AdminStudio Takes on BYOD

— August 15, 2013

Flexera Software has released its AdminStudio Suite 2013. New enhancements help organizations manage their consumerization of IT and BYOD initiatives by streamlining their ability to test, fix, prepare, package, migrate and manage applications in mobile, Windows 7 and virtualized environments.

“Having to continually manage large-scale migrations is the new normal for IT departments. Yesterday it was Windows 7. Today it's virtualization, the cloud and mobile. Tomorrow it will be something else," said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management, Flexera Software.

AdminStudio 2013 automates Application Readiness, to help IT future-proof the application estate and manage constant change.

The solution includes a new Mobile Pack to support both Apple iOS and Windows Store apps, enabling IT Managers to centrally manage, track and report on mobile apps leveraging the same processes and best practices used to manage physical and virtual applications. It also provides full support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, which supports Windows Intune Connector, thus helping IT managers accelerate deployment of iOS, and Windows Store applications.

To assist organizations racing against the clock to migrate to Windows 7 prior to the Microsoft XP end-of-support date, AdminStudio Suite 2013 includes new APIs that help streamline and automate Windows 7 testing. The new APIs can be integrated with existing .NET applications or scripting environments such as Microsoft PowerShell, allowing users to manage more of the application compatibility testing and remediation process with PowerShell scripts.

New functionality includes:
Enhanced Microsoft App-V 5.0 Support: Enterprises can now automatically test suitability of applications for conversion and deployment as App-V 5.0 virtual applications, and run tests to identify conflicts with other applications. The system converts MSI and .EXE to the Microsoft App-V 5.0 format and uses the new App-V Conversion Wizard or Platform AdminStudio APIs to accelerate App-V 4.5 and 4.6 to App-V 5.0 conversion. It also allows direct editing of App-V 5.0 packages, eliminating the need to reconvert from an MSI in order to modify the package. The solution also lets enterprises support new App-V 5.0 capabilities, such as defining Virtual Connection Groups in AdminStudio and publishing directly to Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Greater Efficiency for Client Virtualization: The virtualization pack now supports Symantec Workspace Virtualization, giving IT the information it needs to ensure the apps in the estate are suitable candidates to be converted. The system will automatically test conversion suitability to Symantec Workspace Virtualization package format, convert the Windows Installer package or packages, as well as import and manage existing Workspace packages.
 
In addition, AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment helps organizations identify the best Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) candidates. A limited edition of Virtual Desktop Assessment is included to monitor key system behaviors of computers, users and applications. This allows enterprises to identify which users are good candidates to move to VDI and to collect detailed data that assists with sizing and planning of VDI environments. A Test Center also facilitates application virtualization decision-making with the ability to view critical application usage test results.

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