Many enterprises are still dealing with the challenges of completing Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 migrations. Whether you are moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, perhaps even running the gauntlet on Windows XP and hedging your bets for Windows 10 later this year on your clients all the while, evaluating and testing your line of business applications and servers on Windows Server 2012 R2, there is a lot to deal with.
There’s nothing like a little added pressure to throw into the mix and that is why as of 12th April 2015, there is one year left on the extended support status of SQL Server 2005.
A post by me has a just been published over on the Fordway blog at http://www.fordway.com/blog-fordway/windows-server-2003-end-of-life/.
This post was written in parallel to my earlier post reproducing the Microsoft spreadsheet for cataloguing your Windows Server 2003 environment. I talk about some of the areas that we need to focus our attention and other up some food for thought. If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch either with myself or someone at Fordway who will be happy to help you.
Last week, the folks over at Microsoft published another entry in their blog post series Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration which included a visually appealing spreadsheet template for helping you keep track of and plan your Windows Server 2003 migrations but to my shock, they didn’t provide the actual Excel file for that design.