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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