I read all the posts currently on this article and want to throw out how I see OS/computer upgrades. If I could get some comments back that would be great.
Windows Vista - In my opinion, this should still be seen as beta. Until corporate America makes the hardware companies push drivers it will not be perfect. In addition, to-date I do not believe there has been a single Windows OS that did a good upgrade right from the get go. Wait till Microsoft upgrades Windows XP and probably Vista with a few more patches. I would guess in about 3-6 months after the consumer release would be a good time to try. Until then wipe and load.
Hardware - There seems to be a lot of talk about older computers supporting Vista. Vista can be run on some pretty low specs, but just like a lot of OS's you need to disable anything flashy and of course it still won't be the fastest thing out there, but it will be usable.
In SMB IT we generally make the recommendaton to replace desktops every 3-4 years and server 4-5 years, typically based on warranties and the applications they are running. In most circumstances, the software is not upgraded on the desktops. Upgrades only come from new machines. In an addition, no software is embraced unless it has been in the wild for at least 6 months. In my circles, this type of thinking is standard. Is this common thinking everywhere, or just in my circles?
The reason I ask is, the idea of trying to upgrade an older computer to Windows Vista this early on is almost a no brainer. You just don't do it if you base your strategy on the above. The only people wo should be messing with Vista should be those who know it is a testing stage and are ready to wipe and reload numerous times. Oh, and always backup a computer before anything that requires major changes.
I have never worked in the gov. space, but from what I hear it seems they never want to pay for any type of hardware upgrades and are always way behind on technology. My question is why do these types of organizations not embrace terminal services/Citrix?
I know I rambled on and one question isn't directly related to Vista, but if you have opinions either of the above questions, I would love to hear them.
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