Micro Focus Filr 4.0 is Now Available!

Nick Scholz

Micro Focus is pleased to announce the availability of Filr 4.0, the latest iteration of our powerful Enterprise File Sync-and-Share solution. Version 4.0 is a big one, and it includes plenty of exciting features and enhancements, many of which were requests straight from you, our users! Micro Focus Filr 4.0 is here! Highlights include: Revamped Look and …

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See End-User Productivity at Micro Focus Universe Next Week!

Nick Scholz

Micro Focus Universe is almost upon us, and it’s going to be one of the biggest events of the year for Micro Focus users and fans! Those of you here in the Cool Solutions community know that end-user productivity is near and dear to our hearts. We love sharing new thoughts, ideas, product releases, and …

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Vibe 4.0.6 is Now Available!

Nick Scholz

Micro Focus is pleased to announce the general availability of Micro Focus Vibe 4.0.6, the popular framework that allows teams to work together on projects, manage and share documents, and retain knowledge. As a team and workforce productivity platform, Vibe provides a single place for building intranets, collaborating in team and personal workspaces, building landing pages, collaborating on projects, …

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ZENworks at Micro Focus Universe in Vienna, Austria

Gil Cattelain

Micro Focus transforms enterprises with ZENworks – Unified Endpoint Management solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies. Innovate faster and carry less risk, even as you adopt BYOD and upgrade your infrastructure. Micro Focus Universe is invaluable to all roles—enabling attendees to gain the insight and assistance necessary to run a secure …

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7023600: IDM and 2019 Oracle Java Licensing Requirements

Questions and answers:

1. Will Micro Focus release updates for Oracle JDK 8 or JDK 11 for Identity Manager?

Answer: No, Identity Manager will be distributing the Azul Open JDK moving forward. Any improvements, fixes and security concerns will be addressed based on the Azul Open JDK.

2. What if you are using an older version of Java (release prior to January 2019) in Identity Manager? Will you be responsible for any additional license fees?

Answer: No. Only newer updates specific to Oracles JDK that are post January 2019 require and licensing. Further, the vendor that redistributes the Oracle JDK is responsible for the licensing. If you are using a version of Oracle JDK prior to January 2019, no additional licensing is required


7018169: ZENworks 2017 Upgrade Cookbook

What’s New in ZENworks 2017

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 1

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 2

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 3

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 4

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 4 FRU1a – TID 7023841


Locate downloads through the Micro Focus Trial download site, Micro Focus Customer Portal downloadsite or patches through PatchFinder.

Do not extract .iso’s (
KB 7015386)
– the .iso must be “mounted” to a public location.

Perform MD5 on all downloaded files for dataintegrity.

Make sure any Downloaded/Imported System Update content replication is 100% on all Primary Servers before starting.

ZENworks Control Center

Browserrequirements change depending on the ZENworks version.

ZENworks 2017 ZCC changes (see the documentation for the full list):

  • Branding andcolor scheme

  • MobileManagement added to Navigation pane
  • Mobile Devices,Mobile Policies and iOS/Android Bundles
  • InTune App Management

  • Active Sync toZCC > Configuration > ActiveSync(Tab)
  • Available SystemUpdates Status displays Downloaded, Prepared, Authorized,Deploying
  • AssignmentOptimization
  • Browser Agnostic
  • Database Migration Support for Oracle to MSSQL (U3)

  • Dashboards (U3)

  • ZENworks Reporting – Inventory Domain (U3)
  • FDE added support for Secure Boot (U3)

ZENworks2017 Licensing

License key from ZCM 11 doesn’t carry over.

Log in to the Micro Focus customer care portal for ZENworks 2017 license keys toactivate the environment during upgrade.

Note: During the migration if not licensed for the ZENworks 2017 Suite, then all individual “Active” ZENworks Configuration Management component licenses will need to be entered.

You cannot continue with Evaluation options if your zone has a Product or Suite licensed in an Active state. For more details and clarification see TID 7023323.

See documentation for what the suite consists of when Activating ZENworks Licenses and Product
License States.

