Micro Focus
University of Zittau/Görlitz

University of Zittau/Görlitz
Success Story

The University of Zittau/Görlitz wanted to find a way to minimise the potential disruption caused by upgrading to Microsoft Windows 7. Deploying ZENworks Configuration Management provided a unique, policy-based approach which made seamless migration a reality, while offering increased security and easier user management

"The superb imaging and wake-on- LAN capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management have really made migrating machines to Windows 7 a breeze. Rather than starting from scratch, we can retain the desktop settings on each member of staff’s own PC, and general application settings across all the shared PCs used by students."

Thomas Jaeger
System Administrator
The University of Zittau/Görlitz

At a Glance

Industry

Education

Location

Germany

Results

  • Enabled a quick and hassle-free migration to Windows 7
  • Gained a real-time, comprehensive and accurate view of all software running in the university, improving security

Overview

Newly inaugurated in 1992, the University of Zittau/Görlitz is situated in the 'three country corner' of Germany, near the borders of Czech Republic and Poland. Employing 130 professors and 100 research assistants at two sites in Görlitz and Zittau, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in applied sciences to 3,800 students.

Challenge

With 3,800 students and a large number of employees, the IT environment at the University of Zittau/Görlitz is complex to manage. When planning to roll out Windows 7 to workstations across the university's two sites, the IT department sought ways to ensure the migration was as trouble-free as possible.


"We wanted to minimise the disruption and time taken for the move to Windows 7, and our existing tools were simply not able to support this goal," said Olaf Koch, System Administrator at the University of Zittau/Görlitz. "It made sense to take the opportunity to upgrade other aspects of our system, at the same time as introducing measures to accelerate the migration."


Like most educational institutions, the university faced the challenge of balancing security with openness. It needs to ensure authorised students can easily gain access to the applications they require, while locking out threats to security.

Solution

The university was already using ZENworks 7.5, and was highly impressed with the quality of the solution. A course run at Gold Partner℠ and Gold Training Partner IntraConnect's training centre demonstrated the advantages of implementing ZENworks Configuration Management.


"IntraConnect have been our maintenance partners for many years now, and have proved to be quick, reliable and goal-oriented," said Koch. "So after attending their ZENworks Configuration Management training course we began seriously considering the value it could give us. The impressive price-performance ratio of the Novell (now a part of Micro Focus) solution was very appealing; as we felt confident it would provide significant benefits at a very reasonable price-point."


Following a successful pilot installation, the university's IT team began a staged rollout of ZENworks Configuration Management. The solution was deployed as a virtual appliance on VMware ESX servers to ensure high availability and simplify both implementation and management.


ZENworks Configuration Management facilitates rapid and hassle-free migration of machines to Windows 7. The university was able to take advantage of powerful imaging and Personality Migration capabilities to speed up a time-consuming process, while preserving personal desktop and application settings.


"The superb imaging and wake-on-LAN capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management have really made migrating machines to Windows 7 a breeze," said Thomas Jaeger, System Administrator. "Rather than starting from scratch, we can retain the desktop settings on staff's personal PCs, and application settings across all the shared PCs used by students."


Integrated with the university's global directory service, run on NetIQ eDirectory™, ZENworks Configuration Management dynamically reads user identity data from the directory. This tight integration means the university avoids the cost of upgrading its directory system, while gaining the capability to manage applications and policies intended for those users.


"ZENworks Configuration Management slotted in easily and effectively with our existing user directory, with no need for account replication or synchronisation," said Jaeger. "This made the implementation very simple, allowing us to focus on the Windows 7 upgrade."

Results

The university was already using ZENworks 7.5, and was highly impressed with the quality of the solution. A course run at Gold Partner℠ and Gold Training Partner IntraConnect's training centre demonstrated the advantages of implementing ZENworks Configuration Management.

"IntraConnect have been our maintenance partners for many years now, and have proved to be quick, reliable and goal-oriented," said Koch. "So after attending their ZENworks Configuration Management training course we began seriously considering the value it could give us. The impressive price-performance ratio of the Novell solution was very appealing; as we felt confident it would provide significant benefits at a very reasonable price-point."

Following a successful pilot installation, the university's IT team began a staged rollout of ZENworks Configuration Management. The solution was deployed as a virtual appliance on VMware ESX servers to ensure high availability and simplify both implementation and management.

ZENworks Configuration Management facilitates rapid and hassle-free migration of machines to Windows 7. The university was able to take advantage of powerful imaging and Personality Migration capabilities to speed up a time-consuming process, while preserving personal desktop and application settings.

"The superb imaging and wake-on-LAN capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management have really made migrating machines to Windows 7 a breeze," said Thomas Jaeger, System Administrator. "Rather than starting from scratch, we can retain the desktop settings on staff's personal PCs, and application settings across all the shared PCs used by students."

Integrated with the university's global directory service, run on NetIQ eDirectory™, ZENworks Configuration Management dynamically reads user identity data from the directory. This tight integration means the university avoids the cost of upgrading its directory system, while gaining the capability to manage applications and policies intended for those users.

"ZENworks Configuration Management slotted in easily and effectively with our existing user directory, with no need for account replication or synchronisation," said Jaeger. "This made the implementation very simple, allowing us to focus on the Windows 7 upgrade."