Configuring and deploying new PCs and workstations in a distributed environment has always been a major IT challenge for SMBs, large enterprises, federal/state/local governments, schools and other organisations. To cut support costs, Acronis recommends using its deployment solution that enables you to use a standard configuration for a new machine.
Acronis® Snap Deploy® 3 for PCs is a comprehensive deployment tool that allows IT organisations to deploy or restore desktops and laptops in no time.
With its cutting-edge disk imaging technology, Snap Deploy creates an exact disk image of the standard configuration, including the operating system and all applications. It then deploys that image to multiple systems simultaneously, making it ideal for rapid bare-metal installations. It is possible to deploy new machines using both the multicast and unicast protocols, providing maximum flexibility and reducing implementation.
With Universal Deploy you can deploy imaged systems to dissimilar hardware. Usually an image of standard configuration can easily be deployed to identical hardware. But it doesn't always go that smooth when it comes to different hardware. Systems in such cases may fail to boot because the critical Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) and mass storage device drivers are missing. Remember that Microsoft SysPrep technology allows you to import video, sound, and network drivers but it does not provide for importing the drivers required to boot the machine.
Universal Deploy offers you a hardware-independent system deployment option: this powerful tool embeds the crucial HAL and mass-storage device drivers in an image. With this feature you can automatically or manually select the HAL and mass-storage device drivers to fit the target hardware. Be sure that newly deployed systems are deployed properly to different hardware.
Acronis® Universal Deploy requires a separate add-on license.