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November 13, 2006 7:43 am

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ZENworks Patch Management (ZPM) 6.3 is nearly here, and I’ve been testing it. Looks very good, with most of the things I was hoping for. One thing intrigues me – do you have ZPM, and if so, do you use it for NetWare (if so, why?).

An update – still testing ZPM 6.3, anyone who’s looked at Patchlink’s site will see that there have been some teething troubles with this release – Novell wants to make sure that the version we release has these bugs fixed. So I’ve reinstalled my server with 6.2.2.181 from ZEN7SP1 and I’ll be testing the upgrade to a new build over the next few days. If it’s good, we could be in a position to release it soon (yippee!)

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  1. By:Aaron

    We use ZPM 6.2.190 solely for patching Windows desktops and we are advancing to Windows Servers. We rarely allow changes to our Netware boxes. Our Netware servers are very customized and we have had issues even applying server packs manually because of tweaks. We don’t tend to be as custom or protective of our desktops and to some degree Windows Servers.

  2. By:Dan Martin

    I have used it to patch NetWare, though not all the time. The technology is really not the leverage in this product over say ZSM to patch NetWare. Other Operating Systems have different advantages with this product. The reporting and to be exact the ability to hand to Auditors a unified or at least consistent patch report across multiple platforms makes this worth effort as far as NetWare. It is even better when the Auditors can go in and run the report themselves. Less time spent dealing with Internal Auditors then External Auditors so that Sar-Box needs are met… You get the idea.

  3. By:David Flax

    I have not used it to patch NetWare servers. I tend to wait for Novell to release the patches and test but I am testing Patchlink on my NetWare 6.5 SP5 test server.

  4. By:goofy

    BTW, With a bit of work ZEnworks Patch management Can be used to roll out CPKS and update ZEnworks Desktop Management.

  5. By:Shaun Pond

    That’s how I expect most people to use it :)

  6. By:Shaun Pond

    That’s a good thought – something that I (in my little lab) hadn’t thought of…

  7. By:Shaun Pond

    My honest opinion is that ZPM isn’t necessarily the way I’d like to patch my NetWare servers, I’d rather use ZSM, but I can understand why someone would want the reporting aspects, certainly.

  8. By:Shaun Pond

    That’s a good idea – why don’t you write it up as a Cool Solutions article?

  9. By:Graham Thomson

    Shaun, I’ve been waiting for over a week now for ZPM 6.3 can you please let me know if it’s going to be released this week, this month, this year?

    G.

  10. By:Graham Thomson

    When i said a week, i ment i’m supposed to be doing a new install for a fresh green feild implimentation. There’s little point installing 6.2 when 6.3 is due out.

  11. By:Ron van Herk

    Hi Graham

    I hope either today or early next week. I’ll post a note as soon as it’s on the download site.

  12. By:Graham Thomson

    OK, heres what i’ve heard but i’m not telling from who……. ZPM 6.3 had a couple of issues which have now been resolved. The Gold version of ZPM 6.3 is ready to go but your waiting on getting it on your website? How long can this possibley take? If you look at the documentation for ZPM on Novell.com it’s the 6.3 Docs that are available so what’s the point of that if you can’t download and install ZPM 6.3?

  13. By:Ron van Herk

    Indeed, there have been some bugs that we wanted to have fixed before we would ship the product to our customers, that’s why Novell is releasing the 6.3 version two months after the Patchlink release (main issue for us where a few bugs related to date formats dd-mm-yy). If all goes well the ZPM 6.3 should go out today. As soon as it’s out, either Shaun or I will write a separate blog post on it.

  14. By:Graham Thomson

    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. I’ve been waiting on this for ages cause we didn;t want o do 6.2 with SQL 2000 just to go throught the hassle of upgrading to 6.3 and SQL 2005 (heard a few scare stories).

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