Migration Success Planning

Eight steps to improve the overall success of the Migration off of Windows XP /Office 2003 plan. The following should be used as a guild to help make the transition from your current system to the new one as uneventful as possible.
  1. Migration Area - Clear your desk of any obstacles that could impede a speedy migration. If the computer is under the desk please remove anything which may impede access.
  2. Password Reset – If you are not available at the time of the data backup or the next morning a reset of your network account password will be necessary. We are planning on using your CUNYfirst EmpID as a temporary password. You will change it after the migration. To avoid this you should be present during and after the migration.
  3. My Documents Data – We are encouraging everyone to back off (not up) any data that is not essential to your day to day operation. By back off we mean do not back up data to another location on the same machine. The kind of data we are talking about needs to be off the machine. IT will be moving all business related data from the My Documents folder to a network share drive. This network share drive will be the permanent home of your My Documents directory.
  4. Non-My Documents Data - Please be aware that you may have data outside of your My Documents directory. Review data you may have outside of the My Document folders, if this data is not business related or essential to the day to day operation, it also will not be part of the IT backup and should therefore be backed up by you if you deem it necessary to have for the Windows 7 migrated machine. If you are not familiar with how to back up data or need assistance, when IT comes around to do their preliminary survey and hold discussions with your department please bring this up to them so that they can account for it before the actual backup.
  5. Non-Standard Applications - Take note of any special applications you may have acquired which were not installed by IT or are outside of the standard suite. The new Windows 7 image comes with the standard supported applications like Microsoft Office 2010, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox (for a detailed list of the image go to?Link Here). Anything outside of this will need to be installed manually after the upgrade if it is a business essential and approved application. If it is a personal applet or other utility you may be given the opportunity to re-install this after the upgrade as long as it is determined to be safe and not affect the new image. However, IT is not responsible for training or installing none-standard applets or applications which are not part of the supported image.
  6. Favorites - If you have an extensive favorites list, you should export this and save it so that you can import it to the new Windows 7 computer. While this will be part of the IT backup you may want to back it up as part of any backup you do with data on the computer.
  7. Full Disclosure - An inventory of your current setup is being done but this may not cover everything so it's important that when the time comes to disclose as much as possible that may be unique to your particular computing experience.  For the most part things like printers and the way you access your computers to log in will remain the same for the new upgrade but things like calendar sharing, multiple email accounts and the like will need to be communicated in order for IT to insure you end up with a system that is functioning the way your XP system did. 
  8. Questions or Comments – You can submit questions or commits right from this web page by using the Questions link on the left hand navigation bar. You can also use YConnect.  To access the YConnect self-service ticketing system just go to the "Login to" prompt at the right top of the York web page and select from the drop down, "Service Desk" go to the faculty staff login option and enter your ticket.

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