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Windows 2000 Migrations - Industry Media Analysis and Opinion

Don't rely on marketing hype and "best case" deployment scenarios to fuel all of your decisions. It's important to smart managers to be familiar with criticisms and project failures when making balanced strategic decisions. Does Windows 2000 deliver on its promises? Is my migration budget realistic? Will I really lower my TCO.. and by how much?
The myths of Windows XP
Despite Microsoft's hype about Windows XP, most enterprises are not in for a significantly different experience. In this opinion paper, Gartner Group takes a critical look at the new OS and offers recommendations for environments running Windows 2000. Source: CNET (May 9, 2001)

Windows 2000 clock ticking down
Companies that don't start Windows 2000 upgrades by the end of the quarter should scrap their plans, a market research company warned Tuesday. Source: CNET (May 8, 2001)

A guide to implementing Win2K
IT managers bring technical, political concerns to tests of Active Directory migration tools
Source: eWEEK (January 31, 2000)

Big corporations "pained" by Win2k rollouts
A report from Giga Information Group claims that large corporates are taking six to nine months longer than anticipated to move to Windows 2000. A poll of around 100 major customers showed that two thirds of corporations will hold off from deploying W2K until 2001. The report states: "Ask IS managers and executives for the first word that comes to mind to describe a Windows 2000 migration, and you get the following responses: Complex. Slow. Expensive. Lengthy. Painful." Source: The Standard (August 14, 2000)

Compaq's massive, methodical Windows 2000 migration
In this first installment of her three-part series on Compaq's internal migration to Windows 2000, Elisabeth Putnam examines the six major "threads" guiding the project, and describes how Tim Benson, worldwide program manager for Windows 2000 at Compaq, is methodically overseeing the massive migration. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage (Jan 2001)

Experienced Microsoft consultant stresses importance of Windows 2000 lab work
Successful Windows 2000 implementations require a phased development approach that begins in the lab, evolves into a pilot and finally matures as a production system. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage (Dec.13 1999)

Analysts: Lockdown Vital to Win 2k Value Managing desktops can help companies attain their ROI in less than a year
The real total cost-of-ownership benefits of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Professional won't come automatically, analysts warn. To reap the full rewards, they say, information technology departments must move to a managed desktop environment - in other words, lock down end users' PCs Source: ComputerWorld (May 8, 2000)

Gartner Group's Windows 2000 Professional Migration Model
A Gartner Group study about predicted migration costs to Windows 2000 Professional. This paper shows that actual migration costs to most customers will be considerably lower. Source: (Feb 2000)

Giga Group Report: Windows 2000: Deployment Best Practices
While respondents to its poll of IT professionals rated Windows 2000 an average of two times to three times more reliable than prior versions of the desktop and server operating systems, Giga states "it is absolutely crucial that corporate IT departments learn the technical vagaries of the Windows 2000 platform and follow best deployment practices to the letter." This report summarizes those practices. Source: (Feb 2000)

Government users tread different migration path to Windows 2000
A recent interview with two IT professionals from the office of Minnesota's Hennepin County, in which Minneapolis is located, reveals that implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 in a government agency can be tricky © not because of the operating system, but because government agencies do things differently than their private sector counterparts. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage (March 26, 2001)

Hardware, application compatibility are critical Windows 2000 planning and implementation issues
Stride Rite is a good example of a company that has successfully migrated to Windows 2000 after carefully dealing with a wide range of hardware and application compatibility issues. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage (March 26, 2001)

IT Managers find advantages in Windows 2000
Consolidating on the Operating System improves performance. Source: Information Week (April 17, 2000)

Management Strategies: Windows 2000 migration
Planning is key to success, and each IT department must figure out its own needs and specialties. Source: Network World Fusion (Oct 30, 2000)

Microsoft Active Directory Problems Linger
Fundamental design problems with Microsoft's Active Directory (AD) that will affect early adopters of Windows 2000 (W2K), will not be fixed until next year, a senior analyst has warned. Ed Thompson, an analyst at Gartner, said the design problems, which involve network performance and the stability of directory services when deployed to over 300 sites, are not fixed by the recent release of Service Pack 1 for W2K.

