Migrate windows server 2003 to AWS

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Is it possible and ok to migrate windows server 2003 from on-prem to AWS ? If not, which AWS service can use for migration with least software incompatibilities?

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The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program (EMP) for Windows Server provides the technology and guidance to migrate your applications running on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 to the latest, supported versions of Windows Server running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Using EMP technology, you can decouple critical applications from their underlying operating system so that they can be migrated to a supported version of Windows Server on AWS without code changes.

For more information : https://docs.aws.amazon.com/emp/latest/userguide/emp-supported-os.html

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answered 10 months ago
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For lift-and-shift aka rehost, you can use AWS Application Migration Service, Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit) is supported

As 2003 has EOL, you may want to migrate it to newer Windows Server version using End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows Server (EMP) as suggested by Behrang_KS.

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Mike_L
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It is possible to migrate Windows Server 2003 from on-premises to AWS, but it is not recommended. Windows Server 2003 is no longer supported by Microsoft, so there is a risk of security vulnerabilities and compatibility issues. If you do decide to migrate Windows Server 2003 to AWS, you should carefully assess the risks and take steps to mitigate them.

Here are some AWS services that you can use to migrate Windows Server 2003 to AWS:

  • AWS Data Migration Service (DMS). DMS can be used to migrate data from a variety of sources, including Windows Server 2003, to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).
  • Third-Party tool: Gs Richcopy 360 or ShareGate are cloud migration tools that can be used to directly and easily migrate from windows server 2003 or any Windows server to most of the available clouds like AWS.
  • AWS Server Migration Service (SMS). SMS can be used to migrate entire servers, including Windows Server 2003, to Amazon EC2.
  • AWS Snowball. Snowball is a physical appliance that you can use to transfer data from your on-premises environment to AWS. Once the data is on AWS, you can use DMS or SMS to migrate it to RDS or EC2.

If you are concerned about the risks of migrating Windows Server 2003 to AWS, you may want to consider migrating to a newer version of Windows Server. Windows Server 2019 is the most recent version of Windows Server, and it is supported by Microsoft until 2029.

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answered 9 months ago

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