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Workstation Migration Assistant

Workstation Migration Assistant

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Dan Cunningham's Workstation Migration Assistant (WMA) is a visual wrapper for the User State Migration Tool , designed to simplify the capture / restore process for  end-users, and at the same time being highly configurable so that it can be customised to suit different organisational needs.

Some of it’s features that have interested me include:

  • The ability to migrate via a pre-defined network storage location, external USB drive, or user-specified location. USB drive detection is automatic, and you can decide whether drives below a certain size are ignored (ie, memory sticks)
  • An optional Hard Disk Health Check that will run a CHKDSK prior to capture and fix errors if any are found
  • An optional Encryption using a pre-defined company encryption key, or per-user customised encryption (for highly sensitive data that can’t be stored on a server without being encrypted)
  • The ability to use different configurations for “XP Only” (XP > XP) migrations or standard (XP > Vista and Vista > Vista) migrations
  • Automatically run pre and post-capture / restore scripts and programs (very useful to further configure machine settings)
  • Migrate domain only accounts, or domain and local.

 
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I really like the idea of using this as a front end to a USB based solution that moves the idea of state migration off the network and into the realms of being a user task - with a large USB fob device (say 8GB) being given to a field based employee to backup their laptop before re-build or replacement.

I need to point out that WMA is not a Microsoft product and can be used via a donation ware payment model - that said, the latest version (RC2) of WMA can be downloaded from:

http://dcunningham.net/2008/04/10/workstation-migration-assistant-10-rc2/

Feedback on the utility can be sent to Dan directly:  dan@dcunningham.net

 

This post was contributed by Richard Smith a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services, UK.

  • Dan Cunningham's Workstation Migration Assistant (WMA) is a visual wrapper for the User State Migration Tool, designed to simplify the capture / restore process for end-users, and at the same time being highly configurable so that it can be customized

  • Dan Cunningham's Workstation Migration Assistant (WMA) is a visual wrapper for the User State Migration

  • Thanks for bringing this to light. I can already think of a few very good uses for this! :)

  • One of the sessions that I managed to catch at UK customer launch for Microsoft’s 2008 products last

  • Cheers for the link guys. FYI, WMA has now been updated to RC2:

    http://dcunningham.net/2008/04/10/workstation-migration-assistant-10-rc2/

    Dan

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