Windows Server 2003 – Path to Migration
With a little over 3 months before Windows Server 2003 End of Support (EOS), you should have already begun your planning to migrate your applications off of Windows Server 2003.
Starting your planning and migration today is the only way to ensure that come July 14th, 2015 your critical applications and workloads are safely and securely running.
In this post we include some suggested steps towards a smooth Windows 2003 Server Migration:
1. Discover and catalog software and workloads running on Windows Server 2003/R2.
2. Assess your inventory. Categorize and analyze the applications and workloads you cataloged based on factors that will help you make informed choices about priorities and urgency.
3. Target the right migration destination for each application and workload. Take the opportunity to learn how you can transform your data center with the robust capabilities and services offered in Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Office 365. Different workloads and applications logically lead to certain targets. Others could offer the possibility of migration to one or more of these destinations. Your choice will be driven by factors such as speed, ease of migration, cost, and desired functionality.
4. Migrate. Make a plan and begin to migrate.
As your planning activities are only the start of your migration, there are numerous complexities that can sideline even the best migration plans. Starting your planning and migration today, is the only way to ensure that come July 14th, 2015, that your critical applications and workloads are safely and securely running.
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