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ENGL Zwake: Wake-On-LAN scheduler for ZENworks

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By Heath Upton

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Posted: 7 Jun 2001

Published on June 7, 2001
Versions: ZENworks 2 and ZENworks for Desktops 3

With the release of ZENworks for Desktops 3, Wake-On-LAN (WOL) functionality was finally added to the remote management features of ZENworks.

Wake-On-LAN is designed to allow ?lights-out' distribution of software and patches. Unfortunately ZENworks for Desktops 3 requires you to manually wakeup each machine with ConsoleOne. Yuck!

Wouldn't it be cool if you could schedule Wake-On-LAN for ZENworks 2 and ZENworks for Desktops 3 workstations? Well, now you can?

Introducing ENGL Zwake 1.2

ENGL Zwake is a Win32 utility that can import a list of workstations and perform unattended Wake-On-LAN using a built in scheduler to provide lights-out automation for ZENworks 2 and ZENworks for Desktops 3 workstations.

Zwake uses an integrated LDAP client to import ZENworks Workstation and Workstation Group objects from NDS into the scheduler. The workstations can then be woken and verified on a once only or daily basis, using IP and MAC address information stored in the Workstation object.

Status information for each workstation is written to the XML report file, which can be viewed from your browser. Additionally, the report directory can be configured to store report files on a web server, allowing you to view the Zwake report from any browser.

Zwake 1.2 features

  • Import unlimited ZENworks 2 and ZENworks for Desktops 3 workstations
  • Import unlimited workstations from a CSV file
  • Wake-On-LAN scheduler can perform once only or daily repeatable tasks
  • Scheduler can be launched from the command line
  • View reports from your browser (XML format)
  • Administrator machine does not require the Novell client

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Evaluation download

To download a 14 day evaluation please visit the ENGL Toolkit pages at

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For more details on Zim and the other ENGL Toolkit products, please visit:

About ENGL

ENGL is a Novell Business Expert partner specialising in solutions that leverage the Directory, providing consultancy and development services.

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