4 ways to prepare for the Windows 8 update

No matter what type of customer I’m speaking to — large or small, desktop or application — one topic has risen to the forefront of every conversation: virtualization, and how it will be impacted by the upcoming Microsoft updates.

Later this year, Microsoft will release both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. I’ll be on hand during our customers’ update process to answer any questions about licensing and compliance, re-evaluating current licensing and deployment infrastructure, and providing best practices for any implementation. In the meantime, I’ll be outlining four things that can be implemented to best prepare for the switch. Let’s start with Windows 8.

1. Become an expert in the environment

The first step to prepare is to re-evaluate the virtualization infrastructure on both the desktop and the application side. In other words, get a full view of the environment’s hardware and software infrastructure. This will provide a transparent look into the virtual environment. To do this, identify whether each connected device is personally or company-owned; whether the device is on or off the company site; and whether it’s already covered under the corporate licensing scheme, or if it’s the employee’s responsibility as owner of the device.