Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center

Plan your migration strategy from Windows 2000 to Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Planning and Assessing

Planning and Assessing a Migration or Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2


A direct upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2008 R2 is not supported. The resources below provide information about migration paths.


Windows Server 2008 R2 Product Home Page
Visit the Windows Server Home Page for product information, trial software, purchasing options, technical resources, case studies and more.


Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements
Before upgrading your system from Windows 2000 to Windows 2008 R2, be sure your hardware meets the Windows Server 2008 R2 system requirements. Assuming your hardware meets the requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2, upgrading is a two-step process. You must first upgrade your system to Windows Server 2003 SP2 (or later) and then upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2.


Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths
This document outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.


Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations and virtualization without the use of any software agents. NOTE: The oldest operating system supported by this tool is Windows Server 2003 SP2.


Windows Server Migration Tools
Administrators can use Windows Server Migration Tools to migrate server roles, features, operating system settings, and other data and shares to computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. NOTE: The oldest operating system supported by this tool is Windows Server 2003 SP2.


Windows Server 2008 R2 Deprecated Features
This document provides is a list of deprecated features and functionalities in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and is intended for IT professionals who are updating operating systems in a commercial environment.


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.


Planning and Assessing a Migration or Upgrade to Windows 7


See the Client Migration tab in this Solution Center.

Migrating Server Roles

Migrating Server Roles



Server Roles: Overview


Detailed information about migrating server roles can also be found in:

Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2
Migration documentation and tools ease the process of migrating server roles, operating system settings, and data from an existing server that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Also see the Planning and Assessing topic in this support center.

Windows 2000 Supported Server Roles Migrations

The following table shows the operating systems to which Windows 2000 Server server roles can be migrated directly.


Windows 2000 Server RoleWindows Server Edition
2003 SP220082008 R2
Directory Services
Domain Controller 1Yesn/an/a
AD Certificate Services 2YesYesYes
DFSNYesYesYes
FRS 3YesNoNo
Cluster Service 4NoNoNo
RIS 5NoNoNo
Print Server 6YesYesNo
Terminal Services 7NoNoNo
Terminal Server LicensingYesYesYes
Networking Server Roles
DHCPYesYesYes
BITS 8n/an/an/a
CMAK 9n/an/an/a
DNSYesYesYes
IAS 10YesNoNo
IPSec 11n/an/an/a
NLB Cluster 12YesNoNo
SMBn/an/an/a
Wirelessn/an/an/a
RRAS 13NoNoNo
IIS 14YesNoNo
  1. The migration process for a Windows 2000 Domain Controller consists of installing a new Windows Server 2008 R2 server and then promoting it to a domain controller in the domain.
  2. You only need to upgrade the operating system to upgrade the CA or any other AD CS component. You can also migrate by backing up and restoring the CA.
  3. FRS was deprecated starting in Windows Server 2003 R2. It is recommended that FRS be removed and replaced by DFSR for any custom replication. For DC SYSVOL replication, DFSR can be migrated starting in Windows Server 2008.
  4. There is no direct path for migrating to Windows Server 2008. Changes in Server 2008 requirements for shared storage will prevent using the original storage in a 2008 Failover Cluster Server.
    One option to assist with migration from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2008 would be to perform a rolling upgrade of Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003. Once the cluster is running as a Windows 2003 Server Cluster, the Failover Cluster Migration Wizard in 2008/2008R2 can be used. Some Cluster resources, such as file shares or DHCP, can be individually migrated using dedicated tools. These are discussed more in the Server Role: Server Cluster topic.
  5. Windows Deployment Services is included in Windows Server 2003 SP2. If you already had RIS installed and configured, when you install Windows server 2003 SP2, Windows Deployment Services will automatically be installed, however, it must be configured.
  6. The Print Migration Wizard in Windows Server 2008 can provide needed migration from Windows 2000 Server. Due to the new Print Isolation architecture in Windows Server 2008 R2, the print migration wizard/printbrm.exe will not migrate print drivers to Windows Server 2008 R2.
  7. There is no migration per se, an upgrade or clean install of the newer operation system is required. Upgrade from Windows 2000 to 2003 will upgrade Terminal service components without any additional steps. There is no upgrade path available for Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  8. BITS is a part of the operating system and does not need to be migrated
  9. CMAK is installable on Windows 2000 and part of the operating system in Windows Server 2003 and up
  10. To migrate IAS from Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, the recommended process is to use a Windows Server 2003 system as an intermediary.
  11. IPSec is not a server role specifically, but a service that runs on workstations and servers. The configuration of IPSec can be configured locally on each server or pushed out via domain policies
  12. You can upgrade a cluster by taking the entire cluster offline and upgrading all the hosts, or you can leave the cluster on line and perform a rolling upgrade
  13. There is no direct migration from RRAS in Windows 2000 Server to Routing and Remote Access in newer operating systems. Settings should be documented and manually configured on the new server.
  14. Migrating consists of installing the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system and new version of IIS on a new server and then moving, or reinstalling, existing Web sites and applications to that server.

