IT Brief New Zealand logo
Technology news for New Zealand's largest enterprises
Story image

Desktop Migration - Flawlessly managing complexities and saving critical data

Thu 10 Dec 2015
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Komputer Kraft Consulting (KKC) heads up Migrate7 in the APAC region for enterprise desktop migration in complex environments.

Perhaps one of the main reasons why the US government, Pentagon and major global corporations use Migrate7 is because of its fit for policy and the ability of the installation and configuration to be matched with need.

With a 99% proven capture rate of critical settings and files, the solution provides extreme confidence in automating large groups, specific configurations, customised settings and rapid deployment.

“Being an IT manager or executive for an organisation undergoing a migration can be a challenge,” says Tranxition Founder and CEO Kelly Mackin.  “The possibility that data will be lost or be compromised in any way is a constant worry, but it doesn’t have to be.  With Migrate7, IT professionals are able to quickly deliver flawless migrations every time.” 

Grant Scurrah says “other tools in the market don’t do this and the costs for a limited service outweigh the compelling need.  Organisations find that they have delayed taking action simply because it’s been too hard and the risk is greater than the need, until announcements are made that the risk of not upgrading becomes a guillotine."

“I have heard a few personal horror stories of free solutions and basic tools pushing pop ups - encouraging an upgrade…and these solutions simply cannot be entertained when settings, passwords, drivers and files are a day to day need for business operations and staff efficiency.”

One of the big questions we are asked about is moving applications across systems. Tranxition, the developers of Migrate7, have defined the best approach.

The goal of any migration should be to make sure that the new system is reliable. With that as the goal, the best approach is to use a system imaging solution to “lay down” the OS and applications.  It is a much more effective approach and is one of the secrets to Migrate7’s reliability.

If there are custom applications, Migrate7 can move custom registry keys and applications on a case-by-case basis.

Organisations such as Health, Emergency Services and Defence have a vast variety of applications and augmented groups, all requiring specific and critical capture. This often cannot be left up to individual staff and creating a migration policy is one of the first steps in overcoming these problems.

“Migrate7’s unique processes ensure that users’ data is always there, right where it should be, therefore preventing crises so they never happen,” continues Mackin.

Being able to create a policy also hinges around knowing what technology is out there to facilitate the policy.  KKC works with organisations to design and implement policy for migrations.

Companies use Migrate7 in a variety of ways. They script it through ITSM solutions, login scripts, appliances and through email links sent to users.  Migrate7 supports all of these use cases in a sensible, easy-to-use set of methods well known to IT professionals.

As a case in point, the American military’s Defence Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), the inventors of the Internet, had a thousand desktop PCs to upgrade and migrate, and most were running older versions of Windows with over 200 custom applications located on those systems.

Lockheed Martin’s Mike Geffert, Customer Support, RSIS, an IT manager responsible for DARPA’s computing infrastructure, says, "Tranxition is a key element to reaching our department’s refresh cycle goals. We need it to ensure our researchers have very limited downtime in this mission critical environment.”

The DARPA IT support costs were rising quickly as their modest IT department struggled to keep up with a policy stating that desktop and laptop hardware had to be replaced every two years and software could only be two revisions behind, including service packs.

Additionally, users expected that each time a system was refreshed, every icon, piece of data and application setting was exactly the same as on their old PC.

DARPA needed to ensure all of these settings and data could be migrated properly to the new computers, sometimes on different operating systems. Not only that, researcher downtimes had to be kept to an absolute minimum because their work contributes to time-sensitive military missions.

A cost-effective process for upgrading the thousand PCs and 200 custom applications was imperative as there were few IT staff that could help analyse which files to move to preserve user data and configuration information and then actually perform the migrations.

“Up to this point, I was trying to determine which settings, registry keys and hidden files to move for each application by creating up to 50 screenshots for every machine each time it needed to be replaced or software upgraded,” says Geffert.  “Once I started to examine all the application settings, registry keys and system files for each application, I realised I didn’t have the time to become an expert for each one and needed Tranxition’s software to help me move all these files accurately.”

