Why IT Professionals are Making the Switch to Tranxition

Enterprises and IT service providers are making the switch to Tranxition. After comparing Tranxition with other solutions, they found that other offerings, at whatever price, are not saving them money, and are actually costing them.

If you’d like to revolutionize your PC profile migration process, and keep more of your money and time, then it’s the right moment to engage.

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Any competent comparison of Windows profile migration tools should analyze the entire technology lifecycle.  Actual testing and research buttressed by user reports and a formal financial model clearly demonstrates that Windows profile migration tools are not substitutable.   The factors we considered are: basic architecture, speed, reliability, depth of migration, ease of adoption, and of course the total cost of operation and ownership.

Microsoft shipped version 1.0 of user state migration tool in 2001 and it is now in its fourth major revision. While the tool performs its work well in some scenarios, increasingly of late Tranxition has seen enterprises and organizations more and more often deciding that commercial-grade solutions are more cost and productivity effective. The exact reasons for this shift in perception are not clear. Tranxition’s architects believe that the reliability of the cloud has cast a shadow on tools and services that cannot deliver two sigma uptime.

RELIABILITY

Without a doubt, the shift in importance of reliability standards is real. An important journal for IT technicians, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, reported that Microsoft User State Migration tool lost settings and files 29% of the time. Technicians at customer sites reported that USMT failed often and had to be restarted and that often it failed without creating an error message.

Tranxition Migration Manager has been reported by customers as 99.9% reliable over 10,000 migrations. That’s zero failures. While Tranxition does not claim this level of reliability in every circumstance, this result sets the industry standard for profile migration.

USMT loses settings 29% of the time (source: MCP Magazine) and fails to complete 25% of the time (not necessarily in all installations), in practice it means that each desktop migrated could have an additional labor component.

SPEED

Transferring the Windows profile is the last step in a long process. It’s often thought of as a simple piece of “grabbing settings and data” and then being done. In fact, transferring the Windows Profile and documents is the most expensive part of the deployment process outside of software licenses and hardware.

In tests of USMT performed by ConvergeOne in a sterile lab environment, an 80 GB personality migration on an SSD drive across a fiber LAN took five hours with USMT. ConvergeOne reported that the same profile was transferred using Migration Manager in 42 minutes.

Major channel service providers have informed Tranxition that our solution saves between 45-90 minutes in actual operating conditions. And the full automation features and integration with deployment solutions such as SCCM and KACE mean that multiple machines can have profiles and documents transferred simultaneously.

Because Migration Manager is much more reliable, and work does not normally need to be redone, additional time is saved.

In practice, it means that technicians can proceed with a more aggressive deployment schedule. A large energy company completed 10,000 migrations three weeks ahead of schedule using Migration Manager. Another recent Tranxition customer was able to complete 845 migrations in a weekend with 15 technicians in eight locations during a merger. With USMT, the process would have taken more than 20 days.

FINANCIAL

Sometimes an organization will choose not to purchase Migration Manager due to the perception that the licensing fee makes the product more expensive than USMT.  An evaluation by IT Logic identified the actual total cost of ownership (TCO) of USMT and Migration Manager. It paints a very different reality.

IT Logic confirmed that USMT costs more than twice as much as Migration Manager. The difference far outweighs the modest license fee. The cost difference is due to USMT’s slow operation, error rate, feature set, architecture, and pain of adoption as well as customer help desk issues after the Windows profile migration.

A Vice President of a Fortune 50 technology firm remarked to us, “Wow. I was using my computer like I always do and twenty minutes later I realized that it was my new PC.” Users are the real winners with commercial-grade Windows profile migration.

ARCHITECTURE

Many larger organizations planning a migration have various facilities and departments that run different versions of Windows, applications, and Office. Using USMT and other tools in these environments requires that 1) multiple scripts have to be developed and tested; 2) migrations from older versions of Windows and Office can require multiple migrations (from XP -> Win 7 -> Win 10).

Use of Migration Manager enables a “one-hop” process regardless of the starting and ending platforms. The tool enables a single process to encompass the vast majority of a firm’s deployment and management of persona. In the above given example, a five hour process can become a ten or 15 hour process with multiple hops.

DEPTH OF MIGRATION

A key aspect of a user interaction with their systems is that one user will customize a system differently than another. For example, a user customizes 100 settings. Which settings? This inevitable unknown creates the requirement for a tool that it capture as much persona as possible so that their settings are captured. For example, with Microsoft Word, Migration Manager captures up to nearly 600 settings. This means that users are back to work with minimal disruption immediately after a migration.

USMT’s Word capture is limited to 12 possible settings. Since Word is also a key component of Outlook, the thinness of settings in Word, means that large organization’s users have to spend a fair amount of time reconstituting their persona after a deployment.
Migration Manager is also able to transform settings during the profile migration. So a user on Windows 7 running Office 2010 will, after restore of the profile, their profile on Windows 10 and Office 2019 without any special effort. Migration Manager includes real-time-sensing™ technology that automatically detects software and operating systems and decides automatically how to recreate the profile on the new device with its unique OS and software. So with a mixed environment, the same scripting can handle break-fix for Windows 7 devices that are not being migrated and a Windows 10 deployment that includes an upgrade to Office 2019. It’s hard to convey how useful this fact is to IT professionals unless one actually performs or designs these processes.

EASE OF ADOPTION

USMT’s state engine is downloaded from the web.  For most users there is no support available from Microsoft. Based upon the IT Logic study performed, adoption of USMT takes a minimum of one month. Technicians that are new to a USMT project can take several months to become familiar with it.

Migration Manager is set up and running migrations in a few minutes. Scripting can be built and tested in less than two weeks. Overall complexity is drastically lower. IT Logic stated that the time to deployment would in most cases be about three months or longer.

OTHER TOOLS

Tranxition began working with an IT services firm in 2017. Their first use of the technology was at a large energy company in the United States. This firm has over 20,000 devices that would ultimately need profile transfer. The firm had been using Laplink PC Mover for four years. After a cost-benefit analysis, they concluded that the software had not saved them money. After a year of using Migration Manager, they are now nearly a month ahead of schedule and have saved an enormous amount of money and of course time.

 

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