2.1 Preparing Your Management Zone

Before you can begin setting up compliance for your software products, you need to prepare your ZENworks Management Zone. This includes configuring several Management Zone settings, discovering software products that are installed on devices in your Management Zone, and populating your Management Zone with software purchase information.

The following table explains the tasks you need to complete and where you can find specific instructions to help you complete them.

Table 2-1 Management Zone Preparation Tasks



Configure ZENworks Management Zone settings

There are two ZENworks Management Zone settings related to license compliance. One setting determines when the compliance engine runs each day and the other setting determines the user source (authoritative user source or Inventory user data) for user-based license models.

For instructions, see Section 3.0, Configuring Compliance Settings.

Discover installed software products

Asset Management needs to know what software products are installed in your organization and how many installations exist for each product.

Asset Inventory provides this information by scanning the devices in your ZENworks Management Zone to discover installed software products. Asset Management then filters the installed products through the Asset Management Knowledgebase to consolidate and combine the installed products into the list of discovered products used with license compliance.

If you have not performed a software inventory scan of the devices in your zone, or if the software inventory data has not been updated recently, you must scan the devices to create a list of discovered products. You cannot manually create discovered products.

For instructions, see the ZENworks Asset Inventory Reference.

Record software purchase information

Asset Management needs to know what software products you’ve purchased and how many licenses you’ve purchased for each product.

You enter this information into the Asset Management system as purchase records and catalog products.

For instructions, see Creating Purchase Records.