According to this article by the Business Standard, 34,000 bank branches in India could be running Windows XP after April 8, 2014. That’s when Microsoft stops providing security updates and support for the aging OS. If you work in systems management, Windows XP migration affects you no matter what country or industry you’re in. Banks in India are just one example of a global challenge.

Windows XP Deadline

Who is prepared?

In the article, Amrish Goyal, general manager Windows Business Group at Microsoft says that he sees Indian software companies leading the pack in preparation, manufacturing companies with fairly good plans, and banks trailing in preparation. That’s just one analysis of a few industries in one region, but it makes an excellent point: some people are ready and a lot of people are not.

On the other hand, banks contend that there is no risk. They said that systems will not be breached even if users are still running Windows XP after April of next year. They argue that their networks are secure, and will isolate the XP machines from any dangers.

In June, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team asked all users of Windows XP to “immediately” plan for upgradation. (Upgradation is not in Merriam-Webster, but Urban Dictionary says it is gaining acceptance internationally.)

Can I deal with XP migration next year?

Waiting until next year might be a bad idea. Microsoft estimates that it takes 18 to 32 months to plan and execute an upgrade.

It’s no big deal if you just have a couple dozen computers. You can do them yourself, one at a time. Remember that there is no in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7/8. You have to save the data and settings off each system, then upgrade, and then restore it all to the new OS. Microsoft makes tools for this, so it’s not too difficult, just time consuming to do manually.

If you have thousands or tens of thousands of machines to upgrade, it is unlikely you can complete your migration on time without Zero-Touch Windows migration technology such as Adaptiva OneSite. I spoke to a company yesterday who stated they were 50% complete with their migration of 16,000 systems… and it has taken them a year and a half!

What can I do?

If you use Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), you can use Adaptiva OneSite to complete your migration in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take.

Large companies with hundreds of sites around the globe, don’t have time to deploy the infrastructure that would be required to migrate XP systems automatically. OneSite virtualizes your infrastructure so you can perform Operating System Deployment (OSD) without DPs, without PXE servers, and without State Migration Point (SMP) servers. Plus, we can move 20GB+ OS image files over your WAN without slowing down business traffic.

Here’s what the press is saying about OneSite Rapid OSD:

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