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Enhancing ZENworks for Desktops 3 Imaging with ENGL Zim

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By Steve Thompson

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Posted: 5 Sep 2001

If you're playing around with Imaging, you'll want to check out this AppNote which describes in detail how to customize ZENworks Imaging.


ZENworks for Desktops 3 (ZfD3) features directory-enabled imaging that operates in both connected and disconnected LAN environments.

During ZfD3 design and implementation projects, our customers have continuously requested that we customise the Linux imaging front-end to become more functional and user friendly. Some customers wanted a bootable CD-ROM that featured a emergency image recovery menu, and some required a maintenance menu for administrators.

To customise the environment, we took the ZENworks imaging boot diskettes and modified the boot menu and Linux BASH scripts to accommodate the customers' requirements. These modifications would typically take several days depending on the complexity. Once the modifcations were completed, we would provide the customer with a new media set, such as a CD-ROM.

As customisation of the Linux environment required advanced knowledge of shell scripting and an understanding of the mechanics of the ZENworks Linux boot process, the customer would need our assistance to make further modifications. This would become costly for the customer and would incur inherent time delays whilst changes were made.

There had to be an easier way for the customer to easily make changes without requiring a Linux expert on site--and thus Zim was born.

Read the AppNote

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