Windows 10 is here, and it’s ready for deployment to enterprises everywhere. If your organization is one of the many that avoided previous Windows upgrades, be prepared for some changes in how Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) is deployed. A business upgrade to Windows 10 can be accomplished through remarkably automated means — if you know what to look for.
This white paper explores six key activities that are required for every successful Windows migration and explains how automating those tasks will help ensure a successful enterprise upgrade to Windows 10.
At first blush, a Windows 10 upgrade might seem easy. But the Windows migration project involves more than just getting Windows 10’s bits onto your hard drives. A number of critical activities surround the Windows install, such as:
- Analyzing your existing hardware and software
- Verifying application compatibility
- Deploying the OS to users
- Migrating user data and configurations
- Distributing applications and updates
- Project tracking and status reporting
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These six tasks are all critical to success, but without the right tools, they can be extremely difficult to complete. By automating these tasks, you can deliver a better, faster and more complete Windows migration. This white paper explains what to look for in a Window 10 migration solution and why choosing integrated tools is critical to the success of your Windows 10 upgrade. We’ll also explore how to choose solutions that will continue to deliver value even after the Windows migration is complete, maximizing ROI.
Six Key Migration Tasks You'll want to Automate
Task #1: Analyzing your existing hardware and software
The first step in any Windows migration is to inventory and analyze your existing hardware and software with an eye toward answering three critical pre-deployment questions:
- What hardware will work with the new OS and what requires an upgrade or replacement? An accurate answer to this question is critical because installing a Windows OS to substandard hardware generally results in a poor user experience. A network-based IT inventory management solution is the most efficient way to get complete and accurate details. The solution can interrogate all the machines on your network to ensure a complete inventory, consolidate the results into a single database, and provide reports that will help you compare your current hardware to Microsoft’s requirements and recommendations for the new OS.
- What software is currently installed on each machine? A successful Windows 10 upgrade requires installing the new OS plus all the right applications. Therefore, before you start migrating, you need to accurately inventory all the applications installed on each machine. The best way to get that information is, again, to use an automated inventory tool.
- What software is actually being used? Migrating applications that you no longer
need wastes time and effort, complicates the project unnecessarily and increases risk. Therefore, you need to analyze your inventory carefully to identify unauthorized, unused and redundant applications. The right automated inventory tool will make this application rationalization process faster, easier and more accurate.
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