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Using ZENworks 10 Configuration Management to Install iFolder and Create an Account on iFolder Automatically



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February 13, 2009 1:48 pm

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Name: SVV Satyanarayana

Acknowledgments: Thanks to P.Silpa, SRM, India who helped me providing details about ZENworks 10 Configuration Management and how to use it.

Introduction:

ZENworks 10 Configuration Management is a Novell product which is a configuration management tool to automate software setup, updates etc., for desktop computers.

iFolder is a storage solution that can enable you to manage and access your files/folders from anywhere at any time. It also allows you to take back-up of your data automatically. AutoAccount creation is a feature of iFolder where a filled-in xml file (that contains required and mandatory details apart from some default fields) is used to create the account automatically without going through the wizard to create an account to use it. For this purpose, during installation using ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, this xml file must also be pushed to a Windows machine in a specific directory.

Prerequisites:

  1. Windows XP (Vista is also supported, but this Appnote is prepared keeping in Windows XP as reference)
  2. Confirm that Windows DotNet 2.0 is installed on Windows XP
  3. Login to iFolder server admin console with admin credentials, Click “System” Tab, make sure that “Passphrase Based Encryption” is not checked.
  4. Keep the executable of iFolder and filled/updated AutoAccount.xml in a folder and share it so as to access it over the network.
  5. ZENworks 10 Configuration Management

Procedure:

From “Internet Explorer” browser, login to ZENworks Control center. The URL will be “http://<ipaddress_of_ZENworks _server>/zenworks”

On the left-side pane, click on the link “Bundles” and click New->Bundle. Select Windows Bundle and click Next. Select “Empty Bundle” and click Next. Enter Bundle name, select folder, icon for bundle, enter description and click Next. (Only Bundle Name and Folder are mandatory)

I selected bundle name as “iFolder_Latest”. Click Next and then Finish.

Step 1: To install the iFolder executable:

In the web page now shown, click on iFolder_Latest. Click Actions Under Install Tab, click Add->Launch Windows Executable. A small dialog will appear:

Enter the network path of the iFolder executable available under “Command” (\\system-name\path\to\ifolder\windows\installable)

Provide the following Optional details if a silent install on Windows is needed:

The arguments for iFolder silent install is /S /v”/qb”

Click OK and then Apply.

Step 2: To put the AutoAccount.xml on the workstation:

Click Actions. Under Install Tab, click Add->Install File(s). A dialog comes up. Enter some action name. In the same dialog click “Add”. In new dialog named “Add Action – Install File(s)”, click the “Add” button. Select Files “dialog” appears and in that, browse to the file “AutoAccount.xml” with all the parameters set as needed by admin and click “OK”. Now enter the “Destination directory” as “%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\ApplicationData\simias”.

Select the “Copy Option” as needed and click OK. Click OK and close the dialog “Add Action – Install File(s)”. Click Apply.

Note: Make sure that AutoAccount.xml uploaded is correct in its format (i.e., all the fields are updated properly).

Step 3: To force the re-start of the workstation:

Click Actions

Under the Install Tab, click Add->Reboot/Shutdown

In the new dialog, enter the wait time before reboot as “300” i.e., 5 minutes.

Click “OK” and then click “Apply”.

Step 4: Increment the version:

Note: This step is only required where you are making changes to an existing bundle, and you want users and devices that already have deployed that bundle to get the new versions.

Click the “Summary” tab and then click the link “Increment Version”. Now refresh the ZENworks agent (i.e., on client ).

Step 5: Select the workstations where we want to install iFolder:

Click “Relationships” tab. Now configure “Device Assignments” or “User Assignments” accordingly and create a shortcut for the bundle. Following are the steps for device assignment:

Click Add, click the Down arrow next to Workstations (i.e., Expand workstations), select the workstation and click OK and then Click Next.

A new page for schedules will come up, now schedule it by selecting “Distribution Schedule” and “Launch schedule” and click Next. In “Bundle Distribution schedule”, select Schedule Type as “now” and click “Next”. In “Bundle Launch Schedule” change the schedule type to “recurring” and click “Next”. Now click “Finish”.

Now refresh the ZENworks agent on windows if it won’t install automatically.

Now start iFolder, it asks only for the password and doesn’t proceed with the Account creation wizard.

Conclusion:

By following the above mentioned procedure, iFolder can be installed on Windows workstations using ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, and an account in iFolder can be configured to use it immediately.

Known Issues:

If, during the installation of iFolder on Windows, it shows a dialog of “Unknown Publisher”, the user must click “Yes”.

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