Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

RapiDeploy 3.3 and LabExpert 3.3

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

RapiDeploy 3.3 and LabExpert 3.3

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Altiris http://www.altiris.com

RapiDeploy and LabExpert are two similar, yet also very different, programs from Altiris, a company spun off from KeyLabs in July 1998--a large, independent network test lab in Provo, Utah. Like the other cloning software described in this review, RapiDeploy is used (along with ImageBlaster, a utility shared between RapiDeploy and LabExpert) to create images of computer hard drives that can be cloned to other computers or used as a backup mechanism.

RapiDeploy is an excellent product, with features such as the Boot Disk Wizard, which actually connects to Web sites such as Microsoft's to download network drivers--simplifying the most difficult part of a cloning procedure. I found that the wizard worked flawlessly on two very different computers: a generic 486-66, and a Dell OptiPlex Gxi Pentium II-400. Within half an hour, I was up and running with boot disks for both computers--compared to the two- to four-hour process required of other cloning software. Just a few minutes later, I connected to the network and dumped images of my hard drives to a server. RapiDeploy supports unique configurations for each cloned computer, IP/IPX multicasting, and even remote management of cloned computers.

LabExpert goes a step beyond the basic cloning technology found in RapiDeploy and competing products. Like RapiDeploy, it is integrated into the Altiris product suite, and takes advantage of ImageBlaster technology to create and manage images. …

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