ZENworks Configuration Management – imaging, PXE and DHCP

ZENworks imaging can use the Preboot eXecution Environment – PXE – to start it’s imaging engine.

When the imaging server components (TFTP server, Imaging engine, Proxy DHCP) are running on the same server as the DHCP server there are certain configuration changes that need to be made.

Read the ZCM10 documentation for more.

Three steps to happiness – I’ll document this for Windows; SLES is broadly similar.

– set the Proxy DHCP to run correctly
– set Proxy DHCP to start automatically
– add DHCP option tag 60 to the DHCP scope

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Demos, disks, partitions and cleaning up

I’m building demos and lab machines for the Sales Kick off in Orlando next week.

I had a load of laptops that needed cleaning up before reinstallation. I even had a disk from my old production laptop that still had PGP whole disk encryption bootguard on it.

Trinity Rescue Disk helped out again. Delete the partitions; re-write the master boot record. Invaluable.

Fedex 2 day delivery

I hate it when Fedex leave my parcel at the sorting depot for a day; just to meet and not beat the 2 business day delivery.

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The parcel //could// have been delivered today – 5th November – but that would be next business day.

As a customer I’d be //really// happy if I got things early.

Hugin – making panoramic pictures

I’ve been using Hugin for a few years now – following a recommendation from Nat.

The best things about Hugin:

  • Hugin does a stunning job of stitching and blending pictures
  • Hugin is Open Source – so it’s free
  • Hugin is cross platform

So here’s my 5 minute how-to:

Get Hugin – download from http://hugin.sourceforge.net/download/

Install it.

Get autopano-sift to do the point management from http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~nowozin/autopano-sift/

Install it.

Get enblend to do the excellent blending of photos once they are stitched together from http://sourceforge.net/projects/enblend

Install it.

You now need to tell Hugin to use autopano-sift and enblend.

File –> Preferences –> Autopano

Specify the location of Autopano-sift

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File –> Preferences –> Enblend

Specify the location of enblend

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That’s it.

Add your pictures; do the magic – and you have some great panoramic pictures.

I’ve found that experimenting is key; you can get great results with some patience.

There’s also a manual for Hugin here http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=707719

New DVD player

I’ve been looking for a good quality, upscaling, multi-region DVD player for ages.

Alan tipped me off about Oppo – and I’ve just bought a DV981HD player.

Should be here Monday.

Apparently it’s $1000 worth of player for $225. Alan swears by his.

A sad month

Novell has let go a lot of colleagues and good friends in the last month.

ZENworks Engineering and QA lost a lot of good people; their roles are being filled in Bangalore, India.

Also several UK friends were let go this week; and also people across the US.