For large enterprises, migrating to Windows Server 2012 before Microsoft officially ends support for Server 2003 on July 14, 2015 is a massive project. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of servers might have to be replaced as part of the move to a modern, cloud-enabling server OS\u2014all while keeping both migrated and unmigrated employees connected to the network and the business running without any downtime.\nFor small- and medium-sized businesses, a Server 2003 migration may be less complex, but it is no less critical. Once Microsoft pulls the plug, Server 2003 will be on borrowed time.\nThat means bugs will go unpatched, updates will cease, and Microsoft tech support will vanish. It means the ancient, pre-cloud servers and applications that run on them\u2014you know, the technology that supports your entire business\u2014will be increasingly vulnerable to security breaches, functional glitches, compliance failure, and obsolescence. Not exactly a recipe for success, whether you\u2019re a multinational corporation or a chain of regional clothing stores.\nIn the modern digital economy, survival goes to the most agile and adaptable, the organizations that best leverage mobile, cloud, and big data. And none of them will be staying on Server 2003.\nSince it\u2019s only a matter of when and not if, getting a plan in place early is key. Here are some EOS tips and tricks from real SMB IT Directors discussing their preparations for EOS.\n\nMake this an opportunity not a burden\nReevaluate your data center needs from hardware to applications\nGet feedback within your IT community\nLook at Windows 2012 features and find a reason to move\nGain executive support, scale properly, and forecast\nSetup a test environment, and test the server and applications\nGive yourself a timeline and develop a process\u2014it won't happen overnight\n\nWatch this video to hear directly from SMB IT Pros.\nWithout a large (or sometimes any) IT staff, an SMB\u2019s migration to Windows Server 2012 can be a real challenge. Which makes it all the more important that SMBs adopt best practices in the planning and execution of a Server 2003 migration. Practically, this requires working with an experienced migration software and services provider.\nA qualified migration software and services vendor can walk SMBs through the essential phases of migration planning, including determining the scope of the project, how many and what resources to allocate, a migration action blueprint, and the estimated cost.\nHP offers a Windows 2003 Migration Program specifically designed to help SMBs reduce the difficulty, duration, and risk of a move to Windows Server 2012. The program includes support for Server 2012, which offers enterprises virtualization, private cloud, modern data center, and modern applications functionality.\nSMBs that cling to legacy server hardware and software are doing more than taking a great risk: They\u2019re ensuring their eventual doom because the rest of the world\u2014including their competitors\u2014will be leveraging modern servers and server platforms. By migrating to a server that cloud-optimizes their business, SMBs can stay flexible, agile\u2014and alive.\nWith the end of support date for Windows Server 2003 fast approaching, there's never been a better time to plan your data center transformation. Our experts have designed this helpful tool to get you started on the right upgrade path for your unique environment, applications, and workloads.