Survival guide: Windows XP end of life migration

Microsoft cut support for Windows XP in 2014; however, thousands of companies still use the 16-year-old operating system on legacy systems. To safeguard against security threats and fix system bugs, these companies need to migrate to a new OS like Windows 10. While this migration may be achieved with a complete IT-hardware overhaul, in certain cases, that’s neither a budgetary nor technical reality.

Setting up a centralized virtualization network, on the other hand, offers a quicker way to address this problem without the cost, time, and compatibility issues that come with a full-blown, hardware-based reconstruction of your IT network.

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XP end of life challenges

Continuing with Windows XP presents businesses with a myriad of challenges. You’re likely aware of the security issues at stake after Microsoft announced the end of support for XP. Since Microsoft won’t be releasing any XP updates or patches, your system is vulnerable to attacks.

As you know, a successful attack on your system can result in costs to the budget, and even more problematically, cause brand notoriety disasters. Further, your system must comply with government regulations, which may not be possible with XP. For example, HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to have a secure patient information network in place, and banking and financial institutions must adhere to similar regulations.

Another issue when using an XP-based network is that it might not support new applications. Microsoft Office 2016, for instance, requires Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 to run on your network. Working between a range of smartphone devices may prove difficult with XP as well.

Staying with XP can reduce your organization’s productivity, and the security of your employees and customers may not be adequately protected. Not only that, but having to deal with hardware failures, software issues, and maintenance hassles can result in increasing costs. The time has come to upgrade; the only question that remains is how?

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS): Make the migration easy

With a Parallels RAS virtualization network, you can run the latest Windows OS on top of old XP machines and hardware as a pseudo thin-client device. This option doesn’t require an expensive IT system overhaul and reconstruction process for budget-conscious small and medium businesses, and makes your XP system secure, productive, and compatible with any Windows application. Additionally, it allows you to migrate at your own pace.

Secure, cost-effective workstations on a virtual network

Simply convert your legacy XP machines into secure, cost-effective workstations. By creating a virtual environment that is capable of hosting any Windows OS, Parallels RAS allows you to replace the Windows shell with a limited interface, allowing access only to applications and desktops published from the server. Automatically configured, the Windows firewall will communicate with Parallels RAS. You won’t have to reinstall any drivers or other applications to run your up-to-date Windows 10 workstations on your old XP machines’ hardware.

Windows Desktop Replacement

Parallels RAS creates a VDI or RDS environment where legacy hardware is securely managed. This means you can run the latest version of Windows or Windows applications on legacy hardware dispersed across your IT network. It supports Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 versions.

Parallels RAS offers cost-effective, flexible licensing models to accommodate small and medium businesses. Even better, instead of taking months to plan and implement, it’s easy to deploy and manage. From a centralized location, you can remotely publish applications and desktops, and easily monitor and manage the entire infrastructure. No matter what devices are on your system, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Windows Phone, or Raspberry Pi, your virtual machine integrates well with any device working on any platform or OS.

In addition to leveraging existing infrastructure, Parallels RAS also optimizes resources securely and productively. There’s no need to keep worrying about the XP end of life challenges, hardware inadequacies, or security threats; your XP machine serves as a powerful workstation, and you can take it one step at a time.

Want to take Parallels RAS for a ride? Try it now, or contact us for more information.


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