WIndows 7 Migration tools for Nashville AITP

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  • Used to transfer the apps but not the OS, can work with VHDs and its own imaging format.
  • This Windows Image File (Install.wif) is what you need to get things started
  • Each application has its set of base properties that you can encapsulate and each virtual desktop has a collection of settings that you can allow, hide, or configure.
  • WIndows 7 Migration tools for Nashville AITP

    1. 1. Windows 7 Migration Options David Strom For Nashville AITP July 2010 [email_address] http://strominator.com (310) 857-6867 http://strominator.com
    2. 2. Products to consider <ul><li>Zinstall </li></ul><ul><li>Laplink PCMover </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Windows Automated Install Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Prowess SmartDeploy Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Dell/Kace Kbox </li></ul><ul><li>Viewfinity User Migration </li></ul><ul><li>InstallFree </li></ul>http://strominator.com
    3. 3. Other deployment products <ul><li>Landesk </li></ul><ul><li>Novell Zenworks </li></ul><ul><li>Symantec Altiris </li></ul><ul><li>Acronis Snap Image </li></ul>http://strominator.com
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    5. 5. Zinstall <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs XP as a VM inside of Win7 but with all your existing user settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can continue to use your XP setup and apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexpensive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unstable and can render your drive unusable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Somewhat time consuming for large migrations </li></ul></ul>http://strominator.com
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    10. 10. Laplink PCMover <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Migrate user data and some apps via a special file called its “moving van” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Startup apps usually don’t migrate over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DRM-apps (iTunes) will require re-activation under Win7 </li></ul></ul>http://strominator.com
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    19. 19. Image Assistant http://strominator.com
    20. 20. Why use deployment products? <ul><li>Best for >10 desktops </li></ul><ul><li>Clean consistent image pays off dividends later on for support </li></ul><ul><li>Can automate the most mundane parts of copying your OS files </li></ul><ul><li>Can preserve desktop apps and user files – on some of these solutions </li></ul>http://strominator.com
    21. 21. WAIK http://strominator.com
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    29. 29. Other Microsoft freebies <ul><li>Windows Deployment Services </li></ul><ul><li>Business Desktop Deployment Module </li></ul><ul><li>Win 7 Upgrade Advisor (useless) </li></ul>http://strominator.com
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    31. 31. Viewfinity User Migration <ul><li>Requires WAIK, AD and other Microsoft tools, such as .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t migrate the apps, just their settings and user data </li></ul><ul><li>Is free for the time being while it is beta </li></ul>http://strominator.com
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    53. 53. Limitations <ul><li>No VMware tools or equivalent installed </li></ul><ul><li>A single disk VMDK image – don’t split it up into smaller files </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t join any Windows domains </li></ul><ul><li>No VM snapshots taken of the image </li></ul>http://strominator.com
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    58. 58. http://strominator.com You can run each app directly from your desktop, as you can see here we have links to IE8 natively and IE6 virtually.
    59. 59. 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 InstallFree $25 per PC Application Layering Yes
    60. 60. Questions to answer <ul><li>How much hardware variation do you have to cover? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you used any of Microsoft deployment tools in the past? Start with WAIK. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need to keep your existing applications on each desktop? Then don't consider Viewfinity. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any experience with VMware? If so, then start with SmartDeploy. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you looking to store a centralized repository of your desktop images? If so, then consider the Kbox. </li></ul>http://strominator.com
    61. 61. Discussion topics <ul><li>Is this the time to consider imaged desktops or managed desktops? </li></ul><ul><li>How much variety in vendors and internals do you have to deal with to run Win7? </li></ul><ul><li>How much VM experience do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the total number of desktops to migrate? </li></ul>http://strominator.com
    62. 62. For more info http://strominator.com AND GO TO: http://webinformant.wordpress.com/win7/

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