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Scheduler for the Inventory Storer Tool

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By Indira Upadhyaya

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Posted: 3 May 2000
 

This NetBasic script-based tool schedules the Inventory Storer at specified days of the week and time. The Inventory Storer transmits the inventory information to the inventory database. In cases of huge volume of data, heavy network traffic, or over a WAN network, Novell recommends scheduling the Inventory Storer at times when the network traffic is low.

How to Set Up the Tool

Ensure that you have installed ZENworks 2 with SP1 and that the inventory server components are loaded on the inventory server.

On the workstation where you want to install the tool:

  1. Unzip CONSOLE.ZIP on the workstation.
  2. Double-click the setup program (SETUP.EXE).

This program installs the files in the directory you specify on the workstation.

If you are scheduling the Storer for the first time, you must extend the Schema.

To extend the Schema:

  1. Ensure you have logged in to the appropriate server as an administrator.
  2. Double-click SCHSTORE.EXE in the directory on which the tool is installed.
  3. Click NDS > Schema Extension.
  4. Type the NDS URL.
  5. Type the inventory server name.
  6. Click the days on which you want the Storer to run.
  7. Type the time in 24-hour format.
  8. Click Save.

On the inventory server, do the following tasks:

  1. Create the following directory: SYS:\PUBLIC\ZENWORKS\SCHSTORE
  2. Unzip SERVER.ZIP in the same directory you created on the server.
  3. Edit the AUTOEXEC.NCF file on the inventory server as follows:
    1. Comment out or remove the following lines:
      SYS:\PUBLIC\ZENWORKS\JAVA\MASTER.NCF
      SYS:\PUBLIC\ZENWORKS\JAVA\STORER.NCF
    2. Insert the following line:
      SYS:\PUBLIC\ZENWORKS\SCHSTORE\SCHSTORE.NCF
  4. Reboot the server.
  5. Type the administrator username and password.

Attribute of the Scheduler for the Inventory Storer in the NDS Object

This tool schedules the Inventory Storer based on the ZEN:ScheduleTime attribute in the NDS object.

The format of the attribute is: DAYS,TIME.

DAYS indicates the days of the week(0-7)and TIME indicates the scheduled time for running the Storer.

For example, 014,17:54 as the value for this attribute specifies that the ZENworks 2 Storer is scheduled to run on the following days: Sunday(0 day), Monday (1st day), and Thursday(4th day) at 17:54.

The Scheduler for the Inventory Storer reads the attribute from the NDS object every 30 minutes. If you make changes to the attribute, these changes will affect the Storer only after the Scheduler reads the attribute.

How to Run this Tool

To run the tool, log in as an administrator to the server on which the Storer is being scheduled. Double-click SCHSTORE.EXE in the directory on which the tool is installed.

To set the schedule time for the Storer:

  1. Log in to the server on which the Storer is being scheduled.
  2. Ensure that the Schema has been extended when you scheduled the Storer for the first time.
  3. Type the NDS URL.
  4. Type the inventory server name.
  5. Click the days on which you want the Storer to run.
  6. Type the time in 24-hour format.
  7. Click Save.

To modify the changes in the schedule time:

  1. Log in to the server on which the Storer is being scheduled.
  2. Type the NDS URL.
  3. Type the inventory server name.
  4. Click Show.
  5. Make the changes.
  6. Click Save.

Description of the Scheduler for ZENworks 2 Storer Window

NDS Menu:

  • Schema Extension: Click this option when you are running the tool for the first time.
    You must log in as an administrator to extend the schema.

Server Information:

  • NDS URL: Type the tree name and context of the inventory server.
    The format of the NDS URL is nds:\\\

    For example, NDS URL: NDS:\\COMPANY_TREE\COMPANY\PLACE\GROUP where COMPANY_TREE is the tree name, and GROUP.PLACE.COMPANY is the context.
    Follow the order in the context as given above.

  • Server Name: Type the server name where the Inventory Storer is located.
  • Schedule: Click one or more days of the week to schedule the Storer.
  • Start Time of Storer: Type the scheduled time in 24-hour format for running the Storer.
  • Show Button: Click this button to modify or view the scheduled time for the Storer.
  • Save Button: Click this button to save the changes you have made.
    When you extend the Schema, you must save the changes. Also, if you reschedule the Storer you must save the changes. The changes are saved as an NDS attribute(ZEN:ScheduleTime).
  • Close Button: Click this button to close the window.

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Copyright (C)1999 Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.

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About the Author

Indira Upadhayaya is a technical writer who has been with Novell since June 1997. She has documented Desktop Management for the ManageWise product and is working on ZENworks for Servers. She is also currently documenting the new inventory features in the upcoming release of ZENworks.


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