Application compatibility is one of the most crucial factors when it comes to organizations being able to easily move from XP and IE 6 to Win 7 and IE 8/9. With so many of you beginning your migration to Windows 7 this year, it's more important than ever to be able to quickly identify and solve application compatibility issues. Microsoft made available two tools to help you solve these deployment blockers:
- First is, AOKLite, a free downloadable version of ChangeBASE's core software, the AOK Workbench which enables members of the TechNet community to test and automatically fix up to 10 apps ahead of migration. It automates the process of identifying and solving incompatibilities between new or updated software and the existing infrastructure, as well as highlighting incompatible apps before a migration takes place. It also automates many of the other tasks in the packaging process, such as enforcing standards, resolving inter-app conflicts and Windows Installer errors, to enable faster, more cost-effective migrations. Download here.
- Second is, AppTitude application compatibility software platform, which automates pre-migration app testing and app remediation, speeding Windows 7, App-V, IE, Windows Server, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop and 64-bit implementations. See a red/amber (yellow)/green analysis of a set of POC applications or an entire application portfolio, highlighting the remediation needed for successful migrations.
Behind the scenes, AppTitude uses an automated approach, a combination of static and runtime analysis, and "revisitable application DNA" for managing a constantly changing environment. With impeccable accuracy, AppTitude eliminates much of the manual testing involved in application assessment. Empowering enterprises with knowledge about their apps -- and the success those apps will have on new technologies -- means faster and better testing and eventual conversion of apps to MSI, App-V SFT format or Citrix XenApp Profile. AppTitude creates deployment ready app virtualization packages as part of the app migration process. You can access the App-DNA AppTitude test drive here.
[Source: Windows Team blog]