Management Made Easy: Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2

Management Made Easy: Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2

By Jason Blackett

Novell Connection Magazine - June 2009

Here's an excerpt:

The release last month of Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2 delivers thousands of feature enhancements and bug fixes that further improve the solution. A number of the improvements bring shared benefits to ZENworks Configuration Management, ZENworks Asset Management and ZENworks Patch Management—three key products in Novell Endpoint Management solutions. Other improvements enrich specific capabilities of the individual products themselves. This article highlights some of these key shared and product-specific enhancements.

Shared Enhancements

Installation and Administration Flexibility
The first shared enhancement that ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2 provides is greater flexibility in terms of product installation and administration. With this release you can now run both ZENworks Configuration Management and ZENworks Asset Management as standalone solutions. You can choose which of the individual solutions to actually be installed and activated. You also have the option to dictate which of the individual ZENworks solutions will display in the ZENworks Control Center console.

For example, if you only have a license for ZENworks Configuration Management, then the ZENworks Asset Management and ZENworks Patch Management feature set can be disabled so those services don't show up in the console. This leaves you with a much cleaner, leaner and easier-to-use administrative interface.

This ability to pick and choose extends to the ZENworks Adaptive Agent as well. With ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP2, only the agent features that you enable as an administrator will be implemented on your managed devices, allowing the deployed agent to have a smaller footprint. Specifically, you have the ability to uninstall, enable or disable any of the following features:

  • Asset Management

  • Bundle Management

  • Image Management

  • Patch Management

  • Policy Management

  • Remote Management

  • User Management

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