As we wrap up the TechDays Tour around Ireland discussing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 with IT Pro’s I read tonight about some related information everyone should know about. There is a great posting on TechNet Edge about the some of the deployment tools Rhonda Layfield demonstrated on the TechDays Tour that answers the all too often asked question “Will there be an upgrade path from windows XP to Windows 7?” This information was forward on to me from Kurt Shintaku's with Microsoft in sunny L.A. Calf, it is a great worldwide community we work in!
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There's been a lot of press about how there isn't a an upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. In this video, Jeremy walked me through using the latest beta of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, specifically the User State Migration Tool, to transfer the user settings and files from a Windows XP installation to a new install of Windows 7 on the same PC.
One of the really cool features in this new version is hardlink migration. In the past, if you wanted to back up all of a users files and settings, those had to be transferred to a different drive, and the new OS install would wipe the machine, complete the new install, and then you'd transfer the files back. With hardlink migration, all the files stay in place on the machine, and the Win7 install just updates file locations with hardlinks. This means the install and settings transfer happens much faster, because the files aren't transferred at all, just the paths to them are updated. It's really cool, and means you can have a fresh install of Win7, with all your XP files and settings, completed in as few as 30 minutes.
WHAT’S NEW (in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 beta): The new features in MDT 2010 Beta 1 are supported only for Lite Touch Installation (LTI)–based deployments and are not supported for Zero Touch Installation (ZTI)–based deployments using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
The MDT 2010 Beta 1 release includes the following new features:
One of the conversations I most commonly have with customers and Partners alike is around Windows 7,
In case it was not already clear Enda over at the TechNet Ireland Blog has just posted an article on