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Acronis Snap Deploy deploys an exact Disk Image of a master machine to multiple systems simultaneously via multi-cast, making it ideal for rapid bare-metal installations onto servers and PCs.
Whether you’re part of a school, private business or government agency, deploying new software or configurations across your network can be complex and tiring. But thanks to a comprehensive and user-friendly solution by Acronis, now you can deploy or reimage all your laptops, desktops and servers quickly and easily, while significantly driving down costs. Acronis Snap Deploy makes it possible!
Using Acronis' award-winning disk imaging technology, Acronis Snap Deploy creates an exact disk image of a standard configuration you choose, including the Operating System, configuration files and all applications. It then deploys that image to multiple systems simultaneously, making it ideal for rapid bare-metal installations onto servers and PCs.
From a central administration point, you can deploy a master image – including Operating System and applications – to multiple PCs or servers across your network simultaneously, via multicast or unicast. It’s fast and easy.
Deploy on your own terms! Acronis Snap Deploy gives you plenty of options, including manual, automatic, user-initiated and scheduled deployment. Additionally, Wake-on-LAN automatically boots powered-off machines. And standalone image deployment lets you deploy an image even if your network is down.
If you need to deploy your image to PCs with different hardware architectures, no problem. The product ensures that your new systems boot up correctly even if they’re running on dissimilar hardware.
As soon as you finish a deployment, Acronis Snap Deploy allows you to easily modify Windows settings, such as computer name, IP configuration or SID, in order to offer your end-users optimal customization and ensure unique names on your network.
You can assign individual settings to each PC or server to ensure they all receive an appropriately tailored configuration. The new list of machines allows monitoring of progress and status, as well as pre-configuration of new machines identified by their MAC address.
To be ready for deployment, you can boot your machines from customizable media such as CD, DVD, flash drive, or from Acronis PXE Server with network boot. Acronis Snap Deploy lets you choose between both Linux and WinPE bootable environments. And it allows you to add necessary drivers to WinPE media to ensure it works on your new hardware
Acronis Snap Deploy offers you several deployment modes to suit every need, all managed from a remote centralized-management console.
Lets users trigger image distribution to their own systems by themselves.
Distributes or redistributes the master image at a specific point in time. This is especially usefully when you want to reimage a machine during fixed maintenance hours, like every night or over the weekend.
Can be started manually or performed automatically when a specified number of machines are ready.
Lets you easily reconfigure systems that aren’t attached to your network.
Deployment settings are saved, so you can reuse them for other tasks.
Components of Acronis Snap Deploy communicate with each other via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the industry standard for high-end data security.
Limits network utilization by specifying maximum throughput.
You can compress your master image to save disk space, or split it into multiple volumes to fit on CDs or DVDs.
You can protect your master image with a password to prevent unauthorized deployment. You can also set a password for booting into Acronis Snap Deploy bootable environment to make sure users don’t accidentally access it on their own.
Choose multicast to reduce network traffic and save time by deploying images to multiple machines simultaneously. Or unicast to reduce the load on your network and minimize compatibility issues with network equipment.
Even if the disk on a target machine is larger or smaller compared to the master machine, Acronis Snap Deploy® 4 can resize it to occupy all of the target machine’s disk capacity to ensure efficient usage of the available disk space.
Both Acronis image file (.tib) and Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (.vhd) can be used as a master image for deployment. Acronis Snap Deploy even supports images created by Acronis® True Image, Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced.
Acronis Snap Deploy Command-Line Utility is included in a WinPE bootable media and can be used to perform imaging or deployment in the command-line mode or to execute scripts.
After deployment completes, multiple parameters such as name and domain membership of the target machine may be changed to ensure that the machine is properly configured.
These standards allow you to automatically power on machines remotely. WoL proxy is included to ensure that WoL works across network segment boundaries.
For starters, this latest version boasts a newly enhanced user interface that simplifies installation and configuration. It supports new hardware too. You'll also benefit from flexible new deployment options, like the ability to configure unique settings per machine.
Although standard-configuration images are easy to deploy to identical hardware, things are typically more complex when trying to deploy to different hardware. For example, the systems may fail to boot because the critical Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) and mass-storage device drivers are missing. And while Microsoft® SysPrep technology allows you to import plug-and-play drivers, such as sound, video, and network drivers, it doesn’t let you import the drivers required to boot the machine.
It offers you an efficient solution for hardware-independent system deployment by allowing you to install the crucial HAL and mass-storage device drivers into an image. With this feature, you can automatically or manually select the HAL and mass-storage device drivers to fit the target hardware. So the newly deployed systems with different hardware are deployed properly.
Prior to purchasing Snap Deploy, it would take us up to two hours to image a single PC, not to mention the time taken to create a master image that was under 4GB. Using Acronis, it now takes us just under one hour to image a PC and we no longer have to worry about the master image size.
It would take over a month to fully deploy an average base before we invested in Acronis’ software. The team love it because instead of having to adhere to a 300 page manual, they can deploy each workstation using instructions printed on just two sides of A4.
Acronis Snap Deploy is very cost effective and easy to use. The additional functionality it has to offer makes it a clear winner.
The PC version can deploy images of workstation Operating Systems only. For more information refer to KB article http://kb.acronis.com/content/25215
Additionally Acronis Snap Deploy supports deployment of images with any file system in sector-by-sector mode.