I want to get a feel for how other schools are doing things regarding Vista. I'm sure there have been other threads like this in the past, but I've got a slightly different slant, seeing as Windows 7 is on the horizon....
Are you using Vista? Will you be using it (ever?), considering Windows 7 is coming?
We're a Secondary school with a Technology specialism, and we used to be at the 'cutting edge' of technology and we want to be again...
webman (6th November 2008)
I have tried it myself and find it to just be a large box of pain in the a**e, and when running on slightly older equitpment such as AMD 2000xp with 512mg of ram it is so painfully slow it is nearly unseable.
Think we will stick to xp here for as long as possible. XP is the OS MS got right it seems, it is stable easily adaptable and compatible with nearly everything.
It was on the cards for year 3 (almost through year 1) of the 3 year plan but not now...
Primaries needn't bother tbh.
We moved to RM CC4 and found problems with some of our music software on an XP machine (something to do with the RM components), yet it works fine on Vista.
Vista also seems to run quicker for us than XP, which is an unexpected advantage. We haven't yet done a larger rollout beyond our Music machines, but likely will "convert" further machines in the coming months, but certainly not a fully-blown en-masse XP to Vista changeover. Fortunately we have exceptionally specced hardware which is more than capable of running Vista, so as far as that is concerned, we are in a position to.
Oops_my_bad (6th November 2008)
TBH, Vista brings nothing to the party for users that XP does not already have (apart from needing more and beefier hardware). There are a couple of nice little features, but nothing to justify the costs of an upgrade. I know that Microsoft are deliberately downplaying the features that 7 is to include, but hopefully they will have a lot more useful 'fun' apps such as a Garage Band type app. To use an old phrase, Vista is 'Fur coat and no knickers'.
We will be Vista by ~2010 we think.
I personally wouldn't deploy Vista, Windows 7 is the logical upgrade path for 2000/XP users....that's if your not happy to persist with XP well beyond windows 7 arrival. Becoming familiar with Vista is not a bad thing as it'll prepare admins for deploying and managing Windows 7, but other than that it's been a total flop in terms of take up and deployment in business AND education.
Not in the immediate future. We will hopefully be upgrading to RM CC4 next year but using XP clients.
XP is staying firmly on my network until there is a persuasive reason to move. I don't feel we are at that point yet.
I don't think we'll be making a move to Vista untill there is a need to be supporting machine with 4gb RAM. XP does everything we need.
We have started rolling it out as and when. You get the latest version anyway with M$ schools agreement - might as well get your monies worth.
When Windows 7 comes out we will start rolling that out too. Having gone through server 2008/vista migration - most stuff will be in place ready as I believe GPOs etc will be pretty much the same.
Not had any problems with Vista so far, seems to run faster on most of the older machines than XP did
no plan for it here either not for a long time at least.
but what about vista as a home user though guys do you still have xp or have you made the switch and if so was it worth it??
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