Johann Leclercq is in charge of IT at the Regional Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC) of Pays de la Loire, and for the past 10 years, he has been working with Tranquil IT.
The starting point : Virtualization
« In a 22-year career as an IT manager, it is rare to find a company that is so successful and economically valuable. »
It started back in 2008 with a call for tenders to implement virtualization on its 5 sites. Two respondents, one winner, Tranquil IT. « Vincent and Denis Cardon took much longer to listen to the problem,” recalls Johann. They answered on lambda hardware, proposed a virtualization solution, and explained the advantages and disadvantages. The solution was cheaper than the competitor’s, and the announced performance seemed better. ». This is how 10 years of collaboration with Johann began.
« Everyday very reactive on problem solving, always listening and often beyond the strict order. Every time I have a problem, my first idea now is to call Tranquil IT Systems to find out if they have a solution. »
Johann had another very time-consuming problem: the installation of software on the workstations « and especially their updates». At Tranquil IT, we had already developed a software solution to address this issue: WAPT.
« At the time, at the departmental level, it was mainly the OCS and GLPI pair that was used. I had broken my teeth a little bit on that, I had used money to make this solution work but it didn’t work. I could see it was wading through ».
Johann therefore chose to trust us a second time by testing WAPT, the equivalent of apt-get for Windows. He concluded in a few months that “even the first versions of WAPT already responded to what the other solution did not even do after two to three years ».
Safety issues have arisen, but today with CSPN Johann is no longer worried about what his management might tell him. ” If the ANSSI has validated the product it is unstoppable ».
« I must meet my needs with the minimum amount of time possible. I have to try to optimize as much as possible ».
Johann is the only one to manage the IT department of the DRAC Pays de la Loire, therefore he needs effective tools. « If the return on investment is not worth it, I might have enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t have done any better” he admits about the tools offered by the central IT department of the Ministry of Culture. Gradually, we provided him with the tools best suited to his work, to enable him to work more efficiently. For his workstation installation, we offered him Foreman, who performs his Windows 7 installations « in 10 minutes or 15 minutes ». Johann says it, he can’t afford to spend 3 hours installing a windows 7
Samba3 Samba-AD migration
In 2014 Samba3-NT4 became obsolete with the Samba-AD release. It was therefore necessary to migrate the DRAC Pays de la Loire, which had a heterogeneous infrastructure with servers in Samba3 and servers in Windows. We took the opportunity to unify the domain, and move everything to Samba Active Directory. We used WAPT to automate the domain migration. “It worked so well that Paris chose Tranquil IT to do the deployments of all its sites”. Indeed, following the migration project of the DRAC Pays de la Loire, the central IT department of the Ministry of Culture retained us to migrate and merge all its DRACs, its Central Administration and secondary sites (170 sites) into Samba Active Directory.
Today we work daily with Johann to assist him in the management of his fleet.
« So far, I have no complaints against Tranquil IT Systems. Yet I know I’m very demanding ».
As with many organizations, we took advantage of the calm summer to refocus ourselves on our new projects and recharge our batteries. Now that the September rush has passed, the blog is back in action! I know what you might be thinking after this introduction : " WAPT...
Happy at Work LabelThis year for the first time, Tranquil IT wanted to try to obtain the label" Happy at Work". This label was set up by a site called best-companies.com / Choosemycompany. It is awarded to companies whose employees feel happy and fulfilled at work....
In previous articles, we have presented you in detail the story of Samba Active Directory. From its evolution towards Active Directory to the new features of Samba 4.10, we didn't forget any details... Or almost! Indeed, the history of Samba Active Directory cannot be...