Essential guide to Windows 7 management

Microsoft’s latest operating system offers several benefits to IT managers who can overcome management challenges

Microsoft’s latest operating system offers several benefits to IT managers who can overcome management challenges. Here’s a collection of recent stories to help you deploy, manage, secure and virtualize Windows 7 in your environment.

Now that Windows 7 is on the scene, enterprise IT managers can consider using 2010 budget dollars to implement the software in the coming months. For those IT departments in the process of deploying the operating system or those still considering a Windows 7 rollout, here’s a collection of recent stories, opinion pieces and more to help you deploy, manage, secure and virtualize Windows 7 in your environment.

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DEPLOYMENT

IT managers considering an upgrade from Windows XP or Vista need to also consider automation. The process of building images and distributing them to multiple desktops would be far too cumbersome without tools designed to automate the image building and software distribution process.

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Industry watchers speculate that if enterprise IT managers don’t already have some form of client management software in house, the move to Windows 7 will also mean an investment in suites that incorporate automation technology.

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MANAGEMENT

If Windows 7 is imminent in an organization, IT managers must consider several factors before pulling the trigger on their deployment. Putting Windows 7 in place could require hardware and/or software upgrades, which could potentially hinder productivity if not evaluated upfront and managed properly. But IT managers using Windows 7 also report additional features that make additional management precautions worth the effort.

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SECURITY

Securing an environment goes hand-in-hand with managing it in today’s world. IT managers putting Windows 7 in place will also need to consider the security implications of the migration. And they must work with the security team or implement the security practices themselves to ensure their Windows 7 environments aren’t left vulnerable.

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VIRTUALIZATION

Industry watchers expect Windows 7’s availability coupled with an increased interest in desktop virtualization to drive many in enterprise IT management to consider both in 2010. While the benefits of server virtualization include cost savings and consolidations, many industry watchers argue that in the desktop realm, virtualization improves security and manageability for IT departments.

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