Lesson 4: "Lift and shift"
Should you find yourself absolutely pressed for time, one can resort to the "lift and shift" approach where you simply take the operating system machines and move them to a virtualised environment wholesale, without any modifications. Whilst not recommended, it might be best to do it given the time constraints.Get it done and then plan how to organize and catalogue your IT environment moving forward. Remember, a simple lift and shift can cost more in the long run if not followed up with a proper curation and optimisation of the environment.
The justifications are clear, the benefits are real and the path to modernization is simplified from the lessons we've learnt internally. Microsoft's IT team are committed to sharing our experiences from our modernization journey and would like to invite you to review the rich resources we've made available to customers at our Microsoft IT showcase.
Windows Server 2003 served its purpose well for its time. In many of your organisations, it probably still serves its purpose. But in the current mobile-first, cloud-first world with its combined high security and privacy demands, it certainly doesn't enable you to make it better.
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