RIP Windows Server 2003

RIP Windows Server 2003

Microsoft has announced that the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. As of July 14, 2015 you can no longer get Extended Support for Windows Server 2003.

What this means for you, and your business is – There will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won't be addressed and your systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare.

  • Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to an elevated risk to cybersecurity dangers, such as malicious attacks or electronic data loss.
  • Users may also encounter problems with software and hardware compatibility since new software applications and hardware devices may not be built for Windows Server 2003.
  • Organizations that are governed by regulatory obligations may find they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements while running Windows Server 2003.

The vast majority of businesses neglect to plan their server migration and upgrade with enough lead time, often resulting in a last minute, frantic, stressful and risky forced migration in order to ensure continuity of service, support and security. Needless to say, waiting until the last minute to perform your Windows 2003 server migration is a risky proposition.

There exists an understandable, but unwise reluctance to migrate from a currently stable Windows Server 2003, likely due to fear of the inevitable challenges or budget constraints. If you are running a Windows Server 2003, you have the following options:

  • 1. Stay Put. If you do not use the 2003 server for running any applications or data access, it is perfectly fine to just “kick the can down the road.”
  • 2. Upgrade The Server. Performing an upgrade to your existing server, is a good option if your server hardware supports the upgrade. If the server itself is several years old, this option is not advisable as you are solving one problem while leaving the legacy hardware issue for a later date, compounded by having to diagnose and resolve application failures (at an unknown magnitude of time and expense) in your live environment.
  • 3. Migrate and Upgrade. In mostly all cases this is your best, most logical option. Start with your plan, and start now.

The rule of thumb for successful migrations is to plan ahead, be thorough and don’t wait until the last minute if it can be avoided. If you need advice or assistance with planning or performing your migration, IT-Serve can help. From pre-migration consultative and assessment service to full-service migration plans, IT-Serve can help you plan a successful Windows 2003 server migration.

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