasks.

16 Aug 2000
NAL Command-line Options (ZEN 2 and ZfD3)
ZENworks 2 introduced a number of new command-line options that you can use to make things run the way you want them to. Here they all are, freshly updated with a couple of new switches that are only in ZENworks for Desktops 3 (ZfD3). You may want to print this out and tape it somewhere prominent. You'll probably be using it a lot...

08 Dec 1999
Configuring and Troubleshooting Workstation Association
In the ZENworks 2 release of Application Management (ZAM), one of the largest new features is what we call Workstation Association. This feature extends all of ZAM's capabilities (distribution, copying files, registry setting, INI file editing, text files editing, etc.) to a Workstation using the workstation object and workstation connection to NDS provided by Novell Workstation Manager.

24 Nov 1999
The Basics of Pre-Install
Pre-install is a mechanism whereby an administrator (admin) can have software pushed to a workstation/user prior to the actual use or request to use the software. For example: the admin is rolling out Office 97 to all workstations in the enterprise, and wants the majority of the distribution to be done without the user having to wait for it to happen. By using the pre-install feature, the administrator can configure the pre-installation of the application to happen late at night. The next day, when the user runs one of the Office 97 applications, the only distribution done is the user-specific portions. This makes the launching of the application quick and requires no reboot at that point. Pre-install can be thought of as a specialized force-run/distribution mechanism.

13 Oct 1999
ZEN 2 Application Management Tool Kit
You asked for it, you got it. The famous App Launcher Tool Kit has now been updated so it works with ZENworks 2. This thing is packed with nineteen handy (free) tools that will automate and speed many of the application management tasks you will be performing regularly.

02 Aug 1999
Bring Up a Control Panel Printer Window without the Start Menu
Want to bring up a Control Panel Printer Window without using the Start Menu or Control Panel? This has been the subject of a couple of letters. Here's how you do it.

21 Jul 1999
Filtering Apps by Processor Speed
Some applications are only suitable for fast machines. Right? Take, for example, Office 2000. You probably don't want to distribute it to Pentiums with 66 Mhz, but you do want to get it to all your Pentiums with 120 Mhz. If you ever need to filter your applications so they will only be available on workstations whose processor is a specific speed, read on. NAL engineer Matt Brooks offers this snazzy tip for how to do this using Windows NT System Requirements.

21 Jul 1999
The Basics of Auto-verify
Auto-verify is a feature Application Launcher has offered since version 2.5. In essence, Auto-verify gives App Launcher the ability to offer a prompt to the user asking if they wish to ?Verify' the installation of the application. This is particularly useful when you want to re-distribute an application that may have been damaged, but you want to let the user choose the time for the re-distribution to take place.

04 May 1999
NAL 2.01 Roundup
So many NAL2.01 questions have come in lately, we've rounded 'em up into this little article for your reading pleasure. Snap on your reading glasses, tilt back your chair, and prepare for some major and minor epiphanies. Here you go, straight from the horse's mouth. (The horse, in this case, is Matt Brooks, an ultra-smart guy with steely blue eyes and Donny Osmond teeth, who was one of the original cowboys who invented this thing.)


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