Windows 11 checklist

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How to plan and complete a Windows 11 migration


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There is no way around it: Windows 11 is coming and Windows 10 is going. The only question is how well prepared you are for the end of support for the old OS in 2025. Following these simple steps will save time and eliminate a lot of unnecessary re-work for a smooth, low-stress migration.

1. Hardware

Inventory your endpoint hardware. Windows 11 system requirements are much more demanding. Some devices may need to be upgraded or replaced.

2. Trusted Platform Module

TPM 2.0 must be enabled on target devices. Microsoft provides instructions here.

3. Backup

Create current, complete and integrity-checked backups of all important data before proceeding. Be familiar with restoration steps and times in case of trouble.

4. Targeted Tests

Test rollout procedures and new OS performance with key users in different departments to identify problems and develop fixes.

5. Configuration

Create and test a Windows 11 ISO configured with the minimum necessary OS elements.

6. Third Party Software

Test the performance of important and regularly used apps to be used with the new OS. Upgrade or replace older apps as needed.

7. Automated Rollout

Use automation tools to distribute the new OS in well-planned waves. Identify and fix unexpected problems between waves to minimize disruptions. Communicate the rollout schedule and sequence to users in advance.

8. Training

Familiarize users with the new Windows 11 interface. Explain new features and how some old features have been moved or removed.

The baramundi Management Suite (bMS) integrates solutions modules within an intuitive admin interface for comprehensive and efficient endpoint management. Our Inventory, Backup & Recovery, OS-Install, Deploy and Automate modules provide all of the power and capabilities needed for planning and completing a successful Windows 11 migration.

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