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Free eBook on User Workspace Management

Maintaining the user’s workspace–the personal bits and pieces that make a computing environment comfortable for the user—has become an increasingly difficult task when faced with operating system upgrades, remote application infrastructures, VPN connections, desktop sharing, and hosted virtual desktops. Using today’s Windows profiles to manage user workspaces just doesn’t cut it.

In The Shortcut Guide to User Workspace Management, authored by Microsoft MVP Greg Shields, you will learn about the benefits and challenges of managing user workspaces, as well as why a User Workspace Management solution is an absolute must for today’s multiple access point environments.

Chapters in this Realtime book include:

Chapter 1: What is User Workspace Management?
Chapter 2: Personalization Equals Context Plus Content
Chapter 3: Tying Security to People, Not Devices
Chapter 4: Transforming to an Environment of User Workspace Management

Download the complete 60-page book today!

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Highlights, Features and Benefits of WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite

Another major release of WinINSTALL from Scalable. In the two years since Scalable acquired WinINSTALL from Attachmate the company has delivered 3 major product releases while significantly improving stability.

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, or LMS, replaces WinINSTALL’s Desktop Availability Suite (DAS) and is available free to all DAS customers current on maintenance. LMS contains all of the coolest features that the DAS suite offered, plus a few new enhancements sure to make any System Administrator drool.

First and foremost, Scalable Software has enhanced its Personality Transfer engine. WinINSTALL now leverages Microsoft’s USMT 4.0.

In its default state, USMT 4.0 or User State Migration Tool, is a scriptable command-line tool that provides a highly-customizable user-profile migration experience for IT professionals.  This utility is mainly designed to safely migrate User Accounts, Operating Systems and Application settings after a machine has been replaced or upgraded. Microsoft’s version of USMT is driven by 3 separate XML files that contain the instructions which tell the USMT Tool what data it needs to back up for migration. 

Instead of having the end user weed through XML files to determine what data needs to be backed up, WinINSTALL’s LMS product presents this to the user in template fashion via its UI.  Meaning, all of the supported applications are presented to the end user to either include or exclude as part of the migration.  Additionally, Administrators can select file formats they want to search for and migrate such as all .xlsx or all .pdf files.  You can backup a folder or folders from a target workstation, and even specify file size limits.  You also have the ability to exclude certain file types from being migrated. So if you have a user or users that store mp3 files locally, you can choose to exclude .mp3 files from being moved over to the new machine.

Now there are other products out there that allow you to backup User profiles in order to perform Machine to Machine migrations. However what WinINSTALL’s LMS product offers is an all in one process for backing up that user or user’s profiles, re-installing or upgrading the current Operating System, deploying all of your core applications back to the machine, and then restoring the User or Users profiles from one console as part of a single process.  There is no sys-prep required, no joining the domain after the process is complete.  No logging in, and installing application after application or setting screen resolutions or enabling Remote Desktop.  Additionally, since WinINSTALL has very robust support for the WinPE environment, LMS enables rapid in-place OS upgrades. By exploiting the new “hardlink” feature of USMT 4.0, LMS enables all user personality settings and attributes to be preserved in place while the OS is upgraded underneath. With these mechanisms, alongside the many existing OS migration facilities of WinINSTALL, you can do what many have said is practically impossible; an unattended, remote, in-place, enterprise-wide migration from Windows XP to Windows 7.

The LMS product will give you complete control over your Operating Systems Deployments. You won’t need external tools or scripts to perform this process.  Simply load your Windows 7 WIM into the WinINSTALL LMS console.  Select the Version of Windows 7 you wish install and select either 32 or 64 bit. Enter your OEM or Volume License Key. Add your hardware drivers for target workstations.  Select a Template and start your Migration.  LMS will perform a full Operating System Migration all through a PXE boot process, all unattended.

In some cases, customers have already created a new Corporate WIM image of Windows 7 that they want to deploy.  WinINSTALL’s LMS product allows you to push out your custom WIM image with a few configurations inside the product.  This way you can backup the User Profile and then install your corporate WIM image, finishing up with a Profile restoration.

Additionally, WinINSTALL’s LMS product includes PXE Operating System Installation support for Ubuntu.  So with more and more shops purchasing netbooks, LMS can be a center piece to your OS deployment procedure.

These are just a few of the core features centered around the WinINSTALL LMS product.  Check out the website for full feature descriptions of all of the WinINSTALL products.

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, is available immediately. A free 45-day evaluation is available at http://www.scalable.com/softwaredownload/lmsdownload

Also Read :

  1. Points to Consider While Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Using Scalable Suite
  2. Scalable Software’s WinINSTALL Desktop Availability Suite
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Microsoft Tools

Download the WinINSTALL 10.1 Lifecycle Management Suite (LMS)

Scalable Software, the leading provider of software to drive down the cost of managing end-user computing, released a major new incarnation of its popular WinINSTALL product.

WinINSTALL 10.1 Lifecycle Management Suite (LMS) builds on the success of its predecessor, Desktop Availability Suite (DAS) and is available free to all existing DAS customers on maintenance.

WinINSTALL LMS has been enhanced with support for the latest version of Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT v4.0). In conjunction with its existing class-leading exploitation of  WinPE within the pre-boot execution environment (PXE), LMS now supports zero-touch, machine to machine, and in-place upgrades from XP and Vista to Windows 7.

Upgrades from XP to Windows7, including migration of all user themes, personalities, files and settings, can be achieved without visiting the user workstation in as little as 30 minutes per machine. The common application migration requirements are supported ‘out-of-the-box’, with an extensible model for more unusual application migration scenarios.

“The migration to Windows 7 from XP is one of the biggest IT challenges facing corporations in 2010” says Mark Cresswell, CEO of Scalable.  “The new WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite completely solves the well-documented problems associated with zero-touch upgrades from XP to Windows 7”

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, is available immediately. A free 45-day evaluation is available at http://www.scalable.com/softwaredownload/lmsdownload

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite is priced on a per-seat basis. Volume discounts are available through Scalable’s global network of reseller partners. WinINSTALL customers with current maintenance agreements will receive a complimentary upgrade!

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Download Ebook – Guide to Improve Business Through IT Portfolio Management

Many corporate executives still view technology as a necessary cost of doing business. As a result, CIOs and IT Directors are constantly struggling to justify their positions and maintain their budgets. However, IT Portfolio Management can change this perception and elevate IT to the status of corporate partner. If you manage technology like any other investment and illustrate the returns and benefits to business leaders, IT becomes a driving force for corporate change and growth.

Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio ManagementIT Portfolio Management is a process for directly linking technology with business goals. The Executive Guide to Improving Your Business through IT Portfolio Management will walk you through the IT Portfolio Management model, and suggest ways to transform IT and the role of the CIO into the primary supplier of relevant data to business leaders. This process changes IT from a cost center to a division that directly contributes to the bottom line.

The ebook has these following chapters,

  • Chapter 1: Managing an IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 2: Capturing IT Demand
  • Chapter 3: Prioritizing Projects and Investment Decision Making
  • Chapter 4: Delivering and Assessing Your IT Portfolio
  • Chapter 5: Communicating the Hidden Value of IT

Download The Executive Guide to Improve Business Through IT Portfolio Management here

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