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Copying HOSTS file to NT Workstations

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Posted: 12 Apr 2001

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

Here's how to configure NAL to push out a force run, run once application that will copy a pre-placed HOSTS file from the server's PUBLIC directory to the NT workstation's C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC directory.

  1. Copy a HOSTS file that includes the desired "<IP ADDRESS OF SERVER> zenwsimport" line to the SYS:PUBLIC directory of the ZFD3 server.
  2. Create an application object in ConsoleOne that is "install only, no executable needed".
  3. Under Distribution Options > Application Files, click the Add button and place the UNC path to the <SERVER NAME>\SYS\PUBLIC\HOSTS file in the Source dialog box and C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\hosts in the Target dialog box and save the changes.
  4. Make sure the Association is made to the desired users and that the system requirements tab is filled out to include the NT operating system.
  5. Set the application to Force Run under the Associations tab.
  6. Check the box to Run Application Once under the Run Options > Application tab so it will run only one time.

For more information see TID 10061067

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