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Windows Server 2003 Migration and End of Life

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


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

Free Windows Migration Planning Tool for Windows Server 2003

Posted by Alexxa Farrelly on 17-Jun-2015 17:15:00

Microsoft Lends a Helping Hand with Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant 

Despite organisations being reminded of the risks of not migrating their Windows Servers (which can be reviewed here61% are still using Windows Server 2003. But how as an organisation will you modernise your IT assets 


A free Windows Migration Planning Tool  

Did you know, in order to understand the migration process, Microsoft has created a free migration tool called the Microsoft Migration Planning Assistant, or the "MMPA". This tool helps you to understand the migration steps that will assist you with your migration phases 

Some of the benefits of using the MMPA are: 

  • The MMPA provides a structured approach to your server migration project 
  • You can create a Windows Server 2003 migration plan tailored to your needs
  • You will be presented recommendations based on Microsoft Best Practices 
  • According to your location, you can find a Microsoft Partner to help you implement your migration plan 

With this migration tool, you can develop a plan that will help as critical input into your business case. By selecting your Windows Server 2003 workload, the Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant allows you to choose categories of workload that your organisation needs to migrate. Categories include: 

  • Windows Server Roles
  • Microsoft Applications
  • Custom Applications
  • Third Party Applications 

By ticking the appropriate workload options, the tool then lists the workload you specified and some background information in order to let you get started. It demonstrates: 

  • Target Complexities
  • Technologies involved with that solution
  • Things you may want to consider before migration including configuring the appropriate storage space, choosing appropriate high availability solution etc.  


You are then asked to put in a bit more information about your business including your location, industry and size, so a customised summary report can be tailored for you.  


Migration Plan based on workload running on Windows Server 2003 

Congratulations, Your Migration Assessment is complete! You are then presented with a migration plan based on the workload that you have running on Windows Server 2003.  This migration plan also includes a list of Partners based on your selected region that have the capabilities to provide you with Partner Offers and the benefits of choosing one Partner over the other.  

Summarising your Windows Server 2003 Migration Plan 

Once you have developed your Windows Server 2003 migration plan via the MMPA tool it may take some effort to summarise the report into something that is presentable to management, who do not have the time to assess the server-by-server detail of information presented by the MMPA.   

It is worth noting that the MMPA is based on the user's knowledge of the existing Windows Server 2003 estate.  As the operating system has been in existence for over 11 years there might be orphaned or rogue servers on the network that have not been discovered.  Therefore you may need to look at your discovery process and ensure your server inventory is accurate and up to date.  

An easy way to determine your migration process

Time is ticking-why not make your inevitable migration process as easy as possible? If you are looking for an easy way to determine the right migration process and partner for your organisation, visit the Windows migration tool here 

We hope your migration goes well, what did you think of the Tool? 

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