9 Clicks for Windows XP to 7 migrations over LAN & WAN using VMware Mirage

Why Migrate

  • Microsoft has declared end of support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.
  • No updates available from Microsoft, so new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.
  • Attackers will be more active as defenders (MS) is not watching it’s back for Win XP.

Your Known Traditional way

  • User is intimated for giving laptop/desktop (called as endpoint) to IT team for OS migration.
  • User takes data backup himself.
  • User gives Endpoint to IT team & roams around till he/she gets the endpoint back.
  • IT manually/automatically (with some imaging software) format endpoint with Windows 7 image.
  • Adding to domain.
  • Dumping data back into C: drive in a backup folder (Most likely IT misses to take backup of the favorites/Bookmarks).
  • IT returns the Endpoint to user after 2-3 hours of activity.
  • User takes some time to return back in production as he struggles to locate his files. Sometimes printer missing or his custom installed applications are missing.

In a nutshell, End user is unproductive all the time IT takes for Migration and also after that for couple of days.

 Modern way with VMware

  • On Mirage Server (8 Mouse Clicks)
  • In Mirage Console, Click on XP to Windows 7 Migration.
  • Select Base image to apply & click next.
  • Select Endpoint’s you want to migrate (I can select all at same time) & click on select button & click next.
  • Validated results will be shown in case of any mismatch to be fixed. Click next.
  • Click on finish on final screen.

 On Endpoint (1 Mouse Click)

  • User continues to work. Mirage is pushing the binaries for migration in the background over network .
  • Please note, files are transferred using network deduplication making sure no local files are re-transferred. Also Branch reflector enables peer-to-peer image download.
  • Once all bits are downloaded on user’s endpoint, user gets a popup to reboot for migration.
  • User clicks on Reboot now Option.
  • Endpoint reboots and migrates from XP to Windows 7. It takes around 20-40 minutes for migration.
  • One more reboot required by OS after applying the changes.
  • After reboot user can login into its new Windows 7 image.
  • Watch out video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfedbA552GI


  • User is productive all the time.
  • End user experience remains intact.
  • All data, bookmarks , Wall paper etc is intact.
  • If user doesn’t like windows 7, he can be reverted back to his same windows XP image.
  • 1500 Endpoints can be migrated in one short.

Above migration using VMware Horizon Mirage can be done OVER WAN AS WELL and this is the uniqueness of this solution.


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