Windows Server 2003 Support to End
How to Prepare for the End of Windows Server 2003 Support
Windows Server 2003 Support will end July 14, 2015, which means it’s time to get started with migration. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, as the migration process can be time consuming, and we want to make sure that you have everything you need to get it done. So where do you start?
Here are 4 steps to preparing for the end of Windows Server 2003 support (or just contact us and let us help)
1. Determine which of your applications and workloads are running on Windows Server 2003 now.
Check out these links: Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit; Windows Server 2003 Roles Migration Process; Why You Should Get Current IDC White Paper; Watch the TechEd 2014 demo on Windows Server 2003 End of Life: Infrastructure Migration.
2. Categorize applications and workloads by important, type and degree of complexity.
Check out these links: Take the Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 Jump Start; Re-Architect Your Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012; Reimagine and Migrate Your Active Directory; Networking Infrastructure and Management; Fileservers and Storage Options.
3. Choose a migration destination for each workload and application (either in the datacenter or in the cloud).
Check out these links: Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Trial, Download the System Center 2012 R2 Trial, Get the Microsoft Azure Free Trial, Begin Your Office 365 Trial, Download the SQL Server 2014 Trial.
4. Build your migration plan. You can do this yourself, with a partner or using a service.
Check out these links: Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Migrating to Windows Sever 2012 Training at Microsoft Virtual Academy; Move to Hybrid Cloud with System Center and Microsoft Azure Jump Start; Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Jumpstart; Microsoft Office 365: Making a Smooth Move to the Cloud Services.
When it comes to migration, it can be tough to do it alone, but MessageOps is here to help. This is what we do- so we know how to do it right. It can be a tricky process, but not if you have the right partner on your side. Click here to learn more about Windows Server 2003 support and your migration options.