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Just finished the North American community chat for Novell. Good attendance and questions. Presentation included some sneak preview screenshots of the new Zim for WinPE imaging in Imaging Toolkit 7.

Here's the link to the recording;


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I'm pleased to announce that EOS Systems has joined the ENGL partner family.

Nick Apazidis, CIO of EOS Systems, commented on the partnership:

"As a Novell Platinum and Microsoft Gold partner, we run across many solutions on the market. We look not only for the right solutions for our customers, but for supporting software for these solutions to enhance their functionality.

ENGL Imaging Toolkit for ZENworks is a very powerful enhancement and is a complimentary extension to ZENworks Imaging. The Imaging Toolkit provides a GUI and more granular control when creating images, that makes it ideal for upgrading to Windows 7. It is very simple to understand and very easy to use. It is also very safe, since it does not make live changes to the system, but allows the user to make all changes, test them and then move the image to the appropriate location on the imaging server.

We are very pleased to have become an ENGL partner and are happy to have them as one of our treasure chest of solutions. Once the product was presented to our customers, it sold itself. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with ENGL."

Visit our partner page to find sales and technical resource in your area.

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It's possible to script the multicasting features of ZENworks imaging using Zim.

More information on this can be found in a techbite session from 2010.
This can be found on our Events page

April 21, 2010

Duration: 25 minutes

Using multicasting with Zim and ZCM

This TechBite session will detail how to multicast imaging with Zim and ZCM.

» Playback

» Slides (PDF)

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Some exciting news! I have the pleasure to announce that ENGL has signed up as an exhibitor and will be returning to Las Vegas for MMS in April 2012.

We had a great welcome at MMS 2011 and we're looking forward to returning to demo Driver Manager with SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012 support.

I look forward to meeting friends old and new!

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If you have the Novell client for Windows 7 in your build - you have probably seen some issues with authentication or tree or server not found.

Here are some of the steps you can take to resolve these issues:

Review the Novell Knowlege base. We don't write the Novell Client - we just try to get it installed and up and running as part of the build process. We've probably seen most of the issues but let us know if you find something new.

One pretty useful TID is this one for those using the IR6 or newer client:
Logging in quickly after booting fails with "The tree or server cannot be found", 0xC7FD0028 or 0x800789FC

This details how the client logs in and gives us a registry key to use to configure how long the client waits before attempting to login.

The key to configure is:

"Max Retries Boot Threshold"=dword:00000384

If setting the "Max Retries Boot Threshold" resolves the problem, adjust the value downward to avoid unnecessary delays. A value of 120 seconds (dword:00000078) may be adequate.

More info in the article on how this works.

If you are not using the IR6 (or newer client) then might be worth trying it as things seem to be working a lot better these days.

Other tips can be found in this document in our knowlegebase:
ENGL TID-2010013: Troubleshooting AutoAdminLogon

If you do have issues with the Novell client failing to login during the ENGL build process - please let us know via our support forums or a support incident.