Step No. 5: Capture and Restore User Personality Information

By Rick Winford  |  Posted 2010-10-11 Print this article Print

Step No. 5: Capture and restore user personality information

To keep users productive, make sure all of their personality settings are captured and saved as part of the predeployment process. These settings include users' wallpaper, favorites, control panel settings, desktop shortcuts, documents, photos, music and various application options. Your client management solution should be able to automate this process and handle multiple devices at the same time. This information can be stored locally on each device or off the PC in a centralized data repository.

Step No. 6: Deployment validation

Each PC should be checked post-migration to ensure its operating system, applications and patches are installed and that each device is operational. Your client management solution should perform this check automatically, alerting you of any issues. It should also provide an in-depth migration status report that allows you to create real-time reports, ensuring that key leadership teams are up-to-date on the migration.

Lastly, your client management solution should be able to automate deployment of the operating system images, enable subsequent patching, and allow you to monitor application usage-ideally from a single, Web-based console. By automating migration validation, you are able to rapidly assess migration success and proactively remediate any issues.

Rick Winford has been with HP since 1981 in various technical consulting roles. Rick has mostly advised customers on how to use HP technology to solve business problems. Rick holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Anderson University. He can be reached at

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