Posted on September 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015. Now is the time to migrate.


Understand what end of support means

End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 can have a dramatic impact on your business. It will mean no more updates or patches from Microsoft, which can result in a less stable and less secure infrastructure for your organization.

The end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 could signal the beginning of a new stage in your organization’s evolution, and taking advantage of the Microsoft datacenter transformation vision can help you reach the next stage!

Follow a migration process

Your migration should ideally follow a process to make the transition from Windows Server 2003/R2 to the cloud as smooth as possible. That process will include discovering, assessing, and targeting workloads and software before choosing the right migration plan.


The first step is to discover and catalog all of the software and workloads running on Windows Server 2003/R2. There are several self-service tools that can help with this process, such as the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, a free tool that helps you collect and organize system-wide information from a single, networked computer. Other third-party discovery offerings include Dell ChangeBASE, Lakeside Software SysTrack, JumpStart for Windows Server 2003 from Microsoft Services, and a number of other options.


Once you have a catalog, you will need to assess what’s in it. This means categorizing and analyzing your cataloged applications and workloads based on type, criticality, complexity, and risk. After completing your assessment, you can prioritize workloads and applications for migration. This helps identify issues and opportunities.


Choose a migration destination for each application and workload. Available options include Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Azure, Cloud OS Network, Office 365. Different workloads and applications will logically lead to certain targets. Others could offer the possibility of migration to one or more of these destinations. The choice will be driven by factors such as speed, ease and migration to one or more of these destinations. The choice will be driven by factors such as speed, ease and migration, cast and desired functionality.


Choosing the right migration plan may require some additional analysis and assistance. Mizon can help you choose the right plan for you.


Migrating away from Windows Server 2003/R2 is an investment in your organization’s future, and there has never been a better time to begin the migration process. Take the next step to transform your datacenter.

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