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Start Menu integration and unavailability of ZCM Server

Hi,

We previously evaluated ZCM 10 with regards to this replacing the current ZFD 7 installation. Replacing ZFD with ZCM is part of a project to go Active Directory and Windows only, but I'm pushing to use ZCM if possible as ZFD was so superb. Overall the current environment is fine, but head office has given us no choice but to remove the Netware and eDirectory components.

We rely heavily on the Start Menu integration functions which were provided by NAL in ZFD and appear to also work in ZCM. We use ZEN to completely control the Start Menu and replace the standard items. It's availability is critical.

But we never tested the scenario of the ZCM server being unavailable and the impact to logins and the Start Menu in particular. If a user has logged in previously and used ZCM before, does the agent cache the Start Menu listings?

FYI, Active Directory would be handling all Group Policies, ZCM would be used primarily for application delivery, imaging, remote help and the Start Menu of course.

Thanks in advance

Mark
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Start Menu integration and unavailability of ZCM Server

AFAIK, There is not any Offline functionality in ZCM.
I strongly recommend you open an enhancement request at
http://support.novell.com/enhancement.
The ZEN team normally reviews such requests on Wednesdays, so if you get it
in today, I will try and get feedback to you shortly on this subject.
I agree it's a very important feature.

I might also add that ZDM worls well in a Windows Only shop.
While you still need eDirectory, you can just use the included copy of IDM
to synch AD to eDir.
Only the ZEN Admin needs to touch or even know that eDir exists.
The HelpDesk and other support staff manage the the association of
applications and other items via Group Associations in AD.
I deployed ZDM7 in a large organization in a similar manner.
We even replaced most of the GIFs in NAL and other components so you would
be hard pressed to know the Product was called ZENworks or made by Novell.
It was all branded to our company names and logos.

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"mplep" <mplep@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
news:mplep.38zm7g@no-mx.forums.novell.com...
>
> Hi,
>
> We previously evaluated ZCM 10 with regards to this replacing the
> current ZFD 7 installation. Replacing ZFD with ZCM is part of a project
> to go Active Directory and Windows only, but I'm pushing to use ZCM if
> possible as ZFD was so superb. Overall the current environment is fine,
> but head office has given us no choice but to remove the Netware and
> eDirectory components.
>
> We rely heavily on the Start Menu integration functions which were
> provided by NAL in ZFD and appear to also work in ZCM. We use ZEN to
> completely control the Start Menu and replace the standard items. It's
> availability is critical.
>
> But we never tested the scenario of the ZCM server being unavailable
> and the impact to logins and the Start Menu in particular. If a user
> has logged in previously and used ZCM before, does the agent cache the
> Start Menu listings?
>
> FYI, Active Directory would be handling all Group Policies, ZCM would
> be used primarily for application delivery, imaging, remote help and
> the Start Menu of course.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Mark
>
>
> --
> mplep
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Start Menu integration and unavailability of ZCM Server

The agent will just use the info from the cache, just like it would do for a
laptop user if they are at a location where the Primary isn't available.

Ron

"mplep" <mplep@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
news:mplep.38zm7g@no-mx.forums.novell.com...
>
> Hi,
>
> We previously evaluated ZCM 10 with regards to this replacing the
> current ZFD 7 installation. Replacing ZFD with ZCM is part of a project
> to go Active Directory and Windows only, but I'm pushing to use ZCM if
> possible as ZFD was so superb. Overall the current environment is fine,
> but head office has given us no choice but to remove the Netware and
> eDirectory components.
>
> We rely heavily on the Start Menu integration functions which were
> provided by NAL in ZFD and appear to also work in ZCM. We use ZEN to
> completely control the Start Menu and replace the standard items. It's
> availability is critical.
>
> But we never tested the scenario of the ZCM server being unavailable
> and the impact to logins and the Start Menu in particular. If a user
> has logged in previously and used ZCM before, does the agent cache the
> Start Menu listings?
>
> FYI, Active Directory would be handling all Group Policies, ZCM would
> be used primarily for application delivery, imaging, remote help and
> the Start Menu of course.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Mark
>
>
> --
> mplep
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> mplep's Profile: http://forums.novell.com/member.php?userid=15531
> View this thread: http://forums.novell.com/showthread.php?t=326750
>



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