ZfD3 Support Pack 1
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Posted: 7 Dec 2000
Current version: ZENworks for Desktops 3
ZENworks for Desktops 3 Support Pack 1 has now released. Check out this TID for installation instructions and product issues that you need to know as you use ZENworks for Desktops 3 (ZfD3) Support Pack 1 (SP1). Other updated information is included in the ZfD3 documentation.
If you just want to download the file, go to http://support.novell.com/, select the File Finder, and go get zfd3sp1.exe.
What's New in Support Pack 1
- Changes to the Workstation Management Component
- Changes to the Workstation Imaging Component
- Changes to the Workstation Manager Group Policy Helper
- Changes to Workstation Inventory
- Improvements to ZENPOL32.DLL
Changes to ZENPOL32.DLL (the module that reads NDS to find all of the ZENworks policy packages for each policy)have made it possible to reduce network traffic during a login by about 40%.
- Changes to Group Policies
Group Policies have changed significantly since the ZfD3 initial release. Group Policies are now additive, check for revisions, cache already-processed policies, and use persistent/volatile settings.
IMPORTANT: The Group Policy path (Network Location of Existing/New Group Policies input field) should be a UNC path. Paths with mapped drives may not work because Group Policies can run before the login script is processed. Future revisions of the Group Policy editor in ConsoleOne will automatically convert paths to UNC.
- Additive Group Policies
Group Policies are now additive. This means that settings from multiple Group Policies are cumulatively effective, rather than individually. Settings from multiple Group Policies can affect users and workstations. Policies start with the local Group Policy settings and are applied in reverse of the policy search order. This means that a setting in a policy applied first has lowest priority and its value is overwritten by any other policy with the same setting.
Security settings are not additive; they are set by the last effective policy.
- Revision Checking
Group policies now track the revision of the policies in effect. As long as the list of effective policies and their revisions remain the same, Group Policies are not processed, but use the cached Group Policy.
NOTE: Each time the Edit Policies button is clicked, the revision of a Group Policy changes, causing the policies to be reprocessed.
- Group Policy Caching
The last-processed Group Policy is cached locally. This helps reduce network traffic by processing Group Policies only if necessary. If UserA logs in on a new machine, his or her effective Group Policies are processed and then cached.
If UserA logs out and UserB logs in, and if UserB has the same effective Group Policies as UserA, the locally-cached Group Policy is restored rather than reprocessing Group Policies. If the list of effective policies is different or if the revision is changed on any policy the Group Policies are reprocessed.
- Persistent and Volatile Settings
The administrator determines if Group Policies are persistent or volatile. The persistent setting indicates that when the Group Polices are set, they remain set -- even if a user happens to log in to a workstation only and not to the network.
The volatile setting indicates that the original local Group Policy settings will be restored
- when the user logs out (user settings are restored)
- when the system shuts down (workstation settings are restored)
- Automatically Updating the Imaging Proxy
A new proxy server shipped with ZfD3 SP1 makes it possible for the ZEN partition to automatically update with new files. The update requires two reboots to be completed. No imaging job is picked up until the update is completed.
If the administrator boots using the shipping release of ZfD3 imaging bootdisks or CDs, an imaging job in automatic mode is not picked up from the ZfD3 SP1 proxy server. The administrator must create new imaging bootdisks or bootable CDs to talk to the proxy server shipped with the ZfD3 SP1 release. You do not have to revisit the workstations where the Linux partition is installed. Workstations are automatically updated by the proxy server.
- Adding New Linux Drivers
New ZfD3 SP1 functionality lets you add any kind of Linux drivers and specify any parameters to the loaded driver. Also the drivers could be present on the second bootdisk, or any other disk.
See the ZENworks Imaging Bootdisk Creator online help file for more information. To download a number of unsupported Linux drivers, check out this article.
- Copying New Linux Drivers to the ZEN Partition
New ZfD3 SP1 functionality lets you copy additional drivers to the ZEN partition using the config option on the bootdisk menu.
- Warm Reboot for the Linux Kernel
The ZfD3 SP1 Linux kernel goes through a warm reboot, making the reboot process slightly faster than the cold reboot required by the shipping version of ZfD3.
- Increased Ram Disk Size
The ramdisk size in the compiled kernel has been increased to 8192K.
- Image Safe Data is Now Available Through a Multicast
Code changes in ZfD3 SP1 now allow slave workstations that are imaged through an imaging multicast session to receive image safe data (such as a static IP address). Image safe data was previously available only at the end of an automatic imaging session.
