How the V-KBox Worked

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2009-03-09 Print this article Print

How the V-KBox Worked

The V-KBox is managed via a Web user interface that is clean and simple. From the home screen I got an at-a-glance overview of my client status, including the number of systems under management, the software security threat level and the number of management tasks under way.

The inventory screen provided me with some of the most useful information, including what software applications, running processes and services were present on my managed systems. The inventory system and all the other features provided by the V-KBox could be sorted to show only machines in certain IT-defined groups. I was impressed with the completeness of the software inventory information.

In addition to inventory, the V-KBox provides rudimentary software distribution (the KBox 2000 family provides sophisticated operating system and application deployment tools), patch management, scripting tools that assist with system management chores, an adequate help desk trouble ticket system and a well-populated reporting facility.

Version 4.3 of the V-KBox 1200 shipped Jan. 19 and lists for $8,900, which includes the appliance and the first 100 managed nodes.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. 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, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. 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 reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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