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Using Wake on LAN but not Inventory

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Posted: 4 Mar 2002

Posted on 4 Mar 2002
Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3.2

We asked the folks who deliver the ZENworks for Desktops 3 Advanced Technical Training (ATT) if they could share a few exclusive tips with us from the training they present, and they graciously agreed, and sent us several goodies like this.

Need to use Wake on LAN, but not ZEN Inventory? Check this out.

One of the requirements to using the Wake On LAN technology in ZENworks for Desktops 3.2 Remote Management is to have ZfD Inventory attributes filled in on the workstation object. However, this does not mean that you must use the full Inventory solution. You only need to do three things:

  1. Install the Inventory component during ZfD install. No need to install the database. Make sure you choose a role with Workstations Attached (anything besides Root, which requires a database). This role is required in order to have a Workstation Inventory Policy point to this server.
  2. Enable the Workstation Inventory policy to run on your workstations. To configure the policy, point to the Inventory Service Object that was created in your server's container during install (this is why the install was required).
  3. Remove the STARTINV.NCF from the ZFDSTART.NCF in sys:\system. This is to ensure you aren't wasting resources on your server by running a java app you aren't using.

The policy will enable the scanner to run on the workstations, which will in turn update the workstation object with Minimal Information. These are the attributes read by Wake On Lan to awaken your workstations. An extra note: STR files will be created in the SCANDIR directory specified during install... so you may want to clean these up periodically.

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