Dima P. wrote:Endpoint still misses the obvious central management console for large deployments. Thinking forward if we do include such feature in the product, then update should be managed from such console leaving [end users] clueless about Endpoint as an entity, right?
That's a good description of the goal. For managed systems (and "Grandma" systems), the ideal is that the users don't even know it's there. It just does its job. Then when a restore is needed, the Help Desk (or technical family member) says "Don't worry. We have your backups." For business users, there is a challenge with central console management with roving clients like laptops. We have some computers that leave the local network for long periods of time. For "grandma" users, I don't think the option of central console management would help at all.
Updates could install by themselves and a recovery media ISO could be generated automatically
You are thinking a bit virtual – ISO for a physical real end-user won’t help to start a bare metal recovery. Aside from this fact, I like the idea of having simple “update whenever you receive an update” checkbox
Here's the current scenario: The user comes to me with a dead computer and a USB backup with VEB backups on it. I may have an ISO made by version 1.0 of VEB. They might have version 3.5. (Let's assume this is 5 years from now.) At least if the ISO's were on the recovery media, I could plug it in to a different computer, make the recovery media and be on my way.
This has me thinking. For USB (and possibly local storage) users, it might make sense to offer the option to make the backup device itself bootable recovery media. It'd be one stop shopping. For users configured to back up to a B&R repository, I think it makes a lot of sense to automatically upload ISOs since those users are obviously being managed by an IT department.