Bare Metal Provisioning

Swimage perfects the process of provisioning new PCs. Whether it’s for a new employee or a PC replacement for an existing employee, Swimage ensures that the PC is fully provisioned for the employee at lighting speed and with no touches. Swimage provides a fully functional system, including a customized and patched OS, all apps, all customizations, and all data in minutes. This also includes PCs for the remote and hard-to-reach locations.

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How Swimage Does It

Swimage is built on an intelligent, easy-to-use, and flexible design engine that enables the desktop technician to create a library of building blocks to be used for PC provisioning. The provisioning information is stored in the cloud and accessible the moment the PC is first powered on. With the provisioning information, the PC will build itself completely hands-free. The content, including the image, drivers, applications, and other components, are delivered based on what is most efficient. This can include delivery through the cloud, a local file share, SCCM DP, a flash drive, or the local PC itself.

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The Swimage Experience

With Swimage, PCs can be shipped directly to the end-point. Then the PC is simply unboxed and powered on, and in 30 to 60 minutes the PC has everything it needs, including all applications, customization, and on the domain. The employee can log in and begin work immediately.  

If the PC is replacing an old PC, Swimage will communicate to the old PC over the network and also transfer all user profiles, including all data, settings, and personality.

Afterwards, Swimage remains active and ready to repair the PC at any time in the future. No matter the issue, including an OS failure, malware, or application failures, Swimage will repair or rebuild the PC with all known-good sources. Repairs with Swimage can be done automatically, by the employee with self-service, or from the Swimage web portal. The process is simple, reliable, and fast.

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How Swimage Compares to Autopilot

Swimage can integrate with Autopilot to enhance the areas that Autopilot falls sort. However, Autopilot is not required to get the full Swimage experience. Some of the many enhancements that Swimage can provide over Autopilot include:

  • Setup and maintenance for Swimage is significantly faster and easier than Autopilot.  
  • Swimage allows flexibility with how applications and data are managed.  
  • Swimage maintains all data and settings on the drive without forcing the data to be stored in the cloud.  
  • Swimage can install any type of application from any installation source.  
  • Swimage can join the traditional on-premise domain (even if remote), a hybrid domain, or Azure only.  
  • Swimage rebuilds and recovers a PC without removing encryption, even if the PC is encrypted by a software other than BitLocker.  
  • Swimage can run completely offline.
  • Swimage can deploy any image, including a fully customized image.
  • Swimage conducts a full snapshot of the drive in order to provide a failsafe and can roll back to the snapshot if any problem is detected in a deployment.