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Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management: Administrator’s Handbook

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Novell ZENworks Linux Management Administrator's Handbook is the official guide to ZENworks Linux Management, written by Ron Tanner, Novell ZENworks product manager, and Richard Whitehead, Novell ZENworks product marketing manager. Learn about the innovative combination of SUSE Linux and the advanced management capabilities of ZENworks that has positioned Novell as the leading enterprise Linux solution provider. You will learn about:

  • The ZENworks family

  • The ZENworks Management web console

  • Registering devices into them system and system settings

  • Reporting

  • Common device management tasks

  • Keeping servers synchronized

  • Troubleshooting

  • Gather insight directly from the minds behind ZENworks Linux Management with the Novell ZENworks Linux Management Administrator's Handbook.

    Table of Contents

    1. Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management
      1. Preface
      2. About the Authors
      3. Acknowledgments
      4. We Want to Hear from You!
      5. Reader Services
      6. 1. The Evolution of Linux Management
        1. What's the Big Deal?
        2. The ZENworks Family
        3. What's New for ZENworks 7 Linux Management?
        4. Using ZENworks Linux Management with Novell Linux Desktop
        5. Using ZENworks Linux Management with SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server
      7. 2. Understanding ZENworks Linux Management
        1. General Architecture
        2. Open Source Components
        3. Best Practices of Rollout Procedures
        4. Use of Directories
        5. Use of Existing Databases
        6. Use of Existing Servers
        7. How and Where ZENworks Linux Management Is Managed
        8. How Devices Are Represented and Managed in ZLM
        9. How Content Is Delivered
        10. Terminology/Glossary
      8. 3. Installing ZENworks Linux Management
        1. Preparing the Server
        2. Executing the Installation Script
          1. Installing a Primary Server
          2. Installing a Secondary Server
        3. Verifying the Installation
        4. Accessing the ZENworks Control Center
        5. Installing the Client Software on Managed Devices
        6. Upgrading ZENworks Linux Management from Previous Versions
          1. Synchronization Method
          2. Migration Method
      9. 4. Understanding the ZENworks Control Center
        1. What Is the ZENworks Control Center?
          1. The Banner
          2. Content Views
            1. PORTAL VIEW
        2. List View
          1. SETTINGS VIEW
          2. WIZARD VIEW
          3. Navigation Bar
          4. Object Browser
        3. Launching the ZENworks Control Center
        4. Navigating
        5. Searching Within a View
        6. Customizing the ZENworks Control Center
        7. The Future
      10. 5. Registering Devices into the System
        1. Registration Keys and Registration Rules
          1. Registration Keys
          2. Registration Rules
        2. Registering a Device
        3. Removing a Managed Device
        4. Conclusion
      11. 6. System Settings
        1. Administrators
        2. Management Zone Settings
          1. System Variables
          2. Refresh Schedules
          3. Device Inventory
          4. No Schedule Type
        3. Date Specific Schedule Type
          1. Day of the Week Specific Schedule Type
            1. SELECT THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
            2. RESTRICT SCHEDULE TO THE FOLLOWING DATE RANGE
            3. SELECT WHEN SCHEDULE EXECUTION SHOULD START
            4. SET THE BLACKOUT TIME RANGES WHEN EXECUTION SHOULD NOT OCCUR
          2. Event Schedule Type
          3. Relative to Refresh Schedule Type
          4. Monthly Schedule Type
          5. Inventory Rollup Settings
          6. Local Device Logging
          7. Preboot Services
          8. Remote Management
          9. Centralized Message Logging
          10. Content Replication Schedule
          11. Platforms
          12. Hierarchy and Other Places to Change Settings
        4. Licensing
        5. Conclusion
      12. 7. Bundles
        1. What Are Bundles?
        2. What Are the Advantages of Bundles?
        3. Bundle Groups
        4. How to Create an RPM Bundle
          1. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Bundle Type
          2. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Bundle Naming
          3. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: RPM Additions
          4. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Icon Specification
          5. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Launch Scripts
            1. SHELL SCRIPT
            2. BINARY SCRIPT
            3. JAVA SCRIPT
          6. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Install Scripts
          7. RPM Bundle Creation Wizard: Summary
        5. How to Create a Preboot Bundle
          1. Preboot Bundle Creation Wizard: Bundle Type
          2. Preboot Bundle Creation Wizard: Preboot Type
          3. AutoYAST Preboot Bundle Creation
            1. AUTOYAST PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD STEP 3
