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ZENworks 2017: One Tool To Rule Them All

Gil Cattelain


June 13, 2016 1:35 pm





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Right now there is a major transformation happening in the Endpoint Management market as client management services are converging with mobile device management services.

Driving this transformation is widespread demand from IT managers to control all endpoints from a single pane of glass. This demand, in fact, has led to the emergence of a new market referred to as Unified Endpoint Management. According to Research and Markets, the global Unified Endpoint Management market will continue growing at a compound annual growth rate of 42.9 percent from 2015 to 2019, at which point it will reach $3.73 billion.

Micro Focus—a global leader in the Endpoint Management arena—is one of the major players that are working to drive this market transformation. This fall, Micro Focus will begin shipping a new version of ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 (ZCM), under the new umbrella name ZENworks 2017.

This release will mark a significant milestone in the evolution of the ZCM tool. Up until recently, ZCM was only capable of managing the distribution and configuration of software for Windows, Linux and OS-X-based PCs and laptops. In ZCM 2017, IT managers will gain the ability to manage all endpoints in a single hub—meaning laptops, PCs and now mobile devices. Eventually, ZCM will work in conjunction with Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

ZCM 2017 will offer numerous benefits for both IT departments and enterprise end users. IT, for instance, will no longer have to use multiple products to manage their endpoints; right now, for instance, doing so requires using a combination of ZCM and Micro Focus Mobile Management. Moving forward, ZENworks 2017 will streamline the entire process. It will significantly reduce costs and labor for IT workers, while increasing support and visibility for employee-owned devices in the workplace. Not to mention, the ZENworks Control Center—supporting Internet portal for ZENworks 2017—will be browser agnostic for easy Web access. Most ZCC functions will work in conjunction with Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as with Edge and Opera.

As for end users, they will be able to quickly connect their corporate-owned and personal devices to IT in order to receive the latest applications, tools and security policies. What’s more, ZENworks 2017 will make it easier to request remote assistance when it is needed. This will lead to more efficient and secure bring your own device policies, and thus, happier and more productive employees. Employees will also love the new, updated and user-friendly interface.

Of course, these are just some of the many exciting features that you will find in ZENworks 2017. For more information, make sure to check out our Product Line Manager Jason Blackett’s recent blog post.

As for next steps? Well, we know that you’re itching to get started with ZENworks 2017 and don’t want to wait until this fall for the big release. So here’s some good news:

You can try out the preview 2 build right now! All you have to do is click here to register. And make sure to check back in a few months, as another preview is in the works.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. By:warper2

    I think this is great information. The one thing that have been asking for is when there will be support to image macs. That would help a lot of schools to be able to consolidate things as well for macs. Instead currently have to use a separate product for that and than go from there to create scripts and such to get it into zcm. It would be nice to find a cleaner solution. Mac support still seems like a half baked solutions well.

    • By:Gil Cattelain

      Hello warper2, thanks for the comment. I just communicated this to our product manager and we’ll take a look at it. Stay tuned. Thanks again.

  2. By:mcurrie

    Seeing MF is in the company buying mood, they should buy JAMF (formally Casper), and integrate the Jamf product in Zenworks, it kills Zen/ZMM in Mac/iPhone management, and lots of schools have dumped Zenworks if they have a Apple fleet because of the basic Mac management, and now use Jamf/Casper!

  3. By:truealph

    Hey guys!

    I would like to thank you guys for all the hard work I know you are doing to make this product great! I have a client that will be upgrading their old ZCM infrastructure from 11.2.4 to ZENworks 2017 at some point in the future. Please do not ignore this input and any work to get the following features available would be amazing.

    I spun up a Server 2016 VM and installed ZENworks 2017. Nice job so far! Chrome support, Better Dynamic Workstation Group Options, Preboot options for PE and MS Deployment Toolkit. etc.

    I am struggling to figure out though, why are as administrators we are so limited with the Bundle/ Policy / Dynamic Workstation Filters.

    If the ZCM Agent collects inventory and writes that information to the database, why can’t we create Dynamic Workstation Groups based on that detailed information? If I need to make a specific dynamic workstation group for not just Windows 10 workstations, but Windows 10 Workstations that are a particular build is one such use case.

    OSVersion is 10.0.10586.% or OSVersion is 10.0.14393.%

    Feature Request # 1
    Ability to apply policies, patches, bundle filters, or bundle step filters based on detailed information collected from inventory. Software, Hardware, MSI Product Codes, etc.

    MSI Product Installed: {4334343-343434-3333-333434663} = YES/TRUE or NO/FALSE

    Feature Request # 2: Inventory Variable Access
    When running the “Run Script” Action under specify script, we should be able to access inventory variables and inject them into the script at runtime.

    Example: ${NIC0_IPADDRESS} or ${RAM_DIMM1_SIZE}, etc…

    Feature Request 3: More data collection from Inventory.
    The ability to specify WMI classes, Registry Keys, etc so that more data can be collected from devices.

    Functions like these need to be exposed to Administrators so we can make our environments more dynamic and other products out there can already do this.

    Doing it this way will keep CPU cycles down but increase the product functionality a great deal.

    Right now, all we can do to achieve stuff like this is write a script, export that data to a registry value and have ZCM read that value. That is tremendously pain staking.