Directory Services Server Roles


How to Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2
This document describes how to migrate server roles to Windows Server 2008 R2


Microsoft Directory Services Blog
Find useful information at the official Microsoft Directory Services support blog.



Server Role: Domain Controller


Upgrading Active Directory Domains to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Domains
This page provides detailed guidance for upgrading Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domains to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domains.


Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Server Migration Guide
This document provides guidance for migrating the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Server or Domain Name System (DNS) Server roles from an x86-based or x64-based server running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a new Windows Server 2008 R2 server.


Local User and Group Migration Guide
Administrators can use Windows Server Migration Tools to migrate server roles, features, shares, operating system settings, and other data to computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Windows Server Migration Tools Installation, Access, and Removal
The Windows Server Migration Tools Installation, Access, and Removal Step-by-Step Guide describes how to locate, install, use, and remove Windows Server Migration Tools.


How to Upgrade Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
This topic explains the process for upgrading domain controllers to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.


Client, service, and program incompatibilities that may occur when you modify security settings and user rights assignments
Incompatibilities may occur on client computers when you modify specific security settings and user rights assignments in Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 domains or Windows Server 2003 domains.


Upgrading from Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003 Domains
This topic provides detailed information about how to upgrade from Windows 2000 domains to Windows 2003 domains.



Active Directory Migration Tool


Download the ADMT v3.1 Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains
Guidance on performing migration of domains using the Active Directory Migration Tool.


Known issues that may occur when you use ADMT 3.1 to migrate to a domain that contains Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers
This article documents the known issues that may occur when you use ADMT 3.1.



Server Role: Active Directory Certificate Services


Planning the Upgrade or Migration to Active Directory Certificate Services
This document discusses planning your upgrade or migration to Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).


Backing up and restoring a certification authority
This document describes how to backup a certificate authority (CA).


How to move a Certificate Authority (CA) to a difference computer
This document describes how to move a CA from one computer to another.



Server Role: File System Namespaces


File Services Migration Guide
This document provides guidance for migrating the File Services server role, including data, shared folders, and operating system settings from the source server to the destination server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Download the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2
The wizards in the File Server Migration Toolkit use Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths and to simplify the consolidation and migration process.




Server Role: File Replication Service (FRS)


FRS2DFSR - An FRS to DFSR Migration Utility
FRS2DFSR is a utility that assists Windows admins in moving from the legacy File Replication Service (FRS) to the newer Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service.


DFS Operations Guide: Migrating from FRS to DFS Replication
This document guides you through the process of migrating from File Replication Service (FRS) to Distributed File System (DFS) Replication.


