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Using Scheduled Events to Import Workstations

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By David Reimers

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Posted: 6 Oct 1999

David Reimers, a ZENworks and Check2000 consultant, sent this nifty tip about using scheduled events for registering and importing workstations.

Hi guys, I'm a ZENworks and Check2000 consultant working for a systems integrator in Adelaide, Australia. Having had to go through all the trials and tribulations of registering and importing workstations, I figured there had to be a better way. So I did some playing around with scheduled events for registering and importing the workstation.

I've come up with a pretty good solution. Here it is:

  1. Grant your users Create object writes and Write property rights to the Workstations container (where your workstations will be imported to).
  2. Add an action to the user policy package(s) with the following actions:
    • WSREG32.EXE (to initially register the workstation)
    • WSIMPORT.EXE /H (to import the workstation)
    • WSREG32.EXE (to re-register the workstation).

I set the actions to run in the specified order. This performs all three required steps to get the user's workstation into the tree. One thing, however, that you should be aware of. When WSIMPORT.EXE is run, it will import all workstations in the user's context. At this point, there doesn't seem to be a way of getting more granularity for WSIMPORT.

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