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Efficiently Migrating from Windows XP and Protecting PCs not Migrated Before XP Support Expires

Efficiently Migrating from Windows XP and Protecting PCs not Migrated Before XP Support Expires

The clock is ticking on Windows XP support. With Microsoft ending support for Windows XP in a few months, migrating XP systems to Windows 7 or 8 is essential to ensure security and performance of your systems. However, most organizations find migration to be a drain on time and resources. And many will be unable to migrate all of their XP systems before Microsoft support for XP ends in April, 2014.  According to a July 2013 survey by Dimensional Research, only 37 percent of the surveyed companies had completed their migration from Windows XP, and more than half of the 63 percent that were still in the process of migrating did not anticipate completion before April, 2014.

Will your organization complete its XP migration before the end of Microsoft support?

Dell has established a four-step process for successful and timely migration of your devices from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, and provides the tools to automate and simplify each step:

  • Step I – Planning:  Inventory, analysis, and rationalization
  • Step II – Applications:  Testing, remediation and repackaging
  • Step III – Deployment:  Migration of systems and user content
  • Step IV – Support:  Ongoing maintenance

And what do you do with those devices that remain on Windows XP beyond the XP support deadline – either through lack of time to migrate all devices or due to compatibility issues?  The following actions can provide you with some peace of mind that these devices remain protected:

  • Prevent configuration drift — Secure configuration guidelines and periodically scan to prevent drift
  • Remove user’s right to change security settings — Continually scan and change back as needed
  • White-list software — Review software inventory periodically and uninstall problematic software

You can find out more by accessing our joint webinar with IDC, Best Practices for Migrating from Windows XP and Protecting PCs not Migrated Before XP Support Expires.  Lear more about our deployment and imaging appliance, KACE K2000, and our system management appliance, KACE K1000, by going to our website.

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K2000: Deploying at Remote Sites

Deploying System Images and Scripted Installations in remote locations across a Wide Area Network (WAN) or to locations where the network connection is slower can be time-consuming and even problematic. That’s why Dell KACE provides K2000 Remote Site Appliances (RSA) to act as a distribution point and store the deployments and all supporting files locally at each site/subnet/etc.

The minimum system requirements at each location you need an RSA are:

  • Host Machine with VMWare Platform (Fusion, Workstation, Player, ESXi, vSphere, etc.)
  • 250GB free space for the Virtual Machine RSA
  • 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB of RAM

RSA’s can be downloaded from the Kace Production Appliance Support page, or directly from your K2000 in the Deployments—>Remote Sites tab. During setup, use the same license key as your K2000, and the same administrator password when configuring the RSA. You can also set up LDAP authentication at the remote site similar to the K2000. Note that users are managed separately by the K2000 and the RSAs, so it is possible to grant access to one but not the other. Follow the RSA setup instructions in the Getting Started section of the K2000 Administrator’s Guide for details. Once the Virtual RSA is accessible you must link the K2000 and the RSA and define the RSA as a remote site in the K2000. After the RSA is configured and linked to the K2000- network boots must be directed to the RSA (instead of your K2000) on the remote DHCP scopes.


Next, select the Library items and Deployments to be available for deployment at the remote site:

  • Scripted Installations and System Images: Only sync items you plan to deploy at the remote site. You do not need to synchronize all deployments. Pre and Post Installation Tasks used by the Deployment are considered dependencies, therefore they are automatically pushed to the RSA. Note: For images that use the Native Imaging Tool Kit Plug-in, you must also set and configure the Image Sync tool (see the Native Imaging Toolkit manual for details).
  • Drivers: Sync drivers for operating systems that you are deploying at the remote site. Drivers from both the shares, “drivers” and “drivers_postinstall” are replicated.
  • K2000 Boot Environments: Always sync the KBE you set as default on the General Settings page, this KBE is required when you set Boot Actions. Also, sync any other KBE that you may might want to use at the remote site.

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Cut IT Labor and Reduce Service Desk Costs with the Right Systems Management Tools

How would you like to reduce IT Labor costs by 40% and reduce service desk costs by 60% and cut your time to deploy new systems in your environment? No, I’m not pulling your leg; this is the actual experience of a fellow Schematic of K1000 and K2000 deployment implementationSystems admin.

Want to hear more about how he did it? Then register for this live web event that outlines the IT lifecycle management practices that can help you control your asset costs, improve the return on your technology investments and reduce the time you spend on configuring new systems. This is your chance to speak with a fellow IT admin who was able to transform his job from firefighting drills to strategic project implementation.


Join us on Wednesday, June 20th at 10 am PT.

Register Now

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Software Deployment and Management [Infographic]

Software deployment and management -it’s just so simple and easy to make sure that you’re getting the right software on the right systems for the right users, and making sure that you’re keeping it updated and keeping track of all the licenses so you don’t get audited. If you’ve ever had to deploy and manage software on more than just your personal computer, you should be rolling your eyes about now.

Software deployment and management is a huge PITA.  The problem is, it’s not something you can put on the back burner, especially considering the fact that software vendors are getting  serious about software licence audits and fees; there are rewards for information about software piracy, license breech fees are on the rise, and companies are increasingly facing multiple audits. Software deployment isn’t just about deploying, but managing the actual software as well.

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Deploying Office 2010- Technical Steps for a Streamlined Deployment Webinar Event

Office 2010 Logo

Many of our customers tell us that one of their biggest initiatives for this year is the deployment of Microsoft 2010.  This is a huge initiative and one that can be daunting for even the most sophisticated and savvy IT departments. If Microsoft 2010 deployment is in your “to do” list,  listen to our recorded webinar, that was delivered live on March 31st at 10am PT.

AppDeploy.com founder, author and application deployment expert Bob Kelly for a discussion on how to best streamline the challenging undertaking of deploying Office 2010. In this technical webinar, systems administrators will learn some needed fundamentals, including how to:

  • Select the appropriate edition of Office 2010 for your deployment
  • Address document compatibility and user training concerns with Office 2010 deployments
  • Demystify licensing and activation considerations
  • Customize Office 2010 for a tailored deployment
  • Perform pilot testing and gauge options for managing the deployment

This educational event is designed to be beneficial to every IT professional who plans to deploy Office 2010, regardless of the desktop management system in use.

Download the recorded event.

Office 2010 deploying to PC's and desktops

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