OS Migration Strategies
Steps for a Good Transition
Upgrading an OS can be a challenge for many organizations. You have to consider a mixture of PC technologies, numerous application sets for different user groups, and possible compatibility issues. But, migrating to a new OS does not need to be a daunting experience. With the right strategy in place, making the jump to Windows 7 can be simplified.
Start with an Assessment: When dealing with a core technology like an OS, it's essential to know which machines are best suited for the upgrade, how they need to be prepared, and how much hardware needs to be purchased to complete the migration. An assessment gives you a clear picture of your environment's existing mix of hardware and software, lets you plan an effective strategy for your Windows 7 migration, and provides a baseline to measure your progress.
Create a Smart Strategy: Use your assessment information to create a plan that works to your advantage. Identify good targets for system upgrades and get the most out of your budget by matching performance needs with the right computers. Determine how to build out a good hardware independent image, prepare applications, and capture existing data off machines. Figuring out how to assemble the entire process and automate it will save you significant resources and result in a much smoother transition.
Set Achievable Goals: Do you want increased security? Support for a specific application set? Reduced management requirements? A series of goals and milestones for your project will make it much easier to explain the benefits to decision makers and users alike.
Talk the Talk: Perhaps the most overlooked step of any project is to keep others up to speed. Choose an opportune time to let users know about the migration before it happens. Discuss the benefits they'll see with Windows 7, explain new processes, and show how to maintain old ones.
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Leverage VDI Technology
For organizations that have implemented desktop virtualization, migration to Windows 7 will be much easier. If you've been looking at VDI but need an extra incentive to make the investment—this is it. By removing your applications' dependency on the operating system, you can virtualize your apps and deliver them as a service rather than having to install them. It also lets you update a master desktop image while preserving individual users' settings and data.
Spot Opportunities for Improvement: Don't forget to look for key opportunities to improve your environment during the Windows 7 deployment. Pay close attention to standardizing platforms and naming conventions and improving security.
Stay Focused: Remember those goals you set? Follow them. When the project is finished, don't forget to measure the improvements you set out in your list of goals.
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Cutting-edge, energy-efficient PCs equipped with Windows 7 can help your organization cut costs, boost productivity, and simplify manageability. A Windows 7 Assessment assists your organization in planning for this deployment and ensures a seamless transition to new technology. This information allows for the desktop readiness and planning of your Windows 7 deployment, and addresses license compliance and security concerns. After the planning phase, we can manage and deliver the deployment to all the desktops in the enterprise, and you'll be set to benefit from the increased productivity, security, and savings that the new OS offers.
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