Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant - Third Party Applications


The final post in this series covers the Migration Planning Assistant recommendations for Third Party Applications, and I'll start with the one that hopefully you won't be encountering.

Report an incompatible application
If, during your discover and assessment phases, you found a third party application that is not supported on Windows Server 2003 and holding you back from upgrading, Microsoft wants to know. Please email your application name and software vendor to isvupgrade@microsoft.com.
Upgrade on virtual machine
 
Your third-party applications may be migrated to run on Windows Server 2012 R2, brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure with new features and enhancements in most areas of the server infrastructure. Move to Hyper-V as your hypervisor to host Windows Server 2012 R2.
You may be able to run the application 'as-is' on Windows Server 2012 R2, or you may need to update or shim the application to achieve the necessary compatibility.
Technologies involved with this solution:
Upgrade on new hardware
 
Your third-party applications may be migrated to run on Windows Server 2012 R2, brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure with new features and enhancements in most areas of the server infrastructure. You will likely need new hardware to run Windows Server 2012 R2.
You may be able to run the application 'as-is' on Windows Server 2012 R2, or you may need to update or shim the application to achieve the necessary compatibility.
Technologies involved with this solution:
Top Considerations:

Confirm that running this workload on a physical server is required. Running workloads as Virtual Machines offer more flexibility and tend to be more cost effective

Planning Application Virtualization

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