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Desktop Authority

Desktop Authority

 

Desktop Authority 7 is the answer if you are looking for point-and-click remote administration of your networked PCs, then it is time to get Desktop Authority, the new, robust and sophisticated software product created by ScriptLogic Corporation, developer of the worlds best selling, GUI-based desktop administration software!

Desktop Authority 7 gives network administrators the power to proactively manage networked computers at any time and from any location - over a LAN, dial-up, or VPN connection, even a PDA!

Desktop administrators are overwhelmed with the volume of help desk requests, maintaining consistent desktop configurations and the constant software upgrades and fixes. Desktop Authority is the solution to ease this burden and deliver a new level of customer-driven functionality to client-side desktop administration. The technology gives network administrators the power to proactively manage networked computers at any time and from any location by combining logon scripting, group policies and interactive desktop management.

Intuitive graphical user interface with easy point and click commands
Exclusive Validation Logic Technology
Secure browser-based interactive desktop management
Real-time remote control and data transfer from any Microsoft Windows desktop
Enhanced performance through multi-threaded management

IT personnel equipped with Desktop Authority can remote control computers and transfer data worldwide !
Desktop Authority allows you to manage files, shares, processes, services, registry settings and permission via secure remote access from any web browser without the need to install additional client software!


Desktop Authority Features and Benefits

    Explorer-Style Graphical Interface
    amiliar navigation environment makes configuring client settings a simple task.

    Comprehensive Management
    Configure nearly every aspect of the user's desktop including printers, shortcuts, registry settings, Windows Firewall, folder redirections and mail profiles, as well as IE and MS Office settings.

    Patented Validation Logic
    Define which clients receive a configuration to a detailed level of granularity covering OS, machine class, connection type, OUs, Group memberships, and over 20 other criteria.

    Hardware / Software Inventory
    Manage each client's hardware and software by reporting against information stored centrally in an SQL database.

    Built-In Reporting
    Generate both pre-defined and custom reports on inventory, user activity, patch and anti-spyware deployment, and Desktop Authority profile configuration.

    Group Policy Template Import
    Use Group Policy Administrative Templates and granularly apply the settings using Desktop Authority's patented Validation Logic.

    Role-Based Administration
    Restrict admins to only access the configuration elements and profiles they need

    Power Management
    Save energy costs by establishing power settings and by shutting down inactive machines.

    Spyware Detection and Removal Option
    Implement unparalleled protection against known spyware threats. Now includes full reporting and real-time scanning.

    Patch Distribution and Deployment Option
    Utilize custom scripting in conjunction with Validation Logic for further client configuration

    Extensible Configuration
    Utilize custom scripting in conjunction with Validation Logic for further client configuration

     

     

Desktop Authority

Desktop Authority

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Desktop Authority FAQ's

Why is using Desktop Authority so much quicker than writing logon scripts?
Desktop Authority’s easy to use graphical interface replaces the work accomplished by even the most complicated scripts. This is done by presenting the administrator with a GUI representation of all the key areas involved in desktop configuration. Desktop Authority’s patented Validation Logic makes it infinitely easier to select when and where those configuration are applied, at an extremely granular level. Additionally, testing scripts for different OS versions, debugging code, and beta testing in a test lab environment are eliminated with Desktop Authority.

What desktop platforms does it support? I still have too many Windows 9x boxes on my network.
What about server versions? I am still running a Windows NT domain!

Almost all of Desktop Authority’s desktop configuration abilities cover from Windows 95 through Windows XP. Desktop Authority can be installed on a Windows domain running on servers from Windows NT through Windows 2003. While Active Directory is not a requirement, some of the Validation Logic options will not work without it.

How much of my logon script will it replace? How long will it take?
Desktop Authority covers every aspect of desktop configuration: from drive mappings to registry changes to application rollouts. Anything Desktop Authority cannot do natively can be accomplished using a small amount of custom scripting applied with the control of Validation Logic to determine exactly for whom and when it is run. Configuring all your desktops is quick and easy, with huge time savings over the ordeal of writing and maintaining traditional scripts.

How long does it take to set up? Does it require me to install software on my desktops?
Setup takes only a few minutes using the Desktop Authority Installation Wizard. Clients do not need to install any software to utilize Desktop Authority; the user only needs to have SLogic.bat specified as their Logon Script - a task automated by Desktop Authority.

I need a desktop management solution with full reporting. Does Desktop Authority have that?
Yes. Desktop Authority maintains two SQL databases (stored in either MSDE or SQL server) – one for the configurations and one for reporting. The configuration database contains all of the profiles, elements, and settings. The Reporting database contains collected hardware and software inventory, user activity, and data related to patch deployment and spyware removal. Desktop Authority has built-in and custom reporting on all of the information found in both databases.


We use Group Policies for all our desktop configurations – does Desktop Authority replace Group Policies?
While administrators can choose to continue to use Group Policies for various aspects of desktop configuration, Desktop Authority can be used to either complement or to some extent replace Group Policies. In the critical areas which Group Policies do not address, such as Drives, Printers, Outlook Profiles, Inactivity, Patch Management and Spyware Removal, Desktop Authority is the ideal solution.

Desktop Authority supports import of the settings found in Administrative Templates. This gives administrators the ability to not only push out those settings, but to utilize Desktop Authority's patented Validation Logic to graphically select the level of granularity to determine who will get the configuration. Instead of being limited to just 5 levels of granularity with native Group Policies (user, group, computer, OU, AD site), Validation logic uses over 30 different validation criteria, supporting multiple values with Boolean logic to create exponentially more granular selections when pushing out settings. For more information on Desktop Authority and Group Policies, see the ScriptLogic Whitepaper, Desktop Authority And AD Group Policy Objects.

Does this mean I can't use Group Policies any more?
Absolutely not! If you wish, you can continue to use Group Policies in conjunction with Desktop Authority. See the Desktop Authority and AD Group Policy Objects comparison white paper for a comprehensive list of configuration abilities of each solution.

I have several administrators that need to manage the configuration of our desktops. Can I limit what and where they can administer?
Absolutely! Desktop Authority's Role-Based Administration allows you to define the administrative roles (such as Profile Admin and Email-Only Admin) and then apply those roles to users and groups at the profile level.

Can I manage Power Settings with Desktop Authority?
Yes. Desktop Authority maintains two SQL databases (stored in either MSDE or SQL server) – one for the configurations and one for reporting. The configuration database contains all of the profiles, elements, and settings. The Reporting database contains collected hardware and software inventory, user activity, and data related to patch deployment and spyware removal. Desktop Authority has built-in and custom reporting on all of the information found in both databases.

What about my Citrix or Terminal Server environment – will this help me with my roaming profile problems?
Desktop Authority is the perfect answer for roaming profile issues, since it eliminates the need to store user configurations in a user profile. It eases the task of redirecting all of the folders containing the user’s environment which are traditionally stored in the profile. For example, Desktop Authority makes it easy to redirect the user’s desktop folder, My Documents, web cookies, favorites, etc. to a central location such as the user’s home directory. With this arrangement, the user’s environment always “follows” them, without the need for a roaming profile. For more details, please review the Citrix MetaFrame Whitepaper that covers the management of Citrix/Terminal Server environments with Desktop Authority.

I currently use ScriptLogic Enterprise Edition. How can I migrate to Desktop Authority?
ScriptLogic Enterprise has been rolled up into Desktop Authority in version 7. If your maintenance is current, you can simply download the latest version of Desktop Authority and upgrade your ScriptLogic Enterprise to Desktop Authority.

 

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