Server Management (vSM) 2008 R2 from Visionapp is a server build management and automation solution designed for the building, maintaining and automating of server images.
vSM 2008 R2 minimizes the time and effort required for complete server rebuilds by automating those rebuilds that are pushed out to Citrix farms. Through this automation, farms can be quickly completed in a matter of days (rather than weeks). Visionapp designed it to ensure stability by creating reproducible installations of servers and clients for all deployment technologies.
With vSM 2008 R2, administrators can enforce best practices by rolling back servers to the last known good state and following change management recommendations from ITIL. Admins can also optimize Microsoft and Citrix environments by managing multiple master images and scheduling their use in Citrix Provisioning Server, automatically installing printers and checking for inconsistencies.
Other tasks supported by vSM 2008 R2 include:
- Fast disaster recovery plan implementation
- Automatic download of the latest Microsoft patches
- Image creation for hosted desktops (including support for XenDesktop)
vSM 2008 R2 also features integration with Citrix Provisioning Server and support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Deployment Services.
System requirements: Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, as well as 2000, 2003 or 2008 server operating systems. Wise Installation System 9.0, Installation Studio 7.0 and Package Studio 7.0. Access to a Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 or 2008 (including Express Edition) and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
Pricing: Starts at $24.99 per managed node (server or desktop), plus $49.99 per Citrix concurrent user. Service-based pricing is also available.
This was first published in February 2009