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ZENworks 11 launching November 11, 2010

Gil Cattelain


October 5, 2010 4:06 pm





ZENworks Configuration Management 11 capabilities for Windows and Linux Endpoints

  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows Embedded Standard 2009, WEPOS 2009, 2003 Server – Standard and Enterprise, 2008 Server – Standard and Enterprise, 2008R2 Standard and Enterprise, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server 10, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server 11, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.6+ and 5.3+ as managed devices
  • Management server can be hosted on Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2008 R2 Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 or 11, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5

Core capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Location awareness adds a new dimension to the identity driven nature of ZENworks
    • Available for both Windows and Linux
    • Use location as system requirements, to determine closest servers, and to control bandwidth throttling
  • Bundle and policy change management help to ensure that changes are only deployed to your production network when you publish the changes
  • Administrative groups allow you to leverage Novell eDirectory / Active Directory groups as ZENworks administrative groups

Core capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Now uses a 64-bit JVM on 64-bit hardware and OS, allowing you to fully leverage today’s hardware
  • Action level system requirements gives you more flexibility than ever when it comes to building bundles for software delivery
  • Manual device creation and reconciliation capabilities allow you to pre-create devices and then have them reconcile based on Serial number, MAC address and/or Hostname

New capabilities for ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Power Policy Management and Reporting
    • New AC Power policy allows you to enforce AC power management settings on any Windows device
    • New reports allow you to view compliance to power management policies
    • Intel vPro integration allows you to power-on devices using Intel vPro capabilities on a scheduled basis

New features of ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Linux Capabilities
    • Discover Linux devices via SSH
    • Deploy the ZENworks Adaptive Agent
      • Can be push deployed via integrated SSH deployment
      • Can be pull installed via YaST or YUM or a single file download
      • Agent is based on Java
    • Inventory Linux devices
      • Performs a full hardware and package inventory
      • Keeps track of changes on devices
      • Integrates with Asset Management to allow you to map purchases to installed packages
    • Deploy the Linux operating system
      • Supports delivery of SLE and RHEL based distributions via integration with AutoYaST and KickStart
      • Continued support for Dell PowerEdge server bare metal provisioning via Dell Tookit integration
      • Full support for ZENworks system variables within AutoYaST / Kickstart scripts
      • Provides improved Linux imaging capabilities for imaging EXT3 and ReiserFS partitions, even within LVM

New features of ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Linux Capabilities
    • Package and Repository Management
    • Allows you to graphically configure and schedule subscriptions to external package repositories such as YUM, Novell Updates (NU), RedHat Network (RHN), and ZENworks Linux Management
    • Provides flexible Linux bundles allowing you to deploy packages and files while also performing required configuration tasks
    • External Service Policy allows you to centrally configure external repositories that managed devices should have access to
    • Bundles and bundle groups can be exported to YUM format for easy consumption by unmanaged Linux devices on your network
    • Introduces ZENworks Application Windows for Linux, bringing the power of Novell Application Launcher (NAL) to the Linux desktop

New features of ZENworks Configuration Management 11

  • Linux Capabilities
    • Remote Management
      • Integrated VNC and SSH clients available from within the ZENworks Control Center
    • Puppet Policies
      • Puppet policies allow you to leverage the configuration management capabilities of the puppet project to configure your devices
      • Currently there are 100’s of puppet recipes available on the web that can be leveraged

New features of ZENworks Patch Management

  • Provides cross platform patch management for Windows, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop 10 and 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Promote Configuration Management bundles to patches
    • Allows the discover applicable update process to help you quickly identify the devices on your network that need the bundle and then target those devices
  • E-mail notifications make it easier than ever to determine when new patches are available
  • Enhanced reporting capabilities

New features of ZENworks Endpoint Security Management

  • ZENworks 11 fully integrates Endpoint Security Management
    • Single management agent
      • Provides integrated configuration and security management on Windows devices
  • All communications to and from the ZENworks server happen via the Adaptive Agent on standard HTTP(s) protocols
  • Location awareness capabilities and enforcement of endpoint security policies are provided by the integrated endpoint security management agent. Enforcement continues to be driver-level
  • Single management console and policy management paradigm
  • Feature specific policies allow you to granularly define security settings for the device. These can then be combined to implement a holistic policy.
  • Policy groups allow you to combine security and configuration policies and make a single assignment for enforcement
  • Most policies can be either user or device assigned and global or location specific. Policies then combine to ensure that the right set is applied for the combination of location, device and user.
  • Key capabilities
  • USB device management
  • Allows you to control what devices or types of devices users are allowed to access (if any)
  • Storage management
  • Allows you to control access to storage devices and control AutoPlay
  • Wi-fi management
  • Allows you to limit access to only protected networks and to specific access points
  • Layer 2 firewall
  • Allows you to control all incoming and outgoing traffic on the managed device
  • VPN enforcement
  • Allows you to force the use of VPN in specified locations
  • Application Control
  • Allows you to restrict execution of or internet use by applications
  • Data Encryption
  • Allows you to configure encryption of removable devices and any selected directory path
  • Client Self Defense
  • Prevents users from tampering with the security enforcement components of the ZENworks agent

New features of ZENworks Reporting Server

  • Reporting Services allows you to execute canned reports and build new reports quickly and easily
    • ZENworks 11 includes the latest version of the BusinessObjects Enterprise engine and adds support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • New reporting universe objects for endpoint security policies
    • Allows you to build custom reports for information about any endpoint security management policy
    • Provides several new canned reports related to endpoint security policies
  • New reporting universe objects for power management
    • Allows you to build custom power reports related to “green” capabilities of your machines and the power policies of the machine
    • Provides new canned reports for power policy and capability compliance reporting
  • New reporting universe objects for subscriptions
    • Allows you to build custom reports for Linux repository subscriptions
    • Provides new canned reports for subscription status

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