Server Role: Clustering Services


How to Upgrade a Cluster from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003
This document describes how to upgrade a cluster from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003


Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster
This cluster validation process tests the underlying hardware and software directly, and individually, to obtain an accurate assessment of how well failover clustering can be supported on a given configuration.


How to perform a rolling upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003
This document describes how to perform a rolling upgrade from Windows 2000.


Migrating Individual Cluster Resources


Some Cluster resources such as file shares or DHCP can be individually migrated using dedicated tools.


How to migrate settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2
This document describes how to migrate settings to a Failover Cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Migrating DHCP to a Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2 Step-by-Step Guide
This guide describes the process of migrating a clustered DHCP server to a cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Download the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2
The wizards in the File Server Migration Toolkit use Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths and to simplify the consolidation and migration process.



Server Role: RIS Server


There is no supported migration path for the RIS server role in any version of Windows Server 2008 or later since it does not exist. For more information refer to the resources below.


What happened to RIS? (Windows Deployment Services: Frequently Asked Questions)
Learn more about what happened to RIS and Windows Deployment Services in Windows 2008.


Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2003
This guide is an introduction to Microsoft Windows Deployment Services update for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Windows Deployment Services is included in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) and in Windows Server 2003 SP2.


Windows Deployment Services
Windows Deployment Services, the updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS), enables you to remotely deploy Windows operating systems, particularly Windows Vista.



Server Role: Print Server


Migrate Print Servers
See the Migrate Print Servers section of the Print Management Step-by-Step Guide for detailed information about migrating Print Servers.


Block the installation of kernel-mode printer drivers
Kernel-mode printer drivers will not function on 64-bit Windows Vista and later operating systems. For 32-bit systems, disabling the "Disallow installation of printers using kernel mode drivers" group policy will allow Kernel-mode printer drivers to function.


Windows Printing Team Blog
Learn more about Windows printing at the Windows Printing Team blog.


Do not use Print Migrator 3.1 for Print Migrations
Print Migrator 3.1 is no longer recommended due to various limitations. This blog post explains why.



Server Role: Terminal Services


There is no supported migration path available from Windows 2000 Terminal Services to the Windows 2008 Remote Desktop Service. An administrator will need to perform a clean install of Windows Server 2008 R2 then manually configure the desired settings, or upgrade to Windows Server 2003 SP2 then upgrade to Windows Server 2008 or later. Specific applications originally running under Windows 2000 Terminal Services will need to be tested under Windows 2008. Contact the software vendor for specific supportability scenarios.

For more information see the following resources:


Upgrading to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server
This document describes how to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server.


How to move Terminal Services CALs from one license server to another in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows 2000 Server
This article describes how to move Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (CALs) from one Terminal Services license server to another in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows 2000 Server.



IIS


IIS 6.0 Deployment Guide
This guide provides prescriptive, task-based, and scenario-based guidance to help you design an IIS 6.0 solution that meets the specific needs of your organization.


How to Migrate from IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0
This quick guide will help you migrate a Web site from IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0 using the Web Deployment Tool.


The Web Server (IIS) role in Windows Server 2008
This document describes the Web Server (IIS) role in Windows Server 2008


Migrating SQL Server

Migrating SQL Server


How to move SQL Server databases to a new location by using Detach and Attach functions in SQL Server
This article describes how to change the location of the data files and of the log files for a SQL Server database.


Understanding and troubleshooting the Copy Database Wizard in SQL Server 2000
This article provides information on how the Copy Database Wizard works and to troubleshoot common issues.


Moving SQL Server 7.0 databases to a new server with BACKUP and RESTORE
This article describes how to restore database backups for users and systems onto another SQL Server 7.0 installation that has different drive letter configurations from the server to which you originally backed up the databases.


How to move databases between computers that are running SQL Server
This step-by-step article describes how to move Microsoft SQL Server user databases and most common SQL Server components between computers that are running SQL Server.


How To Move a Database Diagram
This step-by-step article explains how to move a database diagram that was created in SQL Server Enterprise Manager.


