There are a number of key steps when evaluating and executing the migration from an existing Sophos on premise solution to Sophos Central. The following article hopes to provide you with all the information you require to make an informed decision on when is the right time for you to consider 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 Sophos products that have been retired.
If you are unfamiliar with the Sophos Central solution and all that it offers, reading the Sophos Central Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article may prove beneficial prior to reading this article.
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
To best answer this question you should consider the following points:
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 licence 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 licence by you (or your Partner) directly from the Cloud console. For details on the various licences available, please see the How to buy page.
Protecting new devices is made simple. Refer to How to deploy the Sophos Central software, 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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