With a host of new features to Microsoft Windows Server 2008, I believe that this utility will utilize Wingtips Toys IT investment more efficiently. Combining this new OS with powerful computer hardware and services solutions can result in a tremendous productivity boost from:
• Enhanced virtualization features that help you increase system availability
• Streamlined management over your remote systems
• Improved security to help ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your data
• Seamless, secure internet connection by mobile workers to your corporate network without the need for a virtual private network (VPN)
• Faster file downloads for branch office users
• Dedicated features, such as Direct Access and BranchCach, aimed specifically at maximizing the synergy between Windows Server 2008 clients to enable powerful remote access capabilities
Migration steps are different based on the server role or the applications to be migrated. There is no single step to migrate all types of server roles or applications, hence there are quite a lot of factors we will need to consider. A typical migration process involves clean installation of the operating system, installation of server roles, move data and settings from source to destination new server and point the clients to the new server.
Microsoft has tons of tools available to ensure a smooth migration. These tools will help speed up the deployment of Windows Server 2008 in your existing infrastructure, by ensuring that your network infrastructure and existing hardware are supported and by providing recommendations on a successful migration. Generally there are two stages involved for the migration: Planning and implementing. For planning, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning provides an inventory, assessment and reporting toolkit to assess IT infrastructure in an organization without the need of a software agent.
There are two tools for implementation. The Microsoft Deployment 2010 allows the deployment of Windows Server 2008 through a common console. Microsoft Deployment also allows an automated process to deploy server and desktop operating systems.
The Windows Server Migration allows the migration of some server roles, features, operating systems, shares and other data from a supported Windows Server operating system
Microsoft Assessment and Planning is able to scan and assess the computers and servers to ensure that it is possible to migrate to Windows 2008. The big advantage of is that it does not require any software agent to be present in the computers and servers to be scanned for it to work. Microsoft Assessment and Planning takes advantage of Active Directory, Windows Management Instrumental and Remote Registry to work.
As an in-place upgrade is not possible for cross architecture operating system, a migration of settings and data will need to be done. This involves Microsoft Assessment and Planning and Windows Server Migration Tool, which is a feature as part of Windows Server 2008. However for Windows Server Migration to work, you'll need to meet the following requirements:
• Component Requirement
• Processor Minimum: 1 GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)
• Recommended: 2 GHz or faster
• Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
• Memory Minimum: 512 MB RAM
• Recommended: 2 GB RAM or greater
• Optimal: 2 GB RAM (Full installation) or 1 GB RAM (Server Core installation) or more
• Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (Standard) or 64 GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
• Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)
• Available Disk Space Minimum: 10 GB
• Recommended: 40 GB or greater
• Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
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