How to migrate to Windows 7

With 177 million copies of Windows 7 expected to be shipped by the end of 2010, according to UDC, businesses need a migration plan.

With 177 million copies of Windows 7 expected to be shipped by the end of 2010, according to UDC, businesses need a migration plan.

Indian offshore IT services provider HCL Technologies has launched a migration service called XpressMigrate. Maninder Singh, head of end-user computing services in the company's Infrastructure Services Division, outlines best practices for businesses at the migration preparation and development stages.

Preparation

  • Form a project committee that includes members from each major business unit, as well as operational groups in the IT organisation, to oversee the development of a project timeline that features high-level milestones and estimates required resources.
  • Establish a formal, comprehensive and workable testing methodology to ensure that issues are identified and categorised, keeping your environment's variability in mind.
  • Explore a migration model that ensures low business risk and promises assurance tolerance to loss of data through a robust user state back-up and restoration process for user data and settings.

Deployment

  • Create a platform for visibility into the reports on number of deployments completed, failed deployments and status of opened tickets, status view of top three current active deployments, time taken for deployments, and upcoming schedule for deployments, etc.
  • Use your Windows migration as an opportunity to improve your PC manageability.
  • Plan on piloting for a minimum of three months. The shorter the pilot, the more problems will occur during the deployment.

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