The traditional logon script has been the de-facto method to configure enterprise options for a user. As its name suggests, the logon scripts executes during logon. This makes it a one stop ‘set and forget’ solution in that once the value has been applied the script has performed its job.
A typical logon script will connect network drive mappings, printers and perform other tasks such as ensuring corporate email clients are correctly configured as well as copying necessary files and / or folders into place within the user’s home directory or profile.
Logon scripts by their very design are synchronous in their approach, which can mean that while some of the actions required to be part of the script are completely unrelated, they are addressed in line with each other. This shows itself as a user logon taking an unacceptable length of time due to the number of actions, all of which are fed into the operating system line by line.
Furthermore, at the same time, because the script is an interpreted language, they are constructed differently from one person to the next! This leaves the script subject to the administrator’s style and ability, meaning there is no standardization across the enterprise. The variations in styles of different authors can rapidly make the scripts difficult to read and follow, making debugging or alterations a very time consuming and costly task.
The above variables and computing conditions can often lead to scripts which take a long time to execute, even hanging or failing to complete. When this happens, the user is left disconnected from the system and the IT department plagued with support calls. Troubleshooting is often difficult as the support desk operator is unlikely to be the person who created the script, and as covered, has to learn the script before he can troubleshoot the issue or in some cases pass the call up to a higher level of support, either of which increases the time and cost spent on remedying the issue.
AppSense Environment Manager resolves the above issues, reducing complexity and saving on time and cost by completely replacing the troublesome scripting process with an easy to use graphical user interface, complete with wizard based actions. Actions can be selected and then applied at a user or device level, based on environment variables, without the need for any complex scripts. Furthermore, the GUI ensures consistency between Administrators, meaning any other support worker can quickly troubleshoot and amend any existing configuration..
AppSense Environment Manager is used by thousands of enterprise customers around the world to provide the flexibitily a logon script cannot give, reduce operational costs, and ensure users can log onto their system in the quickest time possible..