IT Migration Solutions are complex. First, you have the inherit complexity of moving from one platform to another. Then, you have all the everything your users have built on top of the existing platform. Don’t stress! Logical Front can help you navigate the migration process. We have experience with migrating multiple types of platforms: desktop OS, server OS, AD, Exchange, virtual desktops, and many more.
What to expect
A typical migration process includes most of the following steps:
1. Audit of the existing platform
An audit is important to better understand the back-end of your environment, especially if it is currently using a proprietary or obscure technology. It will also help your team and the migration specialist understand exactly what it will take to migrate the environment to your new platform, and leads to a more accurate estimation of hours and cost.
2. Desired state analysis
The next step is to determine what needs to be brought from the old platform into the new one and determine how you want the new platform to look and behave. A migration is a great time to truly examine your current platform usage and structure the new environment so it will follow best practices.
3. Migration method/tool selection
For large environments, it may be impractical to upgrade individual pieces. Instead you can often use an automated tool to help with the migrations. Each tool will have inherit strengths and weaknesses (including the tools from the platform vendor). An experienced migration specialist will know which tool fits the job best. Most IT staff do a migration once and are done, so they spend a significant amount of time selecting and testing the tools to discover what the migration specialist already knows.
First, move the data from the old test platform to the new test platform. Next, test it throughly to determine if anything important will be lost. If so, on an individual basis, decide (with the appropriate stakeholders) whether to rebuild it, replace it, or let it go.
5. Pilot group
Select a group of power users of the platform who are friendly to the migration to be the first to experience the migration. Have them provide feedback on the process and the results.
6. Production migration
Armed with the knowledge of the previous steps, you can begin the production migration. Do this in phases. Communicate clearly through the process.
7. Discover and migrate what was missed
Often a small portion of the environment will require manual intervention.
Migrations can be difficult, but with a partner like Logical Front, you will have the proper knowledge to complete a successful migration.