Desktop DNA Eases Transfers

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-02-28 Print this article Print

Computer Associates' Unicenter Desktop DNA r11 is a handy way to transfer user PC information from one system to another.

Computer Associates Unicenter Desktop DNA r11, released in January, is a handy way to transfer user PC information from one system to another.

Ive used Unicenter Desktop DNA in the Labs to transfer personalized settings—including data files, e-mail address books, and preferences such as drive mappings and screen resolution—from one system to another. Desktop DNA helps me set up systems for Labs tests, but the products intended purpose is to make it cheap and easy to move users to new systems.

Although Ive often thought very little of desktop transition products—I prefer to store files on a central server rather than user systems—Im also in favor of reducing the time users need to fiddle with new systems.

In this regard, Unicenter Desktop DNA r11 will likely reduce customization time to almost nothing for IT managers. And for setting up drive mappings and other desktop niceties such as icon placement on the desktop, Unicenter Desktop DNA does a good job.

The product costs $22 per node for 100 licenses with volume discounts available. For more information, visit Computer Associates.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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