Windows 7 Migration Automation with DeployExpert
When preparing for Windows 7 migration, it’s important to know the specific hardware make-up for every single system under management. This knowledge will help handle many of the unanticipated challenges you will encounter in a Windows 7 migration.
Imagine having automatic identification and classification of all unique hardware platforms, regardless of OEM make and peripherals. The results from “under the hood” system analysis before you start your Windows 7 migration.
DX’s Reality Analytics gives you the exact make-up of every single hardware platform in your enterprise. Analysis and comparison of all systems to reveal and handle intra-model hardware variances so they don’t translate into failed deployments. DX is a must if you want to save time with your Windows 7 migration.
The second phase of your Windows 7 migration with DX is the driver repository construction. To assure complete native platform and process compatibility, DX uses the SCCM driver repository and driver/package model.
Drivers can be added to Deploy Expert’s repository using two methods:
The legacy method of manually downloading Plug and Play ready drivers from your device vendor, adding them to the driver repository, and then categorizing them in association with the relevant models and/or classes.
Drivers can also be added by easy manual driver addition to the archive or drivers can be quickly and automatically retrieved across the network.
No matter what types of drivers are required, DX quickly obtains and maps the best driver for you.
This “Harvest” feature of DX allows you to quickly generate a comprehensive driver library that is natively integrated with your deployment task sequence and covers all desired models, devices and peripherals.
In addition to natively integrating with SCCM/MDT’s driver strategy, DX’s Advanced Driver Manager provides the additional advantages of “single instance” driver storage. That means that regardless of how many classes or models of systems share a common driver, the driver is only stored once in the repository. This approach minimizes disk space utilization and maximizes manageability.
Planning on using Windows 7’s XP Mode to handle applications and devices that don’t have Windows 7 support? DX’s Advanced Driver Manager will allow you to pre-harvest drivers from your existing XP environment and slipstream them to support Windows 7 XP Mode.
When using DeployExpert along with SCCM for your Windows 7 migration, the third step is Integration.
Integration has three configuration components:
WIM Image Preparation
Task Sequence Construction
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WIM Image Preparation and Task Sequence Construction are both accomplished with the MDT toolkit functions.
DX natively integrates with the WIM image format and SCCM/MDT task sequence delivery process that you will be using for your Windows 7 Migration. This allows DX’s powerful driver delivery and management features to be seamlessly combined with your existing platform and process.
When in the DX console, simply configure a profile, or select an existing profile, whose target OS matches the Windows 7 operating system image in your WIM reference image.
The task sequence can be integrated with the profile by using the add function at the bottom of the DX Analytic page. When the desired task sequence is added, DX automatically modifies the task sequence to integrate the DX driver library driver packs that match the model or class of system being deployed.
Hardware specific application packages are also integrated as a function of adding a task sequence to a DX profile by the same action, so any class or model’s associated applications packages, typically driver installers or hardware specific application like WiFi utilities, will be “slipstreamed” into the deployment event.
DX regularly analyzes your systems management platforms’ hardware inventory, so that brand new systems, as well as any device adds, moves, and changes, are programmatically handled by the DX deployment process. This ensures all systems become and remain deployment-ready.
Once DX integrates a task sequence, these powerful process maintenance features assure that all the driver resources and driver to system mapping information are constantly enhanced to handle the constant changes that are occurring in your desktop enterprise.
The added complication of deploying newly purchased systems with your standard corporate image in the midst of a Windows 7 migration can be frustrating and overwhelming. Even during a migration period, companies must continually purchase, deploy and support new models and peripherals.
With the power of DX’s Reality Analytics and Advanced Driver Management you can deploy your single image to new systems within minutes of placing them under management.