ZENworks Partition

There are older machines that do not support PXE and therefore cannot get images from the network in a preoperating system boot environment. For these machines, ZENworks offers the capability to place a ZENworks partition on the local machine, which holds the Linux preoperating system boot environment that would normally be sent to the device over PXE.

When a ZENworks partition is placed on the device, the hardware first boots to the ZENworks partition that is to load the Linux environment and checks with the ZENworks Imaging server to see whether the system has been configured to take or restore an image to the system. This provides the automated capabilities of image management without the need for PXE.

To install a ZENworks partition on the device, complete the following steps:


Create a boot CD of the ZENworks boot system by burning the .iso image (/opt/novell/zenworks/zdm/imaging/winutils/bootcd.iso) from the ZENworks server onto a CD or DVD. Configuration options can be manipulated via a settings.txt file on the CD.


Boot the device with the ZENworks Imaging CD.


Select Install/Update ZEN Partition from the presented menu.


If the Imaging Server address is not specified in the settings.txt included in the CD, enter the IP address of the server, when prompted.


The system then creates the partition and installs the Linux boot environment into that partition. When completed, the system prompts you to remove the CD and reboot.

This adds the ZENworks partition, which checks at each reboot to see whether there is any administered preboot work for the device. If so, the device performs that work and then boots into the operating system.

Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management Administrator's Handbook
Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management Administrators Handbook
ISBN: 0672327848
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 147

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