Category Archives: Migration and Integration

Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 R2

You might be running Windows Server 2003 (R2) and Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers at the moment and you're looking to replace these servers with Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers to utilize the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2. You might also be looking to replace your aging Windows Server 2003 (R2) and […]


Considerations when upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

While upgrading your Active Directory Domain Controllers, Domain Functional Level(s) and Forest Functional Level to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 offer additional functionality compared to previous versions, also a couple of caveats exist, that I think you should be aware of.


7 Things to look for in Windows 7 PC Hardware

With Windows Vista amounting to a 31% market share in enterprise environments, many big companies will be making to switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 directly. In the eight years between their respective launches, a lot has changed in the world. Not just in the world we know, but also in the world of […]


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is here!

One of the reasons I held back on deploying Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 centrally is the lack of supported deployment solutions from Microsoft. I outlined my deployment checklist here. One of my major objections, however, just got solved; Microsoft has released the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 solution accelerator version 5.0.1641.0.


Windows 7 Migration Checklist

Since Windows 7 is now available and downloadable for Microsoft Partners (and everyone else with a MSDN or TechNet subscription), one of my first jobs at work is to make plans to replace our Windows Vista Enterprise boxes with Windows 7 Enterprise. I’m about to upgrade all client PCs on the network to Microsoft Windows […]


Planning on upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?

You might be one of those persons, fervently running Windows 7 on their day-to-day laptop (like me) and you might be one of those persons building Windows Server 2008 R2 rigs for test and demo purposes. (like me) You might also be one of the lucky persons to lay your hands on a pre-order for […]


Upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

Last time we discussed how to transition your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008, which was something a lot of you were interested in. This time I'm talking in-place upgrading Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers.


PrintMig 3.1 is the short name for the tool that is better known as Microsofts 'Windows Server 2003 Print Migrator 3.1'. You can use this tool to backup and restore print server settings and printer settings in migration scenarios. This allows you to migrate printers within minutes, while preserving settings, like seperator pages, spool folder, ports, […]


ExMerge: Goodbye to an old friend

One of the most specialised tools that I regularly use and absolutely love is the Microsoft Exchange Server Mailbox Merge Wizard. (ExMerge) Lately I find myself pondering about the future of my old friend, which has been my partner in crime in the last past years.