ZCM fundamentals

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Recently I've been busy working with customers to implement ZENworks Configuration Management (ZCM). My posts in the coming days and weeks will discuss the key points when considering a ZCM deployment.

So let us start with a couple of fundamentals, what do we really need to be in place before we start anything.

DNS
Forward and reverse lookups must be functional to and from all severs and workstations. We use forward and reverse look-ups in our certificate operations such as when a device checks in, when we hook into Casa for eDir/AD operations, and remote control operations.

Time Synchronisation
All managed devices, primary servers and the DB server should be sync'd as close as possible. Certain operations in ZCM are session based and therefore rely on accurate time between the two parties.

If you have any ideas on subject matter, please feel free to leave feedback.

The aim here is to start the discussion not give everything away

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  • I hope you'll also make a post about using certificates (External CA).

    Isn't it possible to change the installer that it verifies all the certificates before it starts to copy and installing all software?

    Right now you need to specify you cert,key,CA , next it starts to install (15-20min) and then it may tell you that there were some issues during installation because there was something wrong with your certificates. Waste of time ;(

    We also encounter some high CPU utilization with the Adaptive agent on windows XP clients. Machine becomes slower after we installed the agent.

    Keep up the good work!
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  • I hope you'll also make a post about using certificates (External CA).

    Isn't it possible to change the installer that it verifies all the certificates before it starts to copy and installing all software?

    Right now you need to specify you cert,key,CA , next it starts to install (15-20min) and then it may tell you that there were some issues during installation because there was something wrong with your certificates. Waste of time ;(

    We also encounter some high CPU utilization with the Adaptive agent on windows XP clients. Machine becomes slower after we installed the agent.

    Keep up the good work!
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