We are all aware that all good things must come to an end. The reign of Windows 7 is one of them, with end-of-life coming into effect on January 14th, 2020.
However, with the inception of Windows 10, all is not lost! (Or it won’t be if your migration is completed effectively!)
Windows 10 is the latest Microsoft Operating System as a Service (OSaS), released in summer 2015. The OS is based within the cloud, enabling constant updates in the areas of appearance, navigation, security, and compliance. Ensuring you are always running on the latest and safest tech.
Recently, I have been working with the 848 and Ricoh teams, on a client project involving the migration of over 2000 users, from Windows 7, to Windows 10. Our approach to Infrastructure migration follows a streamlined procedure, ensuring minimal downtime and service disruption. Utilising the User State Migration Tool. Ultimately, securing a smooth data transfer process, that is suited to your business needs.
All of our projects follow our rigorous ‘Plan, Build, Run’ methodology. We begin our migration process by completing Discovery Assessments as part of the Planning stage. Here, we take into consideration existing infrastructure, applications, user profiles and business goals. This is crucial to nailing a Build strategy that fits the needs of the organisation.
In this project, it was important that the migration be completed prior to their peak season in September.
Standardisation is the key during the build phase, to deploy a consistent device that’s been tested by a subset of users and contains all the necessary components for staff to be productive, and ensures no data is lost during the process. There are various technologies to achieve this, traditionally WDS, MDT and SCCM have been the core tools, the advent of Autopilot adds a simpler way of offering a user driven deployment option. Once the template has been written, this needs to be deployed in the easiest way possible to existing and new devices.
We offer all our clients Managed Services and Support, as part of our Run processes, ensuring continuous improvement of systems.
For those who don’t have an internal IT department, or have skill gaps within their IT teams, Managed Services and Support is an assured way to maintain quality infrastructure and meet the needs of scalability in future growth.
If you’re still running on an older Windows system, it’s important to have a plan for how those systems will be maintained and managed once Windows 7 reaches end of life in January. If you’re in need of assistance, get in touch, we’re only too happy to help!