The Microsoft IT environment is probably one of the most complicated and rapidly changing environments you will find. Dealing with 190,000 plus users, all with their own administration rights is a challenge in itself. When you add the extra complexity of rolling out a new operating system you quickly realise that IT operations isn’t for the faint hearted.
Our corporate IT team are on the leading edge of deploying Microsoft technology to our own in-house users. They successfully rolled out Windows 7 to 84,000 clients within 2 months of the release. That’s 1400 users deployed per day! They also have a role of documenting the processes and experiences, and publishing them for our customers to learn from.
The story of how Microsoft deployed Windows 7 internally is online now, and here are some of the nuggets:
Also, do remember that Microsoft and CESG have worked together on a collaborative project to produce a best practice framework for configuring Windows 7 for its use within UK Government, taking account of the increased threat and risk that a government department faces. This guidance is called the Government Assurance Pack (GAP) for Windows 7. The GAP provides a common starting point for departments or their system integrators to build a more secure workstation environment. The configuration is primarily aimed at central government departments however its guidance can be adapted to suit the range of threat scenarios faced across UK government. As the GAP uses the configuration of existing capabilities within Windows 7, it is fully supported by Microsoft.
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