Content Credentials Manager for Novell ZENworks Patch Management

  • 7005502
  • 17-Mar-2010
  • 30-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell ZENworks Patch Management 6.4 - ZPM6.4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux New Content Architecture
Sun Solaris entitled content
Oracle Enterprise Linux New Content Architecture
Novell SUSE Linux New Content Architecture

Situation

The Content Credentials Manager is downloaded to the Update Server during the first replication after installing Novell ZENworks Patch Management Server version 6.4 SP2 or above. The Content Credentials Manager allows Administrators to register the ZPM Update Server to receive entitled content. This registration process only needs to be completed once for each entitled content type. The following platforms require the use of the Content Credentials Manager utility:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Sun Solaris
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Novell SUSE Linux

Resolution

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Content Support
Novell ZENworks Patch Management offers patch and remediation support for the following versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (AS, ES, or WS, x86 or x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (AS, ES, or WS, x86 or x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Server or Client, x86 or x86_64)
Configure Red Hat Network Credentials
1.    Select the Options tab.
STEP RESULT: The Configuration Options window opens with the Subscription Service tab displaying as the default.
 
2.    Click Update Now.
STEP RESULT: Replication between the ZPM Update Server and the Global Subscription Server begins.
 
3.     When the replication is complete, Open a command prompt to the “Replication Services” folder on the ZPM Patch Server (actual path may vary depending on user installation). For Server version 6.4, the location will be:
       <Program Files>\Program Files\Novell\Replication Services
 
4.     Run the following from the command prompt (entering the Red Hat Network Information as appropriate).
        CredentialsManager /source:redhat /u:<RedHatUserName> /p:<RedHatPassword> /hostname:<MyServerName> /release:<RedHatRelease> /arch:<RedHatArchitecture>
  • For <RedHatRelease>, use one of the following releases:
  • 3AS, 3ES, 3WS, 4AS, 4ES, 4WS, 5Server, or 5Client 
  • For <RedHatArchitecture>, use one of the following architectures: r> i386 or x86_64

STEP RESULT: A warning indicating that registering the server with the Credentials Management tool may result in a loss of patch deployment history and will increase replication time is displayed.

5.     Acknowledge the warning by typing Y to confirm the registration.
  • Note: Steps 4 and 5 must be repeated for each Red Hat subscription that ZPM Update will remediate. For example, if multiple platforms are wanted to be remediated RHEL 4 AS, RHEL 4 ES, and RHEL 5 Server, these steps must be performed three times.
6.     Validate the systemid for the ServerName used.
    a.  Navigate to http://rhn.redhat.com.
    b.  Log in using the same Username/Password combination used in step 4.
    c.  Search for Systems matching the ServerName entered in step 4.
    d.  Validate that the server matches the expected subscription.
 
7.     The ZPM server can now remediate the Red Hat Enterprise Linux machines through the standard ZPM Update user interface.
 
Sun Solaris Content Support
Novell ZENworks Patch Management offers patch and remediation support for the following versions of Sun Solaris:
  • Sun Solaris 8 SPARC
  • Sun Solaris 9 SPARC
  • Sun Solaris 10 SPARC
  • Sun Solaris 10 x86
  • Sun Solaris 10 x86_64
Configure SunSolve Credentials
1.     Select the Options tab.
STEP RESULT: The Configuration Options window opens with the Subscription Service tab displaying as the default.
 
2.     Click Update Now.
STEP RESULT: Replication between the ZPM Update Server and the Global Subscription Server begins.
 
