Documenting a ZENworks Installation
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Updated: 1 Jun 2005
Question: Robert P. wrote: Is there a tool (3rd party or built-in) that allows one to document a ZENworks installation; something that would list an object and all of its properties? As a consultant, I would like to be able to hand a client a report that would document the "state of the system" on completion and allow their staff to be able to see how the system is setup, what options/parameters are used, etc. Additionally this would enable them to document Application Objects so that they could use them as templates or guidleines for future objects. One client, for example, is saving old/outdated App Objects (snAPPshot based) so they have a reference when installing newer version of the same software, but this takes up space on the server. A method for documenting such objects would free them from having to store all the old apps. I've searched around but can't find anything...can you help?
Ronald Oosting wrote: I tried it with Crystal Reports and the ODBC NDS drive but when I thought I had all the fields I needed, CP crashed. Very frustrating.
I wondered if someone has found something out how to do this!?
OPEN CALL: Anyone have a slick and easy way to document their ZENworks installation? Let us know.
NALalyse allows Novell ZENWorks administrators to quickly sanity check, search and document ZENWorks for Desktops Network Application Launcher (NAL) objects - its sophisticated rule-base detects dozens of potential NAL configuration issues, including accidental distribution of machine specific registry and file data, inappropriate distribution of system DLLs, applications with no associations, slow to distribute apps and general deviations from Novell best practices.
Along with providing detailed reports of NAL issues and potential resolutions, it also has various other in-built reports which aid documentation and provide detailed information on application attributes, associations, 'fingerprints', run orders, macros, flags and more.
NALalyse is also capable of quickly searching hundreds of NAL objects within minutes, identifying applications distributing specific registry entries, files, INI & Text entries etc. - great for tracking down applications trampling over system files and causing 'Windows File Protection' events.
For the raw data and all attributes in an application object, I use the long forgotten, old fashioned "NLIST".
NLIST is found in the Public directory of the NetWare server.
CX is found in the Public directory of the NetWare server.
These are both run from a DOS window.
NLIST /? ALL - Gives you syntax...
CX /? - Gives you syntax...
You will have to know the nlist and cx command syntax.
- NLIST App:Application /d - disiplays attributes and values of All Application Objects in the current context with all details.
- cx .APPS.ZENWORKS.COMPANY - changes my context to the container where all our applications exist.
- NLIST App:Application eq MSOfc2K3 /d - displays ALL attributes and values of the MSOffice 2003 install
(you will see all mst's, group/user associations and rights as well as all other values)
We are diligent about filling in the Administration Notes in the Application Object which will display in the NLIST details. I can then redirect it to text file or printer. Then it can be massaged to whatever type report you want.
LT Auditor / Assesment Auditor will do most of this as well. It is reasonably priced, and a piece of cake to get running. Plus it does reports on group memberships, etc.
One tool I found might be a help: NALalyse "NALalyse allows Novell ZENWorks sys admins to quickly sanity check ZENWorks for Desktops Network Application Launcher (NAL) objects.
Its sophisticated rule-base is capable of detecting dozens of potential NAL configuration issues, including accidental distribution of machine specific registry and file data, inappropriate distribution of system DLLs, applications with no associations and general deviations from Novell best practices.
As well as providing detailed reports of NAL issues and potential resolutions, it also has various other in-built reports which provide information on application attributes, run orders, macros and much more.
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