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Sandia’s Vista Deployment. What we’ve learned and where we are today. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Sandia’s Vista Deployment

  • What we’ve learned

  • and

  • where we are today

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company,for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

IT Staff Migration

  • Remained on schedule

  • Majority of IT staff converted to Vista by October 08

  • Helped us identify many potential issues customers would see (incorporated into training)

  • Presented a number of challenges, including ensuring we had working versions of the tools they required for they day to day tasks

  • Various issues needed to be addressed with remote assistance.


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Training

  • Feedback from IT staff and early pilot users integrated into training

  • Initial training was self paced, introducing and explaining the various changes with Vista and Office 2007

  • Training videos introduced later


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Deployment Tools

  • Tools available on schedule

  • Have refined the tools and images

  • Worked around various driver issues

  • Additional software installs to allow for more complete builds


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Application Compatibility

  • Some application compatibility issues did show up, though not as many as expected. Unfortunately there were some corporate application issues that forced the change of our schedule

  • VPN

  • Entrust

  • Credant

  • IE7

  • Oracle


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

FDCC/Administrative Rights

  • Administrative rights removal was the most contentious issue with end users

  • Challenges with this change causeddelays and ultimately was excluded as part of deployment plans due to lack of production solutions for certain capabilities that were lost.

    • Ability to install software

    • Lack of scalable and manageable solution for users that required admin right

  • FDCC implementation introduced various challenges, and required that some variances be requested.

    • Mobility center

    • Trusted sites in IE7

    • Unix/Samba server connectivity


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Communication

  • Communication with some developers was successful

  • End user communication was successful and allowed for feedback, but not done with as much notice as we’d planned

  • Had to be done more than once due to schedule changes.

  • FAQ site created and updated with new user questions


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Where We Are Now

  • Vista now the default operating system for all new systems and rebuilds if hardware supported

  • Not required, so users can still have XP if there are software or hardware compatibility issues

  • No planned deployment to existing users.

  • Only installed on machines if OEM supports system with Vista. Drivers must be available.


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Windows 7

Working from Gartner recommendations


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Windows 7

  • Current work on application compatibility and hardware support should make migration to Windows 7 easier

  • Our current plans allow us to be on a mainstream supported OS while we wait for Windows 7 to be released and stable.

  • Vista SP2 gives us some of the kernel changes from Windows 7


Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by sandia corporation a lockheed martin company for the united states dep

Questions

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Roman Selever

[email protected]

505-844-4787


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