Wingtip Toys in Queens, New York
A senior network administrator for Wingtip Toys, a medium-sized toy manufacturing company with approximately 100 employees located in Queens, New York. The company is contemplating a migration of its network infrastructure from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. I have been asked by the senior administrator to perform an analysis for this possible upgrade. Organizations have different reasons and requirements for upgrading or migrating their software and hardware systems. Microsoft defines and publishes a support lifecycle for each of its products. As a system Administrator I recommend upgrading to a newer product before the support lifecycle has ended. For example, CAs running on Microsoft …show more content…
For many years Microsoft have worked on making the server environment as efficient and reliable as possible, and have improved previous versions of their server Operating System to provide us with the most current support for our ever-evolving business environment. A great example, the release of Windows Server 2008, it was developed to “provide key functionality to support any size business and IT challenge”. One of the most fascinating managemet tool within Windows server 2008 is the server manager interface that allow administrators to Install, configure, and migrate new server roles from the server manager interface. Wingtip toys will definitely be more productive with the migration to Windows server 2008 server roles and functionality from a technical and business aspect.
Why Wingtip Toys should migrate to Windows Server 2008
* Better support for the latest server hardware
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first version of Windows Server to completely abandon the 32-bit architecture. Along with the move to a 64-bit only architecture, Microsoft has designed Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 logical processors. Similarly, Microsoft has redesigned Hyper-V so that it can support up to 32 logical processors. The original version of Hyper-V was limited to using 16 logical processors. * Better support for the latest server hardware
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first version of Windows Server to completely
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Windows Server 2008 R2 has a vast amount of roles, features and services that are able to be installed on the servers. With the amount of things to be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 there has to be a lot of thought and planning before actually just building and installing the server. What is the purpose of the server? What kind of hardware is needed for the role, does an upgrade to the existing hardware need to be made before the feature can be installed? Are there software prerequisites that need to be met? Will there be any conflicts with existing software? k
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Another issue that issue that is hindering the speed and efficiency on the network is the fact that all the host systems being used within all the sites are Windows 98. These systems are well over ten years old and are in dire need of an upgrade. To Windows 7 would provide the ability for the employees to use the most powerful sales tools on the market. This will enhance the ability to view real time inventory stats while making sure that all the shelves are stock and profits are maximized.
Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the successes and strengths of its Windows Server predecessors while delivering valuable new functionality and powerful improvements to the base operating system. New Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation for the information technology (IT) infrastructure (Microsoft.com, 2009).
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What new Windows Server 2008 feature is a special installation option that creates a minimal environment for running only specific services and roles?
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| In the future, you will need to configure your server to perform certain tasks, using tools and services that Windows Server 2008 does not install by default. In this exercise, use the Server Manager console to configure the server and install these tools and services.
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