Dell ChangeBASE - Easy Win7 Migration!
August 30, 2016

Dell ChangeBASE - Easy Win7 Migration!

Seth Arnoff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Dell ChangeBASE

Our company had several Windows XP workstations used by facility employees, plant workers, and electrical analyzers to gauge several machine outputs and data. These XP machines had very specific measuring applications installed (We had nearly 220 applications in total) that were designed and installed during the Windows XP days.

With recent IT Security news and Windows XP being obsolete, we wanted to upgrade to Windows 7.
We used Dell ChangeBASE to analyze our Windows XP machines to find out if any of these unique applications were able to run on Windows 7. In the end, everything was successful and all but 2 applications migrated with no issues.
  • OS Patch Testing - We further used this to test Microsoft's Patch Tuesday releases before we put them in production.
  • Web Dashboard - The latest version added a fully customization dashboard with widgets to give you an at-a-glance view.
  • Application comparability - We used this to test our Windows XP to Windows 7 migration.
  • Initial setup can be tricky - We needed to contact support for some help.
  • Prior to the latest version, there wasn't an easy way to view all of our results. The new dashboard has rectified this.
  • ROI was seen after 10 months of use.
  • Greatly sped up the application testing process by several weeks, and allowed our existing development team to continue working on other projects.
  • Admin Studio
Dell ChangeBASE is more costly when compared to Admin Studio, I believe the price was almost double. However, Admin Studio did not provide a comfortable level of support and we felt we were in better hands with Dell's patching schedule. Admin Studio wasn't able to answer our question on when they released software updates and how complex an upgrade would be.
Dell ChangeBASE is well suited in migrating an OS to a new version, or 32/64-bit. It's also helpful when virtualizating workstations into Thin Clients for use with Citrix or other thin provisioning services.