Top 10 Rules for Streamlining Windows 7/8 Migrations

  Top 10 Rules for Streamlining Windows 7/8 Migrations

Quest Software enables application compatibility, automation and
virtualization to reduce migration time, cost and risk

Business Wire

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- December 10, 2012

Quest Software, Inc. (now a part of Dell) enables organizations to clear
significant hurdles associated with Windows 7/8 migrations by identifying the
top rules for streamlining the process, while reducing costs and corporate
risk. Companies often underestimate the major obstacles caused by application
compatibility issues brought on by Windows migrations, which can involve
laborious, time-consuming manual processes. While every
organization—regardless of size—has different variables that can affect
migrations, a core set of requirements for preparing, planning, organizing,
and implementing the process remains the same. As a leader in application
compatibility and a known, trusted partner in Windows 7/8 migrations, Quest
has drawn upon its extensive experience in performing migrations worldwide, to
develop 10 rules for avoiding undue cost and risk by leveraging best practices
for application compatibility, automation and virtualization.

Ten Rules for a Streamlined Windows 7/8 Migration:

 1.    Plan the migration ─  Scope and assess the project to get a clear
          understanding of cost, resources and time required.
          Rationalize the application list ─  Retiring older, incompatible
  2.      versions and consolidating where possible means IT doesn’t spend
          valuable resources migrating what isn’t needed.
  3.      Don’t forget the “unmanaged applications” ─ they can be the silent
          killers of any migration.
          Conduct application compatibility assessment as early as possible;
  4.      accurate results help ensure that rationalization decisions are
          Automate where ever possible ─  Don’t assume all steps in the
          migration will be performed in one clean swoop; automation is the
  5.      only way to ensure that any step that is repeated is consistent,
          which can save up to 50 percent in time and costs needed for
          Don’t neglect Web applications ─ More and more mission-critical apps
  6.      depend on Web applications. Since Windows includes Internet
          Explorer, successful migrations require the resolution of any issues
          around Web-based applications early.
          Build automated application assessment into the existing packaging
  7.      service so new apps will stream in throughout the migration,
          improving user experience significantly while saving weeks to months
          on the migration project, as well as needed budget.
          Virtualize applications ─ Usable apps are portable apps, so, in
  8.      today’s mobile and remote work environment, applications should be
          virtualized to ensure they are available when and where users need
          Be prepared for multiple build changes ─ Know that as the migration
  9.      project progresses, the Windows build will undergo change. This
          understanding will enable greater agility and responsiveness to
          change, which leads to faster, smoother migrations.
          Have a plan for how to complete User Acceptance Testing (UAT) ─ 
  10.     Leveraging desktop virtualization speeds and streamlines user
          acceptance testing, which results in more satisfied users and IT
          organizations, alike.

Leveraging Application Compatibility Assessment and Automation to Shave
Migration Time and Cost

  *By adding automation and broad platform support, organizations are able to
    effectively adopt technology that lets them turn virtually endless cycles
    of change into key opportunities to introduce new efficiencies and better
    business alignment.
  *Quest ChangeBASE™ now delivers a market-leading ability to reduce the
    risks associated with Windows 7/8, Office 2010, Windows Server 2008/2012,
    IE 9/10 or Firefox, and virtualized application migration by allowing
    organizations to leverage faster application compatibility assessment,
    automated testing, remediation and packaging, and seamless application
  *New features of the latest version include:

       *More automated conversion to virtual applications ─ New extended
         capability allows easy conversion of EXE/MSI applications to virtual
         applications on App-V 5.0 and Citrix XenApp Streaming Profiler.
         ChangeBASE now supports conversion to all major application
         virtualization solutions (App-V, SWV, ThinApp and XenApp Streaming
       *More supported platforms for conversion of applications on virtual
         machines ─ Simplifies and speeds conversion of applications into
         virtual applications or MSI on all main platforms, including Hyper-V
         and VMware Workstation.
       *Extended support of automated imports using SCCM 2012 ─ Speeds and
         simplifies import of applications into ChangeBASE via the latest
         corporate-wide Configuration Manager supplied by Microsoft.

  *Supporting Quote:
    Ann Maya, senior product manager, User Workspace Management business unit,
    Quest Software
    “There is no denying the opportunity for cost savings and improved user
    productivity afforded by Windows migrations; but, Windows 7 and 8
    migrations can be prolonged and difficult if they aren’t handled
    correctly. The need for simplicity and speed in these projects is felt by
    companies worldwide. Quest has taken everything we’ve learned from years
    of experience assisting with hundreds of migration projects, plus our
    expertise in application compatibility, to create this set of rules for
    making Windows 7 and 8 migrations faster and easier. The newest version of
    our ChangeBASE application compatibility tool further facilitates ease and
    speed in Windows migration projects with the injection of unique
    automation and platform support.”

Supporting Resources:

  *Quest Software, Inc.:
  *Webinar: Key Application Compatibility Considerations for Migrating to
    Windows 8
  *Quest ChangeBASE:
  *More Quest news:
  *Quest TV:

About Quest Software (now a part of Dell)

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. Quest, now a part
of Dell’s Software Group, provides simple and innovative IT management
solutions that enable more than 100,000 global customers to save time and
money across physical and virtual environments. Quest products solve complex
IT challenges ranging from database management, data protection, identity and
access management, monitoring, user workspace management to Windows
management. For more information, visit or

About Dell Software

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and address organizational challenges to grow their businesses and remain
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acquisitions and partnering in the industry to support and enable the hardware
and services solutions it provides to customers. In 2012, Dell formed a
dedicated software division to extend its capabilities in software IP and
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