How to move a Reporting Services database from a computer that is running Reporting Services to another computer
This article describes how to move a Reporting Services database from a computer that is running Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services in a SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services environment.


How to move SQL Server databases to a new location by using Detach and Attach functions in SQL Server
This article describes how to change the location of the data files and of the log files for any Microsoft SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2000, or SQL Server 7.0 database.


How to move Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 SQL databases from one server to a different server that is in the same domain
This step-by-step article describes how to move Microsoft Dynamics 3.0 CRM SQL databases from one server to a different server that is in the same domain.


How to move, copy, and back up full-text catalog folders and files
This article documents several methods that you can use to copy, move, and back up or restore full-text catalog folders and files.


How to transfer logins and passwords between instances of SQL Server
This article describes how you transfer logins and passwords to a new server after you move databases to a new server.


How to resolve permission issues when you move a database between servers that are running SQL Server
This article explains how to map the standard and integrated logins in order to resolve permission issues when you move a database between servers that are running SQL Server.


INF: Disaster Recovery Articles for Microsoft SQL Server
This article includes a collection Knowledge Base articles about disaster recovery organized by server version.


Why Upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2?
Information about upgrading to SQL Server 2008 R2.


Books Online


SQL Books Online
Provides a starting point to access Books Online for each SQL Server product version.


Moving the Report Server Databases to Another Computer
This article describes how to move the report server databases that are used in a current installation to a SQL Server Database Engine instance that is on a different computer.


How to: Move a Database Using Detach and Attach (Transact-SQL)
This article describes how to move a detached database to another location and re-attach it to the same or a different server instance.


Using the Copy Database Wizard
This article provides an overview on using the Copy Database Wizard to transfer, move or copy, one or more databases and their objects from an SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 instance to an instance of SQL Server 2005.


How to: Restore a Database to a New Location and Name (Transact-SQL)
This topic explains how to restore a database with a new location and, optionally, a new name.


How to Move the Site Database
This article describes how to move the SQL Server site database after setup has completed to a different SQL Server computer system by starting Configuration Manager Setup from the Start menu or from the Configuration Manager installation media.


Detaching and Attaching Databases
This article provides instructions for detaching and then reattaching data and transaction log files of a database to the same or another instance of SQL Server.


Moving System Databases
This topic describes how to move system databases in SQL Server 2005.


Moving User Databases
This article explains how to move the data, log, and full-text catalog files of a user database to a new location in SQL Server 2005.


Managing Database Files (SQL Server Express)
An overview on managing database files in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.


Migrating Reporting Services
This topic provides step-by-step instructions for migrating a SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services deployment to a new SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services instance.


Backing Up and Restoring Full-Text Catalogs
Instructions on backing up and restoring full-text catalogs.


Community Content

How to move SQL Server from Standalone to Cluster environment
This blog post by Balmukund Lakhani provides step-by-step instructions for moving a SQL Server from standalone to cluster environment.


SQL Server Upgrade Advisor
This blog post by Andrew Fryer provides an overview on using the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor.


Useful links for upgrading to SQL Server 2008
This blog post by the Microsoft SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team includes a list of useful links for upgrading to SQL Server 2008.


Networking Server Roles

Networking Server Roles


Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team Blog
Learn more about Enterprise Networking from this Windows team blog.



Server Role: DHCP


Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog
Learn more about Windows DHCP from this Windows team blog.


How to migrate a DHCP database from Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
This blog post describes how to migrate a DHCP database from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2008.


How to move a DHCP database from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008
This Knowledge Base articles describes how to move a DHCP database from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.


Migrating DHCP to a Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2 Step-by-Step Guide
This guide describes the process of migrating a clustered DHCP server to a cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2.


Upgrading and Migrating WINS and DHCP Servers to Windows Server 2003
This white paper describes how to upgrade and migrate WINS and DHCP Servers to Windows Server 2003.


