Sent: Friday, August 29th, 2014 11:38 am
Subject: I really don’t know how to say this in person…
Dear John (a.k.a. Windows Server 2003)
I wish I were writing you for other reasons, but I just can’t continue supporting our relationship feeling the way I feel right now. I’m writing this email instead of logging into the console because I have so much to tell you and this seems like the best way to say it without getting distracted.
What can I say – it has been fun. You have worked hard all these years keeping our old mission critical applications running, long after others have abandoned you. You stood by me as we transitioned Active Directory away from you and over to the bright shiny new systems running a “more modern” flavor of Windows Server. It must have been difficult to see those services migrated away after the planning and pilot deployment. This has gotten me thinking – I’ve realized I need to sit down and take stock of where our relationship stands today and I realized that we’ve grown apart. I’m ready to move to a more mature relationship but I don’t think you and I are on the same page. After reading this – I definitely believe you are not able to continue fulfill my needs.
I want to make this as easy as possible for both of us – so I started exploring other options.
First off, I need to discover what exactly we’ve been doing over the last 11 years. I mean really – you never cease to surprise me when a site visit turns up yet another one of your relatives running some application or print server that is critical to someone’s daily routine. This concerns me – it really does. You’ve obviously gotten around a lot and have been very popular with the IT staff. This has got to stop. I’ve contacted a couples councilor who has recommended I try “The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit” in order to get a view of just how far reaching your deployment has grown over the years and what workloads you still maintain.
Next – it’s time for me to set aside some “alone time” to plan and Assess just how much work lies ahead. I know it will be tough and there will be lots of work to come – but knowing what lies ahead and prioritizing is half the battle. I still have a lot to learn about what my options are, so I started a personal learning path as part of this Tech Journey of Modernizing the Datacenter.
As much as I don’t like to say it – after taking the time to Assess and reflect on things, it’s time for me to Target exactly what needs to get done to painlessly end our relationship without another nasty fight. I’ll be honest, some things will need to be replaced because the old way isn’t working anymore. Other things will require some assistance to migrate to new solutions. I am going to keep an open mind and explore my options. I plan on making some hard decisions in the months to come.
Finally – when all is said and done, I’ve got to be strong and stand firm to our deadline of July 14th, 2015. With it fast approaching, I’ll prepare myself to Migrate things on my own or get some additional help from partners who are better equipped to get me through this stressful time.
I know I will revisit our time together and remember the happy times – successful Service Packs, new CD-ROM updates and Sneakernet deployments. I’ll forever hear your disks whirring and see your lights blinking in my minds eye for a long time to come. I’m going to miss all of this, more than you can imagine.
…but it’s time for me to move on.