Migration migraines
Moving from Windows NT domains to Active Directory is never simple, even with the four products we tested that are supposed to ease the pain. Source: Network World Fusion (Jan 2001)

Migrating to Windows 2000
Find out why you should deploy Windows 2000 Server first, and Windows 2000 Professional second. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 2000)

No rush to open Windows 2000
Most companies will let the year 2000 come to a close without inviting the much-ballyhooed Windows 2000 operating system through their corporate doors. Virtually everyone praises the powerful new OS, but the cost, complexity of migration, and lack of immediate need are causing most companies to say Windows 2000 can wait until well into 2001. Source: EarthWeb (Dec 12, 2000)

OS Rollout hinge on user training
All to often, when a company introduces new technology for its users, training is simply tacked on as an afterthought. But unless your users are properly trained first, don't expect Microsoft Windows 2000 or any other sophisticated technology to work miracles. Source: InfoWorld

Payback Time: How companies are finding ROI for Windows 2000
Migrating from Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95/98 to Windows 2000 is no walk in the park. The upgrade is complicated and can be expensive. Very expensive. A recent ENT survey of sites making or planning to make the upgrade finds that two-thirds expect to pay more than $50,000 for the migration. A quarter of surveyed IT executives anticipate spending $500,000 or more. Across the board, respondents expect to devote a quarter of their IT budgets to the migration effort. Source: ENT Online (Feb 28, 2001)

Planning the Migration - Reseller should plot strategies carefully before taking the plunge
The migration to Windows 2000 will require three things: planning, planning and more planning. Major infrastructure changes in Windows 2000, namely the Active Directory and its advanced security features, will require in many cases sweeping organizational changes and cooperation within companies as well as months of detailed planning to ensure a smooth migration. Source: Information Week (October 1999)

Running the Numbers for Windows 2000's TCO
Recent GartnerGroup and Giga Information Group studies about Windows 2000's (Win2K's) total cost of ownership (TCO) have caused an uproar. GartnerGroup says Win2K is too expensive; Giga says Win2K is worth the cost. The reasons behind these disparate claims lie in the studies. Windows 2000 Magazine reviews both reports and speaks with the analysts involved in the details of the studies. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Feb 2000)

Sizing up service providers for aid in planning and deploying Windows 2000
Choosing between hardware OEMs, integrators and traditional VARs. Source: ZDNet (April 18, 2000)

Survey reveals keys to cheaper Win 2000 migration
Enterprise customers that have well-established procedures for managing their desktops should find moving to Windows 2000 less expensive and less complex than those that have not, according to a new study. Source: Network World (Jan 31 2000)

The Road to Win2k
Win2K may be the enterprise OS of choice . . . eventually. For now, analyze the business case for migrating and test, test, test. Source: ComputerWorld (Feb 2000)

Users Cite Windows 2000 Challenges, Pitfalls and Opportunities  
When three Compaq users sit down to discuss Windows 2000, what do they say? They are turned on by the possibilities, but daunted by the work involved. Everybody agrees planning is a must. They also agree the migration is a major project with widespread ramifications for their businesses. Read this customer roundtable if you want to know what users really think about Windows 2000. Source: Windows 2000 Advantage (July 10, 2000)

Windows 2000 Migration A Gradual Process
Enterprises planning to adopt Windows 2000 will do so gradually, typically taking six to 12 months to conduct top-down planning and to ensure a smooth migration to Active Directory and other new features. In many cases, IT departments are setting up a central Windows 2000 infrastructure and leaving implementation timing and other details to individual units. Source: PlaneIT (Feb 9, 2001)

Windows 2000 Migration is easier than you think
Migrations to Windows 2000 have come to resemble technical rites of passage. Approximately 60% of the searchWin2000 Career Center Survey respondents told us that the migration was easy, reporting only a few problems. Only a quarter of them called the passage "somewhat difficult." Source: (Jan 5, 2001)

Windows 2000: A 6 Step Migration Plan  
Time to cut through the hype, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Our six-step plan will help prepare you for the Win 2K era. Source: InternetWeek Online (Jan 26, 2000)

Win2000 Who should upgrade?  
Was Windows 2000 worth the wait? In a word, yes, but different types of users will have very different reasons for upgrading. And some people shouldn't upgrade at all. Here are the top findings from PC Labs Source: ZDNet (Jan 31,2000)

Windows 2000: And the Survey says..  
Analysts have been lobbing grenades at Windows 2000 (Win2K) for the past year. GartnerGroup summed up the major points of Win2K criticism, based its arguments on the analysis of Win2K's total cost of ownership (TCO) and a calculation of the Return on Investment (ROI) that an enterprise can expect for Win2K. At the heart of the GartnerGroup analysis were the imposing administrative requirements of deploying Win2K. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 13, 2000)


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