Scampo has been my main desktop system since it solved an emergency for me in September 2005. I don’t think of it as an old machine, since I have also kept machines (all from Dell, now that I think of it) operating successfully for over ten years. That left me with some guilt over planning its replacement with the now-arrived, waiting-to-be-installed Astraendo desktop, a Dell XPS 9100.
I’m not ready to cut over to Astraendo just yet. It is a Windows 7 system and there are a number of migration issues for me to resolve, especially for my web development procedures and practices.
But Scampo is dying on me. I don’t know if it is a cyberspace counterpart of sibling jealousy, but Scampo has been sickly since the carton with Astraendo arrived. The problem occurs mostly in the form of morning sickness: The system has difficulty responding to power on, it often fails to boot up completely and has to be force-restarted, and so on.
One of these mornings, I may not be able to wake Scampo up for our daily work together.
So I shall not shut it off tonight until I have established the following safeguards:
I will have a current backup on the Windows Home Server before I shut down.
I will also migrate as much data as I can off of Scampo onto shared space on the Windows Home Server. This will be available to all of my other systems, and to Astraendo once it is brought up. The data will continue to be used from the shared directories, so that it is current whenever I start using it from another of my SOHO computers.
An important case for sharing consists of my Windows Live Writer Drafts and Recently Posted collections. I will place those in a shared location so that I can switch to authoring on Quadro the moment Scampo becomes unavailable. Some other shared materials will probably not be used on Quadro much, even though available there, but they will be immediately available when I have moved operations to Astraendo.
I will also perform an inventory to ensure that I have everything I need to move operations to another computer.
Bring On the Stand-In
- FrontPage 2002 for continuing web development without requiring Scampo.
- VSS 6.0d client, also for web development.
- Tortoise SVN for other coordinated versioning, particularly for SourceForge and OASIS projects.
- Outlook 2007. I have Office 2007 Ultimate on Quadro. I need to move my Outlook PST files to Quadro and perform all e-mail functions there until I finally move to Astraendo. I can continue to share contacts and calendars via Windows Live and Outlook Connector, but I need my collection of e-mail archives to be at my fingertips and available to desktop searching.
- My latest password set brought from Scampo to the password vault on Quadro.
- Zune PC so I can synchronize my Windows Phone from Quadro.
- Microsoft Money, since I continue to use it in its off-line unregistered desktop form.
- Other tools on Scampo that may be important to have on Quadro for interim operation, although I much prefer holding off until I can do more on Astraendo.
I won’t bring over anything that requires the higher performance of either Scampo or Astraendo. No photographic and no audio software will be brought over. I probably won’t be watching Netflix on Quadro either. Nothing that really requires a larger screen than the Tablet PC 1024 by 758.
Preparing for Migration
To abandon Scampo successfully, I will also need to find upgraded software for operation on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. That is particularly important for my E-MU devices and audio dock. It will also matter for my printer and scanner. The Scampo inventory will help me to plan the necessary staging of software and device connections.
Returning to Normal
I will continue retiring Compagno and moving Web Development to the Windows Home Server. At some point down the road, this will include switching to Expression Web once I have determined how to operate with the IIS FrontPage extensions properly for web-page check-out/-in and how to work around the lack of direct support for design-time FrontPage functions that I rely on quite stubbornly.