Windows Server 2003 End Of Support -General Migration Tools And Resources

In this post you'll find a list of useful resources to help with your Windows Server 2003 migrations. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should point you in the right direction for a range of requirements. I'll create a series of posts that will cover mirgation resources for Active Directory, file server, application migration, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services and last but not least web servers.

The Assessment and Planning Toolkit is an agentless, automated, multiproduct planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server, and cloud migrations. Components available with the no-cost download include:

•Detailed readiness assessment reports
•Executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information
•Actionable recommendations to help you accelerate the IT infrastructure-planning process and gather more detail about assets that reside within your customer’s current environment.
•Server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning
•Identification of server placements
•Assessments to identify candidates for virtualization


Sysinternals provides the no-cost utility DISK2VHD to create virtual hard disk, or VHD, files from physical disks. It uses VSS (Volume Shadow Services) to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of volumes for conversion.

Windows Server Migration Tools

Windows Server Migration Tools from Microsoft can help you migrate server roles, features, operating system settings, and other data and shares to computers that are running Windows Server 2012 R2.  

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Application Migration

This on demand video provides an organised and systematic view of your migration strategies and possible destinations. They review the tools and offers that are currently available, and walk you through their decision tree methodology that will provide you with the ability to easily target the workloads/applications that are at risk, and identify a clear migration path that will have you beating the EOL Clock!

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: Infrastructure Migration

This on demand video digs into the process of migrating your infrastructure to the latest OS.   This demo-intensive session will cover how to migrate various workloads and foundation services like DHCP, DNS, File/Print and more. Migrating is just the beginning…  Ongoing management will also be covered. 


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