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Intel Creates a Test Workflow for Microsoft Windows 7* Migration

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Intel Creates a Test Workflow for Microsoft Windows 7* Migration
Executive Overview
To help ensure application compatibility during Intel’s enterprise-wide migration from Microsoft Windows XP* to Microsoft Windows 7*, Intel IT implemented a carefully controlled workflow that brought application owners, users, and their applications together in one common test environment. So far, out of more than 1,000 applications tested, we have encountered fewer than 10 that could not be remediated within our migration timeframe using standard methods. We anticipate that migration to the new OS will provide Intel with significant business value in the form of reduced deployment, operating, and support costs, and improved user productivity.

Following a beta migration of 300 application owners and users to Microsoft Windows 7 in 2009, we initiated an early-adopter migration involving 3,000 additional participants in the first quarter of 2010. During both migration phases, participants tested their applications using our workflow and test environment, along with tools provided by Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit* (Microsoft ACT), to quickly identify and remediate most application installation and runtime issues.

For those issues that could not be easily remediated, we implemented two safety-net solutions. These solutions allow Microsoft Windows XP applications to run alongside Microsoft Windows 7 applications until application owners and suppliers can recode them:

• Applications run in Microsoft Windows Terminal Services Mode in a multi-user Microsoft Windows Server 2003* environment that is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP applications.
• Applications run in virtual Microsoft Windows XP Mode, which is enhanced by Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) available with Intel® vPro™ technology.

As we continue to migrate additional segments of Intel’s workforce to the new OS, we anticipate using Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization* (MED-V) as our single safety-net solution as it becomes available for the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7. We expect that MED-V will provide a more controlled, secure, and scalable solution as greater numbers of users migrate to the new OS.
Read the full Intel Creates a Test Workflow for Microsoft Windows 7* Migration White Paper.