Transforming Desktops (Desktop Transformation) is more than an operating system upgrade; it requires a new operational process to evolve into a complete desktop service offering. Personal Computer Lifecycle Management (PCLM) is a set of processes that manage end user devices from procurement to sunset. A well-developed methodology will cover all aspects of architecture, procurement, management, and decommissioning of end user devices. PCLM is often associated with a vendor’s solution that targets managing the overall process, but you can develop your own methodology and leverage many of your existing tools. Below, I provide a basic framework on which you can base your PCLM. Continue reading Transforming Desktops: PC Lifecycle Management
For all the benefits of improved security and reliability in Internet Explorer (IE) 8, many business still have a critical need to support IE6. IE6 may well be over 10 years old, it may well be two versions behind the most current release; the fact remains many businesses still have critical applications that rely on IE6’s cumbersome standards implementation and more relaxed security requirements.
In a previous article, Running Internet Explorer Beyond Windows XP I suggested that Microsoft reconsider its policy on supporting IE as a virtualized application. And Microsoft did reconsider. Go me. But, rather than allow it, Microsoft have actively sought to prevent IE virtualization: stopping one application virtualization company from promoting their offer of delivering virtualised versions of IE from their website and restating their support options for virtualised IE.
What will the impact be to your business you if you need to continue to support IE6 on Windows Vista or Windows 7. Are Microsoft’s recommended solutions the only option now? Is it possible to have a seamless, simple, fast and importantly low cost solution to allow users gain the benefits of the latest IE release while maintaining access to legacy web applications?
Today, Liquidware Labs has announced a specific focus upon assisting with the migration from either Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7. This focus applies to all of the possible resulting deployment scenarios for Windows 7 (physical desktop, client side hypervisor, centralized VDI, or layered). The announcement is that ProfileUnity can be used to harvest the existing OS and applications settings, and then to migrate these settings to Windows 7 and potentially the newer version of the applications that might come along with the Windows 7 installation. Key benefits of the ProfileUnity approach are that it does not require the installation of any software on the end user’s desktop, and that it can either be removed after the migration, or retained to provide ongoing profile management. Continue reading News: Windows 7 Migration for Enterprise Desktops Made Easy with Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity