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ZENworks Server Management – part 2

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March 16, 2006 10:04 am

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I wrote last week about ZENworks Server Management in the real world.

In that post I described how a deployment of ZENworks can deliver some rapid benefits – namely patching and updates for NetWare and its associated services.

Next I want to cover the second major benefit of ZENworks Server Management – Tiered Electronic Distribution. Using TED will save you time, money – and shoe leather!

Written at: Salt Lake City, UT

Tiered Electronic Distribution has been part of ZENworks since ZENworks for Servers was first released; it allows ‘content’ to be moved across your infrastructure (WAN and LAN) efficiently, between servers and sites, supporting multiple platforms.

The ‘content’ can be of multiple types – I quickly covered NetWare updates, but any type of file content can be moved using TED. We have customers moving all imaginable data using this technology.

One of the most cool uses of TED is integration with ZENworks Desktop Management – moving desktop applications from a development/test/staging area – to production – and then out across a campus, departmental or branch infrastructure.

TED

We have many customers using this type of infrastructure today – and seeing huge benefits.

How do you know this will work in your environment – just ask a few simple questions:

  • am I manually (or semi-manually) moving ZENworks applications across my network?
  • are my administrators creating and re-creating application objects for each site and department?
  • does a change to a global application require days, weeks or months of rollout; touching each site and server?

If these questions trigger uncomfortable answers then maybe you should look at using Tiered Electronic Distribution in conjunction with your NAL applications.

Typically once the ZENworks Server Management infrastructure is deployed you will see payback in weeks; some customers have paid for their deployment projects with their first deployment.

I’ll leave this post for now – I will point people to Erin Quill‘s session at BrainShare. TUT 350 covers using ZENworks in this manner – as well as other high availability ideas. There is also an Advanced Technical Training Session at BrainShare – ATT 345 – as well as a Technical Tutorial – TUT 347 – covering advanced application management.

Written at: Salt Lake City, UT

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