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About This Volume

Published: May 31, 2006
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Introduction to Volume 5 Introduction to Volume 5
Layout of the Guide: Volume 5 Layout of the Guide: Volume 5
Organization of Content Organization of Content
Resources Resources

Introduction to Volume 5

The UNIX Custom Application Migration Guide (UCAMG) is designed to provide the best information available about the recommended strategy for migrating UNIX applications to the Microsoft® Windows® operating system environment, starting with the initial planning of the migration and ending with its final deployment. Volume 1: Plan discussed how to apply the Envisioning and Planning Phases of the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) Process Model when conducting a UNIX-to-Windows migration project. The build volumes (Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4) applied the next phases in the Process Model—the Developing Phase and the Stabilizing Phase—directing them for using specific migration technologies.

This volume, Volume 5: Deploy and Operate, describes the steps involved in deploying the migration and the post-deployment operations activities. The operations guidance offered in this chapter is organized according to Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), which is a complementary framework to MSF. The following topics are discussed in this volume:

  • Deploying Phase

  • Operations

Intended Audience

This volume is designed for senior IT decision makers and managers, network managers, project managers, operating system administrators and customer IT staff, who are responsible for maintaining the application after its deployment.

Knowledge Prerequisites

It is assumed that you have already read the “About This Guide” document, which provides an overview of the entire five-volume guide and navigational guidance. References to other volumes, especially the build volumes (Volume 2, Volume 3, or Volume 4) of this guide, are made in this document.

If you are unfamiliar with MOF, you will need to review it to understand the operational guidance that is provided in Chapter 2, “Operate” of this volume.

Note   Information about MOF is available at

In addition to the background reading, you should posses the following knowledge prerequisites before reading this volume:

  • Basic knowledge of the UNIX and Windows environments.

  • Hands-on experience on Windows environments.

  • Deployment procedures on Windows.

Layout of the Guide: Volume 5

The following diagram depicts the layout of the guide and how the volumes of the guide correlate with the MSF/MOF process components. The white-shaded portion depicts the position of the current volume in the layout of the entire guide.

Figure 0.1. UCAMG organization

Figure 0.1. UCAMG organization

Organization of Content

  • About This Volume. This chapter provides information on the organization of the volume and about its intended audience. It also lists the knowledge prerequisites required for this volume and provides resources, such as document conventions, used in this guide.

  • Chapter 1: Deploying Phase. This chapter provides an overview of the activities that you need to perform during the MSF Deploying Phase including the major tasks, deliverables, and tools.

  • Chapter 2: Operations. This chapter describes the post-deployment activities for maintaining the applications as per the MOF Process Model. It also provides a brief overview of further technologies and suggests further readings.


This section describes the various resources that are included in the UNIX Custom Application Migration Guide and information that will assist in using the guide.


Please see the Acronyms list accompanying this guide for a list of the acronyms and their meanings used in this volume.

Document Conventions

The document conventions used in this volume are primarily designed to help you to quickly identify the operating system and the interface (command line or graphical) being discussed. The platforms discussed in this volume are Microsoft Windows and UNIX. In general, Windows operating system commands are executed by clicking user interface (UI) elements, and these elements are visually distinguished in this volume by the use of bold text. In contrast, the UNIX operating system typically uses a command-line interface, and these instructions are visually distinguished in this volume by the use of monospace font.

These interface and execution differences are not absolute; and in cases where visual cues do not clearly delineate between operating systems, the text will clearly make this distinction.

Table 0.1 lists the document conventions used in this volume.

Table 0.1. Document Conventions

Text Element


Bold text

Used in the context of paragraphs for commands; literal arguments to commands (including paths when they form part of the command); switches; and programming elements, such as methods, functions, data types, and data structures.

Also used to identify the UI elements.

Italic text

Used in the context of paragraphs for variables to be replaced by the user.

Also used to emphasize important information.

Monospace font

Used for excerpts from configuration files, code examples, and terminal sessions.

Monospace bold font

Used to represent commands or other text that the user types.

Monospace italic font

Used to represent variables that the reader supplies in command-line examples and terminal sessions.

Shell prompts

The MS-DOS® prompt is used in Windows.


Represents a note.


Represents code.

Chapter 1: Deploying Phase

Chapter 2: Operations


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