In the opening keynote, BrainShare Amsterdam attendees were given a quick preview of Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 10. The demo showed the migration of a Windows XP desktop to Windows 7 in mere minutes. The reality of the process was discussed during an in-depth session on Thursday, May 20.
Every technician knows that deploying Windows 7 takes a bit longer than the five minutes it took from the main stage at the conference, but attendees in Thursday’s session did admit that ZENworks Configuration Management 10 will speed the process. Thursten Trittschack from Germany-based Bitnet, is currently migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 using ZENworks Configuration Management and believes it will take “one to two weeks preparation to build the image and test.”
That’s realistic, says Benjamin Beaujean from Blessing Systemhaus, another attendee from Germany. “Going to Windows 7 looks quicker than going to XP did, but I don’t know how much exactly. I’m very hopeful though, ZCM10 is looking good!”
Lars Boerdijk from Vechtdal College in the Netherlands can’t wait to receive the presentation slides. “We are in the test phase and I want those command lines!”
The session covered ZENworks server and zone preparation, as well as preparing and customizing the Windows 7 installation process. Participants learned how to create the required images, adding ZENworks Configuration Management agent packages and new hardware to the installation without touching the base deployment and how to control the entire installation process including the installation of additional software packages.