Novell Client-Free ZENworks for Desktops 4 Beta Released

Several weeks after a planned late-May release, Novell has
announced public availability of the Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4
beta. 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,
management interface.


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 is built on Internet standards and
automates key network management tasks, letting IT professionals manage
their workstations more effectively with less work so they can focus on
initiatives strategic to the organization. No longer dependent on the
Novell client to manage a workstation, ZENworks for Desktops 4 is
another key Novell solution that works across all leading operating
systems, letting organizations use what they have more efficiently,
rather than being forced into expensive infrastructure purchases.

Customers, partners and solution providers can order the public beta
and obtain more information about ZENworks for Desktops 4 by visiting
http://www.novell.com/products/zenworks. Pricing and general
availability of ZENworks for Desktops 4 will be announced at a later
date.

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