Windows Server 2016 Data Migration

Windows Server 2016 Data Migration

Despite the fact the support ended for Windows server 2003 on July 14th 2015 there are still many companies that are using this server-side operating system. Because most networks that require a server in the first place tend to be quite large it is often difficult for these companies to change the server’s operating system and that results in these companies being stuck with the out-dating version.

Part of the problem is that migrating away from windows server 2003 (Or any server operating system for that matter) can be a very big task indeed. Firstly, just the logistics of planning such a migration can be very time-consuming, then there is the cost of upgrading the software – the direct cost of the replacement operating system and the cost of other software that needs to be replaced as a result. Finally, there is the actual logistics of migrating all of the data and services from the old to the new operating system and or server.

Anyone who works in IT will already understand what a task this is – and especially just how many things along the way could go wrong. In addition to this, any IT provider knows that the things you need to avoid most for your networks are downtime and loss of data. Both of these things are a big concern when migrating to a new server operating system. If anything goes wrong during the migration, then there will likely be downtime as a result – and regardless of whether it is your own network or that of your clients this downtime can be very expensive and thus it needs to be avoided at all costs.


Secondly, the loss of data can be just as expensive. The problem with server-based networks and specifically the servers that run those networks is that data comes in so many forms, it can be very large in terms of both size and item count and also it is often a requirement that the data be kept for a certain number of years. This means that losing any of that data during the migration can be catastrophic and can result in downtime, loss of work and even legal action.

Even more importantly when it comes to data is the fact that data sets are often so large that even confirming that no data has been lost can be difficult. Imagine a company where client data is stored for 5 years even after the client is no longer active – these archived records might never be checked, unless there is an issue or that client comes back on board. So after a migration staff may not ever check those records and thus would not know if they were missing.

For this reason, it is often the IT providers job to have a full-proof way of checking that data before and after the migration to ensure that the data has been transferred and that it is not corrupted post transfer.


With these issues in mind here are some of the key points that you can take as an IT provider in order to ensure that your system migration goes as smoothly as possible and that even if a major issue does occur it can be easily mitigated without any downtime or loss of data.

Keeping a roll-back procedure in place

This is very important and often involves installing brand new hardware to house the upgraded operating systems. Once this hardware is installed it can be joined to your existing network and then the services can be migrated over one at a time. The advantage of this method is that you always have the existing server in place until everything has been fully tested and you are ready to remove it. Thus if anything goes wrong along the way there is always an option to roll back to that existing setup.

Test at every step

Again a very important step is to test everything along the way in a non-production environment. For example, when you are ready to migrate the first client to the new operating system this can be done in a test environment taking just one client and migrating them over as if in production, then testing everything to ensure that it all went as planned.


Use third party software for data transfer

As explained previously in this article, data transfer is one of the most crucial aspects of a migration. If it is not well planned and carried out correctly, then it can go wrong over and over again and this can increase the length of the migration massively. Not only that, if the data migration doesn’t go well the result can be a loss of data, issues with file permissions or even issues with data path lengths after the migration. All of these things are a nightmare for the IT staff responsible for the migration and they are also potential areas where data could be lost and the company could incur costs.

The best way to avoid these problems of data transfer is to use a third-party program to do the transfer. The copy and paste options that come built into windows are simply not sufficient here as they don’t have enough error correction capabilities or logging facilities.

One of the best programs on the market is GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise offered by GuruSqaud. This is a commercial software and yet it is very affordable when compared to most other data copy programs out there. This program makes copying data during your migration a hassle free task and it takes care of all the things that would normally be potential issues during a data migration.


For example, this software can copy open files, it has long path name support and it even has the ability to copy NTFS permissions between the source and destination.

Along with these tips, you should also plan your migration down to every last detail – don’t leave anything to chance and don’t leave anything to the day of the migration – make sure you know everything about the system, exactly what needs to be migrated, what needs to be tested at the other end and so on.

With all of these tips in mind, your migration should go smoothly.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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