Consultants enjoy one of the few occupations in which knowledge can translate directly into cash. Even so, it’s a neverending battle to learn the most profitable skills and information, and the saga continues as Microsoft releases its much-hyped new operating system, Windows XP. According to Giga Information Group analyst Rob Enderle, getting the lowdown on XP’s migration tools could mean more contracts—and more money—for consultants.

Reduce costs and increase reliability
In a recent interview, Enderle said that information regarding the platform’s migration tools has been poorly conveyed.

“There are some benefits that have not been well communicated that the IT consultant can use to show their own value,” Enderle said. “There are migration tools within Windows XP that have not existed in any other product.”

Knowing the ins and outs of these tools may ease your workload and your client’s bottom line, making the movement to XP much easier, substantially reducing deployment costs, increasing reliability, and reducing the time it takes to accomplish the migration, Enderle said.

Get the scoop on XP’s migration tools
Although Microsoft’s XP site does contain information about the migration tools, “you have to dig for it,” Enderle said.

We’ve done the dirty work for you. Here are some direct links to Microsoft articles that can help you learn more about these new tools:

  • User State Migration in Windows XP
    Presented in two parts, this article provides a short overview of the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard as well as a more detailed technical overview of the User State Migration Tool. Administrators will learn how to approach the modification of INF files.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating Files and Settings
    This article provides information about the new Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. The topics include What Gets Migrated, Migrating to a New Computer, Migrating to a new computer on your home network, Migrating to a new computer using a direct cable connection, and Migrating to a Clean Installation Of Windows XP.
  • Deploying Windows XP Part I: Planning
    This article will introduce the “essential elements” for successful deployment strategies when deploying Windows XP Professional in a medium or large organization.
  • Deploying Windows XP Part II: Implementing
    If you’re going to be faced with the challenge of deploying XP on hundreds or thousands of desktops in a large organization, the most efficient strategy is to automate and customize the installations. This article provides an introduction and “roadmap” for this process.

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