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How long does it take to consolidate Windows servers?

An administrator wants to know how long it should take to consolidate one Windows server to another.

How much time does it take to consolidate one Windows server to another?
Without further details, the best answer I can give is "it depends."

When moving data and applications from one server to another, you need to factor in enough time to create a backup...

of the information before performing the move, then perform the move itself, and then perform any cleanup on the destination server once the move is completed. Ideally, you should allow yourself enough time to roll back to the old server in case the move is unsuccessful, so that your users will experience minimal downtime.

This was last published in March 2005

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