Simplify Your Windows 10 Migration

With end of service for Windows 7 support looming on the horizon (January 2020), most organisations are in the midst of planning or migrating to Windows 10 – a move which at Phoenix we see as essential.

While embracing Windows 10 is seen as a must, it can also be a very daunting task to tackle, especially as some IT professionals estimate it could take between two and four hours per device to migrate to Windows 10.

A lot of the PC Lifecyle Management tools that are in use today are outdated and detached from the reality of today’s modern workforce. The majority of these tools were built on client-server technologies that required siloed tools, large infrastructure and endpoints to be ‘inside of the perimeter’Windows 10 introduces major changes with built-in mobile management APIs, more frequent cloud updates, modern apps and more. These changes are now driving modern management of the OS from the cloud, much like the way IT has managed mobile devices.

Windows 10 is a transformational opportunity for IT and business; and top priority for many organisations. It isn’t just a new version of Windows but a completely different platform designed explicitly to be managed and secured using modern Enterprise Mobile Management principles.

This modern IT makeover finally allows you to bring together mobile device and Windows PC management into a single pane, which we call Unified Endpoint Management or UEM.


Modern Management is Foundational to the Digital Workspace

Workspace ONE is a great option for managing all types of end user devices as well as their applications, including Windows 10 laptops, desktops and tablet devices extending MDM to meet critical PC management needs.

This UEM approach is great for Windows management and security across any use case – whether managing remote worker devices, employee-owned machines, branch office deployments or special line of business terminals.For example, organisations can add value with Workspace ONE on top of their current Windows environment by providing simpler onboarding, self-service features, real time visibility and patching across all endpoints – even if the devices are remote and off the company domain and network.

Most organisations today have complex PC management requirements, such as pushing down GPOs and scripts, creating task automation sequences and managing Win32 app lifecycle, amongst many others. Workspace ONE UEM is unique as it combines these traditional PC management requirements with modern EMM efficiencies and enables advanced device, app and security lifecycle management tasks from the same cloud-powered console used for managing the rest of your endpoints and apps.

VMware has been recognised for:

  • Workspace ONE UEM having among the broadest set of features for managing Windows 10, as well as pre-Windows 10 Microsoft PC deployments, Mac and Chromebook.
  • Support for Win32 app distribution, GPO policy enforcement and other Windows-centric features for PCLM migration to modern management
  • The ability to provide configuration and security settings across a range of Dell devices, including Dell Chromebooks and BIOS management on Dell PCs.
SOURCE: “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software 2018 Vendor Assessment” by Phil Hochmuth, July 2018 IDC # US43294318

Zero-Touch Deployment with VMware and Dell

Dell and Workspace ONE are introducing an industry-first cloud provisioning service for Windows 10 devices, helping businesses realise the promise of ‘drop-ship’. This new service will enable IT to deliver enterprise secure, pre-configured Dell hardware straight from the factory to the user. The experience is zero-touch for the IT department, saving time and money associated with device deployment, setup and asset tracking and inventory. The user gets a unique first launch experience with the right work profiles, OS customisations, security policies and the apps they need – to enable instant productivity without having to wait on IT.

An Alternative Approach to Your Windows 10 Migration

An alternative way to approaching your migration would be by embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) giving you an opportunity to improve manageability, security and scalability all whilst reducing costs.

Streamline your management
Traditional desktop management can be a challenging and time-consuming task for any IT department, the management of virtual desktops and applications is often a lot easier and less time consuming.

  • With desktop and app virtualisation, the virtual environment can be reset every time a user logs out, removing any unauthorised or unwanted applications or malware which could have been installed, as well as providing an easy way to troubleshoot systems.
  • Maintaining, patching and updating can traditionally be a long and tedious process. With virtualisation you can manage a single base image instead of tens, hundreds or even thousands. This means your IT department is no longer reliant on users having to shut down, reboot or wait for their machines to update, the update will simply be done next time they log in.
  • Using a VDI can eliminate any anomalies which can often be found on devices drastically reducing the amount of time and effort needed by staff to repair and manage these devices as well as reducing time for the end user.
  • With a lot of organisations now encouraging bring your own devices (BYOD) policies, using a VDI can allow any user to log into your environment from any device. This reduces security risks associated with data residing on users’ devices which may not be as security compliant as devices owned by the organisation as well, as potentially lowering the overall device cost.

Security, data integrity and risk
Using desktop and app virtualisation can also help your organisation meet data security and compliance requirements, whilst enabling your workforce to be more collaborative with greater flexibility.

  • Data is all stored centrally within your organisations data centre, allowing you to benefit from redundancy, failover, backup and a single instance of data. IT can then manage all data centrally and much more efficiently and securely.
  • Files can be centrally accessed by multiple user accounts and devices in any location, great for collaboration and flexibility. In organisations where staff may use multiple devices during a working day such as in a healthcare trust or housing association.
  • If devices are lost or stolen unauthorised users will not be able to access any data as all of the files will be securely stored within the data centre.

Traditional OS migrations can take months or years to implement due to the distributed nature of devices especially if your organisation compiles of many remote workers. With VDI you could rapidly deploy Windows 10 to your entire workforce in just a couple of hours, whether they are office based or remote workers. In the same simple way, your IT department will be able to control and deploy updates to your entire workforce without disruption or downtime and at a fraction of the time to the department.

Using a VDI can save money for your organisation in a multitude of ways, the majority of which are from reduced operational spend over time due to reduced maintenance and deployment time for the IT department. VDI can also save you money in other ways such as allowing the organisation to implement a BYOD policy or to opt for devices such as thin clients which have a longer lifecycle and reduced energy cost compared to a traditional desktop computer. You may also be able to make savings by streamlining the management of your software applications by tracking and paying only for the licences that are needed instead of buying a block of endpoint software licences that may go unused.For a full assessment of your software estate our Clarity program can help view and control all of your software assets as they transition through the entire lifecycle – from purchase, to upgrade to end of life – giving you the full power to know all of your software estate is being fully utilied.

For a full assessment of your software estate our Clarity program can help view and control all of your software assets as they transition through the entire lifecycle – from purchase, to upgrade to end of life – giving you the full power to know all of your software estate is being fully utilied.

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The migration to Windows 10 is more than a mandatory switch to the latest OS, it is an opportunity for you to modernise and optimise your entire IT infrastructure utilising VDI while saving your organisation money.

Find out more about migrating to Windows 10 with VMware


To understand how your migration to Windows 10 could benefit from VMware’s Unified Endpoint Management, their VDI solutions or how we can help optimise your software estate contact a member of the Phoenix Team today on 01904 562200, email [email protected] or fill in the form below to request a call back.

Although every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above article, Phoenix Software Ltd cannot be held responsible for any opinions or information provided therein and as such is not liable for any damages caused by a customer’s reliance upon this information.