IT Pro Momentum

Your geographic location (country): USA

Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No)  NO – at least at this point.

Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve? Mainly just to stay current and not get too far behind in terms of the desktop OS. From an admin side we’re looking to streamline the deployment process with some of the new tools and features for Win7 to save us time in the long run. We also like some of the gains from upgrading our DCs to Win Server 2008 R2 later on.

Are you piloting or deploying the products?  We will pilot to a few people first with a later phased production deployment

Products used in the project (all that apply): Windows Server 2008, Windows 7

Project description:  Looking to automate windows 7 roll-out with MDT. We did the same with Vista, but many of the steps were still manual. This time we want to automate the whole install with user state migration as well. Total migration will be for about 50 users about a third of which are laptops. We currently have the Windows 7 beta and are looking at the changes in MDT for it.

Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied?  Did you solve the problem?  Haven’t completed the project yet so don’t know.

Keith.Combs – as I have indicated in other blog posts on Momentum results, it isn’t unusual to not have all of the answers at this point.  The project is still being piloted.

Are you going to save money?  How much over how many years?  Theoretically we’ll see gains in employee productivity, but that is somewhat nebulous and difficult to put a number to. We have Software Assurance, so there would be those licensing savings over buying the licenses outright.

What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program?  Excellent idea!

Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program?  Yes

Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated.  We tried to make this as easy as possible on everyone.  Honestly I’ll have to get deeper into the project before I’ll know.