July 14, 2015 is the date to remember.\u00a0Windows Server 2003 is going end of support, and like thousands of others, your organization must consider the best path to upgrade. For most, the greatest benefit can be derived by examining the entire server infrastructure (including hardware, operating systems, and application modernization) all at once. For the four key steps to this critical process, read on.\n\n\nUpgrading your\u00a0data center\u00a0OS can be summed up like this:\n\n\n1. Discover\u2014Get a better understanding of the Windows Server 2003 environment. This is the time to identify workloads that are currently running on the server.\n\n\n2. Assess\u2014Your comprehensive understanding of your current workloads will present an opportunity to retire under-utilized applications,\u00a0consolidate licenses across the company, and update older applications to access the benefits and new features to their full potential.\n\n\n3. Target\u2014Consider and lock your sights on the deployment options for each workload. Some applications might be moved to new hardware running\u00a0Windows Server 2012 R2while others may benefit from a hybrid cloud solution or even\u00a0Microsoft Azure.\n\n\n4. Migrate\u2014Use the previous phases in the process to prioritize critical applications and workloads so that they are moved in a timely fashion. This will eliminate disruptions and risks.\n\n\nMost companies will find that they have instances of Windows Server 2003 powering old applications that they do not even know about. A recent study found that\u00a061 percent of businesses\u00a0are still running at least one instance of Windows Server 2003 somewhere in their organization.\n\n\nPart of this process includes migrating foundation services such as DNS, active directory, file\/print, and DHCP associated with an operating system upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2. It is always helpful to reach out to a trusted technology partner when taking on efforts such as these.\u00a0PC Connection, Inc. offers resources, migration expertise, and solutions to get you through the process.\n\n\nTo get started, check out our\u00a0Windows Server 2003 End of Support page. This will give you the basic information from\u00a0Microsoft\u00a0that you will need to begin your migration process. Our server assessment tool can be found\u00a0here. By answering a few questions about your current workloads, the tool will help create a migration strategy that optimizes performance and maximizes value for your business.\n\n\nWith about a couple months left, if you haven\u2019t started thinking about your Windows Server Migration, the time to do so is now. Windows Server updates are undoubtedly a complex project that will require lots of upfront planning. Luckily, Microsoft helped make this process slightly more manageable by outlining a four-step process. The\u00a0Microsoft Practice Team, within PC Connection Inc., is also here to help!