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How To Migrate From Windows Server 2003 To 2012

Before you take the plunge to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012, it's important to know what you're up against. CRN looks at what you need to do before the expiration date.

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Migration To Server 2012 Tips

Customers that haven't upgraded to Windows Server 2012 are either living in denial or under a rock. Those that don't migrate off Server 2003 face a range of consequences from security issues, no longer meeting legal and regulatory requirements, and encountering possible application failure. Microsoft stops supporting Server 2003 July 14.

Before you take the upgrade plunge, it's important to know what you're up against. Upgrading from Server 2003, on paper, sounds like a deceptively simple three-step process that includes hardware discovery, assessing your software and network needs, and full-on migration. Sounds easy enough. But it's not.

Complicating matters are hardware and application compatibility. What tools should I use? And whom do I turn to for help when an Active Directory bogey can't join a company's domain?

Where to turn, and where do you start? Let's dive in with this basic overview of how to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 from 2003.

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