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ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 and NetWare 6

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By Martin Buckley

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Posted: 5 Oct 2001

The Best Gets Better

Heads Up: Here's a great article by the Evil ZENworks Scientist. If you missed it in the Novell Connection (September 2001, pp. 36-38), check it out now.

A few months ago, Novell Connection took a peek at the new version of ZENworks for Desktops, code-named ZENworks Firestarter. This new version, now officially named ZENworks for Desktops 3.2, is now shipping.

Not only has ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 shipped, but NetWare 6 will soon be released. Using ZENworks for Desktops with NetWare 6 is a smart move. By using ZENworks for Desktops 3.2, you can easily deploy NetWare 6 services such as Novell iFolder and iPrint.

Like other versions of ZENworks for Desktops, ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 takes advantage of the directory-enabled NetWare file system to give rights to the application rather than to the user. When you use NetWare and ZENworks for Desktops 3.2, you can give file system rights to the application object rather than to user objects. As a result, after you create an application, you do not need to make changes to that object in order to accommodate new users. The new users automatically receive the applications according to their particular business roles. New users also automatically receive all of the rights they need to install and manage the application.

One of the strongest features of NetWare 6 is its high availability, enabling continuous uptime and nonstop access. By running ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 on NetWare 6, you can take advantage of the built-in, two-node clustering capabilities of NetWare 6. This highly resilient, fault-tolerant solution is ideal for companies that can't afford to be offline.

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