Every Microsoft product has a lifecycle. It begins when a product is released and ends when the product is no longer supported. Companies that are still running Windows Server 2003 must start planning to make software upgrades, as this Windows product has reached the end of its life. Microsoft has announced that official support for Windows Server 2003 will be ending on July 14, 2015.
What Does this Mean?
You might be wondering, “If it still works, why fix it?”
Unsupported software may not be a major concern for PCs for home use – some users continue to run Windows XP, even though official Microsoft support ended last year and no longer issues any XP updates – but current, supported software is critical for servers that run multiple computers for businesses.
An alert from the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, warns of dangerous consequences for organizations that continue to run Windows Server 2003.
Vital upgrades for virus protection, spyware, malware, and other necessities that make Windows Server 2003 run smoothly will no longer be issued once official support ends. Users may also experience problems with hardware and software compatibility, as new software and new devices may not be compatible with Windows Server 2003.
Windows Server 2003 will continue to function after July 15, but malicious attacks, data loss, data breaches, and other vulnerabilities can plague servers once official support has ended. Something to think about — Microsoft released 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003 during the year 2013. No updates will be issued once support ends this summer.
Upgrading Your Server
If your company is still running Windows Server 2003, it is wise to upgrade now to ensure plenty of time before official Microsoft support ends. Site Tech Services, a Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Provider, can help make your sever migration an easy transition. Contact us today at (813) 549-5700 for a free evaluation.