As we approach the end of 2019, many Microsoft customers have their sights set on the beginning of 2020. Why? There are several major end of life products that not surprisingly are still very prevalent in both the enterprise data center as well as in the client operating system space on end user devices.

Windows Server 2008 and R2 will be end of life in January 2020 as well as Windows 7 among other products set to sunset. Similar to Windows 10, Windows 7 was a very popular desktop operating system with a wide install base. This can present challenges to businesses who still may have Windows 7 running in their environments. Having the right tools to transition from Windows 7 to modern desktop OS’s is key.

Let’s take a look and see how Praim ThinOX4PC provides a very easy way for businesses to move away from legacy (soon to be end of life) operating systems like Windows 7.

Windows 7 End of Life – What Does It Mean?

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of support when Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009. With this timeline counting down, the official end of support for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020. What exactly does the end of life and end of support mean for businesses still running Windows 7 in their environments?

Windows 7 has had a very wide install base

With the Windows 7 end-of-life on the horizon, this means Microsoft will discontinue all support, including paid support and all updates, including security updates. As stated by MicrosoftWhile Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after end of support; however, it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to the lack of security updates. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends that you use Windows 10 instead of Windows 7.

What is Praim ThinOX4PC?

First of all, what is Praim’s ThinOX4PC solution? ThinOX4PC is a solution that turns your PCs, notebooks, or third-party thin clients into powerful modern thin client endpoints with modern features all in software. The ThinOX4PC software layer helps to extend the life of your legacy hardware by transforming the legacy hardware devices into light, secure, and efficient VDI thin clients.

Migrating from Windows 7

ThinOX4PC a simple and powerful migration away from Windows 7

With the Windows 7 end-of-life looming very soon, performing a traditional migration to a newer Windows client operating system can be tedious, expensive, and time-consuming. However, with ThinOX4PC in the mix, it greatly eases this transition while providing a much more cost-effective solution. How is this accomplished?

ThinOX4PC Eases Windows 7 Migration Challenges and Costs

With VDI solutions, the processing and hardware requirements primarily are taken care of with the backend VDI infrastructure running the client operating systems in a pool of resources for connectivity. This means the frontend endpoint has much lighter requirements.

With the software-driven thin client desktop powered by ThinOX4PC, you can connect your repurposed hardware to modern technologies hosted by the likes of Citrix, Remote Desktop Client, VMware Horizon and others. This means your current hardware that is running legacy end-of-life operating systems like Windows 7 can easily be transformed into devices connecting to modern client operating systems such as Windows 10 hosted in your VDI infrastructure.

Completely changing out Windows 7 client desktops can be an expensive undertaking. Generally speaking, newer client operating systems like Windows 10 have higher resources requirements than Windows 7. However, using Praim ThinOX4PC allows businesses to reuse existing hardware to transition over to modern VDI infrastructure while not having to buy all new hardware and still accomplish the goal using new client operating systems.

When you think about the capabilities afforded by this approach, it essentially helps you to achieve two very important goals for your business – migrate from legacy OS’s and transition your end users to VDI-powered clients. Since 2020 is the drop-dead date for Windows 7, it is a great time to start planning your migration strategy. Praim ThinOX4PC helps to make this migration and transition to VDI much simpler and with a greatly reduced capital expenditure, allowing the use of existing hardware.

How is Praim ThinOX4PC Deployed?

The Praim ThinOX4PC solution can be deployed in a couple of different ways. This includes using a bootable USB drive or by installing ThinOX4PC on the physical disk of your workstations currently running Windows 7.  This very straightforward and simple approach allows you to choose which devices have the full installation of Praim ThinOX4PC and others that can have their local hard drive left intact with legacy operating system installations such as Windows 7 for various use cases.

Centralized Management and Security

One of the many major reasons to migrate from the Windows 7 platform is security. In this day and time with all the security threats and vulnerabilities that can lead to serious data breach and other issues like ransomware, you do not want to run an unsupported operating system with no security patches released. This provides added emphasis and criticality to your Windows 7 migration plan since Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches for this now very legacy Windows client operating system.

With the ThinOX4PC solution not only will you be able to connect to modern client OS’s like Windows 10 running in your VDI infrastructure, the ThinOX4PC platform itself provides great security features. ThinOX4PC installs the Praim ThinOX Linux-based operating system on your end user device. ThinOX provides great security features like total block writing of the disk making devices immune to viruses and tampering.

Only system administrators can perform updates, configurations, and distribute connections to corporate resources. This allows putting great security measure in place on the physical devices serving out connections to your VDI infrastructure.

An added benefit to utilizing ThinOX4PC in conjunction with Praim’s ThinMan Server is you will have access to centralized management of your entire landscape of thin client devices, including those powered by ThinOX4PC. This includes the ability to control, remotely manage, and automate operations in your thin client VDI environment. You do things like remotely switch on thin clients, perform software recovery, monitor your environment, perform updates, and provide remote technical support and assistance.

ThinOX4PC solution allows businesses to have the tools to effectively migrate from Windows 7, but also have the tools needed for transitioning to a more modern stance from a security and manageability standpoint.

Concluding thoughts

With Microsoft’s Windows 7 end of life looming very soon on the horizon, it is important to be thinking now about migration plans. It can be challenging and expensive for your organization to purchase new hardware and perform upgrades from Windows 7 to a new client operating system like Windows 10.

With Praim ThinOX4PC, you can reuse your existing hardware by loading Praim’s powerful ThinOX thin client operating system. This can be either a live USB boot or an installation of ThinOX on the existing hard drive of your Windows 7 hardware.  ThinOX4PC allows you to connect to modern VDI environments powered by the likes of Citrix, Microsoft RDP, and VMware Horizon.

Paired with ThinMan Server, ThinOX4PC becomes even more powerful with centralized management and automation of your entire VDI landscape, including ThinOX4PC devices. By using Praim ThinOX4PC, your migration from Windows 7 to a new Microsoft client operating system is greatly simplified.