What to think about before deploying Windows 7.

There are a lot to think about and plan when you are thinking of deploying Windows 7 in your organisation. And I hope that you are thinking of deploying Windows 7 to your users soon. Before you start deploying a new OS there are a few things you need to decide.

  • Are you going to use new or reuse your old hardware?
  • Are the programs I am using working with Windows 7?
  • Are the web applications working with IE 8?
  • What version of Windows 7 am I going to use? (Pro or Enterprise)
  • x86 or x64
  • How are you going to install? (MDT lite or zero touch, SCCM or some other way)
  • Installation of programs.
  • Backup of userdata?
  • What users can be in the test group.

When you have been thinking for a while you should know that there are a lot of tools from Microsoft that will help you in your planning and the deployment of Windows 7 in your organisation. Bellow are the things you need to get started in your migration.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit “MAP”
MAP will help you find out what computers in your organisation are compatible with Windows 7, what drivers are included on the Windows 7 CD  and what drivers you can find on Windows update.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=67240B76-3148-4E49-943D-4D9EA7F77730&displaylang=en

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 “ACT”
ACT will help you test your application and IE sites to make sure that it is working with Windows 7. And it will help you to find solutions to problems.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=24da89e9-b581-47b0-b45e-492dd6da2971&displaylang=en

Windows XP mode.
If you have one or two progarms that don’t work in Windows 7 you can use Windows XP mode to get them to work. This is not a good solution if you have many users that are using the programs that are not working. Then you should think about Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V).
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

SHIMS
Shims are powerful and flexible tools for mitigating application compatibility issues.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=F3B46BA6-0EF2-47DB-AAEC-ED786109E030&displaylang=en

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit “MDT 2010”
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791.aspx

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 “WAIK”
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=696DD665-9F76-4177-A811-39C26D3B3B34&displaylang=en

USMT
Is included in WAIK
 

Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=EE2A1D38-88A9-43B3-95BC-7E962F0B6030&displaylang=en

Windows 7: Deployment step by step
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349337(WS.10).aspx

 

If you have any comments and other tips on deploying please write a comment.

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