Windows Vista migration is the largest single IT project that is going to be undertaken by a number of organizations in 2008. Therefore, to effectively manage such a project, IT managers need to know exactly what they have on their network, so they can plan and prepare before the migration commences.
IT staff can now get up to speed on the best practices for deploying the Microsoft operating system. Binary Resource UK, part of the company that originally developed Ghost, has introduced a training program in the UK market for companies planning to migrate to Windows Vista.
The program is directed at IT staff incharge of migration to and deployment of Windows Vista within their organizations. It concentrates on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and optionally Symantec's Ghost Solution Suite.
Binary Resource UK is a subsidiary of Binary Research. It is apparently behind the Ghost PC cloning tool currently developed by Symantec.
Although Vista adoption has been slow among large organizations, this training can prove relevant for companies that expect to migrate to Windows 7. This platform is going to be based on many of the technologies presented in Windows Vista.
The training contains a hands-on and instructor-led workshop on the customer's own site, It also has a three-day course for either Microsoft's Deployment Toolkit or five days if Ghost Solution Suite is included.
Participants will learn how to use the tools within the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and to implement the functionality of Ghost Solution Suite v.2.5 as an alternate methodology for the deployment of Vista. They learn with the help of hands-on exercises, best practice strategies, documentation and extensive lab sessions. All of this is covered in a simple eight-stage process.
Annette Dow, director of Binary Resource UK, said that the learning curve for Microsoft's migration tools is important even for experienced employees. She added that they have simplified the process with the implementation of their "8-steps to deployment success" model.
Annette Dow made a comment on the training course saying that the program addresses two clearly-established market needs. Firstly, network administrators are being told to use the Microsoft Tools because they are ‘free'.
Secondly, Dow continued, given their history with Ghost, they have identified a considerable group of users who need to learn about the MS tools. However, they want to use their existing Symantec Ghost Licenses for the migration to Windows Vista. Dow also said that they are the only company that addresses both those needs in one course.
She concluded that by using their "8-step model" participants obtain knowledge, understanding and experience. This allows them to plan and implement a smooth migration process.