How can I manage OS (Operating System) migration?

OS migration is very often necessary not only from a security standpoint, but because of technological developments in software solutions are constantly evolving.

However, many companies wait until the last minute to migrate their desktops to a new version of their operating system.

Worse still, many organisations have an OS that the publisher no longer supports, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, and even Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, based on the computer’s processor.

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Background and issues of OS migration: a very challenging project for the company

Background

Many factors necessitate OS migration of desktops.

Firstly, user satisfaction and productivity may be at stake in that certain applications require an updated OS to run.

Additionally, companies that refuse or postpone migration are exposing themselves to potential security breaches that can have very serious consequences.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, has even stated that companies choosing to continue to run Windows 7 on their computers should do so “at their own risk”.

So why do we see so many businesses still running Windows 7 on their computers? The reason is simple: it is very complicated to migrate all your IT to a new operating system. In fact, the IT department must:

  • Test all software with the new OS to check that there are no incompatibilities.
  • Make sure that all the hardware is compatible with the new OS.
  • Prepare the migration and deployment of the new OS.
  • Make sure that it is possible to restore any missing data in order to avoid a shutdown in production.

Issues

Incompatibility of applications

Security breaches with serious consequences

Application test phase time-consuming

Migration without the possibility to restore

Managing migrations with management tools (SCCM) predicting that each post will be connected to the network with only 92% reliability

Migrate your desktops with peace of mind with the ceBoxOS® solution!

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The ceBoxOS® solution makes it possible to manage your OS migration with peace of mind, with ease, remotely, and with the option to restore.

The terminal administrator can prepare your new OS (Windows 10, for example), install various types of user software, and test their performance. Once the master is validated, the administrator can send this new image to a group of beta testers and if necessary, make adjustments to the settings of the master based on user feedback. Once the test phase is finished, the administrator simply has to apply the image to all the PCs prior to migration.

The next time users start up their computers, the new image with the updated OS will instantly be available on 100% of the ceBox®.

In the event of incompatibility, the administrator can restore (or redeploy Windows 7, for example) in a few clicks or even offer the two environments on the same desktop during the test phase. The installation won’t take longer than a few minutes, so it won’t hinder production.

Manage the OS migration of your IT system with ceBoxOS® in three steps!

1. Prepare the OS and applications

The administrator prepares the software and operating system (Windows 10, Linux, etc.) ahead of the migration project, installing and setting up the user software. They can also prepare the network configuration and antivirus solutions.

2. Test and validate the new OS

The administrator can also make sure that all the management software works with the new OS. They can carry out a test phase by deploying the new OS to a limited number of users in order to fix potential flaws.

3. Deploy the new OS

The administrator can finalise the deployment remotely even if the desktops deployed are at a remote site. From the ceBox® management console, simply route the previously prepared image to the terminals before migration. The terminals will then start up on the new operating system.

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