4.1 Distributing Software

ZENworks Configuration Management provides great flexibility in distributing software. You can distribute applications and individual files, or simply make modifications to existing files on a device.

Software is distributed though the use of bundles. A bundle consists of all the files, configuration settings, installation instructions, and so forth required to deploy and manage the application or files on a device. There are four types of bundles you can create:

The software included with a bundle is uploaded to the ZENworks Server repository. This enables the ZENworks Server and ZENworks Adaptive Agent to distribute the software without requiring access to any other network locations.

To create a software bundle, you use the Create New Bundle Wizard. In addition to helping you create the bundle, the wizard also lets you assign it to devices and users and create distribution, launch, and availability schedules.

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click the Bundles tab.

    Bundles page
  2. In the Bundles panel, click New > Bundle to launch the Create New Bundle Wizard.

    Create New Bundle page
  3. Follow the prompts to create, assign, and schedule the bundle.

    Click the Help button on each wizard page for detailed information about the page.

    When you complete the wizard, the bundle is added to the Bundles panel. You can click the bundle to view the bundle’s details and modify assignments, schedules, and so forth.

You can also use the bundle-create command in the zman utility to create a software bundle. For more information, see Bundle Commands in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Command Line Utilities Reference.

For more information about distributing software, see the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.