Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Support Ends July 14th
Microsoft has announced that after July 14th 2015 it will no
longer be issuing security updates for its Windows Server 2003 which essentially means that support
for this product officially ends. The lack of security updates will of course mean that anyone still
using a Windows Server 2003 in their datacentre will be facing the risk of leaving their
infrastructure vulnerable to multiple problems and security breaches.
Time To Migrate
The advice from Microsoft is (if you haven’t already done so) is to plan and execute a migration strategy from your Windows Server 2003 to a current and supported server such as Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365.
The Microsoft Website features a handy online Planning Assistant that outlines the migration process phrases from first discovering exactly what is running on your server, then assessing which of your apps are “critical, complicated, depreciated and risky”, planning where you will move or migrate or reinvent workloads, right through to the migration itself and remediating any issues. See http://migrationplanningassistant.azurewebsites.net/ for details.
The lack of support and the increased risk that exists in an environment where new and ever more inventive online security threats are common and where there are legal and regulatory requirements are strong motivators to migrate. There is of course also the wish and the need to protect your own infrastructure investments, valuable company data and information assets, and the continued smooth running of your business processes.
Although your Windows Server 2003 Server will of course still continue work after July 14th if you wanted to keep it running as usual you would have to consider issues like:
The Benefits of Office 365
As well as thinking about the negative points of Windows Server 2003 that you will be migrating away from, it is worth considering the many benefits of the platform you’re migrating to. In the case of Office 365 these include: