A transition to Windows Vista probably wouldn't be that drastic. Windows Vista is much more mainstream than Windows NT was at that time. However, Windows Vista is quite a bit different from Windows XP, especially from an administrative standpoint, so it is critical to make sure that everyone has the proper training before you deploy it.
How to handle your Vista migration
Step 1: How to handle your Vista migration
Step 2: Plan a pilot deployment program
Step 3: Decide on a deployment mechanism
Step 4: Train the support staff and the end users
Step 5: Assess the results of the pilot deployment program
About the author: Brien M. Posey, MCSE, has received Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional Award four times for his work with Windows Server, IIS and Exchange Server. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities, and was once a network administrator for Fort Knox.
This was first published in September 2008