Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Your name: William V. O'Sullivan
Company name: O'Sullivan Consulting
Your geographic location (country): Illinois 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? Upgrade servers to Windows Server 2008 R2.
Are you piloting or deploying the products? We have been utilizing R2 servers for months now, and hyper V, and plan on utlilizing Microsoft's
Products used in the project (all that apply): We have been utilizing Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and Windows 7. We are running Sharepoint servers and Exchange 2007 on these servers.
Project description: I have successfully upgraded the client machines: all machines were wiped and loaded with Windows 7 RC. The response has been excellent: users say their systems are fast, and we have not had complaints about Windows 7. We have now also upgraded all servers to Windows server 2008 R2
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? We have clients spread out over a significant distance, and we are trying out the new Windows Direct Access.
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? Maintaining the same look and feel of being connected to the office will help our users be more productive and secure. We can keep the remote machines up to date with our policies even if they are not on our network, and do not have VPN access.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? This IT Pro Momentum program is an excellent idea for testing new Microsoft products and obtaining support.