Here's something that will help you with your Windows 7 Migration. The Windows 7 System Readiness Report provides a means for comparing the hardware specifications for devices in your inventory to the hardware requirements Microsoft recommends for Windows 7. The user may specify a set of hardware parameters against which the overall report will be filtered.
Results from the report are presented in two tabs along the bottom of the screen. The first tab shows a graphical summary -
The second tab shows the detailed results for each device in your report (a view of your inventory filtered by parameters of your choosing) –
In this view, any devices that fail to meet the requirements for Windows 7 are flagged. In the columns “Can Support Windows 7” and “Windows XP Mode Supported” the “NO” is set to red, as is the specific value for that device that failed to pass the requirement test.
Manipulating the Report
When the Windows 7 System Readiness Report is first opened, it reads your enterprise inventory information and returns results based on the report default filter settings. However, you have a lot of flexibility to control the values that filter the report.
The Microsoft recommended hardware specifications for Windows 7 are:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver ***
Source – http://windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements
*** – The Windows 7 System Readiness Report does not currently filter for this parameter.
You may filter by the total memory, free disk space, and CPU speed, as well as by one or more operating system names. If the default values do not reflect your needs, you can change these filters. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest it to select the “User Prompt Input” tab to the left of the report results. Simply click on the “User Prompt Input” button at the bottom of the left tab to reveal the current filter values –
Change the values to meet your needs and then click the “Run” button at the top of the tab.
A second way to focus the data in your report results is the set of filter drop-downs across the top of the report details window. With these you can narrow the focus of the report to:
- Can Support Windows 7 – list devices that support Windows 7 according to Microsoft recommendations
- Windows XP Mode Supported – list devices that support Windows XP mode (allowing the device to run the virtualized XP provided by Microsoft – see http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/ for more information on Windows XP Mode)
- OS Product Name – choose a particular operating system for your report
- DVD/CD Authoring – is this feature supported by the device
- Has CD/DVD Drive – check for the presence of this hardware
- Is 64 Bit? – does the device have a 64-bit processor?
Simply select a value from one or more of the drop-downs and the report will be re-filtered. Each drop-down includes an “All Values” setting that clears any filter you may have previously selected, and a “Remove” setting that drops that element from the filter.
As mentioned previously, the Windows 7 System Readiness Report does not filter against the “DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.” A column is included in the report that lists the “Maximum Vertical Resolution” determined for the active graphics card in the device when the inventory scan took place. This value may be used to imply compatibility with the Microsoft recommendation for Windows 7. However, since graphics card values may not be determined if there is no active graphics card at scan time, or in cases of older graphics cards, the Windows 7 System Readiness Report will not flag a device because of a zero or null value in this column. Further investigation may be required to determine if such a device meets the Windows 7 requirement.
The Windows 7 System Readiness Report includes custom database programming outside of the queries and parameters described above. Should you choose to edit the report by clicking on the “Edit Query” button, you will receive a warning – “The query contains custom SQL. If you modify it you will lose the custom SQL.” While it may actually be possible to make certain changes to the report without losing the custom SQL, we strongly recommend that you work on a copy of the report when making such changes.
Adding this Report to Your ZENworks Reporting Server
Interested in adding this report to your ZENworks Reporting Server? It's easy – simply download and unzip the report file attached to this description and follow the instructions in the ZRS Library article “Importing a ZRS report” article. http://www.novell.com/communities/node/9070/import....
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