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How do I replace old XP workstations with new Win 7 workstations?

By schorney ·
I have an active windows server 2003 windows domain LAN. All of the workstations (7 DELL computers)are 6 years or older, Their OS is windows XP. We are planning to replace all of them with new HP workstations with windows 7 OS. What is the most effective way to replace the old Workstations domain information to the new HP win 7 workstations? Can Win server 2003 OS handle the win 7 workstations?

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RE: What is the most effective way to replace

by OH Smeg In reply to How do I replace old XP w ...

Most likely migrate/update to Server 2008 or newer to use all of the capacities of Windows 7.

I believe that things like GP and AD in Server 2003 are not as effective as they could be when addressing Windows 7 Systems. Also you are going to need Windows 7 Enterprise or Higher Workstations to connect with the Server here.

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Oh Smegs beat me to it

by markp24 In reply to How do I replace old XP w ...

Windows server 2008 r2 is better to use with Windows 7 workstations than windows server 2003. (if you have the budget for it). And Make sure your getting Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate (not home based editions) on those Hp's

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Friday humor...

by oldbaritone In reply to How do I replace old XP w ...

<i>"How do I replace old XP workstations with new Win 7 workstations?"</i>

Take out the old ones.
Install the new ones.

(It's been a long week)
;-)

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by Kenone In reply to How do I replace old XP w ...

Can Win server 2003 OS handle the win 7 workstations?
Yes, I have more than 100 running that way. You'll have to set up each workstation, join it to the domain and test out your software. There are too many variables to coach you through the whole set up process. The most time consuming thing I found was un-installing all of the crapware that is pre-installed on the new machines. Don't forget to reconfigure MSIE, even if you don't plan on using it the default config is so horrendous that you absolutely have to fix it.

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by bobtmasse In reply to One at a time.

Pretty much what I would say... also you can use domain services with Professional, you do not need Enterprise or Ultimate as others have stated to connect to the domain as those are more expensive options.

If these machines are all the same hardware-wise, and you have quite a few changes/updates to do on the systems I would recommend modifying one and imaging out to the others with your changes to save some time. Just remember to change the name, IP, and licensing of the machine before connecting to the network again.

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by dave In reply to One at a time.

I agree I have also used Win7 with 2003 Domain Controllers and Servers without an issue. 2008 has more features, but if you don't have the budget you don't need it. I would also setup the new PC's, join them to your domain, get all the necessary software on them than I would use the Windows Easy Transfer utility to transfer users profiles from the old PC to the new Win7 PC. The easiest way to use this tool is when they are both on the same network segment. The utility is easy to use and works pretty well. For 7 PC's it should help out quite a bit.

Just make sure you have your apps installed first like Office etc.

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