Intellimirror / ZENworks / F.A.S.T. / FILE AND SETTINGS TRANSFER??????
Posted on 2006-11-06
Ok here is my problem. I have a small network that is growing fairly quick. The network consists of.....
Server 2003 machine with all xp clients using laptops. The server 2003 machine is the domain controller using active directory ECT. And the xp machines all joined to that domain.
Every time there is a new sales person hired we rotate the laptops. i.e.: The top sales person gets a new laptop and the new employee gets the old one.
Now whenever I rotate the laptops I currently use the F.A.S.T. to save the files and settings from the old laptop and transfer to the new laptop. Please keep in mind that the only files that are kept on the server are files that are work related. So all personal files are not on our servers as we are not held responsible for them (not supposed to be anyway).
The only problem with using FAST is that it takes a very long time and allot of disk space. It wouldn't be a problem if I was using this method every once and a while but we are growing quite fast and this seems to be used more and more as the months go by.
Here is when I really ran into the problem and was ready to pull my hair out. I implemented a new domain server and needed to join all the work stations to the new domain. now when I did that all the settings on the laptops obvisly did not transfer over so what I did was use FAST to save all of the settings ect from the laptop user>joined the new domain>used FAST again on the same laptop that joined the new domain to put all of their old settings back on under their username on the new domain. This is very tedious and UN reliable. I am sure there is an easier way for me to transfer settings on the same computer to a new user/domain.
I have heard and read a bit about intellimirror and ZENworks but I am UN sure if this is the solution for me. Also I have found limited documentation on Intellimirror and can not figure out how to implement it to even test it to see if this will work for me.
Please let me know if you understood what I am trying to do as I am bad with explaining things in text. Thank you in advance!