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Tech Perspective: Make a case for W2K

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Planning a migration project to Windows 2000 can be a daunting task. Many organizations often find themselves stumped by the question: "Where do we begin?" According to Gartner, to ensure a smooth migration, the best place to start is to formulate your organization's goals, focusing more on business issues rather than technical ones.

What are your current plans for Windows 2000 migration? What do you think is the most challenging issue in building the case for W2K migration? How do you thinkbuilding a business case can help a migration project's success? How does your management team decide whether to pursue software upgrades?

You can read the related Gartner article, which will be posted 3 A.M. Monday, at
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00220010312ggp01.htm

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by s.catellani In reply to Tech Perspective: Make a ...

It's theoretically true, but the business approach is, at least for small companies like the one which I work for, more or less unuseful if your systems are totally "Microsoft based". In my company Windows is the sole, crossplatform O.S. (from clients to servers) and speaking about if yes or no, if before or after, it's simply a joke because you MUST migrate to W2K. Given that, it's better, from my point of view and in my company situation (different situations may lead to different evaluations..), to migrate as soon as possible once the o.s. is stable (SP1 at least) and with an evolutionary approach. We have now some W2K server (the application ones) and some more running still on NT 4.0. The next to be migrated will be the servers for windows based terminals and eventually the SAP R/3 servers.
In any cases the migration needs to be carefully planned for technical and management issues, but it is affordable with not too much pain. At least for the server side, but I cannot say anything for the pc side because all our users have a wbt in front of them.
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by tom.doran In reply to Tech Perspective: Make a ...

I'm wondering how to get this message across to senior managers. They seem to think we'll just buy a bunch of licenses and load them up. Have you got any disaster stories or cautionary tales? Even more relevant, how do you deal with managment that regards a comment like, "Excuse me Boss, you're about to step in a hole," as disloyal insubordination.

It reminds me of the recent submarine incident near Hawaii. Crewmembers were aware of the fishing vessel but the skipper, according to the lead investigator, had fostered a command atmosphere where his orders were never questioned. Luckily it wasn't an oil tanker he ran into.

Tom Doran, MCSE

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by Debunker In reply to Tech Perspective: Make a ...

The real question is "What does it get me (other than another migration headache)?" For larger businesses, the enhanced management and deployment capabilities might be persuasive. For small businesses, the answer reminds me of a line uttered by a supercomputer in the movie War Games: "Strange game... the only winning move is not to play".

For my business, I see absolutely no benefit which would justify the total cost (including the licenses, hardware upgrades, labor, and user support and inevitable incompatibilities with some of the semi-custom software we use).

Win98Me was a huge disappointment, slower and less reliable than any previous 9x version, so we continue to use Win98SE. Although the normal default installation of Win98SEwill usually result in a machine that crashes a lot, 98SE *can* be made an order of magnitude more reliable by careful tweaking of VMM and VCACHE parameters (and avoiding bloatware like Media Player 7). Until we see what happens with Whistler, we're sticking with modified Win98SE. Its already paid for and it does most of what we want it to do.

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by rsmith77 In reply to Tech Perspective: Make a ...

My current plans are just to keep my migrated network functioning smoothly. I have just completed the task, and with less heartache than what you have put on the task. There are tools, such as Aelita, that are heaven sent that will not only improve the ability to get there, but also take out the heartache. I would suggest researching the suite of utilities, Microsoft seems to like them. The biggest task for me to build a case was to convince them that it was worth the time, I have since proven that and they have seen the results. Getting the buy-off will get you the support you need in getting to the end, with fewer disruptions. The management team gets together and determines the need and purpose for the upgrade. The need to make the move to Win2k was a somewhat easy task since that platform is what most of our development managers needed to make their new releases work.

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