A Snapshot from http://www.processor.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/P3014/23p14/23p14.asp&guid

STEPS :

• Perform a proper risk assessment prior to upgrading production systems to Windows Server 2008 and/or Vista SP1 (www.microsoft.com).

• Back up all the data on the production systems you’ll be upgrading to Windows Server 2008 and/or Windows Vista SP1.

• Develop a rollback plan prior to upgrading production systems to Windows Server 2008 and/or Vista SP1.

• If feasible, pilot test Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 prior to putting them into production.

• When buying new servers and desktops, think two to four years out when developing the specifications for the machines to accommodate Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1.