ZENworks Asset Management Best Practices

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Note: This guide is for ZENworks Asset Management 3.3 and higher.

The asset tracking and discovery tools in ZENworks Asset Management integrate IT inventory, software usage and license reconciliation to provide a true accounting of your hardware and software assets. ZENworks Asset Management ensures license compliance and eliminates both software overspending and audit stress: you purchase only the licenses your organization needs and you can easily find and reconcile purchased licenses with installed applications.

So that you may fully realize the benefits of ZENworks Asset Management, this guide is designed to provide you with an overview of best practices, configuration options and troubleshooting tips. The suggestions made are based on the experiences of the Novell Consulting and the Novell Technical Support Team.

(Full instructions on how to work with the various ZENworks Asset Management functions are available in the online help programs for the ZENworks Asset Management Manager, Web Console and Remote Client Install utility. You can also refer to the ZENworks Asset Management User's Guide, which is available in PDF format on the Installation CD.)

The following link contains a whitepaper (pdf) about a project of Novell Consulting implementing ZENworks Asset Management (ZAM) 7 File:ZAM migration and installation.pdf Some topics in the whitepaper are: - Best practices about designing the ZAM architecture, - Phasing out ZENworks Desktop Management inventory, - Adding a cost center for a workststion using AD import or registry reading.

The following Quick Reference link (pdf) contains a summary useful for a Proof of Concept, a pilot, or an implementation: File:Quick Reference 13 ZENworks Asset Management 7.pdf