To help customers reduce the cost of managing employee computers both in the office and on the road, Novell shipped Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4. Built to operate over the Internet as well as internal networks, ZENworks for Desktops 4 is designed to automate key network management tasks.
According to Brad Anderson, vice president of Novell's Content and Application Management Group, an increasingly mobile workforce is putting a strain on IT budgets as companies need to manage their desktop and laptop computers wherever they roam. "On the strength of the industry-standard Novell eDirectory, ZENworks for Desktops lets administrators automatically tailor computer content and applications according to the needs of individual users, regardless of their location," Anderson said. "ZENworks for Desktops 4 manages workstations and user environments inside or outside the firewall, across the Internet, through dial-up or other slow connections, and even for totally disconnected users."
The company says that when combined with ZENworks for Servers and ZENworks for Handhelds, entire networks including desktops, laptops, PDAs and multiple server platforms such as Solaris, Linux, Windows, and Novell NetWare can be managed together as one Net. No longer dependent on the Novell client to manage a workstation, ZENworks for Desktops 4 is designed to work across all leading operating systems so customers get immediate benefit without expensive infrastructure upgrades.
ZENworks for Desktops 4 should integrate with Microsoft Active Directory and NT domains. ZENworks for Desktops is also designed to automate routine management tasks using a policy-based approach. The company says that changes to any policy may be quickly and easily distributed throughout the Net, so users, groups or entire business units can be managed while personalized work environments are maintained for each individual. ZENworks for Desktops 4 also includes Wise InstallTailor from Wise Solutions, which should give customers an ability to simplify software installations by customizing Microsoft Installer via automatically generated installation transforms (.MST files).
Novell ZENworks for Desktops 4 is available now through Novell Authorized Resellers and solution providers for a suggested $69 per user license.