Announcement: Microsoft are retiring Windows Server 2003
Microsoft are finally retiring the support of Windows Server 2003/ R2; as of 14th July 2015. Microsoft will no longer provide support, security updates or software and content updates for any version of Windows Server 2003 which could leave your server and business vulnerable to attack. If you haven’t already then now is the time to begin planning how you and your business will deal with this change.
So what does this mean for me?
It will be possible to carry on using Windows Server 2003, however, it is recommended that you do move away from software which is no longer supported.
What could happen if I don’t change?
- Systems running unsupported software are more vulnerable to cyber security dangers from viruses and data mining.
- Users may experience difficulties with compatibility as time goes on: new software and hardware will not be made or tailored to be compatible with Windows Server 2003.
- Organisations that are governed by regulatory bodies may find that they no longer comply if they are still running Windows Server 2003.
What are my options?
Luckily there are lots of options out there moving forwards which means there is bound to be one that suits your needs. The most popular options are:
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Microsoft Office 365
- Microsoft Hosted Exchange
What are the benefits of changing?
By migrating to one of the alternative options outlined above you can enjoy the benefits:
- Improved performance
- Reduced maintenance
- Increased speed and usability
- Per user per month billing breakdown
Call us now to discuss your action plan for dealing with the end of Windows Server 2003/ R2
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