Optimizing Windows 7 Deployment with MDOP
Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) will cause significant changes in many corporate information technology (IT) environments. Companies must determine the readiness of their environments and applications for Windows 7. Part of that process is to manage application inventories and to mitigate compatibility issues. After deploying the new operating systems, companies must troubleshoot any issues and then manage the new configurations.
Rolling out Windows 7 begins with deployment planning. The first step is to collect and rationalize an application inventory. Rationalization of the inventory is the process of categorizing applications and removing duplicate, unnecessary, and unwanted applications. Rationalizing the application inventory includes prioritizing applications.
By the time deployment begins, the inventory should be rationalized. Companies can use the inventory to drive the application-compatibility testing and mitigation process. Most popular applications are compatible with Windows 7 and do not require mitigation. Because Windows 7 is based on the Windows Vista foundation, most applications that work with Windows Vista will work with Windows 7. However, applications that work with the operating system at a very low level, such as antivirus and disk utilities, will probably require updates.
As part of the rationalization process, companies determine how to deploy each application. Of course, they fine tune these decisions during compatibility testing and mitigation. In some cases, organizations choose to deploy an application by using desktop virtualization. They will deploy the remaining applications to the Windows 7 desktop.
Group Policy Management
Beginning with the early planning stages and continuing through deployment, companies are usually thinking about how to manage Windows 7 after they roll it out to production.
Even after all the effort in planning and developing the perfect Windows 7 rollout, things do occasionally go wrong. Monitoring desktop PCs during deployment can help companies anticipate and identify problems before they escalate. For example, companies can identify a common failure and update the application, mitigate the compatibility issue, post recovery instructions on the intranet, and troubleshoot the root cause.
A Windows 7 deployment is the perfect time to deploy the MDOP. First, MDOP can help companies plan for deployment by using the AIS to create and to help rationalize an application inventory.