Editor's Choice: NT 4.0 to Windows Migration
<b>Winner: </b>Tranxition Software Personality Tranxport Professional
<b>Honorable Mention:</b> <a href="#xpress">Altiris eXpress Migration
Tranxport Professional 3.0 From $39.95 for one user to $7,897.50
for 250 users
Tranxition Corp.; 503-291-6400; www.tranxition.com
- By Stewart Cawthray
- December 01, 2002
How many desktops do you have to migrate? I’m betting more than one.
Are they all used by the same person? Probably not. Each computer on your
network has its own personality created over months and years, and the
biggest request I receive from users during migration is to have the settings
from the old computer applied to the new one. This has been a major migration
challenge for IT personnel. Often it isn’t done, with users left to re-create
the settings manually. Besides being a hassle, this can hurt productivity
if users spend more time searching for and implementing settings than
they do at their jobs.
Tranxition’s Personality Tranxport Professional 3.0 (PTPro) is a migration
tool that provides an easy-to-use graphical interface to capture, store
and restore the unique personality of each user’s computer automatically,
along with powerful functions to migrate hundreds or thousands of computers.
PTPro is installed in two parts: The server components are installed at
a central network location, and a small client from the central location
to each computer to be migrated.
Professional allows administrators to create extraction templates
to ease migration. (Click image to view larger version.)
Once installed, PTPro extracts personality information—desktop, Internet,
e-mail, network and application settings, for example—from the computer
and stores it in the central PTPro network location. To simplify the extraction
of application settings, PTPro includes configuration information for
many of today’s most popular applications. In addition to the personality
settings, PTPro can extract document and data files for migration. The
extraction can be done manually (by the user employing the simple graphical
interface), or an administrator can create a custom configuration file
to automate the settings.
Tranxition’s Personality Transport Professional 3.0 is a solid, easy-to-use
migration tool for Windows that provides a simple graphical interface
for one-off migrations and an advanced command-line interface for administrators
to drive enterprise-wide migrations. With the extensive collection of
Windows, network and application settings in existence, PTPro will meet
both user and administrative migration needs.
eXpress Migration Suite
$29 for 10-99 nodes; $25 for 100-499 nodes
Another good migration tool to consider is Altiris eXpress Migration
Suite. Altiris provides a server-based console where migration-related
tasks can be created, scheduled and deployed by administrators. PC Transplant
Pro, a component of the software, is a wizard-based migration tool that
captures user settings and allows you to create a Personality Package
that can be run on the new PC migrating your settings. It also includes
a disk imaging utility that eliminates the need for third-party tools
to create the base image for desktop deployments.
Stewart Cawthray, MCSE, ITIL Service Manager, is an IT management consultant for Hewlett-Packard.