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Windows Server 2003 EOL: 50 Shades of Grey (matter)

Posted by Hutton Henry on 04-Aug-2015 16:12:00


I run a business that profits from this need to migrate from 2003 Server but it is still worth exploring other avenues...

Depending on the industry and compliance needs of your organisation, the argument / business case to remove Windows Server 2003 may be very complex.

For those that need to remove 2003 - fine, you know your direction.

For some other companies we meet their server teams are confident they do not need to rush to eliminate the legacy OS, based on other safeguards, data and usage.

Issue: Deciding whether or not to tackle those Windows Server 2003 machines is not a black and white scenario.

Detail

From a management point of view Windows Server 2003 End of Life programmes are expensive, complex, unwiedly programmes of work that have touch-points across an Enterprise.

A bit of a headache, especially if the remediation work will affect service and necessitate expense on redevelopment. In many situations solutions like AppZero are the answer, virutalise and move the problem without having to revisit the code.

We've also made the point that from a technical and delivery point of view these same problems present very interesting and highly challenging work. Trying to dismantle and build systems and introduce new solutions simultaneously across tens or hundreds of workloads is no mean feat.

Windows Server 2003 EOL cannot be treated like XP EOL nor can Mainframes be used as a good reference point (any malware developers out there with a IBM mainframe at home?).

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, #WS2003EOL, #WindowsServer, #WS2003, Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Windows 2003 EOL Tech Brief: P2V Activation woes…

Posted by Dave Refault on 29-Jul-2015 12:38:58

One of the useful side effects of Windows 2003 decommissions is to take the opportunity to consolidate your physical footprint by virtualising your estate further.    There are many advantages to this as described in here.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, #WS2003EOL, #WindowsServer, Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Windows Server 2003 EOL Tech Brief: Don't over-Complicate IT

Posted by Dave Refault on 24-Jul-2015 14:00:00


Windows 2003 EOL - Data Migration Challenge

One of the major hurdles we've faced when performing migrations of client systems and services to supported platforms as part of a Windows Server 2003 EOL exercise is remembering all of the utilities and tools that were available at the time. Some of these tools were ported to new platforms, some have been retired.

 

As technologies move on and we become used to closer integration and interoperability, you might find yourself over complicating the situation!

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, #WS2003EOL, #WindowsServer, #WS2003, Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Windows Server EOL: Systems Disintegration

Posted by Hutton Henry on 21-Jul-2015 13:39:25


INTRODUCTION:

This blog post is part of an overall series on Windows Server 2003 End of Life activity although it can be applied to any server decommissioning project.  The aim of this post is to compare a new technology project versus a Windows Server decommission project. in order to highlight what  expect when embarking on a Windows Server decommission programme.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, #WS2003EOL, #WindowsServer, Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Rush to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 Means a Minimising Talent Pool

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 06-Jul-2015 16:30:00

Let's face it- if you have not chosen to migrate from Windows Server 2003 yet, you will miss the deadline. We assume you know the risks of staying on an unsupported server and if you do not you can quickly review them here. The excuses not to migrate are increasing as we draw near the deadline of Windows Server 2003 Extended support. The top to find the 3 top common myths on why not to migrate can be reviewed here

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Topics: Windows Server 2003

A bad break up story: Windows Server 2003

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 03-Jul-2015 16:30:00

Windows Server 2003, 2015's worst break up. 

Let's face it- we all know a relationship that has gone on far too long. The end of support for Windows Server 2003 has been made clear for awhile now. You have decided however that this is the end. Similar to a bad break up, you knew it was coming, but now you've been left unsupported and are not clear of the options you do have.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 Migration and End of Life

Posted by Hutton Henry on 03-Jul-2015 13:59:00


INTRODUCTION:

It struck me recently there are not that many blogs dedicated to Windows Server (2003) elimination projects. There are a lot of websites that have added pages and videos about the retirement of the Operating System. In addition there is the Windows Server Team blog and the Windows Server 2003 end of support site which are useful.

But with my (admittedly, limited) searching skills I didn't find anything that took me through the journey of deciding you need to address the problem of replacing or retiring your Windows 2003 estate. So I wanted to start this blog, on what on surface looks like quite an "un-sexy" subject in the world of Microsoft technology to help share some of our experiences, generate a bit of conversation and of course learn from others when they notice my mistakes.

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Topics: Windows Migration, Windows Server 2003, windows server migration, Windows Server 2003 End of Life

The Cost of Staying on Windows Server 2003

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 29-Jun-2015 16:30:00

Windows Server 2003 is almost old news. Or is it? 

Recently, it is estimated that $9 Million dollars was paid to Microsoft by the US Navy in order to support their Windows Server 2003 software until at least 2017. This only includes pre-assuming dates so the contract will likely bump up to $30 Million by the time the migrations are officially complete. 

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Topics: Windows Server 2003

3 Myths: Why Not to Migrate from Windows Server 2003

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 26-Jun-2015 16:00:00

In about 2 weeks Windows Server 2003 will be unsupported. If you have not migrated by now, you are probably realising it is too late. But it is better late than never! Perhaps you have heard one of the three top excuses being made on why migrating from Windows Server 2003 is not a necessity for some organisations 

Below are some of the myths proclaimed over the internet on why Migrating from Windows Server 2003 is not a priority.   

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Topics: Windows Server 2003

IT Security Proves Top Threat for 2015

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 25-Jun-2015 17:00:00

At the halfway mark through the year we are exploring what is said to be one of the largest threats to IT for the year of 2015.  

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Topics: Windows Server 2003