There are a number of key steps when evaluating and executing the migration from an existing Sophos on-premise solution to Sophos Central. This article provides all the information needed to make an informed decision on when is the right time to consider using a Sophos Central.
Important: Sophos Control Center was retired on June 30th, 2014. We would, therefore, urge any customers still using this product to migrate as soon as possible. For more information on product retirement dates, refer to the knowledge base article Retired Sophos products. For the solutions that Sophos Central offers, read the Sophos Central Admin: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Although the article primarily covers migrating from an existing Sophos solution, the information below could equally be applied to a migration from another security vendor or even a fresh deployment.
Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Sophos Cloud
Consider the following points to know if Sophos Central is right for you:
Creating a Sophos Central account and deploying a device takes less than 5 minutes. Try it for yourself by visiting creating a Sophos Central account. If you have an existing Sophos license but are looking to move to Sophos Central, your journey starts with a fully functioning Sophos Central trial which is later converted to your chosen license by you (or your Partner) directly from the Cloud console. For details on the various licenses available, please see the How to buy page.
Protecting new devices is made simple. Refer to Sophos Central: Endpoint protection deployment methods, which details a number of ways to deploy the software from emailing setup links to users, scripted deployments or inclusion in existing images. This article should be your starting point for understanding the deployment methods that best fit your environment and users.
Once you have moved all of your computers, servers, and devices over to Sophos Central, the existing Sophos Management Server can be re-provisioned or decommissioned. If you are going to protect your existing management server with Sophos Central you should first uninstall the previous management and client software before re-installing the Sophos Central endpoint solution. For information on uninstalling previous management software see the following articles:
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