Novell has announced ZENworks for Desktops 4, its desktop management
solution. In keeping with other recent developments in the company’s
product line, Zenworks is no longer dependent on the Novell client
to manage a workstation.
According to Novell, ZENworks for Desktops features PXE (Preboot
Execution Environment) functionality that allows a workstation to be
booted and managed before the workstation operating system starts.
The product can also be used in combination with ZENworks for Servers
and ZENworks for Handhelds to bring systems built around Windows,
Linux, Solaris and Novell NetWare into a single policy-based,
In a statement, Chris Stone, vice chairman, Office of the CEO of
Novell said “ZENworks for Desktops leverages the power of Novell
eDirectory to simplify management across heterogeneous networks and
the Internet. Administrators can tailor content, applications and
work environments according to the personal needs of individual users
or user groups, independent of their location. As a result, users can
access their applications in a simple, consistent way, without being
tethered to specific desktops and laptops.”
Additional features of Zenworks for Desktops include automatic restart
of interrupted data delivery as soon as a user reconnects and
transparent problem detection and correction when a user is
disconnected. According to the company, ZENworks uses an intelligent
agent that transparently adapts to the changing network environments
of the mobile user. The agent automatically negotiates barriers such
as low bandwidth.
ZENworks for Desktops 4 no longer requires the Novell client to be
installed on managed workstations. According to the company,
administrators will be able to distribute, configure, update and
troubleshoot workstations via the Internet, whether inside or outside
corporate firewalls without requiring users to launch a VPN client.
Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4 enters open beta testing May 31.
Customers, partners and solution providers can order the public beta
and obtain more information about ZENworks for Desktops 4 by visiting
and general availability will be announced at a later date.
The Novell Mobile Productivity Seminar featuring ZENworks for Desktops
4 and NetWare 6 will be held in 43 cities in the United States and
Canada between June 4 and July 3. The seminar is free. Customers can
find more information – including a list of seminar cities – and
register for the seminar at http://www.novellzenworks.com.