2017 Known Issues

  • ZENworks 2017
  • ZENworks 2017 Update1
  • ZENworks 2017 Update2
    • Information and List of Fixes TID 7023221

    • TID 7022612 – See TID for Impact Details.

      Update2 and Update2a are only differentiated by the update script (and so have different GUID’s),

      the update end results for the files and database are the same.

      Note: Aside from the issue described in this TID, ZENworks 2017 Update 2 and ZENworks 2017 Update 2a builds are functionally identical.
  • ZENworks 2017 Update3
    • Information and List of Fixes TID 7023221

    • TID 7023380 – See TID for impact details.

      Update3 and Update3a are only differentiated by the update script (and so have different GUID’s),

      the update end results or the files and database are the same.

      Note: Aside from the issue described in this TID, ZENworks 2017 Update 3 and ZENworks 2017 Update 3a builds are functionally identical.
  • ZENworks 2017 Update 4
  • ZENworks 2017 Update 4 FTF Roll Up 1a (FRU1a)
    • ZCM 2017 Update 4 FRU1a is a Fixes only Update for ZCM 2017 Update 4

    • Use ZDC for ZENworks 2017 Update 4
    • Do not remove ZCM 2017 Update 4 after installing ZCM 2017 Update 4 FRU1a (FRU1a is dependent on Update 4).

Planning and compatibility Guide


  • Important information about the Sybase database platform, if internal use the recommended tool to Move the Sybase Db to PostgreSQL Db or see other options in the ZCM 2017 Db Migration Guide or ZCM 2020 Db Migration Guide.
  • Plan End User communication and downtime. During Primary Server upgrade to ZEnworks 2017, based on scale of environment, some end users may see disruption on functionalities like; installing apps, user login, content download, etc.
  • Always take a backup of ZENworks Server (or snapshot of Virtual Environment) including databases and other related files (Imaging, TFTP, etc.)
  • Refer to the documentation for the best practices for backing up the ZENworks system and its components (certificates, database, file system, imaging configuration files, etc)
  • Zones must be upgraded to ZCM v11.4.0minimum before upgrading to ZENworks2017.
  • Using the ZENworks 2017 installation media, the zone can directly be upgraded to ZENworks 2017 if the zone is currently ZENworks 11 SP4 (11.4.0) or later.

  • Windows Primary Servers must be at Windows2012 Server OS minimum (Windows Server 2008 R2 is no longer supported in ZENworks 2017).
  • Micro Focus has tested upgrading Windows Server 2008 to 2012 prior to migrating ZENworks from v11.4.x to ZENworks 2017.

    Note: While there were not any ZCM related issues performing an in-place OS upgrade from 2008R2 to 2012, however it does pose a risk and Micro Focus cannot ensure the OS itself will upgrade cleanly.
  • Do not Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 OS prior to ZENworks 2017 migration, since Windows Server 2016 OS is not supported on ZCM v11.4.x.

  • SLESv12 requireslibXtst6-32bit-1.2.2-3.60.x86_64.rpminstalled prior to ZENworks install. (This rpm can be found on the corresponding media for the installed OS version)

  • Known issues after in-place upgrade of the Linux OS with ZENworks installed.
  • Make sure there is disk space available to do the migration: 20Gb+ for Appliance, and 20Gb+ for physical/VM.
  • VM RAM should be dedicated and not dynamic.

  • Make sure Upgrade is “Success” on the Primary before moving to the next step.
  • Firewall settings and network TCP and UDP ports reviewed and Anti-Virus exclusions updated TID 7007545

  • ARSO changes in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Build 1709) reference TID 7022379 (fixed in 2017 Update 2).

