Top 6 Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 Migration

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support is right around the corner. Take this in: in 2014 there were 476 critical updates released for Windows Server 2003. Now, consider the impact when you will get 0 updates moving forward. Jot down and exercise the following top 6 best practices:

  1. Preparation via discovery, analysis and assessment is KEY
  2. Print Services – Ensure all drivers are available when preparing to migrate. Some older devices may not be compatible.
  3. File Services – Have a test approach to migrating data including security and access points,
  4. Active Directory – Perform a pre-migration or upgrade health check to validate the current infrastructure. There is no point in moving existing issues to the new infrastructure.
  5. Active Directory – DO NOT perform in-place upgrades on existing domain controllers.
  6. Active Directory – Review the current security policy settings and make sure they are in compliance with Windows Server 2012 R2 out of box defaults. 

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