Geffert understood his constant migration process needed to be accurate and controlled to avoid accidently omitting the registry keys or system files that their applications relied on. If these requirements could be satisfied with Migrate7’s embedded knowledge of the settings that needed to be moved, he knew that he would not have to manually configure the thousand PCs he was managing.

“This process had to use Migrate7’s built-in application settings expertise and some user involvement to make it work,” says Geffert.

Commercial-grade migration technology like Migrate7 is key to delivering a great user experience that also enables IT to reach its goals for the migration.  It’s a perfect win-win.


Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Amazon Web Services / AWS
Zscaler, AWS accelerate onramp to the cloud with zero trust
Zscaler has announced an extension to its relationship with Amazon Web Services, as well as innovations built on Zscaler's Zero Trust architecture.
Story image
Aqua Security, CIS create software supply chain security guide
Aqua Securityand the Center for Internet Security have together released the industry’s first formal guidelines for software supply chain security.
Story image
Threat actors ramp up their social engineering attacks
As people get better at identifying potential threats in their inbox, threat actors must evolve their methods. Their new M.O? Social engineering.
Story image
Commerce Commission
ComCom puts electronics sector on notice over resale price maintenance
The Commerce Commission has concluded an investigation into allegations that television manufacturers were engaging in illegal resale price maintenance.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Apptio adds portfolio enhancements to promote digital strategy
"While digitalisation creates opportunities, it also makes budgeting far more complex, leading many companies to waste substantial funds."
Story image
Contact Centre
Customer service agents don't want to return to contact centres
A new report has revealed that 85% of customer service agents want to work full-time at home and not return to contact centre offices.
Story image
Sternum joins NXP, collaborates on IoT security and observability
Sternum has announced it has joined the software partner community of NXP Semiconductors, a manufacturer of and large marketplace for embedded controllers.
Story image
Open source
DataStax secures US$115 million to fund database expansion
DataStax has secured US$115 million in funding, which it will use to develop and expand its Astra DB multi-cloud database and Astra Streaming service globally.
Story image
N4L, Spark, Chorus partner for Hyperfibre school upgrade
Networks for Learning (N4L) has partnered with Spark and Chorus to upgrade Wellington College to Hyperfibre, fostering stronger outcomes for students and teachers.
Story image
F5 Networks
Telstra, F5 team up to bolster services and solutions
“This partnership demonstrates our ongoing investment into APAC as we continue delivering high value services and solutions to our partners and customers."
Story image
Cyclone selected as NZ MOE software licensing partner
Following a recent Request for Proposal (RFP), Christchurch-based company Cyclone Computer Company Ltd (Cyclone) has been selected as The Ministry of Education’s software licensing partner.
Story image
Why is NZ lagging behind the world in cybersecurity?
A recent report by TUANZ has revealed that we are ranked 56th in the world when it comes to cybersecurity - a look into why we're so behind and what needs to be done.
Story image
Airwallex, Xero extend partnership with easier invoice payments
Airwallex has extended its long-term partnership with Xero by releasing a new payment link integration for Xero invoices that will make receiving them easier and faster for Australian businesses.
Story image
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from Tricentis
Tricentis provides software testing automation, and software quality assurance products for enterprise software.
Story image
VMware wins Google Cloud partner award for infrastructure modernisation
The cloud computing and virtualisation company was recognised for its achievements as part of the Google Cloud ecosystem.
Story image
Volpara, Microsoft project to detect cardiovascular issues
Volpara Health Technologies is working with Microsoft on a research and development project to speed up creating a product that detects and quantifies breast arterial calcifications (BACs).
Story image
Workday winning on culture and family focus
This family-first approach sees all employees receive access to family-wide private healthcare cover, as well as income protection and life insurance policies.
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Cloudflare adds new capabilities to zero trust SASE platform
New features for Cloudflare One include email security protection, data loss prevention tools, cloud access security broker, and private network discovery.
Story image
Disaster Recovery
Eaton provides business continuity with disaster avoidance application
Many SMBs often struggle with problems relating to UPS and IT assets due to the sheer amount of time and resources required to run effectively. 
Story image
Cloudflare outage in 19 data centers worldwide due to own error
Cloudflare says its outage for 19 of its data centers yesterday was because of a change in a long-running project to increase resilience in its busiest locations.
