Microsoft will end support for their Windows 2003 Server Operating System on July 14, 2015. This basically means that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches, updates, automatic fixes or technical assistance for any firms using Server 2003 – and any identified vulnerabilities will not be fixed.
Why should you care?
While your server may seem to operate just fine now, chances are it will begin to slow down considerably, affecting employee productivity. You may also encounter software and hardware compatibility issues since new applications will not be built to accommodate the Server 2003 platform.
More importantly, your risk of malicious attacks and vulnerability will increase since Microsoft will no longer release updates to patch security vulnerabilities. Firms storing confidential data will be at risk and anyone working with banks or insurance companies will no longer meet their compliance requirements – which could lead to a loss of business.
Overall – If your firm is still using a server that’s over 5 years old, you either have amazing proactive technical support or your just lucky (possibly both).
What should you do?
It’s time to start planning to retire any servers running this operating system. The good news is that you can look forward to better speed and enjoy the comfort of knowing that your hardware and software is supported, your firm is in compliance, and your data is more secure.
For more information or questions, contact us or visit any of the following links or check out the Windows Server 2003 end of life guide.