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How to Migrate Away From Windows Server 2003

Mar 05 2015

Migrate_Away_From_Windows_Server_2003.jpgHow to Migrate Away From Windows Server 2003

You already know that your business desperately needs a plan to upgrade from Windows 2003, but you’re not exactly sure how to do it – welcome to the confusing world of operating system migration! We are here to help you understand exactly what you need to know. Support for this OS will cease on July 14th of this year. The average business will need about 200 days to complete this migration, so you’re already behind if you have not yet started!

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) will be used to take an inventory of your systems and help to project your migration. Here’s how this program works.

  1. Take an inventory of your servers and software.
    A look into how many servers you have and what systems are running on those servers, as well as all the software you use, provides the basis for understanding your migration. This will help produce an application list.
  2. Test these applications for compatibility to Windows 2012.
    Some of the applications you are running may not be compatible with the new Windows OS. Testing will produce a list of those applications that need to be remediated or reconsidered.
  3. Develop a plan for dealing with incompatible applications.
    Whether your business must consider upgrading to new applications, or your IT provider can remediate this issue with other tools and methods, a plan will need to be developed. This allows them to adhere to a schedule and mitigate any surprises along the way.
  4. Determine your hardware situation.
    The hardware running your server must be up to specifications for upgrading to the new server. Some hardware may need to be refreshed before the migration can take place.
  5. Migration!
    Once your migration plan is mapped out, your provider can install your new OS and begin to move over all of your applications and systems. This process can take several months and can be done in phases, which is why it is best to get started as soon as possible before Microsoft ceases offering support for your old OS.

It seems fairly simple, but the process of migrating to a new operating system can be lengthy and painful depending on how much of your business relies on legacy systems and applications. If your business is ready to get the process started, contact us. We are a certified Microsoft Gold partner and are experienced with helping businesses like yours migrate to new systems.

Tony Laiewski

Written by Tony Laiewski

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