As we approach the end of the year, it got me thinking, sometimes a fresh start is good.  With the end of Windows XP approaching, now might be a good time to consider migration options.  XenDesktop Local Mode, which includes XenClient Enterprise 5, is a solution that opens the door to a new paradigm on how to manage endpoint devices.

New to XenClient?  Watch the XenClient Enterprise 5 video to see how this core pillar of XenDesktop enables IT to centrally manage and secure corporate laptops and PCs — while providing unprecedented personalization capabilities for end users. Also, check out a recent post where I highlight a key feature introduced: Personal vDisk (PvD) technology.  I explain the power of this feature further in another blog, focusing on a key element, the Synchronizer.

We all live by the mantra of “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”  Yet, at some point we will have to address the problem and move to Windows 7 or give your users a thrill surprising them with Windows 8.1.  Change is tough and while we all hate it, sometimes it has to be done!  Why not in the process of moving to Windows 7, slipstream XenClient into the mix and enhance the migration experience.  XenClient gives a few options to assist in your migration and possibly make the adoption of a new operating system (A.K.A change) to the end user a bit more bearable!

Here is what we do recommend:

The End is Near:
What about the looming end to XP?  The good news there is you can run XP on XenClient Enterprise!  This is great because if you have a pesky application that will only run on XP, you can still offer up an environment until you can fully migrate that application to a newer version of Windows.  Once the application migrated, with a simple unassignment in the XC Synchronizer, XP can be gone forever!


Dual Boot Option:
There is an option to dual boot a system, which is a great way to keep a system intact and run XenClient Enterprise while slowly migrating your user to XenClient full time.  On pages 9-15 of the XenClient Enterprise Engine Installation Guide we explain how to dual boot between XenClient and a local operating system.  I would suggest this option for the user who is apprehensive towards change (aren’t we all?) since this helps to ease them into XenClient.

Migrating the User Data:
The other alternative is to just ensure the user data is backed up and migrated.  Luckily Citrix has ShareFile for that and if user settings are a concern, check out our User Profile Management tool. This will allow the collection of important user data, but allow a fresh start with Windows 7 or even Windows 8.  On and the good news is ShareFile does work on Windows XP.  At the end of the day, your users just want to have a working system with their data intact.

Maybe it is just my old IT brain talking, but I just like to start fresh!  Consider a different approach when planning your migration off Windows XP by downloading XenClient Enterprise 5 and try it free on up to 10 devices.

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