Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – Storage Enhancements

During the just completed OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow I mentioned several ways of keeping up with different products and technologies, and that I would create a few posts that cover these in more detail. This is the second post in that series, and it is focused on the sessions that were delivered at…


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…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Custom Applications

Custom applications can tend to be one of the more complex pieces of a migration, especially when dealing with older applications that were built to integrate closely with older operating systems and software solutions. Here is the guidance from the Migration Planning Assistant to help make decisions about what direction to take those applications in….


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – SharePoint Server

While most SMB exposure to SharePoint is via the included SharePoint Team Services or SharePoint Foundation that was included in Small Business Server, so the complexity of solutions used is generally quite low, normally revolving around team sites and document libraries, rather than the advanced development and workflow capabilities that SharePoint Server traditionally provides. The…


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 – SQL Server

The dive into the Migration Planning Assistant continues this week, starting with SQL Server. Upgrade on new hardware   The current version of SQL Server is SQL Server 2014, and significant new features and improvements have been developed over the years. SQL Server 2014 runs on Windows Server 2012 R2. You will need to consider…


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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