Chapter 8 - Migration Solution Resources

This chapter refers to technical and process-supporting resources available to assist the UNIX professional with migration decisions and increase familiarity with Microsoft technologies and services. As part of evaluating a migration to Windows, it is helpful to understand the available resources and services supporting Microsoft technologies.

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Technical and Process Guidance Technical and Process Guidance
Consulting and Product Support Services Consulting and Product Support Services
Training Options Training Options
Partner Community Partner Community

Technical and Process Guidance

Microsoft provides technical and process assistance in the form of prescriptive architectural guidance to support technical implementations. This guidance includes best practices on how to effectively design, develop, deploy, operate, and support solutions built on Microsoft technologies.

  • Solution Accelerators. Solution Accelerators are comprehensive solution offerings that include prescriptive guidance and technical training combined with partner offerings from System Integrators (SIs) and ISVs. Microsoft Solutions Framework, Microsoft Operations Framework, and Windows Server System Reference Architecture are among the available offerings that highlight the best practices and architectural blueprints for implementing enterprise systems. Additional Solution Accelerators are available from the Core Infrastructure Solutions (CIS) group; including Microsoft Solutions for Security (MSS), Microsoft Solutions for Infrastructure and Management (MSIM), and Microsoft Solution for UNIX Migration (MSUM).

    For more information on all Solution Accelerators, refer to: 

    For more information on migration-specific guidance, refer to:

  • Patterns and Practices. Microsoft Patterns and Practices provide proven architecture, production-quality code, and life cycle best practices. Available guides contain prescriptive guidance on how to design, build, deploy, and operate architecturally sound solutions.

    For more information on Patterns and Practices, refer to:

  • Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). MSDN is a software service dedicated to supporting the application developer by providing tools, training, product downloads, and platform and server technologies. Included on MSDN is a list of all of the Patterns and Practices for Application Architecture and Design available. This prescriptive guidance delivers application building blocks and enterprise solution patterns to the developer community.

    For more information on MSDN, refer to:

  • Resources for UNIX Professionals. Resources for UNIX Professionals is a Microsoft-hosted Web site dedicated to helping UNIX professionals translate network administration or development skills to the Windows platform.

    For more information on Resources for UNIX Professionals, refer to:

  • TechNet. TechNet is an online information and community resource designed to support the IT Professional. TechNet provides a wide variety of technical content including resource kits, how-to articles, product updates, and software tools for deploying and managing a Microsoft Windows infrastructure.

    For more information on TechNet, refer to:

Consulting and Product Support Services

Microsoft provides consultation and product support services for a wide variety of IT issues, whether for migration, consolidation, system tuning, development support, or application support.

  • Microsoft Consulting Services. Consulting services combine the knowledge and resources of Microsoft with the support of an extensive network of partners, allowing customers to evaluate the possibility of implementing complex technologies within an organization.

    For more information on Microsoft Consulting Services, refer to:

  • Microsoft Product Support Services. This customer support service delivers Knowledge Base articles, software updates and downloads, service packs, and technical support through phone or online assistance.

    For more information on Microsoft Product Support Services, refer to:

Training Options

Microsoft offers a variety of courses for professionals who support, implement, and develop solutions using Microsoft technologies. Training options are available in course, workshop, clinic, seminar, and online format.

  • Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC). Microsoft has developed training and certification courses designed to educate customers on how to optimize Microsoft products and technologies.

    For more information on MOC, refer to:

  • Microsoft Certification Training. This program provides certification courses from Microsoft for professionals who have the skills and knowledge to successfully implement a Microsoft product or technology as part of a business solution in an organization.

    For more information on Microsoft Certification Training, refer to:

  • Online Courses. Microsoft offers an online training option for learning about Microsoft products and technologies. These courses are designed for professionals unable to attend on-site training sessions.

    For more information on online courses, refer to:

  • Instructor-Led and Computer-Based Training. Microsoft offers both classroom-based and computer-based training courses for experienced UNIX administrators and developers who want to gain a thorough understanding of Windows as compared to UNIX or Linux systems.

    For more information on available courses for UNIX professionals, refer to:

Partner Community

The Microsoft Partner Community is comprised of software and service partners who provide complementary technologies and support for Microsoft products. By assisting and collaborating with this global network of SIs and ISVs, Microsoft is able to provide the highest level of service and customer experience to the IT Professional and Application Developer.

For a complete listing of Microsoft partners that provide services or tools for UNIX migration, refer to:

For a listing of partners that provide services and tools specifically related to Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX, refer to:


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