In the ZfD3 release, WMGRPPOL.DLL, the Workstation Manager Helper .DLL that handles Group Policies, processed only the first Group Policy it found. With the ZfD3 SP1 release, it processes all effective policies for the user or workstation, applying policies in a topdown fashion. If a lower-level policy has a conflicting setting, it overrides the setting above it.
The exception to this is security settings on the Computer Policy. If the Apply Security Settings checkbox is checked, it applies all of the security settings for that policy, overriding any previously applied security settings. Therefore, it is best to apply security settings only once.
The Workstation Group Policy Helper also schedules itself to clean up the settings on user logout, as long as the policy isn't set to keep the settings on logout.
- Inventory Upgrade Service
ZfD3 SP1 provides the Inventory Upgrade Service that runs the upgrade utilities for inventory. For example, this service makes the necessary updates in the database tables and creates database tables. This service triggers full scan on workstations that have any anomalies in the database. This service is autoloaded by the Service Manager.
- Sybase Version
The ZfD3 SP1 installation program installs Sybase version 22.214.171.1242 on NetWare servers. On Windows NT/2000, Sybase version 126.96.36.1993 is installed.
- Auto Workstation Import Fixes
- Application Management Fixes
- Workstation Imaging Fixes
- Remote Management Fixes
- Workstation Inventory Fixes
Windows 9x workstations will now import if you have selected a preferred tree in client properties. If the preferred tree is not selected, Workstation Manager waits until user login to get a tree name to use for workstation import.
- Application reporting has been fixed to allow the service location policy to point to a separate NAL database object.
- When Launcher Config is set to not allow users to close the NAL Window, all options used for closing the window are unavailable.
- The NAL window now uses the F5 "hot key" for refresh.
- The Application Dependencies option on the System Requirements page is now working.
- When applications are used in a disconnected mode, the desktop icon now stays on the desktop in the following situation:
- The application has been installed.
- The Application has a folder defined that is not the user name
- Force Run, Launcher, or Start Menu is checked in the Association page
- Application objects with the following characters:
\ / : . * ? " > < |
in their name are now translated correctly by the SP1 version of ZENAPP32.DLL.
- Minimize and Maximize buttons are not removed when Launcher Config is set to not allow users to exit.
- A NAL image created on Windows 2000 workstation now includes install files in the image.
- Cached applications no longer ask for the "ALWAYS" streams across the wire (performance issue).
- A NAL Window running in single pane now has scroll bars.
- Naldesk will now function normally when using an application object with a name that includes an "unacceptable" character for the file system.
- Application objects are now automatically redistributed when the version number is changed.
- ConsoleOne now reads legacy Launcher Config information.
- The Show Inherited Apps tools menu option now reads inheritance level.
- "Hot keys" are now disabled for a control, even if the corresponding menu item is grayed out.
- Exported items (Reg files, .INI files, etc.) are now adding a default file extension.
- Application folders are no longer doubly displayed when they are created.
- The imaging bootdisk now loads an unsupported network driver.
- Two workstations simultaneously asking for an IP address are now assigned different IP addresses.
- If the workstation is assigned a static IP address, users can now specify a DNS name for the proxy server.
- Invoking the NetWare Security Window or the GINA Screen
The NetWare Security window (in Windows NT/2000 workstation)or the GINA screen can now be invoked by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del from the Remote Control viewing window on certain workstations such as the HP Omnibook or the Digital DEC PX.
- The NumLock and the CapsLock Keys
The NumLock and the CapsLock keys can now be used in the MS-DOS environment on a Windows 9x workstation.
- Inventory with JRE 1.3 on a Windows NT/2000 Server
ZfD3 SP1 can be installed on a Windows NT or Windows 2000 server that has JRE 1.3 installed or if you have installed JRE 1.3 on a Windows NT or Windows 2000 server that has ZfD3, the inventory components will work.
- MAC Address, IP/IPX address, DNS Name Changes
If there is a change of address for a workstation and there are anomalies in the database related to the address details, the old address (MAC address, IP/IPX address, DNS Name) details are cleaned up from the database and updated with the new data.
- IRQ Data of the Workstation
IRQ data of the workstation is now correctly reported and stored in the database.
- IRQ Related Queries
SP1 generates correct results while forming queries using Mouse.IRQ, SerialPort.IRQ, ParallelPort.IRQ.
- Data Reporting in Oracle Database
Mouse, Serial Port, and Parallel Port data of a workstation in an Oracle Database are correctly reported.
- Software Scanning on Microsoft Installer (MSI) Enabled
If Microsoft Installer (MSI) is configured on the workstations to access the applications from an external source, software scanning continues without halting.
- Exporting Enumerated Inventory Attributes as Strings
In the Inventory DBExport, the following enumerated attributes are exported as strings:
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