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HOWTO: Running ZCM’s zman utility from a local Windows workstation

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March 12, 2010 5:20 pm

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Ever wanted to run zman locally from a workstation instead of the server console? Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. From the ZCM installation media install the following MSI packages:

    CD-ROM:\Common\msi\novell-zenworks-core-server-10.2.0.23638.msi
    CD-ROM:\Common\msi\novell-zenworks-jdk-1.5.0_11.msi
    CD-ROM:\Common\msi\novell-zenworks-java-utilities-server-10.2.0.22715.msi

    This installs the necessary components in the \Novell\ZENworks folder on one of your local drives. Not sure how the drive is selected, maybe just the one with the most free space. Let’s assume you end up with X:\Novell\ZENworks…

  2. Set an environment variable ZENWORKS_HOME=X:\Novell\ZENworks
  3. Add X:\Novell\ZENworks\bin to the PATH variable
  4. Copy the contents of the folder \lib\java from your ZCM server to your local workstation’s X:\Novell\ZENworks\lib\java folder
  5. Log off and on again

Now you can run zman from your local command line.

Update for ZCM 10.3:

  1. copy the following MSI installers from you ZCM server’s %ZENWORKS_HOME\install\downloads\msi folder into an empty folder on the workstation:
    novell-zenworks-common-jars-10.3.0.53910.msi
    novell-zenworks-core-server-10.3.0.27649.msi
    novell-zenworks-java-utilities-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
    novell-zenworks-jdk-1.5.0_21.msi
    novell-zenworks-managed-devices-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
    novell-zenworks-bundles-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
  2. open a cmd prompt, change to the above folder and run:
    for %m in (*) do start /wait msiexec /i %m /qb
  3. Set an environment variable ZENWORKS_HOME=X:\Novell\ZENworks
  4. Add X:\Novell\ZENworks\bin to the PATH variable

This enables zman to manage devices and bundles, if you run into errors due to missing libraries, you might have to try and install additional MSIs from the following list:

novell-zenworks-addon-image-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-asset-management-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-auth-satellite-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
novell-zenworks-certificate-authority-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
novell-zenworks-configure-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-deployment-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-discovery-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-imaging-server-10.3.0.48650.msi
novell-zenworks-inventory-server-10.3.0.54035.msi
novell-zenworks-java-utilities-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
novell-zenworks-novell-zenworks-schema-server-8.0.0.msi
novell-zenworks-patch-management-server-10.3.0.31.msi
novell-zenworks-policies-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-preboot-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-remote-management-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-reports-server-10.3.0.54035.msi
novell-zenworks-rm-server-10.3.0.53707.msi
novell-zenworks-system-update-server-10.3.0.27209.msi
novell-zenworks-temp-extras-server-10.3.0.53910.msi
novell-zenworks-version-primary-server-10.3.0.27649.msi

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7 Comments

  1. By:geoffc

    I would have thought Zman was available once you installed the Zen Agent? Is this so you can use it, without the Agent?

    • By:spond

      Are you confused between zman and zac, Geoff?

      • By:geoffc

        Indubitably. Thanks for the reminder.

      • By:lhaeger

        “Indubitably”, nice one! I was a great fan of http://owad.de a while ago but must have missed that one. :-)

      • By:geoffc

        What-chu talkin bout Willis?

        Get that reference?

        We had a great guy from Cryptovision Germany at a client site, and he kept Googling comments we made, since he was not getting the jokes. He got very good at figuring out the jokes after the fact.

        I take it, that link is a learn an english work, for Germans, type page?

      • By:lhaeger

        Not sure Diff’rent Strokes ever made it into German TV, but I often google, too! OWAD sends you One Word A Day and you can guess which of the three possible definitions give the correct meaning for it. See if you can find something interesting in the archive at http://owad.de/owad-archive.php4

      • By:dain

        Been testing this however changing the ZCM Home variable breaks patching as the pointer is used is there any way to do this without having to change the variable

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