Five Steps for a Victorious Windows 7 Migration - Slide 5

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Assess what applications people are accessing and alert users in advance to any changes post-migration. For example, you may choose to sunset an old application that isn't compliant with the new version of Windows and not worth upgrading. Or, you may find many people are using a non-compliant application that will be removed from their computers during the upgrade. Let's say your discovery tool shows 50 percent of users are using AOL Instant Messenger, an application you only want available via a request to IT. Proactively sending out a notice, with instructions on how to request AIM later through the IT service catalog, can help to reduce a slew of "Where's my AIM?!" calls post-migration.

Umesh Shah of Numara Software gave us this helpful rundown of steps to prepare for the move to Windows 7. (You can check out Shah's full column on the issue here.)

If you’re planning to move to Windows 7 before 2012, questions you should be asking yourself now are:

  • How will we identify which systems can be upgraded and which cannot, and how will this impact our budget?
  • What do we need to do to prepare targeted systems and users for the migration?
  • How will we create a plan that is both measurable and attainable and regularly report on progress to executives?
  • How will we maintain user productivity during the migration?
  • What is our plan for ensuring a successful migration?
  • How will we prepare for unforeseen issues following the migration?
You should also keep up on our ongoing coverage of issues related to Windows 7. Be sure to read:
 

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