How to move a DHCP database from a computer that is running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows Server 2003 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
This step-by-step article describes how to move a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database from a computer that is running Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2003.



Server Role: Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)


BITS is installed with 2003/2008 and enabled by default. Other services such as software update services (WSUS) will take advantage of BITS for data transfer.


BITS: What?s new?
The following table identifies what is new for each release of Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).



Server Role: Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)


There is no direct migration of CMAK profiles between operating systems. Therefore a CMAK profile created on Windows 2000 Server cannot be imported into Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. You need to use the newer version of CMAK supplied with Windows Server 2008 to get a new Vista-specific package created, and use either Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 to create a Windows 7 specific package. Refer to the resources below for additional information.


Routing and Remote Access Blog
Learn more about Routing and Remote Access from this Windows team blog.


Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)
Learn more at TechNet about the Connection Manager Administration Kit


How to use the Administration Tools Pack to remotely administer computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000
This article describes options to administer computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000.



Server Role: DNS


If you install any new Windows Server operating system as a new server and promote it to a Domain Controller, AD replication will include DNS information. After installing DNS (role/service) on the new server, DNS will be populated based on the AD replicated information, so no further action is needed. Note: Ensure clients computers are redirected to the new DNS server. For additional information about DNS migration please see the resources below.


DNS Server Role
Learn more about the DNS Server role.


AD DS and DNS Server Migration
This appendix provides guidance for the stand-alone migration of the Domain Name System (DNS) Server role from a server running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a new Windows Server 2008 R2 server.


Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Server Migration Guide
This document provides guidance for migrating the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Server or Domain Name System (DNS) Server roles from a server running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a new Windows Server 2008 R2 server.


How to upgrade Windows 2000 domain controllers to Windows Server 2003
This article discusses how to upgrade Microsoft Windows 2000 domain controllers to Windows Server 2003 and how to add new Windows Server 2003 domain controllers to Windows 2000 domains.


Use DNS Application Directory Partitions
The biggest change in DNS from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 is the use of application directory partitions to store DNS zone data. This document provides more information.



Server Role: IAS


To migrate IAS from Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the recommended process is to use a Windows Server 2003 system as an intermediary, installing IAS on it if needed temporarily. On this system you can import the IAS settings from Windows 2000, then use IASMigreader.exe to export from Windows Server 2003 in a format that may be imported on Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. Important: IASMigreader.exe is only supported on Windows Server 2003.


Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) Team Blog
Learn more about Network Access Protection from this Windows team blog.


Tool for migrating IAS configuration settings to NPS is now available
The NPS product team is proud to announce the availability of a Windows Server 2008 hotfix that contains Iasmigreader.exe


How to import and to export IAS configuration information from one Windows 2000 Server-based computer to another Windows 2000 Server-based computer
This article describes how to import and to export the Internet Authentication Service (IAS) configuration information from one Microsoft Windows 2000 Server-based computer to another Windows 2000 Server-based computer.



Server Role: IPSec


Take the following steps to migrate existing local policies to a newer operating system.

  1. Start the IP Security Policy Management snap-in
  2. Export the IPSec Policies
  3. Import the IPSec Policies


Server Role: NLB


Microsoft Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering Team Blog
Learn more about Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering from this Windows team blog.


Upgrading Existing Clusters
If your organization has applications and services that currently run on the Windows NT 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 2000 operating systems, you can upgrade your existing WLBS or Network Load Balancing clusters to take advantage of the improved security and performance of Windows Server 2003 and Network Load Balancing.


Migrating Existing Clusters
This document describes how to migrate existing clusters to Windows Server 2003.


Preparing to upgrade the Network Load Balancing cluster
This document describes what you should do before you upgrade the Network Load Balancing cluster.



