Monday, 4 March 2013

DesktopNow 8 FR4 - When to layer when to merge?

AppSense have recently released the rebranded Management suite as AppSense Desktop now version 8 Feature release 4.
There are a number of great new features a couple of which are discussed here. They are Configuration Layering and Configuration Merging. So what are they and what are the differences and for that matter similarities or are they mutually exclusive? Some of this will be based on only what your use case is, so feel free to disagree but often times functionality gets used in different ways than the use cases it was specifically designed for.
So let’s start with configuration layering.
Layering is done at the console side, and as the name suggests layers one or more configuration over the other. Why would you layer configs?
Say you have multiple sets of administrators, infrastructure admins for server based config and desktop config, and application admins for the application deployment and config. Each of these teams may well develop, test and deploy their own parts of a production config. This can lead to issues about multi concurrent editing of the one configuration, i.e. who has made what changes to it and where, when is it ready to deploy whose changes are in it etc. etc.