Webcast Recording End of Support for Windows Server 2003 – Why Migrate?

TechNet Radio did a series of three videos discussing Windows Server 2003 End Of Support, with the third one focused on SMB customers.  If you've still got customers you are trying to get to migrate, hopefully some of the discussions here will help you along.


WPC 2015 Session – Monetising The Windows Server Upgrade

One of the Windows Server focused sessions I attended at WPC this month was on the server upgrade opportunity. While a great deal of the Windows Server 2003 End Of Support information was similar to what I have covered previously, both in this blog as well as in the roadshow events, there were a few…

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Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Exchange Server

Exchange is generally one of the first Microsoft workloads that SMB customers move to the cloud, and usually through a hosted option such as Office 365's Exchange Online offering. Migrating to another hosted Exchange provider is also something that many SMBs have taken advantage of in the past, but with the additional value that Office…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Application Server Migration

Moving on today to Application Server Migration Recommendations from the Planning Assistant. These mostly mirror previous recommendations, so I'll check the tool regularly to see what additional recommendations get made. Implementing Virtualization You can use virtualization to address many business and IT requirements, but you can't virtualize all servers and applications. Before your organization implements…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Terminal Services Migration

Moving on to Terminal Service Migration now, once again with the recommendations from the Migration Planning Assistant. There's not a huge amount of specific Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services information included, but I'll check again soon to see if it has been updated. One of the important things to take note of here is…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Active Directory Migration

Following on from File Server and Web Server migration, today's focus is on Active Directory migration recommendations from the Migration Planning Assistant. Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services Consider the following guidelines when virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services: Installation: You can install a Windows Server domain controller as a virtual machine, along with other application servers,…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Web Server Migration

After focusing on the File Server migration recommendations in the last post, it's time to focus on Web Server migration recommendations. Upgrade on new hardware   Hardware requirements define the minimum hardware required to run the Windows Server 2012 R2 server, but your actual hardware requirements might be greater, depending on the server’s load and…

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Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – File Server Migration

The next series of posts will be focused on the Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant recommendations for OEM server related workloads, starting with File Server Migration. Upgrade on new hardware Hardware requirements define the minimum hardware required to run the Windows Server 2012 R2 server, but your actual hardware requirements might be greater, depending…

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Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant

Check out the Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant that is now available, where it goes into details of the Discover, Assess, Target and Migrate stages of the process, which provides a great overview PDF file as well as a wizard driven view of how to approach your migrations. Here are the different roles and…


Windows Server 2003 – Exchange Online Migration Approaches

While this list of scenarios does not cover every possible option, it covers the primary Microsoft approaches to migrations. There are third party tools from vendors such as BitTitan and SkyKick that can also assist if one of the options below doesn't meet your requirements. This highlights the different approaches that can be taken based…

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