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3-Phase Approach to Migrate from Windows Server 2003

2 Dec 2014 by Insight Editor

The end of service for Windows Server 2003 has the potential to affect 24 million servers that run large and small businesses. It will take months to migrate all systems, and planning at the last minute will only render organizations with unforeseen problems and pitfalls. The three-phased approach that we utilize ensures companies are prepared and set up for success well before the July 14, 2015, deadline.

Phase 1: Discovery and Analysis

It’s imperative that organizations uncover which servers and applications are operating on the software, as well as how servers and applications interact.

“We’ve seen scenarios where an organization moved one server and it ended up impacting another. Because the connection was severed, it suddenly wouldn’t work,” explains David Mayer, practice director, Microsoft Solutions for Insight Enterprises. He instructs organizations to map everything out, understanding what interacts with what, when, how, and what users are accessing it.

During this phase, Insight performs a detailed environment discovery as well as an application and services dependencies discovery, leading to an application rationalization. Stakeholder interviews are also integral to this phase of the plan.

Phase 2: Actual Migration

The components and timetable are critical. Organizations not only need to know if they have the right hardware in place. They also need to determine when migration will have the least impact on the business. 

Your organization’s options for migrating include:

  • Software upgrades, including enterprise-class data center and hybrid cloud solutions that can be simple to deploy, cost-effective, application-focused, and user-centric
  • Hardware upgrades, which can deliver improved energy efficiency
  • Cloud-based solutions, which allow businesses to rapidly build, deploy, and manage applications

“Validate how you’re going to do this,” Mayer says. “Are you moving during a time when it will have a negative impact on the organization or a specific user community?”

In this second phase, our services include a pre-migration checklist, upgrading hardware where necessary, upgrading to Windows Server 2008R2 or 2012R2, and a post-migration checklist.

Phase 3: Monitoring

With careful planning, everything will be up and running, and organizations will experience zero downtime by moving to a faster and better-performing server infrastructure. To be sure, we perform post-migration monitoring for up to 48 hours.

During this phase, our services also include transition protocol, completing the server migration, and ensuring there’s a smooth hand-off.

Be prepared for the end of service for Windows Server 2003. There’s more information at www.insight.com.