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 stopped supporting Server 2003 since 14/07/2015.

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.

Migrating to Server 2012 is no walk in the park. Knowing what your migration tools that can help you speed things along is critical. Having the right tools and experienced engineers are key to getting the job done right and with a modicum of time.

Because no single migration is ever the same, in addition to tools Microsoft also provides a wealth of information on migrating. Need a cheat sheet on Microsoft features in Windows Server? Need to better understand Azure and how the cloud service can grease the migration wheels for your customers?

Here is a list of Server 2012 migration resources:

* Migration Roles and Features in Windows Server

* Windows Server TechNet Library Documentation

* E-book Gallery For Microsoft Technologies

* Bring the Power of Microsoft Azure to Your Datacentre