3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 14, 2014 9:24 AM by Slapp

    LanDesk Provisioning setup

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      Working with a new team in a new environment and getting them to move away from machine based images and move more to provisioning model for imaging.

      The environment has LandDesk in place.  Doing some quick reading LanDesk can support provisioning for system imaging which I think is far superior to build images based on computer models.

      My question to the LanDesk pros out here, how much time do you think an experienced tech should require to complete a fully provisioned configuration?  I think 50 man hours(totally being lenient).

      Any feedback from the community is much appreciated

        • 1. Re: LanDesk Provisioning setup
          karenpeacock SupportEmployee

          Moved to OS Deployment and Provisioning for more visibility

          • 2. Re: LanDesk Provisioning setup
            smittman Apprentice

            I would say 50 hours is being very generous.  Maybe the first time it will take a while, with testing and making needed changes, but once you have one working it is very easy to duplicate.  I use a bare bones Windows 7 Image using ImageX, and I copy/inject drivers using HII.  I then install our standard apps using a batch file that in return calls all of the installs I require.  I find that kicking off a batch file for our standard apps works easier for me, as for some reason my distribution packages frequently fail in Provisioning.  Not sure why, but some day I'll figure it out.  One nice thing is that with installing apps from a batch file instead of dist package is that when I need to update something I just change the batch file, and don't have to change the Provisioning task.

             

            I have a task for each location as well.  I am unable to reliably count on the Preferred Server.  I just use a Template Variable for the server names.  I also pass this server name to the batch file as a command line switch. 

            • 3. Re: LanDesk Provisioning setup
              Apprentice

              50 hours should be more than enough.  Since LANDesk is already in the environment you probably have your applications packaged already.  I spent a couple months packaging everything for us a couple years ago, but that's mainly because a lot of our applications have customized installs and it took a long time to test and get everything to install right.  Now that everything is packaged separately I can swap in new or updated versions of applications fairly easily, then just run the gold template again to create the locked copy everyone else uses.

               

              I also update the core image once a year to install all the patches from the previous year.  Cuts down on the time it takes for the patching component to run (shaved off 20 minutes a couple weeks ago).