Hello, my name is Christophe Jonot. I'm a senior solution consultant for ChangeBASE, and in this short video, I will give you an overview of how ChangeBASE helps organizations speed up their server application migration to Windows Server 2012.
For applications to be assessed, they initially need to be imported into ChangeBASE. The first option is to import Windows Installer packages directly from a network share. ChangeBASE monitors this shared folder, and automatically selects any new added package.
These three applications have been discovered. We can now import them. During the imports, ChangeBASE looks at all the files contained in the apps, to look at their structure. 16, 32, 64-bit files. What are the drivers? It scans the file header, looks for API codes, and so on, and imports all this data into a secure database.
Now, during the import stage, ChangeBASE also assesses the applications. We can see here the Dashboard being updated dynamically with a new status. And here, we can see the three applications imported.
Other options to import applications are available. The easiest way is actually to directly import packages from Microsoft SCCM. Legacy applications, such as setup.exes or .bat, will need to be repackaged as MSIs before importing them into ChangeBASE.
Many server applications come under this format, and the good news is that ChangeBASE helps speed up this task by offering an automated repackaging process. For time purposes, this is covered in another video.
Finally, ChangeBASE also allows you to capture web application content, and assess it against your target browser.
Imported applications can then be viewed from the Applications tab, where we can see the assessment results for each app, and dive into the issues in detail.
Before doing this, however, Project Management will first want to see the overall results for the entire application portfolio. Let's go back to the Dashboard for this.
You may need to assess multiple technologies for your platforms. Such as Windows Server 2012 and Server [? UpView. ?] You may want to migrate to Server 2012, and to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. Well, ChangeBASE allows you to create such platforms, and obtain, like we see here, combined wizards.
In this example, we see that those six applications aren't ready and compatible for both Windows Server 2012 and Remote Desktop Services.
Each user can tailor his own Dashboard, and decide to add a report showing the applications by complexity level, for example, or by phases, to help managing the migration project. Each [? window ?] can then be configured as desired.
Modeling is key in ChangeBASE. The right information needs to be presented to the right user the right way. More detailed reports can also be generated with ChangeBASE. Let's look at the Reporting tab.
Here, out of the books, reports are available and are simply generated this way. Using the Packages by RAG report as an example, we see the assessed packages grouped by green, amber, and red compatibility status.
All those reports can be saved under various formats, PDF documents, Excel spreadsheets, CSV files to be exported to Tools, and they can also be sent from here.
You can create your own reports, and customize them. Here, we have simply reprinted the package by RAG Report. Now, let's pretend we are your application specialist, and we want to see the detailed list of issues for each app, and we want to fix them.
The applications grid lets us access the least of applications, and the detailed compatibility status for each platform. Some of these server applications can be made of several different packages. These ActiveRoles server applications is a good example.
I've created a product group to group all those applications together. Here, this installer includes multiple MSIs, and ChangeBASE provides the overall status for the main server application.
To see the detailed issue, this red issue, for example, we just need to double click on the app. Some genetic information about the app first, then the results per platform, and the issue details. Explanation of the issue's provided, as well as guidance for the next steps.
We can go back to the main grid, and try to find some issues we can actually fix with ChangeBASE. This app, for example, contains custom action issues. Contains four of them. Again, we can see the explanation of the issue, as well as the recommended next steps.
Here, I know that we can automatically fix the issue, and I'm going to go ahead and simply select Fix. This is going to create a transform file or an MST that will contain the fix created by ChangeBASE. We can see here that this file has just been created.
This transform file can also be edited with MSI Studio and MSI Editing tool provided with ChangeBASE.
Another approach is to fix multiple applications, working on one specific issue at a time. Let's go to the Checks tab. I have selected here one issue for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, that currently affects three of my applications.
After reviewing what the fix exactly does, I can go ahead and set a demo, and let ChangeBASE automatically fix this issue for all three applications.
This concludes this short demonstration on how can ChangeBASE help you accelerate your migrations to Windows Server 2012. Thank you for watching.