July looks like the worst month so far for spam. So far – with about a week to go:

Spam per month (all years together - in development: display only for current year)

Total in January:    Ham: 924 	Spam: 1666
Total in February:   Ham: 1454 	Spam: 1836
Total in March:      Ham: 1843 	Spam: 2474
Total in April:      Ham: 1812 	Spam: 2965
Total in May:        Ham: 4549 	Spam: 3269
Total in June:       Ham: 2010 	Spam: 5628
Total in July:       Ham: 1559 	Spam: 8595

That shows almost a 100% jump in spam in July. Admittedly – I did turn on bayesian filtering in May (lots of bad filtering as you can see) – but the number of spam is just climbing every month.

Spam filtering via SpamAssassin.

ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1


If you are a ZENworks administrator – you have probably seen that we released ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1 in the last few days.

The whole ZENworks team are very proud of this release – it is of high quality, fixes problems reported via Novell Support – and adds some new features to ZENworks 7.

This post will describe how to get ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1 and how to install it. My next post will talk about what’s new in this release – including platform support and software distribution bandwidth management.
This will be a longer post than normal – but there is a lot of useful information that needs to be shared!

Written at: Draper, UT

1 – Where to find ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1

We have made some updates to where ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1 is downloaded – and also how it can be installed.

The Support Pack is available from – you will notice that this is a new set of integrated CD ISO images. The specific link is here:

Documentation for the Support Pack is online at Novell Documentation. The link is here:
There is also a comprehensive Support document – TID 10097368 – describing the Support Pack.

There are FIFTEEN ISO images available for the full ZENworks 7 download. You most likely do not need to download them all. Here is a great document describing what is needed for each components of the ZENworks 7 Suite. This document describes what is on each ISO.

2 – installing ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1

First a note on the Support Pack itself.

You have probably noticed that ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1 is delivered as a new set of product CD images. We have moved away from a non-integrated support pack. The main benefits of this approach are:

  • integrated installation of ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1. Upgrade customers do not need to upgrade to ZENworks 7 then install the Support Pack. You can get the latest and greatest with a single install.
  • interactive upgrade from ZENworks 7 to ZENworks 7 Support Pack 1. You can work through an interactive upgrade, server by server and upgrade components.
  • unattended upgrade using ZENworks Server Management CPKs. These support both the Standalone Package Processor and automated deployment with ZENworks Server Management

There are really three methods of installing the Support Pack – each method really depends on ‘what you have’ and the size of your organisation.

The CPK based upgrade is the most interesting option – it is new with this release. Take a look at the options for installing this with the Standalone Package Processor. For customers using ZENworks Server Management this is another reason to smile – you can now roll out this support pack after hours, with no interaction.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

Your Linux is ready
I just updated two servers in the office to SLES 10 – officially launched today.

Things have improved since the internal alpha and beta releases – no problems so far – and very good hardware detection.

I’m writing a document on installing WordPress on SLES 10 – I’ll have that out soon.

[Edit – SLES 10 and WordPress 2.0.3 are running nicely together in my tests. I’ll update the Evil ZEN Scientist blog server tonight and see where that gets me.]

This blog is now running on SLES 10 – woo!

# tail /etc/SuSE-release
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (i586)