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Technical Implications and How to Deal with Windows Server 2003 End of Support


We hope you already have July 14, 2015—the end of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003—marked on your calendars! This end of support will have a major impact on companies of all sizes who are still running applications on WS2003. If your SMB customers have not already started their migrations, NOW is the time to start!


In this video, Paul LaChance, WW Datacenter Consulting Portfolio Strategist for HP Technology Services, and Vanessa Bucher- Fournier, Product Manager for the Cloud and Enterprise Business Group at Microsoft, discuss the Windows Server 2003 end of support, what it means for your customers, and how to approach a migration to Windows Server 2012 R2





Let us review a few of the questions discussed in the video (be sure to watch the video for more thorough answers and a bonus question not covered here).


What is happening with Windows Server 2003?”

Windows Server 2003 is coming to end of support on July 14, 2015. This means Microsoft will no longer be supporting or addressing any type of required patches, vulnerabilities, or fixes for this OS. As a result, customers who are currently running WS2003 need to start planning their migration from this OS. HP and Microsoft understand this can be a daunting task, as it is not just looking at the OS but also the applications running on the OS, and they are here to assist customers and make the migration process run smoothly, cost-effectively, and quickly.


“From a technical perspective, how should customers approach this migration?”

Customers should look at this migration from a 4-phase approach:

  1. Discover: This is a very critical phase. Use this phase to discover data around what the servers are, what they’re running, what services/applications are being used etc… This first phase is crucial, as the rest of the migration will be based upon what is discovered.
  2. Assess: Once the customer has all of their data, it is now time to rationalize and prioritize the work efforts around what the customer will be doing with the servers.
  3. Target: Next, reevaluate what is the best mix for the customer’s needs—in this step determine what the right approach is for the business looking forward, not backwards.
  4. Migrate: Finally, implement the migration from WS2003 to WS2012 R2. If all of the planning phases were done well, this phase should go smoothly.


“What advice would you have for customers if they haven’t started on their migration journey yet?”

You can never start too soon! If you haven’t started yet, just get started today! The migration timeline will be different for each customer, so the earlier you start the better off your company will be.


HP and Microsoft have teamed together to help customer who are migrating plan their update and understand their options. Visit to learn more, and be sure to join the Coffee Coaching community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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