IT Pro Momentum

Company name: Choctaw Electric Cooperative

Your name:  Derek Martin

Your geographic location (country): USA

Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No) Yes

Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve? Quite a few problems – main one being branch office file mess.  We’ll be using branch cache the day we roll into production.  Another is Direct Access – we recently ditched the VPN in favor of TS Gateway but to have Direct Access up and going will be a HUGE benefit – probably will eliminate the TS Gateway!

Are you piloting or deploying the products? We’ll be moving into production the day it RTWs

Products used in the project (all that apply):  Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (we are making our branch offices a single server with multiple VMs on them to spread some of the risk out).

Project description:  With several remote offices and file servers scattered here and there, we needed a way that was better than DFS for our users to have copies of their files.  Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 we have demonstrated the ability to have those files immediately available without any network latency issues at all offices on all computers.  Additionally, with Direct Access we’ve demonstrated that not only is our VPN no longer necessary (although Teredo was really hard to wrap our minds around) but the TS server can now only be used for a few very specific (read bloated JAVA apps).

Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied?  Did you solve the problem? Yes and Yes!

Are you going to save money?  How much over how many years? In terms of support costs because things will be so much easier, we’ll probably save a couple thousand dollars per year. 

What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program?  Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated.  We tried to make this as easy as possible on everyone.  You guys did great – getting us access to the bits was a phenomenal help because it is one thing to read all of the pre-release docs to learn how to set things up but quite another to actually be able to build a lab and see things like Direct Access and branch cache.