11.4 Applying Policies

ZENworks Configuration Management lets you use policies to create a set of configurations that can be assigned to any number of managed devices. It helps you to provide the devices with a uniform configuration, and it eliminates the need to configure each device separately.

ZENworks Configuration Management policies help you manage the external services, puppet policy related settings, Internet Explorer favorites, Windows Group policies, local file rights, A/C Power Management settings, printers, SNMP service settings, roaming profiles, and configure dynamic local user accounts and manage them on the managed devices. You can also configure the behavior or execution of a Remote Management session on the managed device, and administer as well as centrally manage the behavior and features of ZENworks Explorer.

The following section contains the list of Windows Configuration policies that can be created and assigned to a user or a managed device.

The following section contains the list of Linux Configuration policies that can be created and assigned to a user or a managed device.

11.4.1 Creating a Policy

To create a policy, you use the Create New Policy Wizard. In addition to helping you create the policy, the wizard also lets you assign it to devices and users and decide whether to enforce the policy immediately or wait until the device refreshes its information.

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

    Policies Page
  2. In the Policies panel, click New > Policy, the Select Platform category page is displayed.

  3. Select either Linux or Windows, then click Next, the Select Policy Category page is displayed.

    Select platform category page of the Create New Policy wizard
  4. To create a Linux policy, select Linux Configuration Policies in the Create New Policy Wizard, then click Next.

    To create a Windows policy, from the available options choose the type of Windows policy you wish to create, for example, select Windows Configuration Policies, then click Next.

  5. Select a Policy Type from the list of policies provided. Follow the on-screen prompts to create the policy.

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

    When you complete the wizard, the policy is added to the Policies panel. You can click the policy to view the policy’s details and modify assignments.

You can also use the policy-create command in the zman utility to create a policy. For more information, see Policy Commands in the ZENworks 11 Command Line Utilities Reference.

11.4.2 Assigning a Policy

After you create a policy, you need to assign it to the devices where you want it applied. You can make assignments to devices or to users.

  1. In the Policies panel, select the policy you want to assign by selecting the check box next to it.

  2. Click Action > Assign to Device.

    or

    Click Action > Assign to User.

  3. Follow the prompts to assign the policy.

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

    When you complete the wizard, the assigned devices or users are added to the policy’s Relationships page. You can click the policy to view the assignments.

You can also use the policy-assign command in the zman utility to assign a policy. For more information, see Policy Commands in the ZENworks 11 Command Line Utilities Reference.

11.4.3 Where to Find More Information

For more information about applying policies, see the ZENworks 11 Configuration Policies Reference.