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Windows 10 Migration for IT Pros: Things to Consider

January 14, 2016 Manny Lopez

With new features for enterprise users, Windows 10 is considerably different from its predecessors and steadily gaining traction. For IT admins, however, upgrading software at scale often involves a huge amount of work and resources. Here’s how to ease a painful process.

In a recent survey among IT pros, only one-third (~33%) reported that a Windows 10 migration is a top 10 priority in their department today. While the new operating system (OS) has been available for 5 months, the survey results suggest that IT managers are postponing the migration to identify potential snags and “roll out the kinks” in advance. Survey participants were asked to identify some pain points associated with OS refreshes in general, some of which included the following:

  •      Lack of compatibility with apps and legacy software
  •      Unreliable WiFi connections
  •      Time-intensive user training and acceptance
  •      Slow rollout of critical updates with little to no interim solutions

Despite these challenges, survey participants noted they were looking forward to a number of new features and improvements to the OS. Among the most anticipated features are a new UI, built-in Bitlocker support, OEM support for new builds, and the free upgrade.

Hardware refreshes ranked high on the list among participants as another compelling reason to migrate. Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with existing devices, so users don’t need to wait until their next hardware refresh to update.

While the new OS offers unique features to ease the migration process, there are further steps an organization can and should take in preparation for the upgrade.

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd

Migration in the Enterprise

The migration process in a large enterprise setting typically requires quite a bit of manual work, which often results in loss of user settings and data, a problem that would impact business operations and user productivity. In addition, roughly one-quarter (25%) of respondents said they have a migration plan in place, which suggests that participants are evaluating migration plans and solutions of other IT managers before launching their own department’s migration.

Whether you prefer to upgrade existing devices to Windows 10 or wait for the introduction of new hardware, having a migration plan upfront will significantly simplify the process and help to alleviate the risks of any potential issues from occurring.

How An Endpoint Data Protection Solution Can Help

Having an endpoint backup solution that migrates data and personal settings automatically is often an overlooked approach, but this step can effectively and substantially reduce stress and risk during the process. Not only does it help to secure data before the large-scale migration takes place, but also reduces the risk of costly data loss and disaster recovery while ensuring a seamless experience for end users. 

In the survey, customers shared that Druva inSync eases OS migrations by:

  • Migrating laptops using fresh installs versus hardware upgrades
  • Painlessly restoring data on new machines using persona restore
  • Guaranteeing all data will be backed up before a system is migrated to protect against data loss

Furthermore, with endpoint backup in place, you’ll establish a foundation and a streamlined process for ever-more smooth data migrations in the future, a major win for IT departments. Windows 12…? Bring it on!

Please share your migration challenges and success below! We’re eager to see how you’re planning ahead for Windows 10 and other migration efforts.

*Survey conducted among Druva’s All-Star customer base.

To learn more about how Druva inSync can help your organization reduce the amount of time and resources spent on migration, download the IT Guide: Windows 10 Migration Minus The Complexity.

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