If you’ve got Windows 7 on your mind and you’re anticipating moving ahead with it in your enterprise, Microsoft has some good resources worth checking out.
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit: A “Solution Accelerator” to help you take an inventory of systems/software, determine compatibility, and prepare a Windows 7 migration readiness report (something that can really shave some time off any feasibility studies or migration preparation).
Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit: A tool and means of documentation for determining application compatibility with Windows 7 (something I don’t see being a big problem for most organizations).
User State Migration Tool: A tool for migrating user files and OS settings. (I’m not a big fan of such an approach given all the junk that’s often pulled over onto the new machine creating a not so fresh situation on your computers from the get go. For some enterprises, however, this may be the only option.)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008: A tool for automating the Windows 7—and Office 2010 and Server 2008 R2—deployment process; a big time saver if you do it right!
Time management experts have shown that one minute of planning can save five minutes in execution. Taking the time to sit down and go over your Windows 7 migrations/deployments up front will provide a huge payoff. You know Windows 7 is coming, might as well start thinking about it now.
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.