Challenges and Solutions to Windows 10 Migration
December 15, 2015
Windows 10 is here! Are you ready to deploy it in your organization or are you going to wait for any bug fixes first? Whether you are actively planning an enterprise-wide Windows 10 deployment or not, the influx of new devices onto the corporate network means you need to be able to manage them. Watch this video to learn how you can make the most of your OS migration.
Employees are demanding the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Windows 10 is a game changer for this flexibility, unifying the user experience with a seamless transition among all devices. But migrating to Windows 10 poses significant challenges due to the number of software components, service disruptions, patch deployments, and security requirements, as well as the challenge of managing numerous types of endpoints.
At HEAT Software, we recommend following six steps to effectively reap the full benefits of Windows 10. First, inventory your software and hardware to determine which endpoints are Windows 10 ready. With this inventory in hand, you can plan and budget to ensure there are no last-minute surprises. Second, fully backup and migrate all settings and files to reduce potential user productivity loss. This is especially important for wipe-and-load upgrades.
Third, configure and deploy Windows 10. Define what is required to roll out Windows 10 itself. Automated endpoint management helps package the operating system, drivers, and configurations, assign packages to users, or even empower users to migrate themselves. Fourth, package and install collections of software appropriate for your devices, groups, and most importantly, users.
Windows 10 presents new challenges since it supports such a wide variety of hardware. Packages must support both user-related and machine-related elements, and application packages must include both binaries and installation configuration. Fifth, keep your operating system up to date with timely patch management to reduce the risk of hacking and malware.
And finally, monitor and report on the rollout progress to ensure that all endpoints are successfully upgraded to Windows 10. After migration and deployment, automate ongoing maintenance of Windows 10, including troubleshooting, remediation, removing and reinstalling Windows 10, if required.
At HEAT Software, we believe in automated, unified, endpoint management solution can help support every stage of the software lifecycle. Compliance readiness, it can save you up to 95% of the time spent tracking down hardware. Operating system deployment, it can reduce the time spent on OS deployments by up to 75%. Patch management, it can reduce time to install patches by up to 80%.
Enterprise-wide operating system migrations can seem like a daunting task, but with HEAT Unified Endpoint Management, you can ensure that Windows 10 deployments are secured, configured, and maintained throughout every stage of migration, and managed efficiently in production. To learn more and start your free trial, visit us at heatsoftware.com.