Ensuring a consistent software build throughout an organisation is one of the most time-consuming and expensive tasks facing an IT department. Challenges include not only managing multiple client images for a range of hardware and functional groups but also licensing and compliance requirements.
A fast, easy way to image new systems
DSC imaging options
The Basic Option
Store & Deploy – A fully working image (this does not have to be joined to a domain) supplied by the customer, captured by DSC’s imaging system & deployed to compatible hardware. There is no intervention by DSC apart from ensuring that all device drivers are installed, subject to DSC being supplied with a local administrator account. DSC can within reason deploy an image to the majority of systems manufactured by Dell, Lenovo and HP, no matter what system the image is originally captured from.
The Advanced Option
(Additional charges for Internet Connection & Firewall may apply)
Join to Domain – DSC would require the relevant VPN access to do this.
Install additional applications – Installation of applications which can be done once the system has been named to the correct naming convention and joined to the domain, i.e Antivirus, SCCM, LANDesk, remote connection applications, online backup clients, etc. (All installation media, required licences and appropriate instructions to be supplied by the customer).
Multiple Business Unit Builds – i.e base image plus specific applications installed for separate business units, i.e Accounts, Sales, HR, Engineering etc.
Hard drive encryption – this ensures that the system is fully encrypted before leaving DSC’s premises and deployed to the end user. Relevant VPN access required plus access to relevant encryption management portal.
Asset tagging – attach the customer’s asset tag to the system and add details to BIOS if required (if supported by the BIOS)
BIOS updates – update to the latest manufacturer’s version or version specified by the customer
BIOS configuration – set BIOS passwords, enable Computrace, enable Secure Boot, enable TPM Security.
Systems information reporting – DSC can provide reports in a CSV or text format detailing each supplied imaged system’s computer name, MAC address, CPU, RAM and HDD information.
Windows updates – DSC can run Windows updates on systems to ensure that they are patched with the latest security updates before being shipped to site. If DSC have VPN access to customer’s network then updates will be managed by their WSUS server, otherwise updates will be downloaded from the Windows update site.
Image Maintenance – Quarterly scheduled maintenance to the image to include 1 image change per quarter (updated image to be supplied by the customer) and hardware driver updates.