We have hundreds of app objects, with most associated with users in
contexts. Some group associated, some user associated, some
workstation. We are suffering from increased NAL loading time as all
these associations are made at each user login. (ZEN 6.5)


1) When faced with this many app objs, is there any
advantage/disadvantage associating with workstation objects instead of

2) When do wkstn objs actually get associated in relation to user
login? Since NAL really only gets called at user login, is there any
way to force wkstn associations to be made at machine startup rather
than when the user logs in? Seems that if most apps could be wkstn
associated a lot of that user NAL-related login degradation could be
taken care of in the background so the user could see a completed NAL
window more quickly.

3) NAL serves to either install or launch apps. Once a user's apps are
installed, is there a good way to give users the option to start NAL
or not. Currently our launcher config at the context is to force NAL.
Is there a way to put users in a group that forces NAL or remove them
if they don't want it every time they start up?

4) I know from attending the Zenworks 7 session at Brainshare that Zen
is moving to a new web services architecture, in which the
authentication/association component is moved from the workstation to
the server. Reportedly, this will reduce the packet exchange between
client and server from thousands to 4 SOAP basic exchanges. This ought
to vastly increase the speed of this process. I thought this was to be
a part of Zenworks 7, but Zen 7 has already shipped and my impression
is that it is still the current architecture. Does anyone know when
the new architecture is due or to what degree some of these
association speed issues have been addressed in 7? That seems like
such a significant departure that it must be a major version
increment. Any word on this topic from the experts?

Just looking for ideas to increase the speed of login and NAL startup
without inconveniencing users when they want/need the services.