The final chapter of the The Altiris-sponsored e-book, "The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration" is now availalble for download. Get the details here.
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Here's What's Covered:
The project is almost complete. Two phases of the QUOTE System are left. The Transfer phase will focus on the manufacturing activities of the project, running through the pilot project, and then migrating all systems to Vista. The Evaluate phase will focus on project closure, running through the hand off to internal support teams, performing the project post-mortem, and preparing for system evolution.
In order to complete these phases, you need to run through a series of activities which include:
- Oversee administrative activities to ensure that each aspect of the process that will support the deployment is ready for prime time.
- Run the pilot project which will include more than the proof of concept (POC) that was run at the end of the Organize phase. While the POC focused on the technical activities to ensure every engineering process was ready to roll, the pilot project’s goal will be to bring both administrative and technical processes together for a complete end to end test. Then, it will aim to report on each aspect of the deployment process to make sure all is ready. If changes are required, then, the project team needs to perform required modifications before they can proceed.
- Once all is deemed ready, the massive deployment begins and the project enters a manufacturing mode where it runs through the repetitive processes required to migrate each system. If the organization has opted to use a forklift migration—migrating each system in one fell swoop—then, this process runs until all systems are deployed. If the project has opted to use attrition—migrating systems through their hardware refresh program—then, the deployment will only affect those systems that are upgraded this year. It will also need to prepare for migration recurrence: re-running the migration processes each year until all systems are running Vista.
- Once the mass production is complete, a hand-off to internal support teams must be performed before project mechanisms are integrated into every day operations.
- A project post-mortem must be completed to ensure that project wins are captured and project failures are trapped. This helps ensure that projects of this type keep improving as the organization runs them.
The very final phase of this project is the preparation for system evolution. Each migration project can only take on a certain amount of work, aiming to get the best quality based on available resources. But, once all systems are migrated, the organization can begin to invest more fully into the benefits inherent in the new OS and add functionality to its deployment as operations teams begin to master the elements that make up the overall solution.
Download Chapter 10 here.