Center of Excellence Partner Forthright Technology Partners Migrates 30,000 users in record time
Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, announced its solution, ProfileUnity, was key in migrating 30,000 users when a major Orlando-based healthcare company went on an acquisition spree. ProfileUnity’s automated migration process has proven to support a reliable playbook for bringing new staff into the environment efficiently and cost effectively for any future mergers or acquisitions.
The customer had a very aggressive timeline of migrating 30,000 users over the course of just two weekends. Forthright Technology Partners, based in Florida, were engaged to deliver the support and Liquidware competence to achieve this goal.
“As a Liquidware Center of Excellence, we have many certified technicians on staff some of who worked diligently to assess the situation and business requirements prior to running a proof of concept,” commented Frank M. Merino, VP of Professional Services at Forthright, “ProfileUnity is best in class for providing zero-downtime migrations. Using this solution and applying our expertise, Forthright was able to provide a seamless migration of 30,000 users to the new environment in the tight timeframe required.”
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ProfileUnity was installed on user desktops and automatically harvested the user profile, including OS and application personalization settings and user-authored data. ProfileUnity is configurable to cleanup profiles and only lift important user profile data, leaving caches and bloated areas behind. When the harvest was completed, ProfileUnity created a “universal user profile” that supported co-existing (both backward and forward compatibility) over multiple Microsoft Windows OSs, allowing the organization to “migrate once and forever” to newer desktop or server OS versions. Its advanced Active Directory capabilities automatically retrieve user account information from domain servers. In this case, the profiles could be loaded to the new domain server and to desktops the first time users logged in. ProfileUnity also handles folder redirection and establishes access to the user’s local printers.
Because ProfileUnity is so automated and scalable, the mass migration was accomplished with a handful of people over two weekends, not the dozens that would have been needed if it used common tools to manage the domain change and profile migration. The health system’s small team, working with representatives from Liquidware and Forthright, achieved the aggressive timeline goal.