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Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? Report MVLS licensing along with software deployment and asset intelligence.
Are you piloting or deploying the products? We have deployed fully to meet our MVLS true-up deadline. We also successfully used it for generic reporting and software management.
Products used in the project (all that apply): Windows Server 2003, System Center Configuration Manager, SQL Server 2005 x64, ESX with Vmotion and HA
Project description: We had no idea how many of what product was deployed to whom, so asset intelligence was key for us. As it turned out we found out we had built project pro into our default image and rolled it out to the entire company going way over our EA licensed amount. We then used SCCM to silently uninstall project from over 100 PCs.
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? Absolutely. MVLS true up has never been easier, and as we learn the software it’s becoming more and more helpful. Our helpdesk loves to be able to pull reports and drill down into machine details on the fly.
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? More saving time than money. Software deployment and reporting have become very easy. We are a large, understaffed shop. This automation has been huge for us.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated. We tried to make this as easy as possible on everyone. I like the program, I certainly would have done this project without it as it was a job requirement; however, I do like the support resources.