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April 2003

Best practices for Windows 2003 migration

For Enterasys Networks CIO Len Couture, Windows Server 2003's granular controls and enhanced security features make it an attractive operating system. And migrating to the new platform was relatively straightforward, since the new OS shared the same basic architecture as Windows 2000. When the transition program started, employees would often log out of Win2K, depart for the weekend, and log in Monday morning to a Win2003 server. In all, Enterasys, a maker of networking and security solutions, has migrated its 41 servers that support 1,700 employees at 55 sites around the world. "It hasn't been as easy as putting in a CD," says Couture, who participated in the Win2003 beta program. "Some pieces have been time-consuming, but that's part of the process." Adopting Win2003 isn't supposed to be simple, says Chris Cannon, product manager for Microsoft Windows group. Microsoft wants enterprises to think about how they're deploying the operating system for efficiency, effectiveness and security. Win2K users will find the migration ...

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