Wow, the years go by fast don’t they? We are super excited to be back at MMS this year, talking about our Microsoft System Center experience and heralding our new IT:Jumpstart offerings. If you are thinking about deployment, virtualization or just optimizing your systems management infrastructure talk to us – we have packaged services that can help you develop a “Proof of Concept” or Production Pilot in as little as 5 days. You get the best solution and a recognized leader assisting you along the way.
Swimage Encore New Features
The latest release of Swimage Encore
(Build 5.0.7) contains many new optimizations and advancements in deployment. Native virtual application support as part of the deployment process is only the tip of the iceberg. This release offers a number of significant and, we feel, exciting new features. Here is a quick review of the most notable.
Dynamic Application Deployment
While most activities in Swimage Encore are explicit and deterministic (i.e., Roles and Templates are used to specify EXACTLY what will be installed on a new deployment or a redeployed machine), there are times when an administrator would like to be able to simply reset a machine to the existing configuration (hardware, location, domain, OU and application) status but on a clean installation of the operating system. With Swimage Encore’s new Dynamic Application Deployment, enabled by our new Discovery phase, deployment can now be just that simple. The Swimage Encore Conductor will scan the targeted machine for installed applications and compare them to a manifest that is stored on the Swimage Encore server. Administrators can create ‘matching rules’ on the server to dictate which applications should be installed based on easy to use wildcard definitions. Your corporate standard is Adobe Reader? Make sure all machines, when they are redeployed, receive your latest and greatest by creating a rule that stipulates “Any machine running Adobe Reader of any version NOW will be deployed with Adobe Reader 9.2.” By allowing administrators to create the rules on the server, when deployment is triggered, those rules can dictate migration activities through the use of a dynamic template reducing deployment configuration time dramatically while helping rationalize your environment at the same time! This feature allows the person deploying the machine to be blissfully ignorant as to what is on the machine and to simply state the Role a machine should be (which includes OS, core apps, etc…) and let Encore figure out all customizations that are necessary for each individual user. (This is real power!)
Encore has always allowed an administrator to setup drivers and link them to specific hardware models. This method is great in that it allows the administrator to specify specific drivers for a model preventing driver version conflicts. There are times however when manufacturer’s will differentiate the same model (that uses the same drivers). Encore now allows hardware ‘Wildcarding’ to associate a set of drivers with multiple defined hardware objects.
We already know that Swimage Encore does an amazing job of populating your driver database rapidly through its implementation of the Driver Interrogator. In an effort to enable more granular control of the use of those drivers, now administrators can choose to approve hardware models for specific OS’s before they are considered active. This additional level of control and auditing will prevent accidental deployment to unsupported hardware and OS configurations. If a hardware model that is not approved for a given OS is attempted to be deployed with that OS, the process will abort gracefully with no modifications to the target system.
This new phase in the Swimage Encore deployment process is executed by the Conductor on the client. The Conductor will now scan the targeted machine for inventory data (fear not, we are not trying to supplant your current inventory toolset, just trying to improve deployment process) that is relevant to the deployment process. Currently scanned items include time zone, organization unit, domain and applications installed. That data is reported back to the Swimage Encore server and can be leveraged by all new features of the system to enable dynamic image deployment.
Hunger-relief nonprofit Feeding America needed a desktop operating system that would enable it to provide centralized PC management and support to more than 200 member food banks across the United States. The organization standardized on Windows 7 Enterprise
and is using Swimage Encore
from Intrinsic Technologies
to rapidly deploy Windows 7 to locations throughout the country. By choosing Windows 7, Feeding America is maximizing user productivity in many ways, including PC speed and responsiveness; ease of navigation; faster and more relevant search; and improved Web browsing. The organization’s choice of technology also provides an environment that can be effectively managed and supported through the use of features that streamline deployment, facilitate system management, increase security, and enhance troubleshooting.
Read the Case Study published by Microsoft at: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000007381
Chicago, IL — June 24, 2009 — Today, Intrinsic Technologies proudly announced it has been selected as the 2009 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards winner in Unified Communications Solutions, Voice. The company was chosen out of an international field of top Microsoft partners as delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology.
“We are very excited to be acknowledged by Microsoft as a leader in deploying Microsoft Unified Communications technologies. This award further validates our commitment to our clients and partners in providing solutions that enable rich collaboration while reducing overall operating costs,” said Tom Egan, Practice Manager at Intrinsic, “We feel that Microsoft Exchange and Office Communications Server along with best of breed partner products offer a rich set of features and a great return on investment for organizations we work with.”
Awards will be presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of nearly 2,000 entrants worldwide. The Unified Communications Solutions, Voice Partner of the Year award recognizes partners with proven expertise in planning and implementing Voice over IP (VoIP), unified messaging, and conferencing solutions using Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Exchange Server. Intrinsic Technologies solutions showcase how our customers’ business needs are met using the power of software that delivers complete communications—messaging, voice, and video—across the applications and devices that people use every day.
“Microsoft is proud to recognize Intrinsic Technologies for their innovative solutions, which leverage Microsoft’s Unified Communications to reduce overall communications costs and enable their customers to collaborate more effectively,” said Ross Brown, Vice President, Solution Partners and ISVs, Microsoft Corp. “Intrinsic Technologies has helped customers to dramatically reduce travel and operational costs through the use of unified communications solutions, generating an immediate return on their customers’ investments.”
The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year.
Chicago, IL – May 7, 2009 – Intrinsic Technologies, a Microsoft National System Integrator and Gold Certified Partner, is excited to announce that they are now an official Microsoft Application Compatibility Factory Partner.
Microsoft created the Application Compatibility Factory (ACF). This was created to help their customers remediate applications that were critical to their specific business. The overall goal of ACF is to reduce application compatibility needs and help customers resolve issues that may occur when upgrading to Windows 7.
ACF is a successful program comprised of global and local partners who are trained in the latest Microsoft technologies and trained to recognize their customer needs. Microsoft’s ACF partners are knowledgeable, responsive, and committed to helping customers attain their specific goals.
The ACF Program is a 5-day engagement with a customer, paid for by Microsoft. As part of the 5-day engagement, Intrinsic will:
· Engage with your business and review your custom business applications
· Conduct a 1-day training session with an IT staff member that will cover tools, processes, criteria, and best practices for migrating existing applications to Windows 7
· Successfully remediate the critical business applications to the new platform
· Compile an initial plan that will work with your business needs
“As organizations make the decision to move to any new Operating System, Application Compatibility Testing equates to the largest financial and time costs of that decision. Microsoft’s decision to help fund the Application Compatibility Factory initiatives shows their firm commitment to their customer’s deployment success,” said Kerry Lebel, Practice Manager for Lifecycle Infrastructure at Intrinsic, “We at Intrinsic are excited to have a strong, experienced consulting force with years of experience in the deployment space and look forward to helping people prepared for the migration to Windows 7 and beyond. Our goal is to utilize the Microsoft ACF and our team’s experience to make the migration process as smooth as possible.”