What does the end of Windows 2003 mean for you?

What does the end of Windows 2003 mean for you?
On July 14th 2015 Microsoft will officially end support for Windows Server 2003. Many schools and businesses are still using this outdated OS on their servers and with the end of product support I thought I’d write a short blog post to help you understand what this means.

 

windows server 2003 end of life

windows server 2003 end of life

 
Well first of all, I will point out that your servers won’t suddenly stop working. They will continue to work as normal and you won’t notice anything different. Files will be served, logins will be accepted and IP addresses will still be distributed. However this doesn’t mean you can sit back and ignore this important event. After the 14th July you will no longer receive updates from Microsoft. This means your server which is the brains of your IT network/system will be open to vulnerabilities. If someone finds a security hole in Windows Server 2003 then Microsoft will not send you the annoying updates to block the hole and keep your server secure. Plus, if you get an error or bug in any of your applications running on Server 2003 or even in Windows itself, you will not be supported! So if you decide to ignore this and continue running Server 2003 your whole system will become vulnerable and open to attacks/viruses/security issues and bugs/errors. Is it worth ignoring this and risking it? No!

What next? Unfortunately most servers running Windows 2003 have old server specs and won’t run Windows 2012 Server (the latest version) or at least won’t run it to its full potential. So the answer is to purchase a new server. This also means the fancy migration tools that are built in to windows server 2012 can be used to Migrate all your settings, files etc. If you are in the UK and would like a quote for a new server please get in touch. Plus if you are based in Leicestershire or surrounding areas we can quote for a full install!