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Plan, Select, and Deploy Windows 7 the Right Way
Info-Tech Research Group, January 2011
The question isn't whether implementing Windows 7 is necessary, but rather, which version, how, and how soon.
- As XP faces end of life, IT must look at implementing Windows 7 across the enterprise to ensure business continuity.
- Windows 7 has a multitude of options - 32 bit vs. 64 bit, Premium vs. Enterprise - that may require significant due diligence on the part of IT to assess and implement throughout the organization.
- This solution set will help you determine which version of Windows 7 is most appropriate and develop a deployment strategy and plan for your organization.
- Business continuity and support are the driving factors behind Windows 7 migration, not ROI and TCO.
- When it comes to installing a new OS across an enterprise, there are unique ways of building buy-in and ensuring less hiccups. Focus on providing limited access to all end users to "bang on the system" as a way of testing and training.
- If you're currently a Microsoft shop, it's best to stay that way. There is alot to be lost in the switch, and little to gain.
Impact and Result
- Select the most appropriate version of Windows 7 for your organization.
- Know what to test and how to test, to ensure a smooth pilot and deployment.
- Understand deployment options, and select the right implementation method(s).
Get to Action
1. Determine the version of Windows 7 needed.
Focus on the status of current hardware, the security and remote access needs of the organization, and the capital investment you're willing to make.
- Storyboard: Windows 7 Planning and Deployment Done Right
- Select and Deploy Windows 7 the Right Way
- Windows 7 Version Selection Tool
2. Deploy Windows 7 across the enterprise.
Understand the internal limitations of your organization. Deployment methodologies vary depending on the number of end users requiring the software, the complexity of their needs, the expertise of internal IT staff and the constraints of avaliable hardware.
- Windows 7 Deployment Strategy Selection Tool
*This is a bundle report package containing multiple components
- Storyboard: Windows 7 Planning and Deployment Done Right (powerpoint)
- Select and Deploy Windows 7 the Right Way (video)
- Windows 7 Version Selection Tool (excel)
- Windows 7 Deployment Strategy Selection Tool (excel)
What you receive:
*Storyboard: Windows 7 Planning and Deployment Done Right
Windows 7 is the best OS for enterprise use from Microsoft and improves on 3 major pain points. Info-Tech recommends organizations running Windows XP as the primary desktop OS migrate to Windows 7 by end-of-year 2012. This storyboard addresses the following migration success factors:
- Preparation and planning are key to a successful deployment – focus on application, driver, and peripheral compatibility.
- Version selection is important to ensure that necessary features and functionality are deployed.
- Selecting the most appropriate deployment methodology will maximize resource allocation and minimize time and cost.
Take advantage of Microsoft’s free resources to help simplify and ensure the success of your Windows 7 deployment.
*Select and Deploy Windows 7 the Right Way
Windows 7 provides a number of improvements over its predecessors, namely with functions, such as Federated Search, DirectAccess, BranchCache, BitLocker, and AppLocker. This video explains the scope and availability of these features across the Windows 7 product offering, as well as the various deployment options available to the organization. Windows 7 is available in three versions:
Watch this video to begin to understand the variance in the product offering and the deployment options available to the organization.
*Windows 7 Version Selection Tool
Info-Tech recommends that organizations currently running Windows XP move to Windows 7 by the end of 2012. The new OS from Microsoft is not only a major improvement over its predecessors in terms of stability and ease of deployment in comparison to Vista, but is also a leap ahead of XP in functionality, specifically for enterprises. This tool will help you determine:
- The version best suited for your enterprise (Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate).
- The OS the enterprise should deploy.
- The bit level (32 or 64) the enterprise should select.
Use this tool to help your organization determine, with confidence, which version of Windows 7 to deploy.
*Windows 7 Deployment Strategy Selection Tool
Selecting the right deployment strategy is critical to a successful launch of Windows 7. With more automated, complex deployment strategies, the organization can expect the required investment in infrastructure and the required level of internal IT expertise to rise significantly.
This tool focuses on the following traits:
- Size of the organization.
- Experience level of current IT staff with deployment.
- Current infrastructure status and setup within the organization.
- Licensing agreements and forms of media available to the organization.
Understand the various deployment options and tools available to minimize time, effort, and pain when rolling out Windows 7.