Product Description

ZENworks Full Disk Encryption 2017 protects the data on laptops and desktops when they are powered-off. To provide this protection, ZENworks Full Disk Encryption employs both disk encryption and pre-boot authentication. The result is encrypted data that is unreadable until the user successfully provides pre-boot authentication and logs in to Windows.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Deployment
    Push-button deployment pushes encryption software onto the device—no need to manually install encryption onto a device.
  • Encryption
    Assign the software-based algorithms you trust (AES 265, Triple DES, or Blowfish) and define what gets encrypted—specific volumes, or everything on a given device.
  • Standard and Self-Encrypting Disk Support
    Provide software encryption for standard IDE and SATA hard disks and support hardware encryption of self-encrypting hard disks. In both cases, enable pre-boot authentication to increase security.
  • Pre-Boot Authentication
    Choose one of two authentication methods: user/password or smart card.
  • Authentication Lockout
    Designate intruder lock-out policies from the start—and change them as needed.
  • Authentication Override
    Override pre-boot authentication through a challenge-response sequence.
  • Decommission
    Decommission encryption temporarily or permanently:
    • Temporary decommission. When users leave your employ, you keep their devices for later use. Temporary decommission allows you to remove the preboot authentication from those devices until they are ready to be used again. During this time, the encrypted data is inaccessible. IT can reactivate the preboot authentication process, with new credentials, for the new user.
    • Permanent decommission. When you're scrapping a machine, all traces of data can be securely and completely wiped from the device, making the data unrecoverable.
  • Emergency Recovery
    If a hard drive is damaged or won't boot, IT can physically pull data off of the disk, using a stored key encrypted with a random password. Hackers are locked out, but IT is not. No other encryption solution allows for emergency data recovery—typically the data is simply lost along with the device.

For additional information about key features and benefits, visit the ZENworks Full Disk Encryption product page.

File Description

Filename Usage
ZENworks2017a.iso Installation of ZENworks 2017 or upgrading a ZENworks 11.4.x Primary Server to ZENworks 2017. ZENworks 2017 includes ZENworks Asset Management, ZENworks Configuration Management, ZENworks Endpoint Security Management, ZENworks Full Disk Encryption and ZENworks Patch Management.
Deployment of ZENworks 2017 Virtual Appliance or upgrading ZENworks 11 SP4 Virtual Appliance to ZENworks 2017 Virtual Appliance.
Deployment of ZENworks Virtual Reporting Appliance 6.2.1, migrating, or upgrading from ZENworks Reporting 5.6.1 to ZENworks Reporting 6.2.1. Installation of the ZENworks Diagnostic Center utility.
Contains installation information to allow iOS 11 devices to enroll to the ZENworks 2017 server. For more information, see the ZENworks 2017 Evaluator's Guide.
ZFDE_11-4_Sources.tgz File containing the open source code used in ZENworks Full Disk Encryption.

System Requirements

For ZENworks 2017 system requirements, see ZENworks 2017 System Requirements.

For ZENworks Full Disk Encryption 2017 requirements for standard hard disks, see Standard Hard Disk Requirements.

For ZENworks Full Disk Encryption 2017 support for self-encrypting hard disks, see Self-Encrypting Hard Disk Support.

Downloading the Software

To download any of the files except the ZENworks Virtual Appliance image:

  1. If the download page displays a Proceed to Download button, you are not logged in yet. Click the button to log in. After you log in, you are returned to the download page.
  2. Click the Download button next to a file you want to download.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to download the file to a directory on your device.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have downloaded all the files you need.

To download the ZENworks Virtual Appliance image:

  1. Do one of the following to download the ZENworks Virtual Appliance files to a temporary directory on your device:
    • Download the ZENworks Virtual Appliance OVA file.
    • Download the multi-part ZENworks Virtual Appliance ZIP files, then create the ZENworks Virtual Appliance OVA file:
      1. On the Download page, click the Download button next to to download the file to a temporary directory on your device.
      2. Download,,, and to the temporary directory that contains
      3. Extract by using 7-zip or WinZip 9.x.
        This task automatically merges all the multi-part ZENworks Virtual Appliance ZIP files and creates the ZENworks2017a_Appliance-x86_64.ova file.
  2. Import the ZENworks Virtual Appliance OVA file, then deploy it to a virtual infrastructure.

For detailed information on how to deploy the ZENworks Virtual Appliance, see the ZENworks Virtual Appliance Deployment and Administration Reference on the ZENworks 2017 Documentation Website.

Installing or Upgrading the Product

For installation instructions, see the the ZENworks 2017 documentation website.


When you install ZENworks 2017, all products (Asset Management, Configuration Management, Endpoint Security Management, Full Disk Encryption, and Patch Management) are installed. During the installation, you are asked for a license code to activate the product. If you do not have a license code for a product, you can activate it in the evaluation mode.

Asset Management, Configuration Management, and Patch Management are automatically activated in evaluation mode. Endpoint Security and Full Disk Encryption are not automatically activated in evaluation mode. You must activate the evaluation for these two products.

The evaluation mode lasts 60 days, after which you must either discontinue the use of the product or provide a valid license code. No reinstallation of the software is required when you move from an evaluation license to a full license.

Patch Management is activated for patch downloads only if you provide the patch subscription license key, which you must purchase independently. You can provide the subscription license key during the installation or later through ZENworks Control Center. The Patch Management trial period starts when you activate it. You can choose to activate Patch Management at a later time. The evaluation period will last for 60 days from the day of activation. To purchase a subscription license, see the ZENworks Patch Management Product Website. ZENworks Patch Management 2017 can be installed as a stand-alone product and does not require Configuration Management to be installed.

For information about enabling evaluations and managing product licenses, see the ZENworks 2017 Product Licensing Reference.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues, see the ZENworks 2017 Readme.