App can transfer applications and settings to a new PC in 10 minutes

App can transfer applications and settings to a new PC in 10 minutes

Altiris eXpress 5, the latest remote-client management package from Altiris Inc. of Lindon, Utah, comes preinstalled on all Compaq Computer Corp. PCs. Some of its features work only with Compaq hardware.

EXpress 5 lets the administrator package a desired software image or upgrade for a workgroup and multicast it at a chosen time, rebooting all systems remotely. The administrator must specify IP addresses and media access control settings plus various makers' network interface cards. A log file tells which systems did not install properly.

'It takes about six minutes to image the file' of Microsoft Office and Windows 2000, said Ed Reynolds, Altiris' director of PC lifecycle solutions. To transfer all of a user's applications and settings to a new PC takes about 10 minutes, he said.

EXpress 5 also can remotely delete programs and has a rollback function for single or multiple items. Reynolds said one of the most popular uses for the application is to burn a self-extracting recovery file on a CD-ROM to carry while traveling in case of hard drive failure.

A 9.9M eXpress 5 demonstration version is posted at www.compaq.com/easydeploy.

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