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Posted: 29 Jan 2003
 

Version: Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4

Ever need to export your objects from tree to tree? Don't sweat it; it's easy. Here's how you do it.

  1. Open ConsoleOne.
  2. Browse to the Application object desired to export.
  3. Highlight Application object.
  4. Select from menu bar TOOLS -> APPLICATION LAUNCHER TOOLS -> EXPORT APPLICATION OBJECT.
  5. Browse to where you would like to save the exported file, probably the server that is in the new tree that will be holding the files for the AOT. This will only save the attributes of the application object, not the .fil files.
  6. Copy the .fil files from the old server to the server that is in the new tree. Make sure you have the same directory structure for the .fil files on the new server as the old one.
  7. Authenticate to the new tree, and then create a new application object and point to the exported application. The exported file is in AOT format.

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Edward Falzon, Performing PCs

While this method will work, it's kind of like showing a receptionist how to create a second copy of a document - by typing it again! So now create 4 copies of 15 documents (aka Application objects)... Granted, it's free, but if you're the kind of person who'd be inclined to buy a photocopier, perhaps there's another way...

ZENith by Performing PC's www.performingpcs.com is the "Photocopier for ZENworks." Actually, it's a fully automatic, collating, stapling, self-documenting photocopier, but I digress. Here are the steps for copying an Application object to another tree, for users of ZENith:

  1. In ZENith, select the Source Tree and browse to the Source Application Container (not unlike ConsoleOne).
  2. In the top-right panel ("Available Objects"), Shift-Click all the applications you want to copy, and click [Add]. You'll see them all added to the "Selected Objects" tab at the bottom-right.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for as many Applications, Policies and PXEGuard www.wnf.com/products/pxeguard objects as you like, across multiple Containers and multiple trees. In the end, all the objects you want to copy will be listed in the "Selected Objects" tab in the lower-right portion of the screen.
  4. Browse the trees (on the left) again, this time holding while clicking every Container to which you want all the objects copied. As you shift-click, you'll see each container being added to the "Selected Destinations" tab in the lower-right portion of the screen.
  5. In the short version, simply click [Deploy].

    In the longer version, you might want to adjust the settings for Relative Association(TM), Relative Macros(TM), Relative Folders(TM), automatic creation of the Application Site List, self-documentation, logging, deployment schedule, etc.

The nice thing about this method is that the time it takes you to kick off a copy of 100 objects is no greater than for a single object. And a lot of the localization required for each object (such as associating to containers, editing the macro values, etc.) is accomplished automatically, even across many trees.


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