Happy Anniversary, ZENworks!

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Wow, time flies! ZENworks celebrated its 10th Anniversary this week, and it got us all nostalgic. Share your fondest and oldest ZENworks memories.

From PR Blog:
"Ten years ago this week, Novell launched a new product designed to help organizations manage their IT environments and save countless hours and effort — it was known as Z.E.N.works, because it gave IT admins a Zero Effort Networking solution. Today, with more than 40 million ZENworks users worldwide, ZENworks is all grown up and an integral component of Novell’s IT management strategy, with comprehensive offerings from the desktop to the data center."

Here at Cool Solutions, we have very clear memories of the inception of ZENworks, because it was our second Cool Solutions site (after GroupWise). Matt Brooks and his team were passionate and committed to making software distribution painless, and they would personally respond to questions about it on the site.

It was a heady time. The only downside was its original spelling -- YOU try typing periods after Z.E.N. over and over. We were all deeply grateful when they nixed the periods.

We also remember the hilarious observations of some ZENworks users who discovered an unanticipated weight-gain after 2-3 years of product usage. As one of them famously wrote, "Now that we don't have to walk around with CDs to install products, my whole team has gained an average of 15 pounds. We just sit on our chairs and type (and eat) all day now."

We did notice that requests for XL and XXL shirts began to increase since the product got entrenched. But that could be just be coincidence...

Anyway ... we'd love to know your oldest memories of ZEN. Do you remember when you discovered it? Do you remember life without it? What kinds of things did you find most useful in the early product?

Post your memories below via Comments. We'd love to reminisce with you.




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  • As an instructor, I remember when Novell first incorporated ZENworks into their courseware. It was ZEN Starter pack. Oh the fun we had with login scripts calling up nalexpld.exe (which was coined none other than nalexploder). It was so easy to lock up a 98 workstation back then.

    Then there was Inventory Services in ZEN 3 that would attempt to load, and then error out. The digging through .ncf files and correcting Set path statements was a fond memory.

    Today, installing and configuring ZENworks is a breeze. Maybe I have been doing it for so long, but my students are amazed at how easy it is to install and get to a productive state very quickly. The best feature is pushing the Desktop Management Agents to workgroup computers.

    ZENworks cool solutions site has been just fantastic. Whether you need drivers for imaging or you need to do Folder Redirection in a workgroup environment, Coolsolutions has been there for us! Thanks for all the hard work.
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  • As an instructor, I remember when Novell first incorporated ZENworks into their courseware. It was ZEN Starter pack. Oh the fun we had with login scripts calling up nalexpld.exe (which was coined none other than nalexploder). It was so easy to lock up a 98 workstation back then.

    Then there was Inventory Services in ZEN 3 that would attempt to load, and then error out. The digging through .ncf files and correcting Set path statements was a fond memory.

    Today, installing and configuring ZENworks is a breeze. Maybe I have been doing it for so long, but my students are amazed at how easy it is to install and get to a productive state very quickly. The best feature is pushing the Desktop Management Agents to workgroup computers.

    ZENworks cool solutions site has been just fantastic. Whether you need drivers for imaging or you need to do Folder Redirection in a workgroup environment, Coolsolutions has been there for us! Thanks for all the hard work.
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