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I want to create a Zen app to install and run an app. The app. comes in an .exe form and is to run an uninterupted scan of a PC. I have some basic working knowledge of Zen, but very much looking over others shoulders. Is this possible to set up?
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Basically what you do is the following:

Either:
- Use the snapshot tool to snapshot the installation of the application. This can be a setup or just a copy of some files to the workstation.
- Import the snapshot in ConsoleOne, and in RunOptions make sure that the Path to file points to the executable you want to run

Or
- In ConsoleOne create a new application (Simple Application no AOT AXT MSI)
- provide a path to the exe you want to run
- add requirements (defaults ususally will do)
- In Details of the application add the exe you want to run on the workstation to the Distribution options - Application files
- in Run Options make sure that the path to file points to a file that is first copied in the previous step

The advantage of Snapshot is that you can capture complex setups, together with your preferred settings. The disadvantage is that Snapshot picks up a lot of debris (continuous changes to a workstation while it's running, e.g. opening a file or folder, automatically refresh DHCP etc.)

The advantage of manually creating a simple app is that you can specify exactly which files to copy, which registry settings to set and what executable to run. However it's more work.

See the documentation of Zenwork Desktop management - Application management here:

http://www.novell.com/documentation/zenworks7/dm7admin/?page=/documentation/zenworks7/dm7admin/data/a6ttaq3.html
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Thanks for the info. I willl need to try this when I get back into work, Tuesday. Will advise progress.
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