  • If older Primary Servers do not meet ZCM 2017 Requirements (see Additional Information below) and consult the Disaster Recovery Documentation re: Replacing Primary Servers
  • Make sure Roles, Dedicated Server settings and Locations have proper server configurations.
  • When doing System Updates make sure SU Replication Status is 100% for all Pri’s and Sats.
  • If using ZENworks Full Disk Encryption prior to ZCM 2017 U1, be sure to unencrypt the agent prior to upgrading the Agent to ZCM 2017 U1 or higher. Once on ZCM 2017 U1 create a new Encryption policy for device reencryption. (See ZAA section below for more details and links)

ZENworks 2017 Appliance

ZENworks2017 Appliance Deployment

ZENworks 2017 Appliance Configuration

ZENworks 2017 Appliance Management Console

  • Backup ZENworks 11SP4 System Appliance, andany external content repository (attached volumes or disks), system files, certificates and databases.
  • Run zman zenserver-backup (zsb) command to save zone critical data.
  • If arestore is necessary, revert both the appliance and thedatabase.
  • See a tour of the Appliance Administration Console in the video links below.

Migration from Appliance to Appliance

Be sure to follow the step by step process in the ZENworks 2017 Appliance Migrationdocumentation.

  1. ZENworks 11 SP4 Appliance – After powering down the 11 SP4 Appliance, detach the virtual disk (VAStorage volume)

  2. Make a copy of the VAStorage volume placing the copy into the ZENworks 2017 VM file location
  3. ZENworks 2017 Appliance – Add the copied VAStorage volume as an additional hard disk onto the ZENworks 2017 Appliance (prior to powering on of the 2017 appliance).
  • Snapshot orbackup ZENworks 2017 appliance prior to powering iton.

Migration from ZCM 2017 installed on Windows or Linux OS to ZCM 2017 Appliance

ZCM DatabaseRequirements

Database Requirements ZENworks 2017

Database Maintenance and User Schema Rights

If internal database consider the Embedded Database Maintenance Section of the documentation.

When needing to move the embedded database consider moving the Internal Sybase Database to another Primary Server

If external database:
  • Check requirements necessary for dbspace, db version and OS versioning.
  • Have the external database server name/IP, dbname for ZENworks and Audit databases and username/pw of who can modify the database (Read/Write)

If using Oracle Database: Check Database Requirement details if planning on using OracleRAC.

Caution: OraclePartitioning may be used for ZCM during the upgrade process ifthis feature is on (even if Oracle Partitioning is notpurchased).

If moving to a new database server (upgrading, replacing or moving to another vendor), and/or new database user/pw, check the Database Management Reference Guide for accurate communication settings.

(or TID 7023412)

  • dmmappings.properties
  • dmaccounts.properties
  • zenaudit_dmaccounts.properties
  • zdm.xml
  • zenaudit.xml

ZENworks Diagnostic Center

Locate use of this utility in the ZENworks Command Line Reference Guide.

ZDC should be run onEVERY primary server prior to start of the upgrade to verify systemfiles, database connections (zenworks and audit) andcontent.

ZDC for ZENworks 2017 on the .iso Commontoolszdcor the Novell download portal:

ZDC for v11.4.0, ZDC for v11.4.1, ZDC for v11.4.2, ZDC for v11.4.3

Running ZDC is a best practice, be sure to select the proper ZDC version.

ZDC’s are publishedfor every version, Service Pack (and subrev) found on Micro Focus download site or patch finder site.

If there are ZDC failures like inconsistencies, mismatches ormissing files, check the knowledge base (or support for analysis) before upgrading.

Note: Please provide details of the zone version and database type along with the ZDC reports to expedite the request.

ZENworks Adaptive Agents (ZAA)

Managed device requirements for new ZAA installs.

Managed device prerequisites for ZAA updates (including Satellites).

Supported ZAA versions for agents/satellites to receive cumulative update.

Read the system requirements carefully for the OS to beupgraded. (Common OS’s like XP, Vista, SLES11 SP2 managed but not supported in ZCM v2017.)

Example: Managed devices with ZAA v11.2.x can be directly upgradedto ZAA v2017, after your system primaries and satellites are at ZCMv2017.

ZAA managed devices can only use the available features that theZAA version installed supports.

e.g., Managed devices using v11.2.1 will not be using ZAPP(introduced in ZCM v2017)

Full Disk Encryption is on the Managed device, consult the ZENworks 2017 Update 1 – Full Disk Encryption Update Reference for process of upgrading those agents.

Old FDE Policy must be removed prior to upgrading to ZENworks 2017 Update 1, decrypting the drive.

Then upgrade the ZAA and apply a New 2017 Update1 FDE Policy.

Prior to installing or updating the ZENworks Adaptive Agent (ZAA)v2017 ensure:

  • ZAAversion 11.x or higher must be installed
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5 Framework version (orhigher) is installed and running on the Windows manageddevice.

    With the ZENworks 2017 new branding, the system tray iconchanges and can be modified in ZCC (ZCC >Configuration > System Update Agent > Update WatcherIcons)

    NOTE: Managed devices with the XP OS, can be managed in 2017 Zone using the older ZAA, however ZENworks 2017 ZAA is not supported on XP OS.

    NOTE: Upgrade the unsupported OS to a supported OS prior to deploying the ZAA.

Start ofZone Migrations

Upgrade process from v11.4.x to ZENworks 2017

ZENworks 2017 Precheck – ExampleZone currently at ZCM 11.4.x

  • Run ZENworks Diagnostic Center (ZDC) forcurrent ZONE version to verify integrity of system files, databaseinconsistencies, mismatches or missing files
  • VerifySystem Requirements
  • Snapshot or Backup ZCM Server(s), databases, system files, certificates, PXE imaging menu files and TFTP directories
  • Run zman zenserver-backup (zsb) command to save zone critical data.
  • Turn off Anti-virus and Windows Updates services if applicable
  • Verify prerequisitescompleted (rpms for Appliance and SLES12)
  • Make sure there is disk space available to do the migration: 15Gb+ for Appliance, and 20Gb+ for physical/VM.
  • Make sure Upgrade is “Success” on the Primary before moving to the next step.
  • Start the Upgrade Process

Migrate to ZENworks 2017Reminders

  • Have the ZENworks 2017 Entitlement License available from customerportal prior to start.
  • Compatibility Check at beginning of Installation wizard may warn if unsupported managed devices are in the ZONE

    (e.g. SLES 11 SP2, XP, Vista, however these can be managed in 2017 zone with their older ZAA.)
  • (Conditional) if migrating an appliance detach the contentstorage volume (VAStorage) from v11.4.x, add toZENworks 2017 prior to 2017 VM startup
  • Start the Upgrade Process

Post Upgrade Tasks

  • Verify updated files and database integrity by running ZDC for v2017
  • Verify all services are running
  • Update to the latest ZENworks 2017 Update after all Primary and Satellite Servers are Successfully Upgraded to ZCM 2017.
  • (Conditional) Add additional external content disks
  • (Conditional) Appliance migration configure NTP settings (NTP is not migrated)
  • (Conditional) Imaging re-upload the Tuxera Drivers and MDT Tools
  • (Conditional) Appliance & Patch Management enabled see TID 7018582
  • (Conditional) Appliance & Embedded Audit Database – Port 2639 not open – TID 7022432

Always referencethe documentation, knowledgebaseand/or call ZENworks Technical Support ifexperiencing issues.

Documentation References

ZENworks 2017 Documentation

ZENworks 2017 Update 1 Information TID 7020155

Video References

How To Migrate to Micro Focus ZENworks 2017

HowTo Migrate an Appliance with Micro FocusZENworks 2017

What’s New in ZENworks 2017 Update 2 – Mobile Enhancement (Webinar)

Micro Focus ZENworks Youtube Channel

More Video References in the ZCM 2017 documentation (Anywhere you see the Video Symbol , and more at bottom of page)

Documentation References

ZENworks Configuration Management v2017 Documentation

Other Versions

ZENworks Configuration Management v11 SP4 Documentation

ZCM 11 Upgrade Cookbook


Announcing Micro Focus Retain 4.7


We’re pleased to announce the release of Micro Focus Retain 4.7! Our latest release features these enhancements: New Social Media Governance module, with support for WhatsApp, WeChat, and others New ionlake MyRepChat module Separate logging for Deletion Management Update to Java OpenJDK 10 Use of a proxy server for CMS device registration Indexer update to …

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