Easy Installment Plan
Easy Installment Plan Although it takes a long time to prepare operating system deployments, installing the LANDesk 6.62 software takes almost no time at all. We installed the package on a MicronPC LLC Millennia with a 2.5GHz Pentium 4 processor and half a gigabyte of RAM running Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 3, a requirement of the software. Plan on going to Microsofts Windows Update site and installing .Net Framework along with the latest service pack (in our case, SP2).We had to take a journey in the Way-back Machine during the OSD installation because the product needs files from Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows 98 to facilitate some disk imaging procedures.We created an image of a Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Professional system, along with Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux 8.0. Although it took a certain amount of trickery to get all these images to work, we were successful with a bit of help from LANDesk support staff and bydare we say itreading the documentation. LANDesk will need to improve its imaging tool to match those in Symantec Corp.s Ghost Corporate Edition 7.5, the gold standard in disk imaging, and PowerQuest Corp.s PowerDeploy Suite, which benefits from PartitionMagic, PowerQuests benchmark IT tool. We had to use Microsofts Sysprep tool to get our images shipshape and had to do a significant amount of manual file tweaking, although it paid off when our images installed flawlessly after just a couple of trial runs. Its important to note that, with one exception, we used machines that were nearly identical; and all our machines were in PXE, or Pre-boot Execution Environment, mode, so we could schedule deployment tasks and take a hands-off approach to image deployment. IT managers who need to deploy images with multiple partitions must create the images first using Symantecs or PowerQuests product or a similar one. This is necessary because, as our tests showed, when an operating system image is put on a machine, LANDesk sizes it to take all available space, wiping out any other partitions that might have been on the machine. Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.