ZENworks 7 Linux Management has a very different architecture than previous releases. For example, ZENworks 7 Linux Management has introduced an object store to manage the system. Consequently there is a migration process involved in moving to this version.
You can use two techniques to move information from your existing ZENworks Linux Management system to the new ZENworks 7 Linux Management installation: synchronization or migration.
The synchronization method copies the RPM files and brings them into the new system, whereas the migration method imports the database along with the RPM files. Both methods require that the new agent be installed on the device for it to be managed by the new system.
Because of the information length of time to migrate the database, and because the migration brings over only the package information, it is preferable to use the synchronization method to bring your packages over from your ZENworks Linux Management 6.6 system. After that synchronization is complete, redirect your new ZENworks 7 to the Novell corporate update site.
The synchronization method requires that you retrieve channels from your existing ZENworks Linux Management 6.6 installation just as you would synchronizing other Linux sources into ZENworks 7 Linux Management. See Chapter 12, "Keeping ZENworks Linux Management Servers Synchronized," for more detailed information.
Channels in the existing system will become bundles in the new system. They are placed in a catalog that is assigned to all the devices, allowing them to retrieve all the updated RPMs.
When the agent is installed on the device, the device registers with the new ZENworks 7 system and then begins receiving its updates from there. To install the agent you can place the ZENworks 7 agent RPMs into a channel and then have the device perform a transaction to run the setup. Be sure to modify the configuration files to point your devices to the new ZENworks 7 system.
The synchronization method gets all the RPMs and channels over to your new system. The inventory is regenerated by the new system. Transactions are not available in the new system and have to be re-created with a Remote Execute policy.
The migration method delivers all the database information that is relevant along with the files for the RPMs. This step, however, requires some manual administration.
Complete the following steps to migrate your system to the new ZENworks 7: