Windows Server 2003 EOS: Lessons in Mass Migrations
Insight’s unique three-phased approach away from Windows Server 2003 has been honed over the years. We provide organizations planning for the end-of-support (EOS) deadline with a comprehensive sense of what their data centers look like, what solution makes the most sense for them and how the migration will be implemented.
“Our approach to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of support was built on all the great work done with desktop migrations,” says David Mayer, practice director of Microsoft® solutions at Insight.
One prime example of the experience that helped lay the foundation for our approach was our own migration from Windows XP to Windows 7. Reducing the impact of the upgrade on employees a primary consideration, our team spent months planning the deployment.
During those months, we analyzed application and hardware compatibility, performed readiness testing on more than 200 applications, and assessed and remediated applications and hardware. After migrating to Windows 7, our company experienced gains in productivity and network security.
In defining what clients have and who uses it, we’re following a proven process model.
“Various clients have seen hundreds of applications that have made their way in through rogue doors,” Mayer states. Our three-phased approach helps uncover those applications, providing clients with a comprehensive data set and allowing our team to build a migration plan that minimizes downtime and user impact.
“This approach can often be eye-opening for clients,” says Mayer. Many of their employees may be using applications without approval from the IT department. This can lead to everything from multiple accounts for the same product — when an enterprise account would be more cost-effective — to security threats.
One of the benefits of taking a comprehensive approach is that each client ends up with the solution that best fits their needs, processes and infrastructure. In updating, Mayer adds, “There’s a cost savings.”