A Review: Migrate7 v. USMT

USMT is a tool offered at no charge by Microsoft for Windows PC migration.  The tool was developed as a result of large enterprise customers asking vendors and also Microsoft about the time, disruption, and expense involved in migrating Windows users.  It’s free… like a puppy.  The real work starts when you get it home.  To help us understand USMT better, we asked a network management firm to test USMT and Migrate7 to determine how they stack up.  We thought you’d be interested in the data.  Pop us a note if you have something to add or change in this post with a comment or by reaching out to us on our Contact page.  We hope you find this information useful.

-The team at Tranxition

 

USMT Versus Migrate7

As far as free tools go, USMT is in our opinion quite rudimentary and offers no user interface to IT managers. Customers state that the application support is quite thin in many areas, even in Microsoft’s own applications.

Comparing Migrate7 and USMT: Key Features

Migrate 7

USMT

GUI Interface and configuration editing system

Yes

No

Command Line Scripting

Yes

Yes

Native Compression of Stored Data

Yes

No

Duplicate File Awareness

No

Yes

User Data Password Protected

Yes

No

Migration Tool Can be Executed From Network Location

Yes

No

Supports Roaming Profile Migrations

Yes

No

Supports Terminal Service Profiles

Yes

No

Supports Cross Domain Migrations

Yes

Yes

System Center Configuration Manager Integration

Yes

Yes

Encryption of user state data while transiting network

Yes

No

Flexible Storage of User State Data

Yes

Yes

Agent-less Migration (No binaries installed on client system)

Yes

No

Backup Logged on User incrementally

Yes

No

The network testing company we hired told us that USMT is sensitive to Registry and Profile settings, which are common on Windows PC’s and can cause USMT to fail. To support that assertion, we recently posted on a Microsoft Certified Professional article quoting data from VMWare stating that “USMT has a 29% data and settings loss rate in VMWare’s testing.” Our eyebrows went up when we read that.

USMT:

USMT is reportedly weak on support for settings transfer.  It goes mostly for the easy stuff.

The versions of each application must match on the source and destination computers.

This is a huge because USMT does not the migration of the settings of an earlier version of an application to a later version except for Microsoft Office, which USMT can migrate from an earlier version to a later version.

Inconsistent migration compatibility; especially when migrating between different OS versions.  This leads to a lot of research and testing time to determine feasibility.

USMT requires technician to learn how to read and edit raw XML files that are required to have granular control over the migration.

USMT Has version and locale (language) dependencies, especially with Microsoft Office

It does not operate in a secure network environment, operates only at a file system level

USMTs complex line command switch options lead to management complexity and a steep learning curve

It is found by many IT administrators to be time consuming and error prone in large enterprise environments.  One tech told us:  “It’s rudimentary and it fails half the time.”

Migrate7:

Easy to configure.  Set up and run the first migration in a few minutes

Highly-reliable and dependable.  99.9% reliability (three sigma)

Easily create multiple configurations for different departments or branches

Delivers a demonstrated migration ROI of $300-2000 resulting from ease of use and simple implementation

Takes care of migrating Outlook and setting it up correctly

Provides incremental backup and selective restoration – protects and preserves personalities over time

Handles remote non-logged in users, no problem

Easily distributed for large-scale migrations

Is strong enough to be used for regular backup and even has an optional end user restore tool available.

Migrates more deeply.  500+ more settings on Microsoft Word just for starters.  USMT only moves some settings in the tests that we reviewed

Migrates personalities in half the time of USMT last time we saw numbers on it (We hope to update performance numbers soon).

Supports manual and automated secure transfer over secure networks

No need for network file share rights, can be run as LocalSystem

Significantly easier to add custom application, file, and registry support

Miigrate7, unlike USMT…migrates from and to different application versions as needed

Tranxition provides live, human beings for support and migration design, included as part of the license agreement

When a firm chooses Migrate7 as part of their deployment process, they receive a highly-mature, deeply-tested application that has saved organizations around the globe over $1.2B over the last decade or so.     Start an evaluation process and see why going with Migrate7 is the only sensible choice for IT professionals.

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