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FrontRange Eases Path to Windows Vista

Enteo OSD and Centennial Discovery help minimise cost and project time for operating system migration
  • 11 September, 2008 11:20

<p>FrontRange Solutions, the developer of client lifecycle and IT infrastructure management software, has removed two of the major hurdles facing organisations that want to take advantage of Microsoft’s latest operating system.</p>
<p>With its Centennial Discovery automated IT audit and Enteo Operating System Deployment (OSD) solutions, FrontRange makes it easier to both plan and execute a migration to Microsoft Vista.</p>
<p>“With Service Pack 1 now released, more and more organisations will consider migrating part or all of their IT estate to Windows Vista,” said Stephan Glathe, FrontRange Vice President. “However, to manage the migration effectively, they need to both have full visibility of the current IT assets on the network and have an effective solution for the automated deployment of the new operating system.”</p>
<p>Using Centennial Discovery, organisations can quickly assess how many PCs are currently connected to the corporate network and the specific versions of the operating systems and business applications that are installed. What’s more, the tool features a specific Vista Upgrade ‘wizard’ which helps IT managers understand which PCs on the network are capable of supporting Vista minimum specifications versus which machines need upgrading or replacing. Centennial Discovery can then place a cost and timeline against these requirements.</p>
<p>The FrontRange Client Lifecycle solution then allows, among other things, the use of the new WIM images as an installation source and provides support for user account control (UAC) and file &amp; registry virtualisation of legacy applications. In addition, both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported.</p>
<p>FrontRange achieves greater flexibility in the Vista rollout with the use of Windows PE 2.0 as the boot environment. Windows PE is the successor to DOS for the operating system rollout, which simplifies installation via the network and the running of diagnosis programs.</p>
<p>For more information on managing the migration to Windows Vista or any other major IT projects with IT Asset Management and Client Lifecycle solutions from FrontRange, please visit</p>
<p>About FrontRange Solutions</p>
<p>FrontRange Solutions, founded in 1989, is a globally operating company which develops software and services with which organisations establish outstanding customer relations. Since its foundation FrontRange has focused on solutions that address the requirements of medium-sized and distributed companies in a targeted fashion. With over a million users and numerous renowned customers, today FrontRange holds the undisputed lead position in this segment.</p>
<p>FrontRange’s products are easy to implement and offer a quick return on investment and a low total cost of ownership. In addition they make a crucial contribution to improving productivity, service quality and customer satisfaction. The FrontRange product family includes: GoldMine for business relationship management, team-based contact management and sales automation; IT Service Management with HEAT and ITIL-standard-based modules for complete service management and IP Contact Center for reduced telephone costs and improved employee productivity and more efficient customer service and communication. Infrastructure management from FrontRange, which also includes the Enteo suite of solutions, also allows optimisation of the total lifecycle of the company’s IT assets. <http:></http:> .</p>

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