After the release of Windows 10 Anniversary update last August, Windows is now solid and I fully recommend your organisation giving it a serious look. If you are not already moving users, you should start planning your move right away. But are you ready? Here are four key questions your organisation needs to consider before migrating your users to Windows 10.
1. Is Your Hardware Compatible?
An automated assessment of your desktops may be in order. Look at solutions that can assess which of your desktops are ready to update to Windows 10. Some of your PCs will be able to receive in place upgrades while others will need to be replaced.
2. What Applications Are Required?
Application sprawl is real and your Windows 10 migration project is the perfect time to find out what software is really being used by your users. Your organisation may be paying for a lot to licence software not even utilised. Most employees don’t even use all parts of Microsoft Office. For instance, in a recent study of more than 150,000 users, 70% of users were only using the Microsoft Office for light reading and editing. You might even find that many of your users don’t even need Microsoft Office with much less expensive solutions around such as Google Docs? By knowing not only what applications are installed on desktops but also if they are being used, you can plan accordingly and save massive amounts of money, effort, and time. Think of the money you could save your organisation by assessing application usage and modifying application entitlements appropriately.
3. Don’t Forget About User-Authored Data
Does your organisation adhere to best practices to redirect key shell folders such as My Documents/Pictures/Videos? If you haven’t, your users’ data may be a risk in a migration. You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just incidental data such as pictures.” Many of today’s users rely on graphics, videos, and stored local documents to do their jobs. They may be storing a lot of proprietary company data locally where it’s not backed up in the event of a disaster. Now is the time to not only put in best practices, but to automatically move that data from local PCs/Profiles, to a DR protected CIFs share/home drive on the network.
4. Is Windows 10 The Last OS With One Profile?
No, Microsoft OS updates have broken Windows profiles more than 7 times since Windows XP. Three of those breaks are actually in Windows 10 updates! Ensure your profile management solution can be set to automatically make an existing profile compatible across multiple OS versions with compatibility that works both backward and forward. With this capability, you don’t have to upgrade all of your desktops at once to Windows 10. This allows you to take a more programmatic and phased approach to rolling out the new OS version.
There are, of course, more factors to consider in moving your desktops to Windows 10 but these are the most critical to consider in the first instance. In the meantime, here’s a whitepaper and more information that will help you on your journey to Windows 10.