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Old 05-27-2009, 01:58 PM
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Vista service pack 2 for 32-bit is here.
Any advice or guidance from CNS? TIA.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:09 PM
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I'd wait - I can tell you it's not supported with Zenworks 10.1.x - we're going to have to upgrade to Zenworks 10.2 (out shortly) to get Vista sp2 support. We'd probably want to test the Novell client and some other things as well.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:52 AM
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we're going to have to upgrade to Zenworks 10.2 (out shortly) to get Vista sp2 support. We'd probably want to test the Novell client and some other things as well.

Will Zenworks be automatically updated on my laptop even if I'm off campus or should ALL this wait until Sept? TIA.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:28 AM
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It should pick up the upgrade, even from off-campus, and I'm likely going to try to upgrade our Zenworks management zone over the summer, unless there's some show-stopping problem with 10.2.

I don't want to place a bet on it working, though. System updates have been one of the more problematic parts of Zenworks (in the version that was out a year ago, which we only used in testing, it didn't work at all). It looks like 10.2 may substantially improve agent updates and installations going forward, but we have to depend on the 10.1.1 or 10.1.2 software currently on the computers to perform that upgrade. And even when the upgrade mechanism works, since it doesn't give much user feedback (another thing Novell is addressing), users sometimes shut down during the rather lengthy install, breaking the agent, simply because they don't know it's happening. And of course, if someone's current Zenworks agent broke for some reason, they won't get the upgrade

I'll post an announcement prior to distributing it outside the IT departments, and what I usualy do is pick 50-100 computers at random for the first pass as a broader test, wait a few days to see if any significant problems crop up, and then I push it out to everyone.
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Any new developments on the Vista service pack 2 question? TIA.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:50 AM
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Any new developments on the Vista service pack 2 question? TIA.

Yes. We have ZCM (Zenworks) 10.2, and we've been testing it - it does work. However, I want to push out an update to F-Prot (currently in testing) prior to upgrading ZCM. I've been waiting for this update for a while.

The version of F-Prot on computers now slows down the processing of MSI files - the installation packages used to install the majority of software packages these days. The performance impact on the computer overall is minor, but the way it scans when an MSI is being processed causes the installation take significantly longer.

A ZCM installation and upgrade contains around individual 40 MSI files that have to be processed. If it was one giant MSI, it wouldn't be as bad. The more installer packages, the bigger the delay as far as I've been able to tell.

The F-Prot update seems to improve this significantly. So the idea would be to push out the F-Prot update in the near future, get that on as many computers as possible, and then push out the ZCM update after that.

I'm hoping we can start doing that before the end of the month. After that, end uses can go ahead and install Vista SP2 via Windows Update. I'm not 100% sure when we're going to push Sp2 out as an automatic update, forcing out service packs can be disruptive.
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