Dimension Data has made a full-scale internal deployment of Window Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). The integrator claims to be one of the first local organisations to deploy the SP1 upgrade into a production environment.
DiData general manager of Microsoft infrastructure solutions, David Hanrahan, said the integrator was going through a hardware refresh and began testing SP1 on a pilot group of about 40 users.
"There wasn't a point in building a new platform for us to manage, on new hardware and to be moving on to Windows XP, which is essentially eight years old," he said. "From a channel perspective, if we were going to be recommending users to have a look at it, we wanted to use it ourselves so that we understood exactly what we are recommending."
The integrator has updated 300 Vista desktops with SP1. Hanrahan said the deployment process was easy and initial issues present in Windows Vista had been resolved with the release of SP1. However, he said one of the downsides of SP1 was its installation time.
"It was pretty reasonably long install that was pretty intensive. It is a big service pack that addresses a lot of issues," he said. "We haven't experienced any driver issues, or any software incompatibilities.
"With the way we had set up the operating system deployment and our application package testing environment, it was very simple for us to upgrade our targeted environment."
DiData's standard corporate desktop will continue to run as dual operating environment with Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP.
"We still run XP on older hardware that hasn't reached the refresh stage yet, but we are now able to have current software that makes good use of the multimedia functionality and it is great for the travelling user due to its power management features," Hanrahan said.