Windows 8 will almost certainly hit the market later this year, but a surprising number of businesses have not even implemented Windows 7 yet. This may be a crucial thing for businesses to do because as of April 2014, Microsoft will no longer support for Windows XP. So companies will have to upgrade to Windows 7, at least, if they still want to receive formal support from Microsoft. Before rolling out a new operating system across the board it’s essential that companies make sure their computers are ready to make the change.
Analyze hardware and compatibility
Business IT departments or Manage Service Providers will first have to evaluate the hardware’s capability to run Windows 7. One way businesses can do this is by using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 7.0 to complete an assessment of their current equipment. Manage Service Providers will need to decide if a company’s applications will work with Windows 7.
What OS images to deploy
Businesses will have to evaluate if they must deploy just the Windows 7 operating system and install applications later, deploy the operating system and all apps at the same time, or take a combination technique, deploying the operating system and the most important applications that are necessary for all users. Those who take the latter approach may then deploy other applications in the future when needed. This is a recommend route as it is the quickest type of Windows 7 deployment.
Choosing the right image deployment tool
Once all of these things have been done, the final step in the process is for your MSP to decide on which tool they would like to use. There are numerous tools a company can use to deploy the Windows 7 image. A couple being: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or 2012. All of these tools have different advantages and disadvantages that ought to be taken into consideration.
Upgrading your business 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 can help you through this process without too much stress.