Direct Network-Based Migrations
The network-based migration directly connects two or more systems over a network, directly transferring the desired settings, applications, and data files between the systems. This process finds its primary functionality when a source system is being replaced by a newer destination system. Important for network migrations is the capability to selectively move only those items that the user deems necessary or desires, thereby creating a productive working environment and eliminating "junk" files from the destination system.
Bandwidth becomes a real point of concern when entire departments or divisions of a company, comprised of hundreds or thousands of PCs, are migrated. By moving the information only once (as opposed to a file-based transfer, in which the file is "touched" multiple times), the direct network migration reduces stress on network infrastructures and minimizes bandwidth concerns. Direct migrations over existing TCP/IP networks economize corporate resources because no additional hardware or server space is required.