01.03.2010 | Austria
Sony DADC: Potential Record-Breaking Client-Migration
In the heart of the central IT nervous systemWithin the framework of the Group strategy, the decision was made to migrate the server and client systems to a new Microsoft Active Directory platform. In the course of the tender process, it became apparent that S&T Austria would be awarded the contract on the basis of its submitted project plan. “At first, we wanted to put a small project into the hands of S&T in order to bundle the experiences gained. However, the S&T team succeeded in convincing us, both on a professional and personal level, to dare to jointly carry out this extremely critical conversion together”, says Harald Absmann, IT manager at Sony DADC. Accordingly, interfering in the “central nervous system” of the IT infrastructure required a particularly careful planning phase. After making adjustments to the productive server, the challenge was to implement the migration of 2,000 clients from Novell Netware to an Active Directory administration.
2,000 clients who should not notice anythingInterfering with or compromising work processes during the main autumn production period was a strict taboo. For this reason, the specialists decided in favor of a two-phased migration. The first phase i.e. the migration of the server and 200 clients took place from April to August. The second phase focusing on the migration of the remaining 1,800 clients was originally planned for the month of January in the following year.
The uninstalling process for Novell Netware Client was carried out automatically by means of scripts. The clients were installed via Active Director enabling the global administration of basic network services, file and print clusters using state-of-the-art technologies.
The Active Directory platform considerably simplifies administrative tasks carried out by the IT team at Sony DADC and facilitates the management and control of access and user authorization. A spirit of optimism and added impetus prevailed after the initial migration to the new system. Employees only had to reboot their computers once, which meant that their work was basically not affected at all. This success led the responsible managers to implement the second phase ahead of time. “The migration proceeded completely on schedule, so that we had full confidence in S&T when the decision was made to convert the entire system right in the midst of the peak production period. Today we are glad that we chose S&T to be our partner for this project“, Harald Absmann concludes.