Product Reviews

Getting It Right

ScriptLogic configures desktops, launches apps and more.

Every once in a while a product comes along that just seems to get the pieces right, providing both simplicity and power. ScriptLogic fits the bill on both counts. It addresses the needs of managers of small to large enterprises that need an easy way to ensure that user settings are properly applied and software updates and service packs are deployed as necessary. With ScriptLogic’s Validation Logic technology, you can be very precise as to which settings get applied to computers or users.

Installing ScriptLogic is relatively simple. One thing to watch out for, and the manual does warn you about it, is the need to create two user accounts—one that’s a member of the Domain Admins group and another that’s a member of Domain Users. These accounts are used by the various services ScriptLogic installs and during operation. You need to create these before you start the install process, as there’s no way to create them during installation. While you need to install ScriptLogic on one domain controller, you should install it on all to ensure full coverage in the enterprise—a task easily performed, as the install program allows remote installs.

After installing ScriptLogic, you need to create one or more profiles with appropriate settings. The creation of profiles is a simple point-and-click affair, with myriad options to ensure that the profile only applies to the users or computers specified. ScriptLogic makes a distinction between different operating systems, terminal services clients, network and remote access clients, and more when determining to whom a profile should be applied. In fact, the ability to be very precise in configuring a profile and having it apply to specific computers or users is so powerful that you may get lost in all the choices.

This brings me to the most interesting aspect of ScriptLogic, its ability to configure so many aspects of a computer or user profile. Within a profile, you can configure the kinds of things you find in Group Policy, such as display properties, desktop settings, folder redirection, registry settings, security policies and so on. You can also map network drives and attach printers and other things for which you would use scripts. But ScriptLogic isn’t content to leave it at that, allowing you to configure Outlook profiles, Microsoft Office settings, and even install service packs and patches on the computer. If the choices available aren’t enough, you can also create custom scripts.

Following profile creation, you assign them to users. In my excitement, I forgot to do this and wondered why scripts weren’t running and profiles changing. The task of assigning or removing scripts from a user is straightforward and performed using ScriptLogic Manager, a tool you also use to create scripts and profiles and replicate them to other DCs.

Configuring ScriptLogic for Outlook
ScriptLogic allows for configuration of Outlook settings for users regardless of the Outlook version installed.

All in all, this product works as advertised. Some of the profile settings can be a bit confusing, as features of Windows 98 are listed when they don’t apply to Windows 2000 and vice versa, though this shouldn’t prove a major problem for an experienced administrator. Especially with a 45-day free evaluation, this one is worth a look. ScriptLogic is $400 for a 10-seat CAL; the Professional Edition is $350 for a 10-seat CAL; and the Small Business Edition is $495 for a 25-seat.

About the Author

Damir Bersinic, MCSE, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, is an independent consultant, trainer and author.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Dec 14, 2007 Paul Jr. Orange County

Robert, Script Start is now open source so this is a particularly great deal for us. We tried the open source version and then upgraded to their professional version. Mapping drives, printers, setting up email profiles is all a snap now.

Wed, Jun 13, 2007 Anonymous NYC

ScriptLogic is garbage.

Tue, Apr 25, 2006 Mike Lowery

Check out Script Start from Entrique instead. It has a much better license model and does not lower security permisions on client PCs

Wed, Mar 29, 2006 Robert J St. Louis

More than we need and the price is hard to swallow. We ended up going a different route with Script Start, a web based GUI product that installed in about 30 seconds. What's more is that there are no client licenses to manage!

Wed, Mar 29, 2006 Robert J. St. Louis

I checked into Script Logic but it was a lot more than what I needed. We went with a different method from Script Start. It works differently with a web based GUI and robust Feature sets. I've quit trying to learn scripting now. Script Start is all we need.

Tue, Nov 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

What is up with this company? Originally I saw this review and saw several other mentions in the press about a year and a half ago but now days I never see them in the media. Good product but something must have happened to their marketing.

Wed, Nov 13, 2002 Joseph Ga

Outstanding, an absolute must have for desktop management. Drive mappings, service packs, printer deployments, etc. I was very surprised to find that I can centrally manage every aspect of my network and I don't have to visit my users workstations any longer!

Fri, Nov 8, 2002 Abdulah Bin Lindah Afghanistan

It sucks. It does not work. Don't use this bad program. Thank you.
Abdulah Bin Lindah

Thu, Nov 7, 2002 Pierson Region of Peel

Outstanding product. This program has empowered me to create some of the most innovative solutions. We have used ScriptLogic in our environment to assist us in a Corporate-Wide XP deployment, including deployment of all our common and large software such as Visio2k2, Project2k2, Access, GeoMedia and others. This tool rocks! This will be the tool that I will recommend to each company that I have influence on their Systems Management functions.

Thu, Nov 7, 2002 Carolyn Texas

Great product. Eval was all is said it was, had to "sell" my boss on it's advantages, but it's made migration from netware to NT so much easier. We use it to also push out shortcuts to desktops for standardization. GREAT PRODUCT!

Tue, Oct 22, 2002 Doug Anonymous

ScriptLogic is fantastic! I originally evaluated it simply to handle on-the-fly creation of Outlook profiles in one of our call centers where people "hot-desk" and switch job roles alot. It does so much - you could almost ignore GroupPolicy....almost.....

Sun, Oct 20, 2002 Stephen California

The ScriptLogic product's ROI was a mere 24 hours after purchase. We use it to manage ~8,200 desktops, notebooks and thin clients. 'Getting it Right' is an understatement :)

Wed, Oct 16, 2002 Sr Systems Analyst NY

It's good to see a review on them as they deserve it. When we rolled out ScriptLogic company wide we cut down our help desk calls by 50% and my network admins aren't running around anymore. They know what they are doing. Great review and product!!!

Wed, Oct 16, 2002 Techiedude CA

I used a previous version of this product and it worked perfectly - the newer version includes enhancements that make it even better. It is much easier and more functional then GPOs. Great product!

Wed, Oct 16, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Excellent, lifesaver

Tue, Oct 15, 2002 L Anonymous

Great product!

Tue, Oct 15, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Good review -- some small technical inaccuracies.

Also, the screenshot graphic isn't showing.

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