Server Role: SMB


There are no changes to SMB from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003. Starting with Windows Vista and Windows 2008 we go from SMB 1.0 to SMB 2.0. An upgrade of Windows 2003 to Windows Vista / 2008 upgrades SMB to version 2.0. No additional steps are necessary to upgrade or migrate to the newer version of SMB.



Server Role: Wireless


How to copy the IAS configuration to another server
This document describes how to copy the IAS configuration to another computer.


IAS Best Practices
This topic provides best practices for implementing and configuring IAS and is based on recommendations from Microsoft Product Support Services.


IAS How To
This topic covers several "how tos" related to IAS.



Server Role: RRAS


Migrating to Dial-up and VPN Remote Access Servers Running Windows Server 2003
Learn more about migrating to Dial-up and VPN Remote Access Servers Running Windows Server 2003.

Small Business Server

Small Business Server


There is no supported upgrade path from Windows 2000 Server to Small Business Server 2008. However, a migration from Small Business Server 2000 to Windows Small Business Server 2008 is supported.


Migrating Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 to Windows Small Business Server 2008
Outlines the steps necessary to migrate settings and data from an existing server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 to a new computer running Windows SBS 2008.


Migrating from Small Business Server 2000 or Windows 2000 Server to Windows Small Business Server 2003
This document describes how to migrate from Small Business Server 2000 or Windows 2000 Server to Windows Small Business Server 2003.

Client Migration

Client Migration


There is no supported migration path from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 using the User State Migration Tool (USMT). You must first upgrade to Windows XP and then migrate to Windows 7 with USMT 4.0 included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).


Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Guide
This guide helps walk through the decisions you will make when migrating from a Windows XP environment to Windows 7 and to learn about the tools and resources available from Microsoft to help you each step along the way.


Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 family of operating systems.


User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide
Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 is a scriptable command-line tool that provides a highly-customizable user-profile migration experience for IT professionals included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

Application Compatibility

IT-Professional Resources


Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment
After reading this document, you should have a clear idea of where to start in the process of evaluating the impact of application compatibility in your deployment project.


ISV Application Readiness and Certification
Describes how to get your applications ready for Windows Server 2008 R2.


Application Compatibility Tech Center on TechNet
Get tools and resources to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of addressing application compatibility.


Application Considerations When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008
This document contains the information that you need if you have line-of-business (LOB) or non-Microsoft applications and you are upgrading to the Windows Server 2008 operating system.



Developer Resources


Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) enables software developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and IT professionals who work in a corporate environment to determine, before rolling out within the organization, whether their applications are compatible with a new version of the Windows operating system.


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook: A Developer's Guide to Application Compatibility, Reliability, and Performance


Windows Developer Center on MSDN
Get help, guidance, and tools to help you identify and work through compatibility issues you might encounter when migrating your applications to Windows 7.



XP Mode in Windows 7


Windows XP Mode
Windows XP Mode lets you run older Windows XP business software right on your Windows 7 desktop.

Ask the Community

Ask the Community


Got a question? Post a question in the Windows Server Forums
Ask a question in the Windows Server Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.



Blogs


TechNet IT-Professional Community Home Page
Browse Microsoft Professional Community blogs.


Microsoft Malware Protection Center
The Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog provides a real-time method for the Microsoft Malware Response Center to communicate with customers. Topics include day-to-day, behind the scenes information about new, emerging and interesting malware threats as well as other research topics in the computer security field.


Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team Blog
Learn more about Enterprise Networking from this Windows team blog.


Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog
Learn more about Windows DHCP from this Windows team blog.


Microsoft Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering Team Blog
Learn more about Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering from this Windows team blog.


Windows Printing Team Blog
Learn more about Windows printing at the Windows Printing Team blog


Microsoft Directory Services Blog
Find useful information at the official Microsoft Directory Services support blog.


Windows Server Setup and Core Team Blog
Thoughts from the Enterprise Platforms Windows Server Setup and Core team.


Windows Performance Team Blog
Learn more about Windows Performance from this support team blog.

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