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The Windows Team just announced the launch of targeted partner and self service resources to help organizations get started with a proof of concept (PoC) or engage in our production pilot.

During the proof of concept stage (5 to 50 PCs), the following 8 steps help to ensure a successful evaluation of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop:

  1. Value proposition
  2. Economic justification
  3. Hardware assessment
  4. Application compatibility
  5. Image engineering
  6. PoC deployment
  7. PoC testing
  8. Review and next steps

During the pilot stage, you can leverage available deployment programs from Microsoft Services or Microsoft Partners. These programs can help you implement a formalized and scalable pilot solution to test the new Windows Optimized Desktop platform and deployment approach in a production environment. This is a critical step to assess infrastructure and organization readiness before a broader deployment.

The core production pilot typically includes:

  • Comprehensive workshops that cover the overall deployment approach, application compatibility, image engineering, and application virtualization using App-V
  • Detailed design and deployment-plan documentation
  • Application-compatibility assessment and remediation of key applications
  • Image engineering and deployment
  • App-V sequencing and deployment
  • Budget estimate for full-production deployment
  • End-user training plan

The Self-Service PoC Jumpstart Kit offers a virtual hard disk that can be installed to a server for the deployment., It is a set up and ready to go environment with trial versions of Windows 7 Enterprise, Server 2008, Office 2010 and all the tools like MAP, MDT, ACT, OEAT that you will need to test your applications in a live environment as well as a great sandbox to test your pilot and deploy strategies.

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