Imaging the Desktop
One way DTMS saves administrator time and enterprise money is by using desktop images to install or update software. Desktop imaging provides a fast way of installing and reinstalling users’ desktops, including applications and operating systems. Most organizations use standard images when deploying a desktop to a new machine or for a new user, and then customize the standard desktop as needed with additional applications. However, a DTMS allows you to keep custom images of specific users’ desktops to serve as backup if there’s a problem.
The custom image feature or its equivalent is important if all the computers in your organization aren’t exactly the same because of drivers. Different configurations can require different drivers, and the DTMS needs to make sure that the correct drivers are supplied to each system. Some of the packages do this by having multiple images, one for each driver configuration. Others can check which drivers each computer needs and supply the same basic image with the proper drivers.
If your organization has a lot of desktops, especially if some are at remote locations, this feature of desktop management software can pay for the package all by itself.