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Altiris Client Mgmt Suite 5.5 is an integrated operating system deployment, asset tracking and remote control tool set that helps IT managers upgrade PCs and mobile computing devices while also offering the ability to transfer user settings, thereby cutting migration costs. This version of the product boosts the role of handhelds by making them more manageable and also by using handheld devices to provide remote control trouble-shooting services.
The acquisition costs are a little high, at $76 per license, but not that far ahead of the competition. The product should quickly cut maintenance costs, particularly for shops that are facing a big migration from Windows 98 (or 95) to either Windows 2000 or XP.
(+) Integrates operating system deployment and migration tools with other client management components that should make desk-side services much easier to maintain.
(-) Application deployment is not as strong as competitive products; some procedures, such as handling complex customizations, require extra effort to work correctly.
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