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Deploying a new PC for a remote or home office user is always a challenge, particularly in IT environments that aren’t heavily managed. The question becomes, “what is the easiest way to configure the new PC to look and act just like the old PC?” Manually copying information and installing applications nearly always results in follow-up Service Desk; the user doesn’t have all their applications, or can’t find where certain data ended up. With the recent dramatic increase in remote work (likely including some, or all, of your IT staff), scaling this type of manual migration effort is nearly impossible. Enter, the need for a remote user migration solution.
Today, we have a guest post from our very own Tom Coyle, Senior Enterprise Solution Architect, & Tim Worcester, Director of Customer Experience!
PCmover, the only migration solution recommended by Microsoft and Intel, makes this task easy. With a PCmover migration, the new PC will work and feel just like the old PC, including all user data, profile, and application settings – and even the applications themselves. PCmover, by default, running as a completely “vanilla” configuration, will automatically locate and transfer the applications and all user data to a new environment. With some simple planning and minimal configuration, your users can even drive their own migrations. This dramatically reduces the need to engage IT resources.
This guide gives a brief overview of how PCmover can help you perform a flawless remote user migration quickly and easily. PCmover is extremely flexible and can accommodate nearly any real-world use case. Here, we offer three common scenarios as examples. For help with your specific use case, contact Laplink for a one-on-one discussion, demonstration, or a trial license.
The most problematic manual-migration scenario is often the smallest. When users purchase and configure their own PCs, without central imaging and deployment, the base configuration is unknown. When users have full control over their own machines, without central IT management, there is no knowledge about what applications may be installed, what profile settings are configured, and where user data is located.
This scenario is identical to that of any non-business home user who needs to migrate to a new PC. The consumer-centric editions of PCmover have been used successfully by millions of regular home consumers to migrate to a new PC and, here, we will build on that success by introducing PCmover Policies to control precisely how PCmover works in order to standardize migrations and minimize the choices that the user will need to make (and thus possibility for human error).
Large organizations with diverse groups of remote users are beginning to move to Microsoft’s modern deployment and management process and tools. If you are already using Autopilot and Intune, PCmover can integrate easily into your deployment process.
For other specific use cases you may have, you can contact us for a one-on-one discussion, demonstration, and a trial license. You can also watch the webinar demo HERE.
Neil is the Senior Director of Inside Sales & Marketing at Laplink. His sales and marketing expertise includes email marketing, lead nurturing, marketing automation, database marketing, user experience optimization, website optimization, testing, PPC (Pay Per Click), Google analytics and social media. Prior to joining Laplink, he was Account Director at Indigo Slate, Senior Account Manager at Oracle, and Dell Brand Manager and Digital Marketing Manager at Zones, Inc. Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Advertising and Business from Brigham Young University. Neil’s hobbies include playing golf and competitive volleyball. When he’s not busy spending time with his family, you'll find him on the golf course perfecting his swing!Read more about Neil Minetto...