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Introducing ZENworks 6.5 Suite

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Posted: 25 Jun 2004

Mark June 28 on your calendar: that's the day you'll be able to get the new Novell? ZENworks? 6.5 Suite. Novell ZENworks 6.5 now includes ZENworks Linux Management (formerly Ximian? Red Carpet Enterprise?) to provide secure, scalable and centralized management of SUSE? LINUX and Red Hat Linux server and desktop systems. ZENworks Linux Management delivers industry-leading dependency and conflict resolution for software packages and updates from a broad range of public and private sources?including updates from Novell, SUSE Linux, Red Hat and other third-party solutions?more than any other competing product.

Novell ZENworks 6.5 also includes ZENworks Patch Management, which helps organizations defend their network against intrusion without placing a large burden on IT administrators. Detailed information is provided on each patch so administrators can determine which patches are needed for their organization and are the most critical to distribute. Automatic deployment then ensures companies have the latest protection on all of their systems.

A special edition of InstallShield's AdminStudio* provides automation of software packaging, customization and quality assurance to ensure reliable applications for enterprise use. The AdminStudio ZENworks Edition distribution wizard tightly integrates with ZENworks to automatically create application objects for easy distribution of software packages.

Unlike other suites, Novell ZENworks manages all network resources?whether they are systems, applications, users or groups?across multiple platforms. By giving each resource an identity, administrators can establish policies to automate their management processes. Organizations that are migrating systems to Linux will still be able to manage their Windows or NetWare? systems while having the ability to manage both SUSE Linux and Red Hat servers and desktops.

Novell ZENworks 6.5 will be available June 28 for $130/user through Novell channel partners with a Patch Management subscription available for an additional fee. Customers can also purchase the individual components for Desktop Management, Server Management, Handheld Management and Linux Management. For more information about Novell ZENworks 6.5, please visit

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Novell Connection Magazine just published nice lineup of articles about the new ZENworks 6.5 Suite, well worth your time. Check them out.

  • Up the Grade (ZENworks 6.5)
    "Up the Grade" shows how the ZENworks 6.5 suite will be easier to install, have broader platform support, and offer more capabilities in managing your desktop and server systems.

  • Patch Management
    This article explains the damages, both real and monetary that Windows security vulnerabilities can do to your organization, and how the PatchLink service can help keep your desktop and server systems up to date with the latest Windows OS software releases.

  • ZENworks for Servers Policy and Distribution Services
    "Fine Print - Smooth Move" answers some commonly asked questions regarding TED - Tier Electronic Distribution. TED is ZENworks method of distributing software across all ZENworks infrastructure from a centralized server.

  • ZENworks Personality Migration
    Are your users migrating from Window 2000 to XP? Wouldn't you want to minimize the downtime associated with getting their user environment working correctly? ZENworks Personality Migration can help collect, store, and apply desktop personalities.

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