Editor's note: TechRepublic's free-with-membership articles and downloads, including these from this content package—"Migrating to Windows Server 2003 from NT is a demanding process,""Documenting your network prior to an upgrade from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003," and "Windows NT to 2003 Migration Risk Management Matrix"—provide a basic knowledge about preparing for a Windows Server 2003 migration. For a comprehensive look at migrating your server infrastructure from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003, order our Windows Server 2003 Migration Pak.
Migrating from a Windows NT 4.0 Server environment to the Windows Server 2003 platform presents a host of challenges. Users, groups, computers, and even sites are managed in entirely different ways. Windows Server 2003 boasts many powerful new features that work to simplify how your organization's IT systems are administered.
Before you roll out Windows Server 2003 and leverage its new functionality, however, you must first develop your installation and setup skills, determine your Active Directory requirements, and configure new features and services. Then you must ensure that your network is properly secured.
TechRepublic's Windows Server 2003 Migration Pak collects critical tools and resources that you can leverage to plan and complete a Windows Server 2003 migration and effectively support the new platform following its rollout. Consisting of two workbooks, a CD-ROM tool kit containing customizable templates and other resources, and a laminated checklist to help document your Windows NT 4.0 Server to Windows Server 2003 migration, the Windows Server 2003 Migration Pak prepares IT professionals for the deployment and maintenance of Microsoft's updated Windows Server operating system. Here's what's included:
- Windows Server 2003 Migration Workbook 1
- Windows Server 2003 Migration Workbook 2
- Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit CD-ROM
- A two-page, reusable laminated Quick Reference: Network Documentation Checklist
The Windows Server 2003 Migration Pak addresses a number of topics. With it, you'll learn to:
- Effectively evaluate Windows Server 2003's new features.
- Calculate licensing and hardware budgeting requirements.
- Determine migration roles and responsibilities for IT staff members.
- Plan your organization's Active Directory Services schema.
- Configure critical features and services.
- Troubleshoot common errors.
- Migrate Web sites from IIS 4.0 to IIS 6.0.
- Secure Windows Server 2003 servers.
You'll find timesaving diagrams, checklists, templates, and other resources on the Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit CD. Whether you're seeking to develop a project management strategy for your migration or to ensure that user rights and permissions are being properly deployed, the special tools you'll find on the Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit CD can help ensure an orderly migration project that comes in on time and on budget.
And, before you begin a Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration, be sure to document your existing network. While that may seem counterintuitive, the time you take could save you days or even weeks of troubleshooting following a migration. Knowing where specific data, services, and resources are housed proves invaluable, and network documentation is a best practices step that shouldn't be ignored. The Quick Reference: Network Documentation Checklist will get you started by reviewing the highlights and listing steps and processes your organization won't want to forget when migrating.
Don't begin preparing for or implementing Windows Server 2003 in your organization until you tap the proven expertise in TechRepublic's Windows Server 2003 Migration Pak. Designed by IT professionals for IT professionals, the resources in this unique kit will aid your Windows Server systems migration.
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