Deploying Windows 7

It may seem surprising how slowly many companies upgrade their OS, but when you consider all of the planning that should go into it, it makes sense. Windows 8 is coming out later this year, and many companies have not even deployed Windows 7 yet. This is definitely a thing that business owners should think about doing soon as Microsoft has said they will no longer offer formal support for Windows XP after April 2014. So, if businesses that want to be able to access that support, they will need to begin the implementation process in the near future.

Analyze hardware and compatibility

To begin this process, the first thing a company needs to do, is analyze the hardware on the machines to make sure they can run Window’s 7. Also, the programs that are currently installed on the machines may not be compatible with Windows 7. There are ways that an IT department or can find this out.

What OS images to deploy

Businesses will need to determine whether they should deploy just the Windows 7 operating system and install applications later, deploy the operating system and all apps simultaneously, or take a combination approach, deploying the operating system and the most crucial applications that are required by all users. Those who take the second option approach may then deploy other applications down the road as required. This is a suggest route as it is the fastest type of Windows 7 deployment.

Choosing the right image deployment tool

The last part of this process is for your IT department or MSP provider to determine what tool they would like to use to deploy the system. There are lots of tools they can choose from; Windows Deployment Service and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 are a couple.

Upgrading your enterprise to a new OS is a process that has to be planned for. If you are intending on upgrading to Windows 7 or some other operating system, make certain you contact the right people who will help you through this process without too much stress.

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Posted on: 08.29.12