Hi,

In light of the upcoming end of support for Windows XP and for Windows Server 2003, many of our customers are asking for guidance and resources related Migration to and Application Compatibility with Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2.

We would like to help your company migrate to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in any way we can help. Below is a list of resources that may help you. In addition, if you need any hands-on assistance or training, we would be happy to refer you to available services from Premier or from Microsoft consulting partners who can help with actual migrations.

 

Online Resources

From the Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center

Planning and Assessing a Migration or Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations and virtualization without the use of any software agents. NOTE: The oldest operating system supported by this tool is Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Windows Server Migration Tools
Administrators can use Windows Server Migration Tools to migrate server roles, features, operating system settings, and other data and shares to computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. NOTE: The oldest operating system supported by this tool is Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Planning and Assessing a Migration or Upgrade to Windows 7

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Guide
This guide helps walk through the decisions you will make when migrating from a Windows XP environment to Windows 7 and to learn about the tools and resources available from Microsoft to help you each step along the way.

Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 family of operating systems.

User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide
Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 is a scriptable command-line tool that provides a highly-customizable user-profile migration experience for IT professionals included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop and server migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides private and public cloud planning assessments, and server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V.

AppDNA: Third Party Tool for Application Compatibility Testing:

App-DNA™ AppTitude™ application compatibility software platform automates pre-migration application testing and intelligently remediates compatibility issues, so you can use application intelligence to migrate and manage your application portfolio.

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