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LeslieMiller | 17 Jun 2010 | 17 comments

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Share advice with others who are moving to Windows 7 for a chance to win $5,000 worth of prizes!
 
Breaking up IS hard to do!  Neil Sedaka sang about it and you know how true it is.  It's never been easy.  But Symantec is here to help.  We are providing a forum for those of you who have already kicked your old operating system to the curb so that you can guide others  considering the move onto the greener pastures of Windows 7. Submit your  best break up story - or worst, as a cautionary tale - that you experienced during your Windows 7 migration and earn 100 points for sharing your insights. One lucky winner will be selected to receive $5,000 worth of prizes of their choosing for the best breakup story and advice.  Submissions must be received by August 31st, 2010.

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Gary T Brown | 30 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

A recent survey conducted before and after the launch of Windows 7 revealed that 20 percent of IT professionals polled have sped up their timetable for upgrading to Windows 7. Those polled said the operating system’s speed and user interface are the main reasons to upgrade.
 
But upgrading an entire business isn’t like flipping a switch, and being hasty will make your migration go south quickly. As with any journey, migration to Windows 7 requires a plan and preparation. Here are some guidelines to ensure a smooth ride:
 
Formulate a road map: Before you can successfully migrate to Windows 7, you need to know what is in front of you.  Haste to upgrade too quickly can be like a bird attempting to flee the nest before its wings are ready. Avoid looking for shortcuts, and start by assembling a team that represents key stakeholders such as IT operations, security operations, application testing and packaging, network...

CEwing | 11 Nov 2009 | 1 comment

WRATH: Not taking the right steps to avoid the wrath of your CIO if the migration doesn’t go well

Every company has had its share of network or endpoint computer problems during a typical work day. These issues result in anger and frustration from the end users affected and an increased number of trouble tickets routed through the helpdesk. If communication about a migration is mishandled, these roadblocks will multiply as more end users are unable to access the applications they need to do their jobs. Unchecked, these problems can also affect the choices of key decision makers, causing negative repercussions for IT in the long run.

The human element is easy to overlook when talking technology, but communication before and during migration can go a long way in avoiding wrath throughout the process. IT managers should identify key decision makers and work closely with them throughout the process. The company’s migration should be...

CEwing | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

GREED: Failing to run a test or pilot to test the migration

For any organization, upgrading operating systems can be exciting. But if the anticipation leads to an attempt at immediate adoption without first testing the deployment process, that greedy haste will cause headaches. If the process has any complications or glitches, going straight to implementation isn’t a shortcut, it’s a shortfall.

All it takes to overcome greed is a simple pilot test of the new operating system, applications and custom settings before a full deployment. The IT administrator should implement a pilot program to run the new system, see how it goes and make any necessary adjustments. The end result is a smoother migration, happier end users and less calls to the service desk.

The first aspect to consider is whether any necessary network changes are required to support the migration. You will need to implement the network changes identified...

CEwing | 09 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

SLOTH: Being lazy with your migration, not preparing your applications or capturing the right setting and personalities of your endpoints

During a migration you should never forget that corporate computer users don’t like change. End users want to start up their computers and see exactly what they expect—the same printer and network settings, background pictures, Internet favorites, and everything they’ve personalized in their most-used enterprise applications. Every Windows 7 migration needs to ensure that the user experiences less disruption and less negative impact during the process.

Successful migration to Windows 7 is possible, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Laziness in preparing applications or capturing settings for each client will leave IT lacking at the time of migration. And no one wants end users complaining to management and damaging the overall perception of the process (just wait for our blog on Wrath...

CEwing | 05 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Gluttony: Migrating more than you need to by not cleaning things up first

Organizations often use an OS migration as a time to evaluate the applications, software and other data files they have on the organization’s existing endpoints. They can also use this time to plan their go-forward imaging standards. Those organizations that don’t go through this evaluation and planning process may be migrating more than is necessary (gluttony) once they begin the migration process.

One of the first critical decisions will be determining the specific deployment standards and processes to be used during the migration and, optimally, on a go-forward basis. This could be a considerable undertaking depending on the organization and their existing processes. For example, some IT departments may manage 30+ images that quickly become a logistical nightmare, draining time and resources away from other, more critical issues. However that same...

CEwing | 04 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

LUST:  Lusting after the latest version before figuring out what makes sense for your organization

Before organizations can successfully migrate to Windows 7, they need to know what is in front of them and then formulate the right game plan. While most businesses will benefit from upgrading, lust for the latest version can be like merging into the fast lane without checking your blind spot. If a company’s focus is solely making the switch as soon as possible, it might not take necessary precautions to minimize the time and adjustment for end users.

More importantly, a Windows migration project is not just driving a refresh of the operating system, it can also drive key decisions that will likely impact IT organizations for years to come. Organizations should take advantage of the planning time to re-evaluate hardware vendors, software vendors, security strategies and long term management strategies.

To get started...

Blake M | 03 Nov 2009 | 3 comments

PRIDE: Believing that the built-in security and backup technology is all you need

Many businesses operate under the assumption that built-in security and backup technology is enough to protect their information. To be truly protected against today's increasingly complex and organized cyber attacks, you need a comprehensive, integrated security solution that provides multiple layers of protection, in addition to scalable backup.

In 2008 alone, Symantec detected more than 1.6 million new malicious code threats worldwide, according to the Internet Security Threat Report XIV. This explosion in the number of malicious code threats, coupled with the continued trend towards Web-based attacks, reinforces the growing need for cooperative security and backup responses. Individual point products and add-on functionality are no longer sufficient to protect against today...

Christine Ewing | 02 Nov 2009 | 14 comments

There is a reason the 7 deadly sins are “deadly.” Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride encompass the failings of human nature that cause so many problems in life.

They also accurately characterize some of the pitfalls waiting for companies that leap into a Windows 7 migration too quickly, without ensuring they are prepared. These potential pitfalls range from management to back up to security and can disrupt the entire process.

However, the deadly sins of migration can be avoided. With the right planning and tools in place, Windows 7 can be an opportunity rather than a challenge. It can give companies a blank slate on which to build a better infrastructure and implement more comprehensive security practices.

This daily blog series will explore the 7 deadly sins of a Windows 7 migration and show how these vices can be turned into virtues. Check back tomorrow for the first of our 7 blogs.

To see all 7 deadly sins,...