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By Bryan Thoreson

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Posted: 6 Feb 2002

Current version: ZENworks for Desktops 3.2

I have another ZENworks Automatic Workstation Import zenwsimport solution. I did this with Windows 2000, but it should work with any Windows machine I think. Instead of using a hosts file to take care of the zenwsimport dns lookup, I instead registered zenwsimport.x.y.z. Then in the IP dns advanced settings I added x.y.z to the "Append these DNS suffixes (in order)" setting. Now you can ping just zenwsimport to get to zenwsimport.x.y.z.

I needed to do this because we do not have control of our central DNS servers but we do control the x.y.z dns. So by doing this, I can now in the future move the ZFD server to another ip, change the zenwsimport.x.y.z DNS, and never have to worry about each workstation.

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