Softgrid @ University of Central Florida & Purdue University. Casey Hill – UCF Microsoft Systems Architect Bret Madsen – Purdue System Administrator – Windows Labs. Universities’ Fast Facts. UCF Purdue. What is SoftGrid?.
Casey Hill – UCF
Microsoft Systems Architect
Bret Madsen – Purdue
System Administrator – Windows Labs
Enterprise Learning Technologies
Is a solution to deliver applications without begin installed and can be delivered dynamically to staff faculty or students independent of the computer.
PCR-dist used as deployment mechanism (support ended in 2001 with no Windows Vista support) – 4 Unix File Servers
Expectations to have 2 week turn-around on software deployment to 2500 Windows computers with nightly updates possible
Each user logs on with unique credentials and the machine must return to a known state between each user in less than 5 minutes.
Roaming Profiles and 500MB User Directory used to store personal data.
Proof of Concept
Infrastructure and Sequencing
Stress test on everything
Application testing group worked with applications
Decision on which applications would not be published
Softgrid Application Server
Pay for Print
Deployed Softgrid Application, Management and Database servers
Several conversations with SoftGrid Engineers
Add Redundant SoftGrid Application servers via WLBS
Discussed AD groups
Deployed to only one lab
Training lab managers
Gathered student feedback
Deployed Self Service
Applications customized more for end user experience
Sequence and publish applications based on AD groups
*Just over 4000 unique users during this week
~ 1 session per user spread over 400 workstations