server support for Windows 2003 ending

Posted by on November 3, 2014 in News, Technical | 0 comments

server support for Windows 2003 ending

Windows 2003 Server support is ending

What’s happening?In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream server support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only.  July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of Microsoft’s Windows 2003 Server support. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to understand that the end of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means that your business needs to ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2  or Microsoft Azure.

What does this mean?
Delaying may create additional expenses. You might need to include more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and so on, to simply isolate Windows Server 2003 servers. This will only result in an environment that costs more, and is still out of compliance, and out of date. Not to mention the maintenance costs for aging hardware… you’re just delaying your opportunity to transform.

No Updates

Will be developed or released after the end of server support.

No Compliance

Lack of compliance with standards and regulations can be devastating.

No Safe haven

Both virtualised and physical versions of Windows 2003 will be vulnerable.  

What should I do?
We recommend you to start planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003. This can include the added value of new features included with Windows Server 2012, the hybrid opportunities available to you with Microsoft Azure, or Microsoft Office 365.