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Novell GroupWise 8 Windows Client Silent Installation Using the ZENworks Configuration Management Bundles Feature



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January 23, 2012 11:58 am

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Author: Ravella Raghunadh

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Administrators might need to install the Novell GroupWise client on all Endpoint Management devices in their organization. The ZENworks Configuration Management Bundles feature can be used to perform the unattended installation of GroupWise client on all Endpoint Management devices. ZENworks Configuration Management allows administrators to deploy the GroupWise client on devices in stages based on location, device category, operating system, and so forth.

This Cool Solution provides information on how to configure ZENworks Configuration Management bundles to deploy Novell GroupWise 8 on Endpoint Management devices. This document contains the Novell GroupWise 8 Windows Client Silent installation procedure for ZENworks 11 and ZENworks 10 Configuration Management releases.

Downloading GroupWise Installation Files:

  1. Download the GroupWise 8 setup zip file from the following location:
    /communities/media/gwsetup.zip
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file.

1. Installing Novell GroupWise 8 Windows Client on Novell ZENworks 11

1.1. Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle

  1. Login to ZENworks Control Center.
  2. Create a new empty Windows Bundle.
    For more information about creating Windows bundles, see Creating Windows Bundles in the Novell ZENworks 11 Software Distribution Reference.
  3. In the Actions tab, navigate to the Install section to add actions to the bundle.
    For more information about Windows Bundle Actions, see Actions in the Novell ZENworks 11 Software Distribution Reference.
  4. Add a Create/Delete Directory action to the bundle for creating a directory, to copy the GroupWise installation files on the client machine.
    For example, C:\GWSetup.
  5. Select Run as secure system user for Executable Security Level.
  6. Add a Delay action to the bundle with a value of 60 seconds.
  7. Add an Install Directory action to the bundle for copying the contents of the extracted GroupWise setup directory.
    1. Select the extracted GroupWise setup directory as the Source Directory.
    2. Select the directory created in Step 4 (C:\GWSetup) as the Destination Directory.
    3. Select the Run as secure system user option for Executable Security Level.
    4. Select the Copy If Newer option, to enable copy options.
  8. Add a Delay action to the bundle with the value of 60 seconds.
  9. Add a Run Script action to the bundle.
    1. In Script to Run, select Define Your Own Script.
    2. In Run As, select System.
  10. Click Edit to display a text box and type the following command:

    C:\GWSetup\win32\setup.exe /S /v /qn

    Note: Change the path of the setup.exe accordingly to the directory created in Step 4. Specify the .bat extension that you want to append to the script, while saving it.
  11. Apply the changes and publish the bundle.

1.2. Assigning a Bundle to Devices or Users

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click Bundles.
  2. Select the bundle created in the Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle section.
  3. Assign a bundle to ZENworks Configuration Management devices (workstations/servers), device groups, device dynamic groups, device folders, and users.

    For more information about assigning bundles to devices and users in Novell ZENworks 11, refer to the following sections in the Novell ZENworks 11 Software Distribution Reference:

    Assigning Existing Bundles to Devices

    Assigning Existing Bundles to Users
  4. Refresh all the devices and users in the Management Zone

1.3. Triggering the GroupWise Client Install on Devices Using Bundle Quick Tasks

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click Bundles.
  2. In the Bundles list, select the check box next to the bundle created in the Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle section.
  3. In the Bundle Tasks list in the left navigation pane, select Install Bundle.
  4. In the Devices section, click Add to select the devices where you want to install the bundle.
  5. Select the devices and then click OK.

    For more information about installing bundles in Novell ZENworks 11, see Bundle Quick Tasks in the ZENworks 11 Software Distribution Reference.

2. Installing Novell GroupWise 8 Windows Client on Novell ZENworks 10

2.1. Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle

  1. Login to ZENworks Control Center.
  2. Create a new Directive Bundle.

    For more information about creating Directive bundles, see Creating Directive Bundles in the Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.
  3. In Actions > Install, add a few actions to the Directive Bundle.

    For more information about Bundle Actions, see Actions in the Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.
  4. Add a Create/Delete Directory action to the bundle for creating a directory, to copy the GroupWise installation files on the client machine.

    For example: C:\GWSetup.
  5. In More Options, select Run as secure system user or select the option for Executable Security Level.
  6. Add a Delay action to the bundle with a value of 60 seconds.
  7. Add an Install Directory action to the bundle for copying the contents of the extracted GroupWise setup directory.
    1. Select the extracted GroupWise setup directory as the Source Directory.
    2. Select the directory created in Step 4 (C:\GWSetup) as the Destination Directory.
    3. Under More Options, select Run as secure system user option for Executable Security Level.
    4. Select the Copy If Newer option, to enable copy options.
  8. Add a Delay action to the bundle with a value of 60 seconds.
  9. Add a Run Script action to the bundle. Select Define Your Own Script option for Script to Run.
  10. Click Edit to display a text box and type the following command:

    C:\GWSetup\win32\setup.exe /S /v /qn
    Note: Change the path of the setup.exe to the directory created in Step 4.
    1. Specify the .bat extension that you want to append to the script, when it is saved.
    2. In More Options > Run As, select System.
  11. Apply the changes and publish the bundle.

2.2. Assigning a Bundle to Devices or Users

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click Bundles.
  2. Select the bundle created in Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle section.
  3. Assign a bundle to ZENworks Configuration Management devices (workstations/servers), device groups, device dynamic groups, device folders, and users.

    For more information about assigning bundles to devices and users in Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, see the following sections in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference:

    Assigning Existing Bundles to Devices

    Assigning Existing Bundles to Users
  4. Refresh all the devices and users in the Management Zone.

2.3. Triggering the GroupWise Client Install on Devices

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click Bundles.
  2. In the Bundles list, select the check box next to the bundle created in Configuring the GroupWise Installation Bundle section.
  3. In the Bundle Tasks list in the left navigation pane, select Install Bundle.
  4. In the Devices section, click Add to select the devices where you want to install the bundle.
  5. Select the devices and then click OK.

For more information about installing bundles in Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, see Installing a Bundle in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Reference.

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  1. By:JBPHILLIPS

    Why do you suggest using a Run Script action rather than a Launch Executable action to execute the command “C:\GWSetup\win32\setup.exe /S /v /qn”?

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