Windows Server 2019: How to plan your migration?

After the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2019, it is high time for IT industries and enterprises to plan their migration to the new operating system. In the second half of the financial year 2018, Microsoft is all set to launch its Windows Server 2019 in the market with general availability. The preview of its access to the users will open up a whole new platform for data center operators with new features to handle hybrid cloud setups and its very popular Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) simultaneously. There are lots of newly added security features and support enhancements for windows containers and Linux in Windows Server 2019.

However, it is understood that it will take time for users to get familiar with the newest release and start with the hands-on experiences that implement new features. Some of the most common areas of early deployment include:

  • Native Windows Server Feature
  • Data Center Capabilities
  • New tools for Windows Admin Center Management

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Let us understand the planning strategies by following the above-mentioned approach:

Native Windows Server 2019 Features: It is very important to focus on the native Windows Server 2019 features including Web servers running over Internet Information Server (IIS), HyperV virtual host servers, and file servers. Unlike third-party applications that require a few additional months to write upgrade to support Windows Server 2019, this feature completely relies upon Windows Server 2019. It is easier to test Web applications that run on IIS as the codes are written in HTML, .Net or any other web app that runs on the top of the IIS or Web platform. So it is a very quick-and-easy process to setup Windows Server 2019 with an IIS and then uploading Web code to the server. Fileservers are the early targets opted for migration. Sometimes, fileservers are very huge having gigabytes to terabytes of data to copy the address. Some of the file servers are still running in the old environments and could be upgraded.

Data Center Capabilities: The data center focused components such as HyperV hosts that include HCI configurations are another set of applications that need to be deployed at an early stage of migration. A HyperV host can be added to the existing HyperV host or cluster and virtual machines should be live migrated or even replicated from the old to the new operating system host. This gives an opportunity to many organizations to improve the underlying architectures of their data centers by simply replacing the basic HyperV clusters and implementing the HCI configured clustered environments. This helps in improving the performance, reliability, scalability, and redundancy of the data center to a greater extent.

New tools for Windows Admin Center Management: Windows Server 2019 includes another very easily approachable feature referred as Windows Admin Center. This feature is loaded on the newest version of the Windows server by allowing the target systems to be in their native state. This does not require software agents, add-ons or upgrades. It reduces the burden of months of planning, application testing and managing the older versions. These components are very less dependent on the operating system and hence embedding them in Windows Server 2019 is very easy that helps the users to get started with real-world experience with the new operating system with zero-risk.

The Bottom Line: Organizations can proceed with the installation and migration of Windows Server 2019 to get enhanced security and hybrid integration to benefit cloud-specific workloads. If you also wish to prepare your organization for Windows Server 2019 migration, you might seek help from i2k2 Networks, a 20-year old dedicated web hosting company. We promise to deliver successful resolution to all your migration queries by offering best-in-class infrastructure, data center services, and a live and exclusive 24 hours technical support. Contact us at +91-120-466 3031 / +91-9711774040 or drop a mail sales@i2k2.com to start right away.