PCmover tackles headaches caused by Windows 7 EOS

It’s time now. In less than 10 months Microsoft® will officially end support of Windows 7®. Unlike with previous operating systems, Microsoft has offered customers the continuation of security updates for a period of time as part of a Windows subscription. The price will be $25-50 dollars per PC going up to $100 to $200 in year 3.

Unless organizations have vital applications that will not run on Windows 10, most will decide to refresh their PCs with Windows 10. Some will use existing hardware but given the typical PC replacement cycle, most will move to new hardware.

Microsoft is rapidly moving their products to the cloud and connecting their traditional Office applications with new cloud-based applications, which should make us more productive and enable a new way to work. OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint and other Microsoft products create additional opportunities to share, communicate and collaborate.

Another step forward is the introduction of Azure Active Directory. Directory services were always local and organizations had challenges to always map their new organization structures (new acquisitions, organization changes, subsidiaries and sister companies) in the local Active Directory. Moving to Azure Active Directory allows IT departments to manage all of this in the cloud and harmonize both the user and organizational structures.

We at Laplink are committed to making your PC migration projects more efficient, enabling an easier process when PC lease cycles end, mitigating end user downtime during break/fix scenarios, and most of all, saving you time and money. PCmover Enterprise has quickly become the leading product for PC refreshes in large F1000 companies, mid-market organizations, government and education. The ROI is immediate, substantial and visible. Our sales teams have shared with me many customers’ feedback that have proven we continue to achieve our commitments. A large retail customer said, “With PCmover we save 5 hours per desktop”; a large service company said, “We are saving $100,000 per year in help desk support”; and a global professional and financial services firm described how PCmover Enterprise enabled them to move over 175,000 PCs to Windows 10, which was more efficient and cost effective than Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT).

Depending on your scenario, whether you need to move the complete PC personality including applications, data and settings to a new PC or clean/repair/upgrade an existing PC, PCmover Enterprise gives IT teams the power to configure the product according to their policies and goals. CIOs are even using PCmover Enterprise to configure a near zero-touch & fully automated transfer that is executed by the user and runs in the background.

Moving to Azure Active Directory creates some headaches when transferring a local Active Directory profile to the new AAD profile. Laplink has been working very closely with Microsoft to help overcome this issue by creating a new feature of PCmover Enterprise called PCmover Profile Migrator. Now what was previously completed manually is automated with PCmover Profile Migrator, saving IT teams hours of manual profile creation.

You can receive a free, fully functional evaluation copy of PCmover Enterprise here or just reply to this email. Whether you are moving off of Windows 7 or need to increase new PC deployments, PCmover is the solution!

 

Regards,

 

 

 

Thomas Koll – CEO
Laplink Software, Inc.
tk@laplink.com

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.