What Else Is New In ZENworks 2017 Update 2?

By the time you read this, ZENworks 2017 Update 2 will either be very close to shipping or have shipped, and be available. Vikram Derebail our product manager did a great job introducing you to the new Android Enterprise capabilities that are being introduced in the update, and Darrin VandenBos introduced you to the new Managed BitLocker capabilities. In this article I’m going to take you through some  other important changes that are happening in ZENworks 2017 Update 2.

The other key changes happening include:

  • ZMG Image Creation from Windows PE
  • iOS Activation Lock Bypass Support
  • Mobile Application Inventory
  • ZMG Image Creation from Windows PE

As most of you are aware, I’ve been working in Product Management for quite a while now, and before that, I taught people how to use ZENworks as part of our Advanced Technical Training group. During that time one of the constant challenges we’ve had with ZENworks imaging is being able to have the Linux based imaging environment keep up with the latest hardware being released by all of the vendors. As we’ve looked at what’s happening with Windows 10 we’ve made a number of changes over the last several releases to increase your options.

First, we introduced third party imaging in ZENworks 11 that allowed you to use ZENworks to drive the creation of .WIM files with ImageX, then in ZENworks 11 SP4 we introduced MDT bundles so that ZENworks can drive the MDT deployment, but many of you have continued to use the ZENworks imaging process and format (.ZMG).

In ZENworks 2017 Update 2 we’ve actually ported almost all of the ZENworks imaging functionalities from the Linux environment over to Windows PE. The exception, being it’s command line based. We made the choice to focus on the command line, and based on our discussions with you, most of you are using ZENworks imaging in scripted ways to deploy and take images vs manually using the imaging TurboVision. We do have plans to introduce a GUI, but in the meantime you can begin to leverage the new capabilities and move your scripted imaging processes over to Windows PE.

The primary advantage of the Windows PE environment for ZENworks Imaging is that if the device is capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 then it’s going to be capable of running Windows PE and the drivers are going to be easily available. Additionally, we’ve added simple commands that you can run to inject drivers and additional Windows PE functionality including things like Windows Scripting, Powershell, and more.

Let’s take a quick walkthrough of what’s supported:

This article was first published in Open Horizons Magazine, Issue 39, 2017/4, p27-29.


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