P2V Migration for Software Assurance

Even for the most skilled IT shops with resources to work through compatibility challenges, there can often be a few users that effectively block roll-outs to entire sites or larger numbers of users. Providing the option for users to retain their current desktop environments while moving to Windows 7 can help smooth the transition while mitigating or delaying investments required for making applications and hardware natively compatible with Windows 7.

Solution Accelerators

Microsoft Solution Accelerators are free, authoritative resources to help IT Professionals proactively plan, integrate, and operate IT systems. Click here for a complete listing of Solution Accelerators.

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit team is working on a new solution incorporating Sysinternals Disk2VHD into the desktop migration process.  An independent solution and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit prerequisite, P2V Migration for Software Assurance automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system. While backing up and converting legacy Windows XP desktop and applications, P2V creates seamless and manageable use within Windows 7.

P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta

This is your opportunity to have a direct influence on an important new Solution Accelerator from Microsoft. Please direct your feedback and any support questions you may have to satfdbk at microsoft dot com. The Beta review period runs through September 19, 2010. Microsoft needs to receive your input during this period for your feedback to be included in the final release of the project.

Join the Beta Program

To participate in P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta program, download and test the tool in your environment then provide timely feedback and suggestions to the development team at Microsoft. This is an open beta download. If you are not already a member of MDT Beta Program and would like to join, follow these steps:

  1. Go here to join the beta program
  2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID.
  3. Enter your registration information.
  4. Continue to the P2V Migration for Software Assurance program Beta page.

Already a member of the MDT beta programs? Go here to get the latest beta downloads.

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