Video: DET begins slow crawl to a new Vista

Video: DET begins slow crawl to a new Vista

Summary: The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), which has one of the largest IT infrastructures in Australia, will face some unique challenges if it decides to migrate its desktop fleet to Microsoft's new operating system.

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The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), which has one of the largest IT infrastructures in Australia, will face some unique challenges if it decides to migrate its desktop fleet to Microsoft's new operating system.

In the first part of this four part interview, Tim Anderson, Information Services Director, talks to ZDNet Australia about the sheer size of the DET's IT infrastructure and describes how the organisation goes about preparing itself for a possible migration of about 130,000 desktops to Windows Vista.

"We are currently standardised on Windows XP but as you understand in an organisation of this size we still have a large number of machines that are simply not able to run the current version. We do have some legacy Windows 98 and Windows 2000 platforms," said Anderson.

Other parts of this interview can be found here:
Part 1: DET begins slow crawl to a new Vista
Part 2: DET mulls Vista savings, training
Part 3: Licence costs may delay DET Vista plans
Part 4: DET considers Linux on the desktop


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Topics: Government, Government AU, Microsoft, Windows

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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