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Best Practices

  • Verify that your hardware is supported.

  • Stick to using the recommended or better hardware and software requirements.

  • Make sure you document your server configuration information and perform a backup of any data that you want to keep.

  • Test your applications for compatibility before migration.

  • Use a consistent naming convention to name the servers and client machines.

  • Use only Internet-standard characters in your computer name. This would include the letters A–Z (upper- and lowercase), the numbers 0–9, and the hyphen (-).

  • Periodically verify that system backups can be used to recover a system in a lab environment.

  • Use the regular formatting option to perform a true format.

  • Use NTFS to create an efficient and secured filesystem.

  • If you are not sure which licensing mode to use for your environment, select Per Server.

  • Rename the Administrator account, for the sake of security, after you complete the installation.

  • Automate installation by using deployment tools such as RIS, Sysprep, RIPrep, Unattend files, and Group Policy (with SMS).

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