This week a colleague (David Shepherd) and I took on a challenge. It was to deploy ZENworks 7 Desktop Management to a pure Microsoft Active Directory envrionment including user and password synchronisation with Identity Manager 3.0 (although this could just as well have been the Identity Manager 2.0 Starter Pack as ships with the ZENworks 7 Suite)
Ok, so that sounds simple – until you consider the scope of the engagement.
We had to create a scaleable design that would work for 15 sites, 50 servers and 2000 users all over the UK. In SIX man days – yes you heard that correctly: SIX MAN DAYS
This was to include user skills-transfer, design and implementation of the solution.
Some might say that this isn’t possible within the scope of a successful project. If I’m being honest it’s not actually something that I would want to repeat customer either – we should consider this a one off. However, during the implentation there were a number of good ideas that we came up with; also a number of lessons were learned.
My next few posts are going to discuss this implementation in detail. The pros and cons of a rapid deployment, some of the tricks we employed and what will happen next.
What I can say to wrap up this introduction is that the deployment was a success. When my colleague and I left site the user had a functioning environment with the full 2000 user accounts synchronised between Active Directory and eDirectory along with passwords. We were also able to deploy applications, policies and perform remote control actions successfully.