ziswin command line option to wipe ZISD data

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  • 25-Jan-2011
  • 30-Apr-2012


Novell ZENworks 11 Configuration Management
Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management


The presence of ZISD data on the device hard drive from previous ZENworks installs can cause rule based imaging to fail.  This is true even if GUID and computer information were cleared with ziswin clear.  This is not easily wiped in Windows environment.


This is fixed in version 10.3.1 - see KB 7006265 "ZENworks Configuration Management 10.3.1 - update information and list of fixes" which can be found at https://www.novell.com/support

A fix for this issue is included in ZENworks 11, see KB 7006995 "ZENworks 11 - information and updates" which can be found at https://www.novell.com/support
In 10.3.1, 11 and later, a new parameter was introduced to ziswin:
ziswin -w
This works like the imaging mode (Linux) equivalent: zisedit -r
The new parameter wipes the ZISD data including the ZISD header. The parameter can be run via command line or used in a script as follows:
"%zenworks_home%\bin\preboot\ziswin.exe" -w

Additional Information

Additionally, if there is need for a "standalone" ziswin.exe (no agent install required) one can be provided.  Contact NTS for more information.