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E-Bulletin discusses reasons to migrate to Microsoft Windows Server
2012 and preparations you should consider as you and your
organization prepare for this inevitability.
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Consider Deploying MS Server 2012 and What Are the Critical Roll-out
Is it time to
truly consider migrating to or rolling out new servers and Virtual
Machines (VMs) using Windows Server 2012? Rather than focusing
strictly on the hype from the Microsoft marketing machine, we asked
our technical staff for their feedback?
- Enables the Ability to Deliver
Cloud Services. A fully isolated, multi-tenant
environment features tools that can help guarantee service level
agreements (SLAs), enable chargebacks through usage-based
billing, and support self-service delivery. Developers can use a
consistent set of tools and frameworks to build symmetrical or
hybrid applications between the datacenter and the cloud.
- A Complete Virtualization Platform. Server
2012 includes significant Hyper-V functionality built right into
the operating system.
Server 2012 provides network administrators with the ability to
provision up to 64 virtual processors, up to 1 TB of memory per
VM, up to 64 TB per virtual disk, up to 64 nodes in a cluster,
and up to 8,000 VMs in a cluster.
- Improved IT Asset Management. Functionality
that could, at times, be a challenge in MS Server 2008, such as
Group Policy Management, have been streamlined and improved
allowing network administrators to quickly provision and manage
policies within a domain.
- Enhanced Data Security and
Compliance. Granular access to data and
corporate resources is enabled by central audit and access
policies based on strong identity, data classification, and
simplified administration for remote access.
With regards to
deploying new MS Server 2012 machines or migrating from Server 2008,
follow one of many online migration guides
providing detailed step-by-step instructions for migrating to Windows
Server 2012 Essentials. Select the right guide based on your Source
Server. We highly recommend that you read through the migration guide
that you select before you start a migration. At a high level, there
are three phases involved in a migration:
- Pre-Setup Phase. One
of the major tasks in this phase is to prepare the Source Server
for migration. You are required to run the Migration Preparation
Tool on the Source Server and clear up all errors reported. It
is critical that you back up the Source Server before running
this tool. Since Windows Server 2012 Essentials no longer
includes Exchange Server as a component product, you'll need to
work out a plan to migrate mailboxes based on where you migrate
to. We'll drill into more details on email migration in a later
section in this post.
- Setup Phase. In
this phase, you set up Windows Server 2012 Essentials in
migration mode on the Destination Server. Under this setup mode,
Windows Server 2012 Essentials will join itself to the existing
domain as a domain controller (thus replicating all data,
including user accounts in the Active Directory) and then sets
itself up as the primary domain controller by transferring all
Flexible Single Master Operation (FSMO) roles so that the Source
Server can be retired later.
- Post-Setup Phase. In
this phase, you need to connect all clients to Windows Server
2012 Essentials by running the Client Connector. You also need
to move the remaining server settings and data, such as shared
folders, to the Destination Server.
If you are
looking for assistance in deciding how to proceed with a Server 2008
to 2012 migration, feel free to contact us
to speak with a IT services professional. Download the Microsoft
Windows Server 2012 Evaluation Guide.
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