K2000 makes large scale imaging and windows migration a snap with new, more powerful task engine and multicasting

Large scale systems imaging is a complicated process and can be very time consuming for you, the IT administrator.  You have to consider a number of factors – from managing large numbers of images with increasingly complex configurations and large application portfolios to ensuring images are deployed to remote locations with minimum IT support.  Multiple hardware and operating system platforms and the increasing acceptance of BYOD in the workplace makes the job even harder.  And, you have to keep your end users satisfied – they become very unhappy if their data and settings are not migrated to their new machines or their new operating systems with no disruption to their work day.

This all adds to the day to day stress of an IT administrator’s job.  The impending end of support for Windows XP has made things even more stressful for the organizations who have not completed their migrations from Windows XP to 7 or 8. 

Dell KACE K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance makes it easier for you to meet your systems deployment and OS imaging needs.  K2000 focuses on breaking down static imaging into its components so that you can create a few, or even a single, thin master image that is hardware agnostic and add on layers on top for things like hardware drivers, applications user states and data.  K2000 is architected as an appliance, either actual or virtual, so that it is easy to deploy, up and running in less than a week for majority of customers, and easy to operate.  The latest release of K2000 v3.6, released on January 15, 2014, is focused on making large scale deployments faster, more efficient and more reliable, and introduced two new major capabilities to the appliance. 

First is multicast deployment.  Multicast enables K2000 to send the same imaging data bits once through the network pipe and have more than one system (typically 20-250) receive the image.  This greatly speeds up large scale deployments and, at the same time, reduced bandwidth usage. 

The second major capability added in v3.6 is a new, powerful task engine.  The task engine is tightly integrated with multicasting deployment and provides for real time, two-way communications between the K2000 appliance and the devices that are being deployed or imaged.  The result is real time feedback on each deployment task for each device as well as much better handling of deployment tasks, such as multiple reboots.  The task engine also provides superior task automation for scheduling of pre and post deployment tasks, such as disk de-encryption prior to installation of a new OS, and deployment of applications post-image install.  Finally, the task engine provides centralized logging of all deployment tasks from the K2000 web console for easier and more effective trouble shooting.  Combined, these new capabilities of the K2000 can help you perform true “lights off” deployment – schedule an entire computer lab to be reimaged overnight, and come in the next morning with the job done.  No impact to end users and no loss of sleep for you. 

With the addition of the new task engine and multicasting, K2000 is faster, more reliable, uses less bandwidth, and helps you trouble shoot more efficiently.  These added capabilities help you do your job easier and move the K2000 to the front of the line when it comes to systems deployment and imaging solutions.       

Join us this coming Tuesday for a TechChat around the new Dell Kace K2000 Deployment Appliance. Learn, share, compare and comment with peers and experts in the industry Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM Central Time.

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