Transitioning from the freedom of summer to the structure of back to work and school can be tough for all of us. Yet, September is a time of renewal, a time to refocus on our goals and remember that, sometimes, making big changes begins with small ones. The key is not to overwhelm ourselves, but to keep moving forward, often with small steps at a time.
We know that the big work of migrating hundreds of thousands of machines running Windows Server 2003 -- including 175 million websites or one fifth of the internet, according to recent numbers provided by Internet services firm Netcraft -- still lies ahead.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the daunting task of upgrading systems. At the same time, many vendors and their service partners have been working for two or more years to ease the transition. We at AppZero have had the time and the real world experience of working with CIOs, IT directors, program and project managers, developers, supply chain partners -- in fact every IT role imaginable, in nearly every industry and size of organization.
Best practices for Windows Server 2003 migrations have never been more plentiful. Webinar recordings, whitepapers, case studies, how-tos, feature roundups, blog posts. There's no shortage of information and quite a lot of talent out there. Here are some of our favorites from the media, the AppZero partner community and beyond:
- Dell Evangelist Hollis Tibbetts has a new e-book, "Exploring Your Options for Windows Server 2003 End of Support."
- Ed Scannell and the team over at Searchwindowsserver have a thorough Guide to Windows Server End of Life
- A blog post by Greg Dennis covers the common problem of how to migrate custom or bespoke applications, where there's an absence of source code.
- Andy Patrizio at IT World tackles Windows Server 2003's true challenge, app migration and lays out a plan.
- Redmond Magazine's cover story and CRN's page one "Deadline Day" provide in-depth and solution provider expert advice.
- HP's podcast, "Goodbye to Windows Server 2003" covers the challenges and common pain points.
- Webinar Recording from Unisys, Microsoft and AppZero, "Successfully Migrating from Windows Server 2003 including a full migration methodology and free pilot testing package from Unisys.
- Microsoft and partner Diligent have an excellent case study, "Business Modernisation is Music to the Ears of Cohclear's IT Team."
- Trevor Pott writes in the Register: The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: Where do we go from here?
- Matthew Finnegan writing in Computerworld UK offers advice on How to migrate from Windows Server 2003 successfully
September brings changes in weather and attitudes. We can hit the snooze button or we can jump up and embrace the challenge, but either way, it's coming. The best solution for those of us responsible for technology that supports our enterprise goals is to move from Windows Server 2003, protect our systems from hacking attempts and migrate to the new, modern world. How to get started? While she may not have been talking about cloud and datacenter migration, Amelia Earhart said it best, "The most effective way to do it, is to do it."