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, management interface.
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 http://www.novell.com/products/zenworks. Pricing 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.