After you have prepared the application for distribution (see Section 31.1, Preparing a Web Application), you are ready to create the application as an Application object in eDirectory, define its distribution rules, and associate it with users and workstations.
You can create the Application object in any container you want. Because Application Launcher accesses the object on behalf on the logged-in user or workstation, you should place it in a container whose partition (or a replica of the partition) is available to the user or workstation over a local area connection rather than a wide area connection. For more information, see Section 51.0, Reference: Application Object Location.
To create the Application object in eDirectory and configure it:
In ConsoleOne®, right-click the container where you want to create the Application object, click, then click to display the New Application Object dialog box.
In the New Application Object dialog box, select theoption, then click .
Enter a name for the Application object.
The Application object’s name must conform to the following rules:
The name must be unique in the container.
Special characters are allowed. However, plus (+), equals (=), and period (.) must be preceded by a backslash (\) if used.
The following characters are valid in Application object names but are invalid when used in Windows folder and file names:
\ / : * ? " < > |
If you use these characters in the Application object name, they are replaced by an underscore (_) when displayed in locations controlled by Windows and not Novell Application Launcher™ (for example, on the Windows desktop).
Uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as underscores and spaces, are displayed as you first entered them, but they aren’t distinguished. For example, ZENworks_Desktop_Management and ZENWORKS DESKTOP MANAGEMENT are considered identical.
The Application object's name is visible in eDirectory™. By default, the name is also used as the Application object’s icon title when displayed by Application Launcher on a user’s workstation. You can, if necessary, change the icon title after the Application object has been created (Application object >tab > page).
Click, then enter the Web application's URL.
The URL can be to the Web application or to a Web page that provides access to the application.
Click, then define the rules used by Application Launcher to determine if a workstation meets the requirements for the application.
The distribution rules ensure that Application Launcher does not distribute the application to workstations that cannot support the application. For example, if the application runs on Windows 2000/XP only, you can create an operating system rule that prohibits distribution to Windows 98 workstations.
NOTE:The requirement for an operating system to be defined before an application is available has been removed.
In previous ZENworks versions, an OS platform had to be defined in the System Requirements before an application would be available for distribution and launching. This requirement has been removed.
The new behavior uses the following logic: If an application runs only on a specific operating system, define an operating system distribution rule. If an application does not require a specific operating system, there is no need to define a distribution rule. By default, applications without a defined operating system distribution rule are available on all supported platforms (Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP).
To add a distribution rule:
Click, then select the type of rule you want to define.
Fill in the information for the requirement (click Distribution Rules Page), then click to add the requirement to the list.for information about the requirement or refer to
If you want to create additional distribution rules for the application at a later time, you can use the Distribution Rules page on the Application object. For information, see Distribution Rules Page.
Click, then associate the Application object with the users or workstations that you want to distribute the application to. To do so:
Click, then browse for and select User or Workstation objects.
Each workstation that you want to associate with applications must first be imported into eDirectory as a Workstation object. If a workstation with which you want to associate the application has not been imported as a Workstation object, see Section III, Automatic Workstation Import and Removal.
You can also select Group objects, Workstation Group objects, and container objects (Organizational Unit, Organization, or Country). If you select a container object, you are given the choice of associating all the container's User and/or Workstation objects with the application.
Associating an Application object with a Group, Workstation Group, or other container object is the preferred method of associating the Application object in eDirectory. Associating the application to a large number of User or Workstation objects (for example, more than 250) might cause increased server utilization.
IMPORTANT:Do not associate the Application object with Alias objects. Alias objects are not supported.
After you add the user or workstation to the list, select the appropriate check boxes for the user or workstation to set the characteristics (Associations Page., , , , , , and ) you want applied to the application. Click for a description of each of these characteristics, or refer to
If you want to associate the application with additional users or workstations at a later time, you can use the Associations page on the Application object. For information, see Associations Page.
Click, review the Application object settings, then click to create the Application object.