            2. AUTOYAST PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD STEP 4
            3. AUTOYAST PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD STEP 5
            4. AUTOYAST PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD STEP 6
            5. AUTOYAST PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SUMMARY
          4. KickStart Preboot Bundle Creation
            1. KICKSTART PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: NAMING
            2. KICKSTART PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: PATHS
            3. KICKSTART PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SERVER
            4. KICKSTART PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SUMMARY
          5. ZENworks Image Preboot Bundle Creation
            1. ZENWORKS IMAGE PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: NAMING
            2. ZENWORKS IMAGE PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: IMAGE FILE
            3. ZENWORKS IMAGING PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SUMMARY
          6. ZENworks Script Preboot Bundle Creation
            1. ZENWORKS SCRIPT PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: NAMING
            2. ZENWORKS SCRIPT PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SCRIPT
            3. ZENWORKS SCRIPT PREBOOT BUNDLE CREATION WIZARD: SUMMARY
        6. How to Assign a Bundle to a Device
        7. What Happens When a Bundle Is Assigned to a Device
        8. Updating Previously Created Bundles
        9. Bundle Groups
        10. Conclusion
      13. 8. Catalogs
        1. What Are Catalogs?
        2. What Are the Advantages of Catalogs?
        3. How to Create a Catalog
          1. Catalog Creation Wizard: Catalog Name
          2. Catalog Creation Wizard: Catalog Attributes
          3. Catalog Creation Wizard: Summary
        4. Adding RPM Bundles to Catalogs
        5. How to Assign a Catalog to a Device
        6. What Happens When a Catalog Is Assigned to a Device
        7. Conclusion
      14. 9. Policies
        1. What Are Policies?
        2. Why Are Policies Useful?
        3. How Are Policies Assigned?
          1. Direct Assignment
          2. Indirect Assignment
          3. Assigning a Policy
          4. Assigning a Policy with Creation Wizard
          5. Assigning a Policy Through List View
          6. Assigning a Policy in Folder Details
          7. Assigning a Policy in Policy Details
          8. Assigning a Policy in Device Details
          9. Assigning a Policy Through the Command Line
        4. Policy Groups
        5. Available Policies in ZENworks 7 Linux Management
          1. Epiphany Policy
          2. Evolution Policy
        6. Firefox Policy
          1. Generic GNOME Policy
          2. Novell Linux Desktop Policy
          3. Remote Execute Policy
          4. Text File Policy
        7. Conclusion
      15. 10. Reporting
        1. Creating Reports
        2. Running Reports
        3. Saving Output of Reports
        4. Editing an Existing Report
        5. Conclusion
      16. 11. Common Device Management Tasks
        1. Viewing Getting Started
        2. Managing Licenses
        3. Clearing the Message Log
        4. Acknowledging All Events
        5. Controlling a Device Remotely
        6. Imaging a Device
          1. Taking an Image from ZENworks Control Center
          2. Taking an Image Manually
        7. Restoring an Image to a Device
        8. ZENworks Partition
      17. 12. Keeping ZENworks Linux Management Servers Synchronized
        1. Content Replication
          1. ZENworks Tiered Electronic Distribution
          2. Configuring Synchronization
          3. No Schedule Type
          4. Date Specific Schedule Type
          5. Day of the Week Specific Schedule Type
            1. SELECT THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
            2. RESTRICT SCHEDULE TO THE FOLLOWING DATE RANGE
            3. SELECT WHEN SCHEDULE EXECUTION SHOULD START
            4. SET THE “BLACK OUT” TIME RANGES WHEN EXECUTION SHOULD NOT OCCUR
          6. Monthly Schedule Type
        2. Mirroring External Sources into ZENworks Linux Management
          1. Looking at the zlmmirrorconf.xml File
            1. SOURCE SERVER DEFINITION
            2. DESTINATION SERVER DESCRIPTION
            3. CATALOG AND BUNDLE CONFIGURATION
            4. EXAMPLE CONFIGURATION
          2. Finishing Up the Configuration
        3. Summary
      18. 13. ZENworks Linux Management Database
        1. ZENworks Linux Management Databases
        2. Information Stored in the Database
        3. Accessing PostgreSQL
        4. Where to Get More Information
        5. Conclusion
      19. 14. Troubleshooting
        1. Registering and Un-registering a Device
        2. Creating Custom Platforms
        3. Configuring Silent Installation of the Agent
        4. Cleaning the Database
        5. Updating the Agent
        6. Encrypting a VNC Session
        7. Not Installing the VNC Agent
        8. Logging
      20. A. Commands
        1. zlman
        2. rug
        3. zlmmirror
      21. B. ZENworks Resources
        1. Novell Support and Online Documentation
        2. ZENworks Cool Solutions
        3. Novell Advanced Technical Training
        4. Novell Consulting Services
        5. Novell Technical Support Services