Be Careful of the Mixed Messaging Surrounding Windows XP Support

According to a recent article in Computerworld,

“Windows XP owners can expect most antivirus vendors to continue providing them with up-to-date signatures long after Microsoft pulls its patch plug in April, but that won’t keep their machines safe.”

Don’t be fooled thinking this a good thing for your Windows XP computers. If you continue to use XP beyond April 8, 2014, understand there will be NO fixes to new vulnerabilities that hackers find and use. Antivirus and Anti-Malware software cannot patch the underlying vulnerability to an operating system. The extended antivirus updates will keep your system safer, but not secure!

You know the problem. Now, what do you do if you still have hundreds (or thousands) of endpoints running Windows XP? VMware Horizon Mirage is the solution to solve the Windows 7 migration task. Mirage also helps tackle the difficult desktop management problems that administrators face every day.

The typical steps required to migrate an endpoint from XP to Windows 7 include moving the user data off of the endpoint, complete downtime during the migration, and then copying the user information back to the migrated endpoint. VMware Mirage’s approach is much different:

  • Allow users to work on their systems while the Windows 7 image is being loaded
  • Allow user data and settings to remain on the system during the migration
  • Preserve the exact XP image and roll it back to the user if something goes wrong
  • Take that preserved XP image and present it into a virtual machine
  • Use the same solution to continue to manage your images and application along with a solid disaster recovery method.

If you have already started on the XP migration and find it’s taking longer than expected, don’t fear! Mirage can use the image you have created and accelerate your process. Mirage makes the Windows 7 migration easier, and saves you considerable time in managing your endpoints. The looming deadline for Window XP support is coming and cannot be ignored. This migration can be the first step to completing an End User Computing (EUC) strategy.

– See my company blog on this topic at: http://gantech.net/connect/blog

Secret Starbucks Drinks

Caramel Apple Frappuccino

Apple juice to the first line

Whole milk to the second line
Cream base (4 pumps for venti, 3 pumps grande, 2 pumps tall)
Dark caramel (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
Caramel ribbon crunch pieces
Caramel drizzle
Get it with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping
If that seems like too much caramel for you, try asking for:

Cream base to the first line
Apple juice to the second line
Caramel syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)
Cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)

Enjoy!

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