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Create an Application Object

The next step is to create an application object to deliver to the workstation. There are two types of application objects: an MSI and a URL. Both can be created with the following steps:

  1. Launch ConsoleOne.

  2. Browse to and select your Applications container. Click the Create Application Object button on the toolbar. This launches the Application Object Wizard.

  3. Select the Web Application option and click Next.

  4. Give the object a name, such as ZENworks Web Page, and click Next.

  5. Enter the URL for the desired web page (for example, http://www.novell.com/zenworks). Click Next.

  6. Add any rules for workstation requirements for this application object. The assumption can be made that everyone will have a browser, so just click Next.

  7. Associate the application with all your users and click Next.

  8. Click Display Details After Creation and click Finish.

  9. Modify the Application Icon for the application object by browsing to iexplorer.exe and selecting an appropriate icon for a web page. Click OK.

Now it is time to create the MSI application. First, you must make sure that the MSI files are available to the user or workstation. To do so, copy the MSI file to a Windows Share or NetWare volume where users will have rights to read the files. After the MSI files have been properly placed on the server, do the following:

  1. Launch ConsoleOne.

  2. Browse to and select your Applications container. Click the Create Application Object button on the toolbar. This launches the Application Object Wizard.

  3. Select the MSI Application option and click Next.

  4. Browse to the MSI file on the server. If you are going to use a mapped drive that all workstations will know, then use that; otherwise, make sure that the path is a full UNC path. Click Next.

  5. Give the object a name and click Next.

  6. Add any rules for workstation requirements for this application object. This could be free disk space or other requirements. Click Next.

  7. Associate the application with all your users and click Next.

  8. Click the Display Details After Creation check box and click Finish.

  9. Select Run OptionsΑΕApplications. You can change the path to file attribute to be the executable on the local workstation after the MSI is installed. If you do, ZENworks automatically launches the application after the MSI install is complete. Click OK.

You have now completed all the steps to deliver any application, perform remote management functions, and collect inventory on all of workstations running the ZENworks management agents.

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