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Storing/Applying personality on an authenticated network share in ZCM 10.2 and above



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August 7, 2009 12:51 pm

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Problem Statement:

Behavioral change in “Store Personality”/”Apply Personality” actions from 10.1 to 10.2.

Problem description:

Behavior of above mentioned actions when launched.

  • In 10.1 these actions were getting launched with login user privileges.
  • In 10.2 these actions were launched by default with DAU(Dynamic Administrator User) privileges and DAU will not have privileges to read/write from/to authenticated network drives.

Because of this change in behavior, any bundles using above actions for reading/writing the PNP(Platform Neutral Package) file from/to authenticated network drive would fail in 10.2.

Cool Solution

To solve the above mentioned problem, you can use the described solutions below:

To Store personality on authenticated network drive

  1. Use “Store Personality” action to store personality on temporary folder
    • Store Personality.(For more information, see Creating Directive Bundles in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In the above action, the field “Path where the PNP file is to be created” should be referring to path which is accessible to everyone without authenticating.
  2. Use “copy file(s)” action to copy the generated personality file(PNP) to network share.
    • Copy Files(For more information, see Using Copy files action in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In more option select “Run this action as logged in user” as “Executable security level”
  3. Use “Create/Delete Directory” action to delete the temporary directory created to store the personality file(PNP)
    • Create/Delete Directory(For more information, see Using Create/Delete Directory action in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In more option select “Run this action as logged in user” as “Executable security level”

To Apply personality from authenticated network drive

  1. Use “copy file(s)” action to copy the generated personality file(PNP) from network share to local machine.
    • Copy Files(For more information, see Using Copy files action in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In more option select “Run this action as logged in user” as “Executable security level”
  2. Use “Apply Personality” action to apply personality from local machine.
    • Apply Personality.(For more information, see Creating Directive Bundles in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In the above action, the field “Path where the PNP file is to be created” should be referring to path which is accessible to everyone without authenticating.
  3. Use “Create/Delete Directory” action to delete the temporary directory created to store the personality file(PNP)
    • Create/Delete Directory(For more information, see Using Create/Delete Directory action in the ZENworks 10 Configuration Management Software Distribution Reference.)

      Note: In more option select “Run this action as logged in user” as “Executable security level”
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