Lynettefællesskabet replaces application deployment from using Microsoft Group Policieswith EasyInstall and standardizes administration of PC clients.
Lynettefællesskabet chose to standardize its PC installation using EasyInstalland got a comprehensive insight into the PC platform, both in terms of hardwareand software. The previous use of deployment through Group Policies and ownscripts gave no information about the application installation on the PCs. ITdepartment could not in an easy way see if the application were really installedsuccessfully, and if it were installed on all PCs, how long the installationtook etc.
Lynettefællesskabet is Denmark’s largestwastewater facility. Each year, the company cleans 80-110 million. m3 of waterfrom private households, business and industry, and precipitation, which isequivalent to the pollution from 1.1 million. people. All the water is cleanedat the two wastewater treatment plants Lynetten and Damhusåen, byLynettefællesskabet owns and operates. Lynettefællesskabet is owned by the 8municipalities Frederiksberg, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Herlev, Hvidovre, København,Lyngby-Taarbæk and Rødovre.
Lynettefællesskabet hasapprox. 100 IT users and IT department consisting of 2 employees. The challengefor the IT department was that they used the Group Policy in connection withapplication deployment. Thus they had no immediate information about whichapplications were installed on the computers, if the installation went well orhow long it had taken. Since they also faced having to install new PCs, was adesire to have a tool that could automate the deployment process, while ensuringa standardization of the installation. Overall, the IT department wanted toreduce delays in administration of PC clients in order to allocate resources toother, more forward-looking tasks.
Credocom implementedEasyInstall, and in a workshop course was Lynettefællesskabets existingapplication packages that had been rolled out through Group Policies, moved toEasyInstall. At the same time, it was assessed on what applications the ITdepartment wanted License Metering which also provided the opportunity tomeasure whether the installed applications were actually used by users.
EasyInstall was installed on a virtual Windows Server 2008 R2and EasyInstall agents were installed on all PCs so that both operating systemsand application packages could be installed, re-installed and uninstalled. WhenLynettefællesskabet shortly after the implementation of EasyInstall got newcomputers, then EasyInstall’s Driver Collect function was used collect thelatest drivers before EasyInstall was used to do a Bare Metal Installation ofnew PCs. The built-in Remote Control in EasyInstall came into use andLynettefællesskabets existing TeamViewer became subject to direct integrationinto EasyInstall.
EasyInstall also allows making a complete backup of auser profile on the old PC and a restore can take place on a new PC or on thesame PC for re-installation.
EasyInstall can also be used to continuouslyupdate applications like Adobe Reader, Java and Adobe Flash.
“When we got a presentation of EasyInstall, we were impressed thatthings could be SO simple and efficient, we had still not dared hope for. We hadlooked at other systems, but they seemed needlessly complex, making themunsuitable for an IT department with 2 people. Administering EasyInstall welearned in under an hour. Time is indeed a scarce resource – including the ITdepartment at Lynettefællesskabet. It was the Alpha and Omega to find a solutionthat was simple and easy to administer, but nevertheless sufficient for itsfunctionality. Therefore, I was amazed at the diversity of information that canbe viewed from the system. We use it for example to get a full overview of ourhardware and software. EasyInstall was the right choice for us and therefore canonly recommend it” – Carsten Thirsing, CIO.
Lynettefællesskabet has gained great advantages by minimizingthe time required for new and reinstall of the many PCs, and ensured ahomogenization of installation processes. Where you previously spent severalhours trying to install a PC, this can now be solved in 30 minutes. EasyInstallalso gives the opportunity to see the installed applications are actually used.It gives Lynettefællesskabet an opportunity to uninstall software that is notused. The potential of this saving is not known at the moment but is estimatedto amount to an average of DKK 500 per PC per. year.
• Laptops and Desktops
• Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 32- and 64-bit
• Various applications
• TeamViewer (directly integrated intoEasyInstall)