Microsoft had recently announced the end of Support for their most popular server revision, Windows Server 2003, ending July 2015.
What does this mean for business?
Many businesses may still be utilizing Windows Server 2003 for many of their core services, whether it be an intranet hosted on a web server, a SQL database, or a 2003 domain controller. There are many other business functions that can reside on server 2003 that may instantly cause your business to become vulnerable to security threats once Microsoft stops deploying security updates for this popular operating system!!!!
The best practice for businesses currently running Windows Server 2003 is to outline what functions would need to be migrated to a newer OS, and conduct an action plan for that migration sooner rather than later.
Core business functions can take some time to migrate to a newer server due to potential compatibility issues, so the quicker an action plan is revised, the quicker the potential for any security threat can be avoided.
If you are unsure whether you will be affected by this end of Support announcement by Microsoft, do not hesitate to contact us for an assessment. If an action plan is required, we will document everything that needs to be done to ensure the utmost level of security, while staying constant with Microsoft’s support, and also fitting the project into your budget, with no surprises.
You can find out more information on Microsoft’s website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/.