The world has changed a great deal since 2003. Smartphones are no longer concept devices that will revolutionize the future of business, but have become standard equipment in small and medium-sized firms as much as in large multi-national companies. Social media has gone from a pastime to a science. Living in a different time requires new technology and Windows Server 2012 is the all-in-one server solution that will keep your business performing at its best. Migrating from Windows Server 2003 or Windows Small Business Server is easy.
Switching to Windows Server 2012 will reduce your IT costs, simplify the way your company does business, ensure a return from your IT investment, allow your business to grow further, and give your employees the freedom to do business anywhere anytime. Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade to Windows Server 2012, the three-step migration process is easy.
When updating and/or migrating any system, backing up the source is a must, and moving from Windows Small Business Server to Windows Server 2012 is no exception. In this case it is especially vital because Exchange Server is not included in Windows Server 2012. In the pre-setup phase you’ll need to run the Migration Preparation Tool on the Source Server and correct any reported errors before continuing.
On your destination server you’ll set up Windows Server 2012 Essentials in migration mode. The rest will run smoothly on its own with Windows Server 2012 connecting and setting itself up as the primary domain controller so that the source server can be retired afterwards.
At this point you’ll use the Client Connector to connect all of your clients to Windows Server 2012 and move the remaining server settings and data, such as shared folders, to the destination server. You will need to fully complete your data migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 within 21 days.
As stated above Windows Server 2012 no longer features a built-in email service, however, you have three easy options for migrating your e-mails: migrate to Office 365, migrate to an on-premise server, or migrate to a third-party hosted email solution. Windows Server 2012 has been specially developed to work seamlessly with Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services. If you choose this option, we recommend that you migrate your emails before you install Windows Server 2012 in migration mode. Should you wish to keep all your e-mails on-premise, setting up a second server running Exchange Server will be your best solution.
Upgrading now to Windows Server 2012 will give your business a simplified IT structure that is configured to work with the technology of today and tomorrow, which will save you money and allow you to concentrate on your business’s profit generating activities. Having a server that works with new technology will also give your employees the flexibility to do business where it can be done best, and that at any time, day or night. Break out of the office and into the world with Windows Server 2012.
Consult a Microsoft IT specialist and find out how moving from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 will further improve your business’s data protection and help your company grow more.
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