Paul Gregory | 14 July 2014
It has been well documented that Windows Server 2003 will have support withdrawn on the 15th July 2015.
There are many discussion about the implications of this even
blogs on here (for example one by a colleague Steve Brennan).
What people often forget is the time it takes to migrate and when
you migrate from Windows Server 2003 you have more choices than
ever before. First of all do you:
• Stay on Premise
• Move off Premise
• Go Hybrid
Then if you decided to move off premise even a little are you
going to go:
• Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas)
• Platform as a Service (PaaS)
• Software as a Service (SaaS)
Some products might lead you down a road automatically like BMC products where PaaS seems to be the preferred options; other products might allow you a choice of all three platforms. It is amazing how much time can be used just by trying to work out which direction you might take, so it is easy to see why the average server takes over 200 days to migrate.
If you decided to stay on premise and move to Windows Server 2012 then the implications for that migration are large as well. You are looking at an around a 10 year technology jump, imagine jumping from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows Server 2003, and as technology changes faster every day the technology jump is larger. So just doing the same on Windows Server 2012 as you did on Windows Server 2003 is not really good enough, the world has changed.
To help you prepare please join me for a free webcast where we will look at a couple of migration scenarios and try and complete tasks that you would do over days or weeks and do them within an hour (if it is my lucky day).
Full details can be found at http://winservermigration.qa.com/
I also have a list of demonstration videos below
Introduction to Windows Server 2003 migration video series
http://youtu.be/KPpPyUWd-SA Migration Active Directory to Windows Server 2012
http://youtu.be/JZ5otKq54p4 Migration of Sysvol FRS to DFS-R
http://youtu.be/wibJMoW9ZA0 Migration of DHCP to Windows Server 2012
http://youtu.be/FQwRb5HJSB4 File Server Migration to Windows Server 2012
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