Expanding the ZENworks Pre Boot Menu to start the DBAN Tool to Wipe Disks

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When our old PCs leave the Company, we must wipe the disks with the DBAN Tool from SourceForge.


In the background we must boot the PC from Disk, CD or USB Stick to start the DBAN Tool, but not all of our PCs have the possibilty to do this, so we integrated the tool in the ZENworks Preboot Menu and then we can boot from the network.




  1. Download the DBAN for installation on floppy disks and USB Flash Drives from
    http://dban.sourceforge.net/


  • With the downloaded EXE, create a bootable USB Stick with DBAN.

  • Copy the whole contents of the stick to the ZENworks tftp Directory.
    (For example - sys:\tftp\Dban)

  • In the sys:\tftp\cmd Directory create a filecalled dban.cmd

  • Edit the dban.cmd file like this:

    LABEL  autonuke
    KERNEL /dban/kernel.bzi
    APPEND initrd=dban/initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/rc nuke="dwipe --autonuke" silent


    or read the DBAN Documentation for other Options.


  • Modify the DEFMENU.DAT File with the MEDITOR.EXE Tool from Novell to start
    the dban.cmd File.

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  • Taking this a step further, We may be wiping 1000 machines at a time. So I also renamed our z_auto.cmd file to z_auto.old or whatever you want, and then rename our dban.cmd to z_auto.cmd. Now we can use Console one, I can sent out a image to these machines, when they PXE boot, the know they have work to do, and load z_auto.cmd and instead of the image process starting on all of these machines, DBAN starts up and wipes them all! Then I just copy the old z_auto.cmd back and can begin imaging my new machines! Very cool.
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  • Taking this a step further, We may be wiping 1000 machines at a time. So I also renamed our z_auto.cmd file to z_auto.old or whatever you want, and then rename our dban.cmd to z_auto.cmd. Now we can use Console one, I can sent out a image to these machines, when they PXE boot, the know they have work to do, and load z_auto.cmd and instead of the image process starting on all of these machines, DBAN starts up and wipes them all! Then I just copy the old z_auto.cmd back and can begin imaging my new machines! Very cool.
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