Swimage Encore works excellent as a Stand-Alone deployment solution.
However, Swimage seamlessly integrates into the following System Management solutions:
- Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012
- Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
- IBM Tivoli Endpoint Management / BigFix
The Swimage Encore server is the core management server for the configuration of the image, all deployment components, role provisioning, deployment scheduling, and reporting. There is typically only one Swimage server needed in even the largest installations. An additional Swimage server is only required when managing environments with multiple untrusted domains.
Swimage uses an Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) server, including SCCM, Altiris, LANDesk, or BigFix for the heavy lifting of distributing the image, drivers, and applications to the PC during the deployment through its distribution points. It is also used for collecting current PC inventory information as well as for scheduling and initializing the zero-touch deployment.
For remote deployments, a USB flash drive can be created to handle the deployment. This flash drive will contain all the deployment components, including the image, drivers, applications, and settings.