3.     When the replication is complete, Open a command prompt to the “Replication Services” folder on the ZPM Patch Server (actual path may vary depending on user installation). For Server version 6.4, the location will be:
        <Program Files>\Program Files\Novell\Replication Services
 
4.     Run the following from the command prompt (entering the Sun Solaris Network Information as appropriate).
        CredentialsManager /source:solaris /username:<SolarisUserName> /password:<SolarisPassword> /vendor:sun
 
5.     The ZPM server can now remediate Sun Solaris machines through the standard ZPM Update user interface.
 
Oracle Enterprise Linux Content Support
Novell ZENworks Patch Management offers patch and remediation support for Oracle Enterprise Linux (versions 4 and 5, on x86 and x86_64 architectures)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 x86
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 x86_64
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 x86
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 x86_64
Configure Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network Credentials
1.    Select the Options tab.
STEP RESULT: The Configuration Options window opens with the Subscription Service tab displaying as the default.
 
2.    Click Update Now.
STEP RESULT: Replication between the ZPM Update Server and the Global Subscription Server begins.
 
3.    When the replication is complete, Open a command prompt to the “Replication Services” folder on the ZPM Server (actual path may vary depending on user installation). For Server version 6.4, the location will be:
        <Program Files>\Program Files\Novell\Replication Services
 


4.    Run the following from the command line, replacing the Oracle Enterprise Linux information for the items listed in “<>” below:
        CredentialsManager.exe /source:oracle /u:<username> /p:<password> /csi:<12345678> /hostname:<mycomputername> /release:<4> /releasename:<releasename> /arch:<i386>
  • Note: All fields shown above are required.
  • Note: The steps will need to re-run in the Credentials Manager tool, for every channel to be supported. For example, if there are Oracle 4 i386 and Oracle 5 x86_64 machines to be supported, the Credentials Manager will have to be run twice.
A successful registration of credentials will result in a success message:
 
  • Note: For a complete list of commands, type “/source: oracle /HELP”:


5.    The ZPM server can now remediate the Oracle Linux machines through the standard ZPM user interface.

Novell SUSE Linux Content Support
Novell ZENworks Patch Managment offers patch and remediation support for the following versions of Novell SUSE Linux:

  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 (Server, x86 or x86_64)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 (Server or Desktop, x86 or x86_64)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (Server or Desktop, x86 or x86_64) 

Configure Novell SUSE Credentials
1.     Select the Options tab.
STEP RESULT: The Configuration Options window opens with the Subscription Service tab displaying as the default.

2.    Click Update Now.
STEP RESULT: Replication between your Update Server and the Global Subscription Server begins.

3.     When the replication is complete, Open a command prompt to the “Replication Services” folder on the Patch and Remediation Server (actual path may vary depending on user installation). For Server version 6.4, the location will be:
     
<Program Files>\Program Files\Novell\Replication Services
 
4.     Run the following from the command prompt (entering your Novell SUSE Linux information as appropriate).
 
For SUSE 10 or SUSE 11, use the following command:
 CredentialsManager /source:suse /a:mirror /u:<UserName> /p:<Password>
 

For SUSE 9, use the following command:
CredentialsManager /source:suse /a:suse9 /u:<UserName> /p:<Password>
 
  • Note: All fields shown above are required.
  • Note: SUSE 10 and SUSE 11 share a content distribution channel. For SUSE 10 or SUSE 11 content, you need to use the “mirror” Account Type.
  • Note: You will need to run the Credentials Manager tool twice if you need to support SUSE 9 and either SUSE 10 or SUSE 11.
 
A successful registration of credentials will result in a success message.
  • Note: For a complete list of commands, type “/source:suse /HELP
5.     You can now remediate your Novell SUSE Linux machines through the standard Patch and Remediation user interface.

Additional Information

FAQ
How can I get the Content Credentials Manager?
The Content Credentials Manager will be downloaded to the ZPM Update Server with the first replication after successfully installing ZPM Update 6.4 SP2.

What is the New Content Architecture?
The Novell ZENworks Patch Management new content architecture is explained in more detail in KB 7004841 (Novell ZPM's New Content Architecture)

Do I still have to use the Content Update Tool?
No. The Content Credentials Manager eliminates the need to use the Content Update Tool (CUT).