Resona Holdings upgrades 30,000 Windows XP PCs to Windows 8

Nurdianah Md Nur

Responding for Microsoft's plea to ditch Windows XP, Resona Holdings has completed the migration of its 30,000 Windows XP PCs to Windows 8 Enterprise and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 by the end of February this year.

The Japanese financial group has done so by utilising dektop virtualisation technology to migrate its business applications, and using Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) to execute a Windows 8 policy design and system configuration.

 As the SCCM enables remote automated software installation, Resona Holdings was able to reduce the time required for large-scale upgrades. "We managed the whole migration operation with unprecedented speed by using SCCM," said Tetsuya Shiratori, executive officer and general manager of Information Technology Planning Division of Resona Holdings.

After the migration, Resona Holdings leveraged the SCCM and Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for PC monitoring, software and patch distribution and security. This enables the financial group to achieve a simple, low-cost client environment management.

Besides that, the financial group is also utilising the BitLocker drive encryption technology found on Windows 8 Enterprise to strengthen its security environment and better maintain compliance.

According to Resona Holdings' media statement, the move to migrate Windows 8 will help its subsidiaries - including Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank and the Kinki Osaka Bank - to become "true retail banks that are highly trusted by customers and the local community".