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In this speech for the Chicago Windows User Group, I review six different technologies that both individuals and enterprise IT managers can use to migrate XP desktops to Windows 7.

In this speech for the Chicago Windows User Group, I review six different technologies that both individuals and enterprise IT managers can use to migrate XP desktops to Windows 7.

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Exploring Windows XP to 7 Migration Options Exploring Windows XP to 7 Migration Options Presentation Transcript

  • Windows 7 Migration Options David Strom For Chicago Windows User Group 5/10 [email_address] http://strominator.com (310) 857-6867 http://strominator.com
  • Products to consider
    • Zinstall
    • Laplink PCMover
    • Microsoft Windows Automated Install Kit
    • Prowess SmartDeploy Enterprise
    • Dell/Kace Kbox
    • Viewfinity User Migration
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  • Other deployment products
    • Landesk
    • Novell Zenworks
    • Symantec Altiris
    • Acronis Snap Image
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  • Zinstall
    • Advantages
      • Runs XP as a VM inside of Win7 but with all your existing user settings
      • Can continue to use your XP setup and apps
      • Inexpensive
    • Disadvantages
      • Unstable and can render your drive unusable
      • Somewhat time consuming for large migrations
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  • Laplink PCMover
    • Advantages
      • Migrate user data and some apps via a special file called its “moving van”
    • Disadvantages
      • Startup apps usually don’t migrate over
      • DRM-apps (iTunes) will require re-activation under Win7
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  • Why use deployment products?
    • Best for >10 desktops
    • Clean consistent image pays off dividends later on for support
    • Can automate the most mundane parts of copying your OS files
    • Can preserve desktop apps and user files – on some of these solutions
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  • Other Microsoft freebies
    • Windows Deployment Services
    • Business Desktop Deployment Module
    • Win 7 Upgrade Advisor (useless)
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  • Viewfinity User Migration
    • Requires WAIK, AD and other Microsoft tools, such as .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
    • Doesn’t migrate the apps, just their settings and user data
    • Is free for the time being while it is beta
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  • Limitations
    • No VMware tools or equivalent installed
    • A single disk VMDK image – don’t split it up into smaller files
    • Don’t join any Windows domains
    • No VM snapshots taken of the image
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  • To Review http://strominator.com Tool Price Approach Keep existing apps? Laplink PCMover $20-$60 per PC In place single PC Mostly Zinstall $89 per PC PC run in VM Yes WAIK Free Automated WIM Sometimes Kace Kbox 2100 $4500 for 100 PCs Appliance Sometimes Viewfinity Free in beta Automated WIM No Smart Deploy $2000 per site Convert VMDK to VIM Yes
  • Questions to answer
    • How much hardware variation do you have to cover?
    • Have you used any of Microsoft deployment tools in the past? Start with WAIK.
    • Do you need to keep your existing applications on each desktop? Then don't consider Viewfinity.
    • Do you have any experience with VMware? If so, then start with SmartDeploy.
    • Are you looking to store a centralized repository of your desktop images? If so, then consider the Kbox.
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  • Discussion topics
    • Is this the time to consider imaged desktops or managed desktops?
    • How much variety in vendors and internals do you have to deal with to run Win7?
    • How much VM experience do you have?
    • What is the total number of desktops to migrate?
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  • For more info http://strominator.com http://webinformant.wordpress.com/win7/