Windows 7 Early Adopters Forum for Schools. Top Reasons and top tips for deploying Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Early Adopters’ Forum has proved to be a great event today with some fantastic collaboration between schools and Local Authorities across 7 Counties. The mix of 20 people sharing their experiences of deploying Windows 7 in a variety or environments proved to be invaluable for all those who attended. As a wrap up to the event I asked the group to reflect on what we had discussed and come up with two lists to share with people. The first was 5 top reasons to move to Windows 7 and the second 5 top tips for deploying Windows 7. This is what they have come up with.
5 Reasons to move to Windows 7
- Improved Performance and Speed.
- Helps sustain Hardware (better than Vista and even XP).
- Vastly improved security features.
- Search and User Interface give a very intuitive experience.
- It is not Vista!
5 Top Tips for deployment
- Use MDT 2010 for deployment- this makes life easy.
- Complete a software audit well in advance of deployment.
- Group policies will be key to a successful deployment. Investing in getting it right.
- Load test where possible with smaller scale test deployments.
- Don’t use redirection of folders as this grinds log-in times down.