Useful tools in ZENworks Imaging distro

ZENworks Imaging distro (distribution) is a minimal bootable ISO based on SLE. As ZENworks Imaging is a highly automated solution, most of the regular use cases can be served without the user manually booting into the distro. However, there are scenarios where manual intervention might be required, for example to test custom scripts or troubleshooting. This article explores some useful utilities which are available in the ZENworks Imaging distro.

  1. curl: multi-protocol data transfer utility to download and upload files

  • dmidecode: tool for dumping a computer's DMI (aka SMBIOS ) table contents in a human-readable format. Useful tool to check hardware information

  • ftp: popular FTP client to transfer files to and from any server

  • joe: terminal based text editor for modifying text files or scripts

  • lspci: shows detailed information about all PCI buses and devices in the system

  • parted: partitioning tool with support for MBR or GPT based schemes

  • pstree: shows running processes as a tree

  • strace: debugging tool which prints out a trace of all the system calls made by a another process/program

  • tar: create or extract archives [gzip and bzip2 (de)compression support available]

  • top: display system summary information as well as a list of tasks currently being managed by the Linux kernel. The list is real-time and can be sorted by parameters like CPU, memory usage etc.

  • tune2fs: adjust various tunable filesystem parameters on Linux ext2, ext3, or ext4 filesystems

  • unzip: extract .zip archives

  • vmstat: (virtual memory statistics) is a computer system monitoring tool that collects and displays summary information about operating system memory, processes, interrupts, paging and block I/O

  • wget: utility for non-interactive file download

  • xargs: build and execute command lines from standard input or output of other commands. Very useful for writing shell scripts based on patterns

To learn more about these utilities, look them up on Google.


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