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Configuration Manager provides complete solution for hardware and software management at OCMW Leuven

OCMW Leuven (Public Centre for Social Welfare in Leuven) did not want to wait until Windows XP support would end and decided to migrate all 500 PCs to Windows 7. The migration was done using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. This software allows the IT department to centrally manage the applications. Ferranti Computer Systems assisted OCMW Leuven with the installation of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and the migration to Windows 7.

Stable PCs

The transition to Windows 7 required extra support and preparation. OCMW Leuven wanted to migrate all PC’s because Windows XP support was ending in 2014. In addition, they wanted their employees PCs standardized and brought up-to-date. “It is really important that our users can rely on stable devices”, explains Walter Godefroid, ICT Coordinator at OCMW Leuven.

About 500 PCs are now being managed within Microsoft System Center. The Configuration Manager module helps OCMW Leuven to install new software in the background and to automatically provide a complete inventory, of the printers too. Next to the migration to Windows 7, we also ensured that as many of the employees as possible are working with the same software versions of other applications in use.

“A tool such as Configuration Manager is very useful here. It offers a central view of which software is on which computer and by whom it is used. Migrations can be planned in a better way and everything can be adjusted centrally.”

The computers are now upgraded more quickly. This because Configuration Manager not only allows to virtually disconnect user profile and applications from the hardware, but also to upgrade software centrally, which is very helpful for instance in case of the crucial Windows-updates, that can be scheduled smoothly for all PCs at once.

Ferranti Computer Systems elaborated a design for the implementation and subsequently arranged the implementation of System Center Configuration Manager within the infrastructure of OCMW Leuven. The result is a flexible and scalable environment that can be rapidly adapted to set up additional sites and departments.

To support the migration to Windows 7, Ferranti started with providing the development of a Windows OS image that could be used for the deployment of the PCs in an automated manner. Additionally Ferranti provided the proposals and the implementation of the GPO and Security Policies in line with the regulations of the CBSS (Crossroads Bank for Social Security).

“Thanks to a clear and precise plan and the commitment of the Ferranti consultants, OCMW Leuven now features a streamlined PC park that can be managed centrally in an efficient manner and that we can always keep upgrading when necessary.”

Advantages

  • Streamlined PC park
  • More efficient management
  • Stable PCs
  • Significant time and cost savings
  • People Centric IT – Manage users instead of devices
  • Control and management of the entire device lifecycle
  • Management of the installable applications through the Software Center
  • Automatic Deployment Rules

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

With System Center Configuration Manager, you can manage your PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your users access to preferred applications from the devices they choose. More info