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Poll: Has your IT department officially started testing Windows 7?

TechRepublic would like to know how many IT departments have officially started testing their systems and applications with Windows 7. Take our poll.

TechRepublic's CIO Jury was split on whether to deploy Windows 7 in 2010, but even many of the IT leaders who aren't planning to deploy it have said that they are testing it or plan to test it. Since the Windows 7 betas have been free downloads and the final RTM release of Windows 7 is already available through TechNet and MSDN, we'd like to know how many IT departments have officially started testing their systems and applications with Windows 7. Take our poll and then join the discussion below to let us know about your experience so far.

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24 comments
Slayer_
Slayer_

We have the same (Unknown) problems as Vista. We are getting fairly nervous about this as, our team has no control of this problem, its another teams, out of country. And after the 32 bit version was created in 1998, they started on a .Net version, but then the project died, and has been dead ever since, with our team using a dead/unsupported platform. I'm told the team has gotten back to work on it, but so far all they have managed to do is recompile their code, no fixes or changes.

JD@Tassie
JD@Tassie

We have a small office environment and have been going fine with XP (& Server 2K3). We'll probably stick with that arrangement for as long as we can. After that, we'll probably move to Linux (Ubuntu is looking like a likely candidate). We have recently got new Dell netbooks with Ubuntu pre-installed and whilst there was a small learning curve (and a little pain for me getting them to join AD) everyone is happy now!

jjalbright
jjalbright

We are in the project planning phase to see when it can fit in a already busy schedule to start some testing. Working with more projects and support with less staff is becoming tuff to stay on top of things like testing new OS releases.

reisen55
reisen55

Detonated a 500gb partition on a 1 TB drive when I returned, via GHOST IMAGE, to Windows XP Pro. Windows 7 totally wrecked one of two partitions. Fortunatly I embrace redundant copies and brought it all back from another system on my network.

loren
loren

Vista Stunk, Win 7 is better than the best XP now.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

At least, not as part of a formal evaluation. That will come sometime in Q1 or Q2. However, a number of the techs here have played with it on their own.

jck
jck

A few of the techs are messing with it, but it's not a decree from the director to do so.

Capt_Skippy
Capt_Skippy

We started testing, but I doubt Windows 7 will see the inside of our company. We're just fine and happy with XP.

austinbiehl
austinbiehl

We started testing Windows 7 in a virtual environment using MS Virtual PC 2007 on a 32 & 64 bit machines. Then we installed our software to ensure compatibility in the future with Win7 Pro & Ultimate. Looked for driver conflicts along with software that may not work with a 64 bit OS.

Working IT
Working IT

Running with very minor problems.

lwiggins
lwiggins

I split my day, 1/2 working in Windows XP, the other half in a Windows 7 Virtual PC.

KaryDavis
KaryDavis

...and it has been tested on a couple of users so far. We are loading it on all loaner laptops as well.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

We always start early testing on an informal basis without being told to do so. Except our resident FNG. He does nothing without being explicitly told to do so in writing, a required procedure or a helpdesk request. Moderately knowledgeable and little self motivation. His personality type annoys me to no end. He's the type that will never discover compatibility issues or solutions on his own.

rogerfaucher
rogerfaucher

I'm a Network Admin and MS MVP. I deployed 7 on a new Dell laptop and was determined to make it my primary computer. Sadly, I was thwarted by the fact that VMware's new vSphere Client is incompatible. Every other product I tried worked fine but the vSphere Client was a dealbreaker for me since I'm administering our VM environment constantly. We are deploying it to our Developers and QA teams, as required.

JessicaD421
JessicaD421

Loren, Thank you for evaluating Windows 7 and it's great to hear that you are enjoying your experience so much! If you are planning on purchasing Windows 7 when it is released it may be helpful to know you don't have to wait until October to reserve your copy of Win 7! You can pre-order your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional today. For more information, see the Windows 7 Pre-Order offer page here: http://tinyurl.com/nldc8p Jessica Microsoft Windows Client Team

kryan
kryan

I've been successfully using Windows 7 in our workplace for about 2-3 weeks now. Have not ran into any issues at all yet. I've been looking for a reason to use "XP Mode" but haven't found one yet.

snixon
snixon

We won't be going to it any time soon. Our main business apps won't run on it (or will run but not very well) and if the past is a guide it will take a year or two until they will all work on "7"/I.E. 8 with out any issues, let alone in a 64 bit enviorment.

creativenrg11
creativenrg11

well, just us backoffice folks. i'm thoroughly impressed with Win7. I didn't bother with Vista, by the way. And though it doesn't support a number of my administration tools (ESM, therefore exchange tabs in AD and Backup Exec console are the biggies) - i like Win7 enough that i can live with remoting into the server for those tools.

david.valdez
david.valdez

Not only are all of the IT folks using it, we're in process of developing a Config Manager setup, including App-V and/or XP Mode config for those applications which aren't presently supported in Win7. Heck, I'm using XP Mode to provide administration for our old AD Forest and Win7 to provide administration for our new hotness (no, they don't talk to each other...long story...). We should be fully deployed, company-wide, but mid-Q1.

HckrAdm2005
HckrAdm2005

I have been testing/using it unofficially for work/personal but for large scale and according to our CIO no not yet.

DamianB76
DamianB76

ESM tools work in windows 7. 32bit not in the 64 bit. Found it in a post on MS forum, wish I kept the link. Name of the file is ESMWindows7.MSI Works like a charm, just not in 64 bit :( I myself use AD and Backup Exec constantly and Win7 runs it all great.

JJ_TechRepub
JJ_TechRepub

I found that out the hard way. I also found the post you refer to though and it's working great now on my rebuilt 32-bit system. After that, my only other complaint is that MS decided to depreciate RAS access from clients and I no longer have access to the 'dial-in' tab remotely after installing RSAT. JJ

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

in both Vista and Windows 7. In fact, these days I'm hearing about a lot more incompatibilities that have to do with 32 vs. 64 than between XP, Vista, and Win7.

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