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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  • You can run the installation so it just performs the database configuration "-c" or you can skip the DB setup with "-o".

    TBH, I'm not sure if the cert steps are performed with a "-c" install, if so you could use this option to check before attempting the Primary Server.

    A full list of arguments can be found here:
    www.novell.com/.../b9np7cn.html

    If I get time, I'll give it a test and perhaps raise an Enhancement Request to update the installer.
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  • You can run the installation so it just performs the database configuration "-c" or you can skip the DB setup with "-o".

    TBH, I'm not sure if the cert steps are performed with a "-c" install, if so you could use this option to check before attempting the Primary Server.

    A full list of arguments can be found here:
    www.novell.com/.../b9np7cn.html

    If I get time, I'll give it a test and perhaps raise an Enhancement Request to update the installer.
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