Story image
Sealord partners with Infor to improve sustainability
Sealord has chosen Infor as a strategic partner to implement an operational cloud-based platform that provides day-one functionality and sustainability gains.
Story image
Ingram Micro launches vendor-backed security program
Ingram Micro has unveiled a new program intended to give resellers the effective offerings their customers need to stay safe in the evolving threat landscape.
Story image
Microsoft launches app for modern selling experience
The new release is designed to enhance CRM systems with customer engagement data from Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.
Story image
Ready for anything with the PagerDuty Operations Cloud
In a world of digital everything, teams face increasing complexity. Ever-growing dependencies across systems and processes put customer and employee experience, not to mention revenue, at risk.
Story image
Hybrid workforce
Why hybrid working is here to stay and how to ace it
Citrix's new report reveals hybrid workers are more productive and engaged at work than their office and completely remote counterparts.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Boomi, Limepay, Thales, VMware & Zoom
We round up all job appointments from June 6-16, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
The best ways to attract young talent during labour shortages
New research from Citrix reveals hybrid working and ventures into the metaverse are top of mind for Gen Z workers.
Story image
Robotic Process Automation / RPA
rapidMATION helps Coates achieve success with landmark RPA solution
A strong Robotic Process Automation solution (RPA) can help solve many complex issues that businesses face daily. 
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Salesforce harnesses automated solutions with new developments
Salesforce has launched Sales Cloud Unlimited, a new feature to help accelerate productivity with AI and automation.
Story image
Industry-first comprehensive risk-based API security enhances protection
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become a crucial part of operating web and mobile application businesses and are causing significant economic growth in the digital sector.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Cybersecurity priorities for digital leaders navigating digital transformation
In recent years, Asia-Pacific has especially been a hotspot for cyberattacks, and as we continue into 2022, it’s evident that the problem is becoming more significant.
Story image
Lenovo announces launch of Retail Solutions portfolio in A/NZ
Lenovo has announced the launch of its Lenovo Retail Solutions portfolio across the A/NZ region, which they say will help retailers transform their business and face future retail demands.
Story image
Microsoft expands APAC Enabler Mentorship Program
"Mentors are the key to success for every professional. A good mentor is a coach, a guide, as well as a vocal advocate."
Story image
Greater API usage raises concerns for protection - report
Radware has released its 2022 State of API Security report, which shows a rise in APIs, with 92% of the organisations surveyed significantly or somewhat increasing their usage.
Story image
Schneider Electric ups the ante on sustainability strategy
"We've made some progress but to avoid a major energy challenge, all data centres - including distributed edge data centres - must be more sustainable."
Story image
Canstar finds Flick Electric NZ’s favourite provider
Canstar’s annual research to find New Zealand’s favourite electricity provider reveals Flick Electric has come out on top.
Story image
Significant security concerns resulting from open source software ubiquity
"The risk is real, and the industry must work closely together in order to move away from poor open source or software supply chain security practices."
Story image
How TruSens air purifiers can create healthier workspaces
The pandemic has heightened our awareness of our own and others’ health, and made us all much more conscious of the environments we work in.
Story image
Corpay partners with supply chain platform PracBiz Exchange
Corpay's new partnership with PracBiz’s allows more than 4000 B2B suppliers on the latter's platform to use Corpay's global payments services.
Story image
The rise of digital gifting in the workplace
The name itself does most of the explaining; it’s a gift you receive virtually. But a misconception about digital gifts is that they need to be redeemed virtually as well. 
Story image
Network Security
Netskope announces zero trust network access updates
Customers can now apply zero trust principles across a range of hybrid work security needs, including SaaS, IaaS, private applications, and endpoint devices.
Story image
Varonis strengthens security capabilities for AWS and S3
Varonis has strengthened and expanded its cloud and security capabilities, with a critical aim of improving safety and boosting data visibility in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
Story image
Consumers want personalisation, but don't trust brands with their data
Customers expect personalisation during every brand interaction but they don't trust brands to keep their personal data secure and to use it responsibly. 
Story image
Dark web
Cybercrime in Aotearoa: How does New Zealand law define it?
‘Cybercrime’ is a term we hear all the time, but what exactly is it, and how does New Zealand define it in legal terms?