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39 FOLLOW US CDWG.com | 800.808.4239 KATHI GRUMKE Solutions Manager, CDW applications, IT administrators should test the programs for compatibility with the new Windows version. e most reliable way to do so is by using a test environment that can run each application on the new Windows platform. at way, Grumke says, IT managers can assess performance. "If it doesn't run on the newer Windows versions, then an organization must decide whether to remediate, upgrade or replace each application," she adds. STEP 4: Build standard images. Create a generic image with settings and configurations for multiple users and include applications that are required on all computers. STEP 5: Capture user settings and personality. A key to user buy-in for any OS migration is the successful transfer of each person's unique network, OS, application and data settings, along with other customizations. First, identify global settings that must be migrated, such as printer and network drive mappings, favorites and security settings. Next, determine application settings to migrate, including those for custom programs. Finally, turn attention to all the data that IT personnel will move or instruct users about how to make the transfers. STEP 6: Assemble and automate. It's now time to encapsulate templates Visit CDWG.com/xpendoflife for more information about the Windows XP migration. "IT MAY BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO SUPPLEMENT INTERNAL STAFF WITH OUTSIDE EXPERTISE IN WINDOWS OS MIGRATIONS. " and files into an automated job or workflow sequence. is process will ensure that when one task finishes, it will trigger the next one automatically. e goal is to create a single process flow that moves from deploying the images and installing the prepared applications to capturing and restoring personal settings. STEP 7: Migrate systems. At this point, the IT team will want to implement any hardware purchased as part of the migration effort and adjust any necessary network settings. Once these actions are done, it's time to prioritize the migration of applications. "Given that time is tight, organizations should migrate their most mission-critical applications to the new operating system first," Grumke says. "It may be best to migrate less vital applications, or perhaps those in a field office, later in the process." STEP 8: Focus on your users. Early training sessions will be crucial to assure that users of the new Windows OS quickly become productive. Fortunately, this doesn't have to mean a lot of downtime. "Managers used to send users away to training classes, which could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and take workers out of the office for as long as a week," says Timothy Warner, technical trainer with CBT Nuggets, an IT training company. "Now, many quality training providers offer videos on demand that trainees can watch in the office to get practical, hands- on experience that they can apply as soon as the upgrade happens." STEP 9: Measure and report. Careful reporting and analysis will let IT managers track the progress of the rollout and keep a running total of migrated systems. Reporting should also document problems that arise and provide a status of the overall project. Cash In on Modernizations Completing a migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8 before April 2014 is a top priority. A step-by-step plan that prioritizes which applications and departments migrate first will keep disruptions to a minimum and speed up the turnaround time for organizations to capitalize on the benefits of their new Windows platform.