Unlike other solutions that lock you into a Microsoft-only back end, ZENworks® Configuration Management runs on both Windows and Linux, supports Microsoft Active Directory and NetIQ® eDirectory, and works with your database of choice (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or Sybase).
This flexibility keeps costs low and does not force you to abandon your current IT investments. ZENworks Configuration Management also offers you a wide range of deployment options for more freedom.
Centralize the management of all your devices into a single unified and easy-to-use web-based ZENworks console—called ZENworks Control Center.
Streamline and automate configuration management across your whole environment with a long list of expanded and enhanced core capabilities.
Manage the security settings of all your Windows systems through the central web-based ZENworks console.
Unify your desktop environments by managing all of your Windows and Linux endpoints through a single unified web-based ZENworks console.
Configure policies for setting up Windows power management settings and performing out-of-band power management tasks using Intel vPro. Then, run reports that show the results of your efforts and policies.
Get actionable information about your IT environment with an enhanced reporting service that lets you run a wide range of canned reports and build custom reports as you need them.
Manage your whole Windows environment with a comprehensive set of fully integrated configuration management tools.
Find all the devices on your network, classify them, add them to the ZENworks Database, and quickly deploy the appropriate management agents.
Use a unique policy-based approach to automate software setup, updates, healing, and migration for desktop computers.
Give administrators and helpdesk personnel just the level of control they need to do their jobs.
Simplify and automate the packaging, deployment, and management of all your applications throughout their lifecycles.
Perform automatic imaging tasks and manual imaging operations quickly and efficiently.
Use a unique policy-based approach—together with advanced imaging and personality migration features—to accelerate the Windows 10 migration process.
Place applications and content close to your end users.
Choose to install only the capabilities you need—or deploy the whole solution at once.
Deploy ZENworks Configuration Management more quickly than ever before with a new virtual appliance option.
Simplify administration and reduce infrastructure and training costs with an elegant, easy-to-use web services architecture.
Lower costs by automating repeated steps for new applications.
Create a more compliant and standardized IT environment.
Streamline and automate the process of giving users all the resources they need.
Keep your whole enterprise compliant with cross-platform patch management for Windows and Linux.
Accelerate time-to-value and boost the productivity of your IT staff by up to 45%.
With ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 Update 1, you can now pre-provision mobile device management profiles for DEP (Device Enrollment Program) devices, integrate with the iOS Configurator for non-DEP devices, use added Device Control settings to restrict Supervision-enabled devices, and preconfigure ZENworks-distributed managed apps.
With ZENworks Full Disk Encryption 2017 Update 1, you can now implement FDE on newer Windows devices that use UEFI-based firmware and GPT-based disks. And with improved auditing, you can even prove that lost or stolen devices were encrypted.
ZENworks 2017 Update 1 now allows your users to experience more seamless access to corporate information via Microsoft DirectAccess capabilities. It also now enables your managed devices to access servers over IPv6, helping you move into the future of IP with confidence.
With ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 Update 1, you can now quickly identify rogue application instances that users have installed on your PCs outside of ZENworks. So you can now prevent these applications from putting your organization at risk.
ZENworks Patch Management 2017 Update 1 allows you to access the dashboard without cumbersome plug-ins, so you can now view patch-status snapshots from any modern browser on both traditional and mobile devices. It also prevents vendor-superseded patches from being automatically disabled in the system.
With ZENworks Configuration Management 2017, you can manage all of your desktops, laptops, and mobile devices from one place. Because mobile devices, policies, and software are treated just like their desktop counterparts, ZENworks administrators will find it easy to begin managing mobile devices without the need to deploy new hardware or learn new management tools and paradigms. Additionally, if you are licensing ZENworks on a per-user basis, then you can begin managing your end users’ mobile devices (up to five total devices per user) without buying additional licenses.
ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 integrates with the Apple VPP program, allowing you to deploy applications and their corresponding licenses. This makes it easy to purchase applications for employees, deploy the applications and license, and reclaim the license when the user leaves or no longer requires the application.
The new ZENworks User Application replaces the venerable ZENworks Application Window. This new interface uses end user friendly terminology, features a modern UI design, and adds key capabilities such as live search, making it easier for your users to find what they need.
The new ZENworks User Application also provides a simple branding policy that allows you to change the look and feel of the ZENworks User Application to anything you can imagine.
ZENworks Configuration Management 2017 includes a two-user license of Micro Focus Service Desk Standard Edition. With these licenses, you can quickly and easily implement a ZENworks integrated self-service store where users can request applications and other services from IT and have them delivered via a workflow enabled the process.
With the new ZENworks Control Center management helper, you can use your favorite browser to manage ZENworks, including Group Policy, Remote Control, and File Upload capabilities. Use any of the industry favorites such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
The updated inventory scanner lowers machine impact while scanning shortens the scan time and provides even more hardware and software inventory data using more modern detection methods.
Future versions of ZENworks will deliver value at a much faster pace. With ZENworks 2017, when you want a new release, you can implement it quickly without the need to apply multiple updates.
ZENworks Reporting 6.2.1 includes significant enhancements making it easier than ever to create compelling custom reports and dashboards that you can use to visualize the status of the system and the business value it provides.
ZENworks Configuration Management vs. Micro Focus Mobile Management
With the release of ZENworks Configuration Management (ZCM) 2017, ZCM now includes Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities for iOS, Android and ActiveSync devices. As the first release, ZENworks 2017 offers a base set of capabilities that are critical to our customers. Over the next several updates additional capabilities will be added to the ZCM product, making it a robust Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution.
As you may be aware, Micro Focus also sells a standalone MDM solution—Micro Focus Mobile Management (MFMM). This solution provides an alternate architecture, management console, and capabilities. Because not all of the capabilities in MFMM are currently available in ZCM, both products will be offered for some time to come. This purpose of this feature chart is to help you understand the capabilities of each of these solutions so that you can identify the one that meets your needs. Going forward the majority of MFMM capabilities are expected to be integrated into the ZCM product.
MDM Feature Comparison Chart
|Feature||ZCM 2017||MFMM 3.2.4|
|Support for enrolling iOS, Android and ActiveSync Devices|
|Automatic Provisioning of iOS Email Profile|
|Selective Wipe of Fully Managed Devices|
|Full Wipe of Fully Managed or ActiveSync Devices|
|Deploy free Apple App Store Applications|
|Deploy Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) applications|
|Deploy iOS Enterprise Applications|
|Support for Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP)|
|Pre-configuration of apps via iOS MDM|
|iOS Activation Lock control|
|Provision of Apple eBooks|
|Provision of iOS Corporate Resources (VPN, Wi-Fi, etc.) / aka profile management||
|Deploy Google Play Store applications|
|Deploy enterprise applications (.apks)|
|Provision Android Corporate Resources (VPN / Wi-Fi)|
|Samsung KNOX support||
|Security Policy (Passcode, Encryption, Screen lock)|
|iOS Device Control Policy|
|Android Device Control Policy||
|ActiveSync Device Control Policy|
|Support for non-LDAP users|
|Manage Windows and MacOS desktops|
|Integrated with ZCM Server Infrastructure|
|Device Foldering to Organize Enrolled Devices|
|Dynamic Query based Device Groups|
|Static Membership based Device groups|
|Ability to group policies|
|Ability to have individual policies assigned to users/devices|
|Time based policies|
|Phone Call/SMS Tracking||
|Internal Certificate Authority and Management of MDM Identity Certificates|
|MS Certificate Authority Support for VPN/Wi-Fi/Email Certificates|
|Server is available as a VM based appliance|
|Easy to use end user portal||