Difference between ZENworks Imaging and Common Third-party Imaging Applications


ZENworks is a unique imaging application, which is one point cloning solution for Windows Linux and Mac Operating Systems.

Following are some of the key features of ZENworks Imaging:

1. Multicast Imaging
2. Live Imaging
3. Auto Create and restore of Image
4. Auto-Deployment of SUSE,RHEL and Windows
5. Online and Offline Imaging
6. Unattended Imaging
7. Remote Imaging over SSH
8. External Storage support to backup Image
9. Support for third-party Imaging tools(imagex and ghost)
10. Customization of backed up Image
11. Partition-wise Imaging
12. Conversion of BIOS based machine to UEFI
13. Software distribution
14. Auto configuration of DELL hardware
15. System properties change with Imaging
16. RAW Imaging of encrypted HDD
17. Scheduled Imaging

1. Multicast Imaging:
• Sending one image to multiple devices over the network by inviting multiple participants to a session.
• Capture and Distribute Image of a master system without storing an Image.
• ZENworks supports Automatic and Manual Multicast.

2. Live Imaging:
Multicast using maintenance mode (Peer-to-Peer multicast), while taking image is still in progress, the restore also can be started.
Create and restore image is done parallel using this feature.

3. Auto create and restore of Image:
By assigning Preboot bundles or take an image task to the managed devices, create and restore of image will be taken care by Preboot services when the device is booted using any Preboot media supported by ZENworks.

4. Auto-Deployment of SUSE, RHEL and Windows
ZENworks supports three different Preboot bundles for auto deployment of SUSE, RHEL and Windows.
The Autoyast bundle allows the user to automate the installation of SUSE Linux.
The Kickstart bundle allows the user to automate the installation of RHEL Linux.
The MDT Deployment bundle deploys the Windows operating system using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT).

5. Online and Offline Imaging
ZENworks supports different types of Preboot media: PXE, bootcd/dvd, USB and ZENpartition.
The online Imaging is achieved by using PXE.
The offline image is achieved by using bootcd/dvd, USB and ZENpartition.
• PXE: Preboot Services uses PXE to discover if there is Preboot Services work specified for a device and to provide the device with the files necessary to execute the assigned work.
• BootCD/DVD: If PXE is not available, then boot the device using bootcd/dvd to perform manual /auto imaging task.
• USB: You can also boot the device using USB by creating a bootable USB from bootcd. You can store the image to the USB, so that image can be carried anywhere.
• ZENpartition: A boot partition created on the system before installing any operating system, which exists as a dual boot setup, one boot partition for Imaging solution and other for the operating system.
To install the ZENpartition, boot the device using bootcd, and then select the option Install/Update ZENpartition.

6. Unattended Imaging:
• To set up a device for unattended imaging operations and if you are unable to use Preboot Services (PXE), you can create a ZENworks partition on the hard disk.
• If you make the partition large enough, you can even store an image of the device’s hard disk, which can be useful for recovering corrupted OS or replace it with different operating system configuration or type.

7. Remote Imaging over SSH
• This is very useful if your device keyboard or keypad is not detected or not working in the distro environment, you can still perform imaging from another machine.
• Using this you can troubleshoot or access the Imaging distro environment from another device.

8. External Storage support to backup Image
ZENworks supports to create image to the different storage media.
ZENworks server, satellite, USB, Network share, external HDD, ZENpartition, and Local disk.
By storing the image to an external storage, the image can be carried anywhere.

9. Ghost and Imagex support
ZENworks imaging supports create and restore image with semantic ghost and Microsoft imagex by uploading third-party image settings to the ZENserver.

10. Customization of backed up Image
ZENworks Image Explorer utility (zmgexp) to view or modify device images, create add-on images, compress image files, and split images.
Using zmgexp you can add required files to image, extract as add-on image, and restore the same to the existing operating system. Instead of restoring, only the entire image modifications can be restored using add-on image.

11. Partition-wise Imaging
ZENworks imaging supports partition-wise create and restore image for both BIOS and UEFI devices on Linux and WinPE distro’s.

12. Conversion of BIOS based machine to UEFI
An MBR based disk can be converted to GPT disk without formatting the disk.
ZENworks supports, conversion of an MBR disk to GPT and MBR disk with OS to GPT (i.e. BIOS based machine can be converted as UEFI).

13. Software distribution
ZENworks supports installation of applications on managed devices using bundles.

14. Auto configuration of DELL hardware
Configures basic boot settings on Dell devices using Dell DTK configuration.
15. System properties change with Imaging
If you have not taken the image with sysprep, you can still set the system properties using zisedit utility and zisview to see the existing properties.

16. RAW Imaging of encrypted HDD
ZENworks supports create and restore images with FDE (Full Disk Encryption).

17. Scheduled Imaging
ZENworks supports the scheduled imaging of bulk devices using Wake on LAN option, which reduces the burden to the Admin to manage the devices.


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