RapidFire Tools Rolls Out Windows XP Migration Assessment Tool for IT Professionals [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) RapidFire Tools, Inc. announced the release of a free tool for IT Professionals designed to help them to quickly identify all computers at any location that are running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
According to a release, the creation of this tool was prompted by Microsoft Corp.'s announcement that it plans to drop support of Windows XP effective on April 8, 2014, and an estimated 560 million PCs are affected.
"The end of XP represents a gigantic opportunity for all IT service providers, large and small," said Michael Mittel, President of RapidFire Tools, Inc. "We built this tool with the primary goal of helping the IT service community leverage this opportunity."
The company reported that the XP Migration Assessment Tool is a cloud-based application available at xp-migration.com. At this site, IT professionals can download the non-invasive XP Migration network scanner, and also upload the encrypted scan results to obtain their reports.
Further, the new assessment tool is powered by RapidFire Tools Inc.'s Network Detective non-invasive IT assessment engine. This highly specialized version of the tool produces a report that identifies which machines have Windows XP running and whether they are ready for migration to a newer OS, such as Windows 8.1, or will require hardware upgrades or replacement.
For each system scanned, the XP Migration Assessment report details all relevant system specs, and highlight those that fall short of the OS Migration requirements. "We built the XP Migration Assessment Tool to be simple enough for any IT service provider to use," said Mittel, "whether they want to check one stand-alone machine or an entire network all at once. We also include a complimentary Client Risk Summary report with the free tool."
To start, the service provider simply downloads the proprietary, non-invasive data scanner onto a thumb drive, or directly onto the computer or network to be scanned. Next, the file is unzipped and a wizard guides the service provider to enter basic information about the system to be scanned. Individual PCs can be scanned in literally a matter of seconds. Alternatively, the tool can be run on the network Domain Controller to scan all PCs connected to the network, usually in less than 30 minutes for a typical network.
Once the scan has been completed, an encrypted file is generated containing the discovered information. The service provider then uploads the encrypted file to the RapidFire Tools data analyzer in the Cloud. Within minutes, the service provider gets an email with a link to retrieve the fully-formatted, neatly organized report.
In addition to offering the free hosted version of the tool, RapidFire Tools is also including the XP Migration report in the full version of Network Detective available through an unlimited use annual subscription.
In addition to its flagship Network Detective IT assessment tool, RapidFire Tools also publishes Email2Ticket, a productivity tool that automates the processing and conversion of emails into service tickets and other items for Autotask and ConnectWise.
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