Company name: Two Ten Systems - Systems Integration Firm located in CT, Serving Greater CT and Manhattan area. Small to midsize vertical mainly in financial and real-estate industries. http://www.twotensystems.com
Your geographic location (country): USA
Project Name/Description: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Objectives of the project: Satisfy curiosity about the product. Determine security integration with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In particular, understanding the Group Policy granularity capabilities. Also wanted to understand the other "features" that were available in the product. Also Remote App (RDS) and possibly using that as a replacement for Citrix.
Are you piloting or deploying the products: Piloting
Products used in project: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2
Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied. Yes
Are you going to be saving money? Yes, We will very likely do away with Citrix licensing which will save us significant money. There will likely be increase in scalability and decrease in maintenance due to virtualization capabilities. Easier deployment means less hours which means less man hours which, will likely be significant.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? It has been enormously helpful to me. We are a startup so it is an invaluable resource.
What do you think about the products? I think Windows 7 is really a huge step forward in making the operating system relevant … really for this decade and the coming years. Most of our fears of deploying Vista in the enterprise and Windows 7 has really made a dramatic step in making it relevant and really makes upgrading from XP a requirement. Aside from compatibility mode, being able to run things in XP Mode, incredible. Though I believe the only thing we will need that for is specific line of business applications that are very old. Performance benefits of Windows 7 are noticeable. It is much faster than Vista. Also the reduction in security and management overhead make it a big hit. 2008 R2 I am most impressed with the TS Apps Server components. In the past, I thought TS was a really overlooked part of the infrastructure. Scalability was not really addressed in 2003 and 2008 does that very nicely. Also the ability to encrypt non-system partitions and manage that through group policy is huge to me. The ability to encrypt removable media and most importantly to do it all through group policy is a big plus. Network Policy drastically reduces the reliance on third party devices. I feel we can build our systems pretty much exclusively with Microsoft products which I did not feel was the case before 2008 R2.
Any challenges with your pilot? Still in testing???
Anything else you care to share? Very Satisfied with the program and both OS's