New Software Release: PCmover Profile Migrator

For over twenty years, I have been a proponent of what we now call “cloud computing.”

Back in the 90’s, the approach was more simple, but the need “for cultural transformation in large enterprises and for productivity in small business” (Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, 2018) existed back then as it does today.

Microsoft currently wants to transition customers into a “paradigm of people-centered” experiences. To achieve this end, Microsoft is taking an even bigger step: transitioning the standard Windows platform to a sophisticated cloud and desktop infrastructure, where Windows 10 is just one component, albeit the necessary starting point.

With the adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft offers a clear path to an integrated cloud-desktop infrastructure that goes far beyond Windows and Office. It integrates all components into a consistent experience where the user can take advantage of workflows enabled by rich and secure cloud based applications and utilities.

Migrating to the new world of “Microsoft 365 Business” starts with Windows 10, Office 365, OneDrive and the transition to Azure Active Directory (AAD) from the old Active Directory (AD).

In addition to this new ecosystem of Microsoft cloud computing products, it is also time to think about other transitions on the horizon as the end of support looms for Windows 7 and Office 2016 in 2020.

It is not surprising that changes as paramount as these create friction. To help, Microsoft is training and enabling thousands of service providers. They are also counting on numerous ISV’s who build on top of the new platform and provide tools for a smooth transition. But, the most fundamental domain change from AD to AAD has the potential to be very time-consuming and frustrating to IT service providers and end users.

That’s where Laplink comes in. For over 35 years, Laplink has been the leader in providing data transfer and migration software – and of course, we are doing the same for cloud computing transitions.

Laplink has been a trusted partner with Microsoft since the beginning of the PC era and Microsoft can again rely on powerful tools by Laplink to simplify the PC migration process. Based on our award-winning and market-leading migration platform, PCmover, Laplink developed an innovative solution to ease the migration from AD to AAD by taking an important pain point out of the process.

Laplink is pleased to announce PCmover Profile Migrator, which allows the easy and time-saving migration of installed applications, data, and settings between user profiles on the same PC. That means everything can be automatically transferred from the old AD user profile to the new AAD profile.

In fact, PCmover Profile Migrator allows for fast and easy migration between any user profiles – regardless of the associated domain or directory services. With PCmover, there’s no need to manually copy data, update settings, or reinstall user apps. It’s all automatic, allowing the user to quickly start working in the new AAD environment or other new domain.

For more information, including pricing, visit: www.laplink.com/ppm

Also, as a special introductory offer, Laplink is offering a 25% discount on PCmover Profile Migrator. At checkout, simply enter Coupon Code: 4DU-64D-RUQ

This limited time discount applies to single-use or multi-use licenses. Offer ends August 17, 2018.

An Enterprise PC migration solution

In 2014, Microsoft® ended technical support for its workhorse operating system, Windows® XP. This triggered a surge of migrations to Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Previously, many businesses had skipped migrating, because XP continued to work well. With the end of support, though, enterprise organizations needed to take the step.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29. For the enterprise customer, Windows 10’s under-the-hood improvements will allow enterprises to deploy and manage their PC’s more easily than in the past, as well.

The Market for Enterprise PC Migration Solutions

The PC has continued to evolve into a more powerful machine. Today we have dozens of applications vital for our daily work, several gigabytes of data, and thousands of settings in the Windows registry. Reestablishing those on a new PC is time-consuming and near impossible to create as a streamlined system for a company.

Studies show that the foremost reason for not deploying an organization to new PCs is the anxiety of moving all of the user’s “stuff” from the old PC to the new one. PC deployments remain on the forefront of many IT department staffers’ minds, but the issue remains that there are few tools at the enterprise level to successfully complete this endeavor.

Organizations need a solution that will not interrupt employees’ productivity, will save time and resources, and will migrate the files, folders, and applications vital to each employee’s daily workflow.

Many times, IT departments utilize a centralized deployment utility like SCCM, LANDesk, or Altiris for upgrades and new PC deployments. One of the most challenging aspects associated with using these utilities is that they do not adequately address the transfer of user data, custom application settings, or even the transfer of the applications. This creates a very difficult situation for desktop support teams who are tasked with getting a deployed PC back up and running quickly.

An IT professional at one of the largest PC manufacturers communicated to me: “We are supporting thousands of large organizations to deploy their PCs. We do everything from logistics, imaging, tagging, and bringing the PC to the workplace. We do not, however, have a solution for the actual migration between two desktops.” This conversation brought to light the most common complaints from enterprises considering a migration:

  • PC migrations require too many IT resources not originally budgeted for.
  • Logistical issues arise when considering migrations for remote users and global office locations.
  • Incomplete migrations leave behind necessary applications.
  • Company time is expended re-downloading applications and programs that were not transferred in the deployment.

The results of these shortcomings are increased costs to organizations, an extension of end-user downtime spent familiarizing themselves with the new system, a general feeling of user dissatisfaction, and prolonged project cycles that ultimately affect the bottom line for a company.

PCmover Enterprise Blog

 

At Laplink, we developed PCmover® Enterprise to make the workstation migration process effective and cost-efficient. It automates the transfer of selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC. PCmover Enterprise is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows you to migrate to the newest version of Windows, including Windows 10. All of your migration scenarios are supported, and it has been proven successful in migration projects ranging from 100 to 100,000 PCs.

PCmover Enterprise has an easy-to-use wizard that does not require any developer knowledge and enables the IT Admin to set the rules. IT departments are able to predefine certain rules and policies within the organization to fit all cases. The Policy Manager allows IT administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

After migrating almost a hundred thousand PCs, we could not have asked for a better solution than PCmover Enterprise-Windows 8 Global Deployment Consultant for Fortune 100 Company

PCmover transfers all selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC, including user accounts, applications’ environments, applications’ add-ons, background pictures, favorites, and more.administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

PCmover Enterprise by Laplink Software is the solution for every organization that has over 100 PCs. It will save a minimum of $300 per desktop deployed, eliminating the need for extended project cycles. Using PCmover helps organizations decrease unbudgeted costs during the projects, and dramatically decreases productivity loss.

No matter where you are in your deployments of new PCs or operating systems, PCmover will help make you’re the process streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient.