End of Support for Windows 2003

End of Support for Windows Server 2003

Published by: Studio Manager
Published date: 26th Feb 2015
Categories: Azure Blog

In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only.  July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2.

When Windows Server 2003 finally goes end of life in July of this year it will have been in support for more than 11 years.  In that time much has changed, not least of which is the advent of virtualisation, the growth of cloud computing and major advances in processing and power consumption.

End of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means that your business needs to ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure.  End of support means:
• No Updates will be developed or released after end of support
• No Compliance – lack of compliance with standards and regulations can be devastating
• No safe haven – virtualised and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 will be vulnerable

According to Microsoft around 2,800 companies in Ireland are still running windows server 2003, on around 23,000 servers and they believe that at least half of those are physical deployments rather than virtualised deployments.

Companies will need to start planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide the security and reliability that users have experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the hybrid opportunities available to you with Microsoft Azure.

What are the migration options?
Once an organisation has carried out an analysis of their server estate to determine how many servers still operate on the Windows Server operating system and what each one of these is doing, the process can begin to determine whether a like for like replacement is necessary or whether other options such as virtualisation or a move to cloud or an as-a-service model is appropriate.

Codec-dss as Microsoft Gold partner and Partner of the year for 2014 for Microsoft can assist organisations in reviewing their existing infrastructure and determining the best solution moving forward. We provide options around Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Cloud OS Network and office 365.  Click here to find out more about the options open to you and the services we can provide in making the transition.