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Download free The Proactive Migration to Windows 7.pdf With each new exciting release of an operating system from Microsoft, there comes the sudden realization by every IT pro that you are going to need to perform the migration to this new platform. This is usually followed by several other realizations about how “this program” probably won’t be compatible and “that user” is going to need their specific settings to migrate, etc. So while the end result (a new secure and more productive OS) looks fantastic, getting there is obviously going to be a challenge. Since you are reading this whitepaper, I can only assume you a) are planning a pending migration to Windows 7 and b) you’ve come to the previously mentioned realizations.

In this whitepaper, I’d like to discuss a very different migration strategy to moving your users and their desktops (a term I’m using generically throughout this paper to mean any PC regardless of its physical configuration – laptop or otherwise) to Windows 7; one that takes a very proactive approach that will result in a faster migration, a more standardized environment, and more productive users. Before I jump into the migration, you first need to buy into three basic statements about your desktops:
  1. Having one‐off desktop configurations is unacceptable. This amounts to exceedingly highersupport costs (that equates to your time) over the life of the desktop.
  2. Your desktop configurations should be both standardized and centralized. This includes
    the OS, apps, user configurations, profile settings, drive mappings and anything else that makes up your user’s environment. Standardized does not mean that every desktop is the same; every user has their own set of needs. Standardized does mean that every desktop configuration (and there will usually be more than one) is intentionally put into production by IT; IT is aware of the configuration and has put a technology in place to implement the configuration. Centralized means that the configuration of each and every desktop is created, stored and able to be modified to update the organization’s definition of a consistent, secure and functional working environment.
  3. Cramming a standard configuration into an OS image is not desktop management. This amounts to maintaining a standard for about one week (until changes by users or IT alter the configuration) out of 3 years of a desktop’s lifetime.
here The Proactive Migration to Windows 7

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