Instead of barely surviving an OS migration, wouldn’t it be nice to roll out that shiny new OS and a better IT environment at the same time? What if you could do all that and still keep migration costs relatively low?
To the average IT professional, that might sound too good to be true. But you’re not the average IT professional (hint: we only let above average IT professionals read this blog), so it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that LANDESK offers huge advantages when it comes to OS migration.
In this post, we’ll look at reasons one through five. Be sure to check out 10 Smart Reasons to Use LANDESK for Your OS Upgrade (Part 2 of 2) for reasons six through 10.
1. Your software license compliance remains intact after the upgrade
LANDESK creates a “Software License Mapping Matrix” for those programs that are standard among every single computer in your environment (MS Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader, etc.), as well as for “less standard” applications (Adobe Acrobat Professional). You don’t waste budget deploying software licenses to employees who didn’t need them in the first place.
Whether you’re upgrading an existing machine to Windows 7, 8, or 10 from XP, or refreshing hardware with Windows 7 or 8 on it—you need to migrate software licenses based on your mapped plan and your licensing capabilities.
2. Know your upgrade progress at any time
It’s a fair question: “What executive dashboards are available to show me the status of our migrations?”
The LANDESK SmartVue customizable dashboard application for tablets and smartphones provides IT departments and business executives a real-time view of what’s happening in the IT environment based on time and location. You can inform executives of migration progress against plan, e.g., how many machines are being migrated on average per business day, per week, or per month.
And with help from LANDESK Professional Services, you can forecast and display how much time remains in the migration process at the current pace, taking into account that migration success rates drop off dramatically for the remaining 20 percent of machines, typically due to some machines needing more attention or being temporarily unavailable (in storage, users on maternity or paternity leave, etc.).
3. Users have everything they need, including non-standard applications
The Software License Mapping Matrix mentioned earlier enables you to map out and preserve all the apps, packages, utilities, websites, favorites, virtualized apps, MED-V, Spoon, ThinApp, etc. that employees care about and that are critical to the business.
We’re able to detect the versions of those apps and then map where you want those located on the new machine. You can also leverage this ability as an opportunity for standardization, for example, migrating a particular application to the same version of the application or creating a new standard across the organization.
4. Security standards are maintained once you’ve upgraded
The LANDESK OS upgrade solution is not just an imaging component or a systems management tool. It’s a process-based approach that also includes LANDESK® Security Suite, the endpoint security component.
With it you can make sure that machines meet Microsoft Windows vulnerability patch baseline and that appropriate patches for Microsoft and third party apps, antivirus definitions, etc., are addressed to meet compliance standards such as PCI and HIPAA.
5. Users are provided with upgrade scheduling options
Users are less resistant to a migration when they know what’s coming and can have input into the scheduling of changes to their machine. If you’ve experienced a major OS migration previously, you might recall the frustration that arose when scheduling the migration with the end user.
Many times the IT resource would be dispatched to the end user’s desk to perform the migration, only to find that the user was not prepared or could not perform the migration. This type of miscommunication can totally derail the overall migration schedule and generate serious cost overruns and delays.
Using the LANDESK Process Manager web console, you define the policies that govern how the migration process will function in your environment. You can easily schedule the migration event, communicate with end users, and gain the needed approvals to safely move forward. If the end user needs to change the migration date, it’s not an issue. The process engine simply makes the change with no impact on IT resources.
In addition to managing the schedule, the process engine can communicate with the end user well in advance of the migration date. These communications serve as a mechanism to educate and guide the end user through the migration process. The communications can also be used to deliver special instructions or links to more advanced training designed to help the user through the transition. What’s more, because the LANDESK process engine manages the communications between the end user and the migration process, it’s possible to have the end user give the final go-ahead before the migration takes place. This method provides a clear audit trail that documents the notifications and approvals granted by the end user.
What’s more, because the LANDESK process engine manages the communications between the end user and the migration process, it’s possible to have the end user give the final go-ahead before the migration takes place. This method provides a clear audit trail that documents the notifications and approvals granted by the end user.
This seamless integration between LANDESK Process Manager and LANDESK Management Suite enables you to fully automate the migration process and transform an old XP machine into a new Windows 10 device with everything the user needs to perform their job function. But most importantly, you’re able to extend your existing IT resources and accomplish the migration process with minimal disruption and cost.
Check out 10 Smart Reasons to Use LANDESK for Your OS Upgrade (Part 2 of 2) for advantages six through 10.