Windows Server 2003 Support is ending July 14th, 2015 … what is your plan?
Windows Server 2003 was released back in April of 2003 and is now the ripe old age of 12! I am surprised it took this long but the time has finally come to pull the plug on this server operating system!
Microsoft has been making a big push lately to get all their customers to move off this operating and upgrade to either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012.
The operating system will still function after July 14th but Microsoft will no longer issues security patches for the operating system and it looks like any support options after the fact will be prohibitively expensive.
According to this great article written on Tech Republic it appears there’s also a potential bug that has surfaced when migrating from Microsoft Server 2003 to Microsoft Server 2012 which could prevent your ability to migrate successfully … so, you may need to consider migrating in steps and perhaps moving from Microsoft Server 2003 to Microsoft Server 2008 instead of making the leap all the way to 2012 …
The big point here is ???? DO YOUR HOMEWORK! … make sure you ask lots of questions of your IT Team about this :
- Do we have any Microsoft Server 2003 installs left at our business?
- If so, do we have a plan to migrate/upgrade to a more current Server operating system?
- If we “do” have a plan to migrate, and given the risks outlined above about possible bugs in migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012, what is the plan to mitigate our risk and protect us during the upgrade?
- What tools and resources do you need to help make this a smooth transition?
The clock is ticking … a plan has to be in place and you need to get moving with this so you’re not left holding the bag and leaving your organization potentially exposed when support is finally yanked!
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