Windows 2000 Server migrations are making some strong advances, while .NET Server’s prospects appear pretty bleak. These are but two of the conclusions you might have drawn from a recent survey in NetAdmin Republic indicating that many organizations are in a headlong rush to update their servers to a more modern, stable platform.

What are your plans?
Most of those who took our survey indicated that they would be upgrading their servers to Windows 2000 Server, although 12 percent said they had no plans to do so. The results show that nearly 50 percent have either already completed the migration to Win2K Server or are in the process of migrating. Another third said they planned to migrate to Win2K Server within the next year. Among this group of survey respondents, only 2 percent said they would skip Win2K in favor of .NET Server. In contrast, two-thirds said they would skip .NET in favor of Win2K (see Figure A).

Figure A
Windows 2000 Server was the significant favorite over .NET Server.

Slightly more than half of those who said they planned to skip .NET have either upgraded already or plan to upgrade fewer than 10 servers. Another third said they have upgraded, or planned to upgrade, fewer than 50 servers. The first chart in Figure B shows these results.

Figure B
Most respondents to our survey will be upgrading fewer than 50 servers.

As the second chart in Figure B indicates, the migration to Win2K is going rather slowly. According to our survey results, 65 percent of those who plan to upgrade have currently upgraded 20 percent or less of their servers to Win2K.

Looking for gains
Slow implementation notwithstanding, more than half of those planning to upgrade believe they will complete the migration process in less than six months. A little over a quarter of the respondents believe that they will complete their migration to Win2K server within a year. The first chart in Figure C shows these results.

Once their servers are up and running on the new platform, about a third of those who are using the new platform expect to see some savings in the area of technical support. But as the second chart shows, the vast majority of respondents (43 percent) said that they don’t anticipate a change in the technical support resources they’ll use with Win2K Server. (Note that the results in Figure C include data from those who have completed migration, as well as those who are still in the process.)

Figure C
Most respondents expect it will take less than a year to fully implement their Win2K Server migration.

Reasons to migrate–or not
Even if those who took our survey do not foresee any support cost savings, they are looking for a more modern and stable platform. In fact, the order of desire for those moving to Win2K Server is for a stable platform first (29 percent) and for a more modern platform second (24 percent). Deploying Active Directory ran a close third (see the first chart in Figure D).

Oddly enough, when we asked about the least important reason for upgrading to Win2K Server, deploying Active Directory came in third again. What topped the list? As the second chart in Figure D shows, the least important reason for the upgrade is to save money by reducing staff (32 percent), followed by preparing to deploy Exchange 2000 (18 percent).

Figure D
Stability and a modern platform are the two main reasons people are upgrading.

Do these figures reflect your sentiments?

Is your organization among those that aren’t flocking to Windows 2000 Server? Why? Do you think .NET Server is the wave of the future? Post a comment in the discussion below.