There are two major improvements to Novell ZENworks.
First, the release of ZENworks® 11 SP3 brings better performance and better tools to the ZENworks 11 Platform to help you face compliance and audit challenges, simplify your tasks and keep your employees productive. Check out the new features below.
Second, we have introduced the Novell ZENworks Suite—a new comprehensive suite that consolidates and replaces all previous ZENworks suites, and includes all the products below at an incredibly affordable price:
- ZENworks Asset Management
- ZENworks Application Virtualization
- ZENworks Configuration Management
- ZENworks Endpoint Security Management
- ZENworks Full Disk Encryption
- ZENworks Patch Management (Subscription not included)
- Novell Service Desk, Incident Management edition
New Features of ZENworks 11 SP3
Improved Scale and Performance
ZENworks now scales to 100,000 devices per zone with Oracle Enterprise. We’ve also improved the number of devices per server to help you increase performance and reduce hardware requirements.
Are you in a highly-regulated environment? Want a change history of events? We hear you. ZENworks can now track changes made in the management console, remote management operations and files written to removable drives.
Multizone Content Sharing
Now you can share bundles and policies between two or more ZENworks zones. If you have a test and production zone, this can reduce the overhead associated with creating bundles and policies in both. This also helps if you’re a single administrator working with multiple office branches or districts.
Our new reporting engine is lighter-weight, faster and makes it easier to build reports and dashboards to show the business value of ZENworks. We’ve also opened a new Cool Solutions reporting vault where you can pick up tips and share what you’ve done with others.
Improved Rights-Based Management
Control which users, groups, bundles and policies an administrator can see. New system-update rights allow you to delegate control of when to deploy system updates.
Enhanced Remote Control / Join Proxy
Now you can remote control your clients even if they are behind a network address translation (NAT) connection. This means you can now remote manage devices at an employee’s home or in a hotel, so you can manage things for all your road warriors.
The new ZENworks diagnostics dashboard gives you a way to quickly identify issues with the ZENworks database, LDAP user source or primary servers. You can drill down to the ZENworks processes on any server for advanced troubleshooting, including viewing current threads, doing thread dumps, and monitoring request and response times.
Patch Management Policies
You can now define the desired state of your workstations and define maintenance windows for when patches can be applied. Once this is done ZENworks automates the entire process of keeping devices in your desired state.
ZENworks can now image newer hardware certified for Windows 8 running in native UEFI mode. It also supports new Windows 8 versions of Windows deployment tools. And because you asked so nicely, you can now easily build a USB stick for booting to the ZENworks imaging environment.
Encryption Support for OPAL
ZENworks now supports managing OPAL devices. OPAL is a new standard for hardware encryption.
Improved Software Inventory
ZENworks can now provide more accurate software inventory while still giving additional information, such as suite components, for fingerprinted software. With inventory pruning you also get better control of how much historical data is kept relative to the inventory changes and software usage tracking data in the database.
Enhanced OS Support
ZENworks now provides full support for Windows 8 including new capabilities such as the Windows 8 start menu and virtual smartcard, new power management policy settings, and Windows group policy. ZENworks also supports more platforms, including:
- SQL 2012
- Oracle Enterprise
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
- Windows 2012
- Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4
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