Windows Server 2003 End-Of-Life Is Rapidly Approaching! What’s your plan of attack?

, Windows Server 2003 End-Of-Life Is Rapidly Approaching!  What’s your plan of attack?

Are you thinking you can risk it and keep those servers around?  Think again!

The end of support for Windows Server 2003 means:

  • No updates – Unlike the 37 critical updates that were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under Extended Support, no updates will be developed or released after July 15, 2015.  This spells vulnerable.
  • No compliance – The lack of compliance with various regulatory and industry standards could have a devastating impact to your business.
  • No application support – Many applications will also see the end of support once the operating system they are running on is unsupported.  This includes all Microsoft applications.
  • No Savings – Staying where you are will cost more in the end.  Maintenance costs for aging hardware will increase and efforts to isolate and secure an unsupported system will most definitely drive up support costs.

Migrating to Windows Server 2012 will allow you to see reduced cost of ownership, increased security, scalability, improved performance, increased functionality, manageability and up-to-date product support.  The best approach to migrating off of Windows Server 2003/R2 includes a four-step process:

  • Discover
  • Assess
  • Target
  • Migrate

A successful migration plan also includes allowing enough time to be thorough in all of the phases.  If you need any assistance with planning or performing your migration, Adaptive Solutions can help.

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Amy Gaffney is the Director of Operations at Adaptive Solutions. In this role, Amy oversees the organization's daily business activities. She is responsible for working with the management team to develop, implement, and improve operational plans and ensure processes and procedures are carried out properly. Since joining Adaptive in August of 2005, Amy has held several roles, including Help Desk Analyst, Technical Services Coordinator, Engineering Manager and Director of Engineering Services. Amy brought to Adaptive 10 years of experience working in law firms, the last five years of that in a management role. Outside the office, Amy enjoys camping and kayaking with her husband and daughter. Their home away from home is the Finger Lakes region of New York.

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