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With each release of Windows Server, Microsoft transforms and updates its network operating system (NOS)—Active Directory Domain Services—into one of the most comprehensive network-infrastructure engines in the industry. Each time, organizations are faced with a key question: is our existing Active Directory able to respond to the growth and changes the organization needs to go through with an update to the NOS? According to Microsoft, the answer is no for up to 80 percent of their customer base. For these customers, this means creating a new directory structure and migrating all data into it.However, migrating a directory structure is no simple task. First, you need to find out where you can improve the current structure. Next, you need to discover the new features of the NOS and see if they apply to your organizational requirements. Then, you need to build the new directory structure. And finally, you need to move all data, services and objects from the old structure to the new. Daunting task you say? Yes indeed. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Using a combination of best practices and the right migration tools may not make the pain go away, but this will definitely help smooth the process.In this whitepaper you will learn about the right combination of tools and processes to protect your core network operating system during the critical process of Active Directory migration.
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