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Device Deployment is the first step in the life cycle of a desktop being managed by ZENworks Configuration Management. ZCM provides the Administrator a facility to ease up the process of device deployment and policy or bundle assignment to such managed devices.
Registration Keys or Registration Rules provided by ZCM can save a lot of time for the Administrator who periodically might have to register new managed devices to the ZCM zone and assign policies, assign bundles, schedule tasks, perform inventory on a periodic basis, etc.
The normal way of using ZCM is to:
In case there is a situation where the Administrator has to keep adding devices to the ZCM zone on a periodic basis, then the above process can become a tedious and, more importantly, time-consuming set of activities.
This is where the Registration Keys and Registration Rules can rescue the Administrator and free him from the repeated tasks of assigning various policies, bundles and settings to each of the newly registered devices.
Registration Keys and Registration Rules, when properly configured, can eliminate many of the repetitive tasks that an Administrator has to perform on the devices that might require a similar kind of grouping, policy enforcement, content delivery, scheduled tasks, etc. They will eliminate the need to manually move devices into respective folders, assign policies / bundles manually to each device and manually refresh each of the devices to get these policies / bundles enforced on the device.
This process requires only a one-time creation of the following objects. The rest of the activities pertaining to device assignments, will automatically be done immediately after the registration process is completed during deployment.
Here is the simple process to create a Registration Key.
Here is the process to make use of the Registration Key while deploying the managed device.
Here is the simple process to create a Registration Rule.
As such, any Policies, Bundles and Settings associated to the Device Folder(s) and / or Device Group(s) will automatically get assigned to the device. Once the device is logged into, the ZENworks Adaptive Agent shows up all the Policies and Bundles.
This way the Device is brought into "Ready to Use" status immediately on the first reboot after Device Deployment. The only thing to note here is that the Device Folder(s) and Device Group(s) being used in the creation of the Registration Key or Registration Rule should have all the Policy Assignments, Bundle Assignments and Device Folder / Group level settings configured prior to deploying the device using Registration Keys and Registration Rules.
A properly configured set of Registration Keys and Registration Rules can save up to 10-15 minutes of an Administrator's time spent for configuring each managed device being newly added to the ZCM zone manually. Thus the amount of time that can be saved by automating the process of Policy / Bundle / Settings assignment to a large number of managed devices in a ZCM zone can be enormous, scaling into hours of valuable Administrator's time.