July 2015 is just around the corner and so is the end of Microsoft Windows Server 2003. So what does the end of support mean for you? On July 14th the Microsoft server will stop extended support for Windows 2003 users. This is something to take seriously because it means no more security updates or patches, putting your business and applications at risk for hackers and breaches.
Here is what to expect with the end of Windows 2003:
- Lack of patches/updates/non-security fixes: Bug fixes will no longer be released by Microsoft for 2003 operating system issues, meaning over time this server operating system will potentially become less stable.
- Elimination of security fixes: Security Updates will no longer be released by Microsoft to fix newly discovered issues, leaving your data vulnerable to data breaches.
- End of technical support: Customer service support will no longer be available to users operating on 2003 servers without a hefty price tag.
- Inability to leverage modern cloud options from Microsoft and other vendors: Software developed to run on these older servers are limited to an ever decreasing amount of supported hardware. Additionally, software by third-party vendors will increasingly be unsupported on this platform leading to wider support issues.
Plan to Migrate to Windows 2012
This is a move that should be made sooner than later since it takes on the average 200 days to completely convert. If you do not upgrade your systems you will be vulnerable to data breaches and suffer software compatibility issues on top of the problems we have already listed above.
Monitor and Restrict Access to 2003 Servers
Once your company decides to make the move, take into consideration some security measures. Be sure that any activity once logged on, is monitored for strange and/or unauthorized activity. Try to limit user access and permissions as much as possible.
Backup Frequently & Thoroughly
Constantly backing up your server to protect against potential compromises is a must. An un-patched bug could lead to the loss of data or corruption.
For added security, consider backing up your data on the cloud. Not only are you taking extra security measures in backing up your data, but you are also saving space on additional hardware because everything will be stored on an offsite virtual cloud. Once you sign up with a provider you can begin uploading in minutes. Be sure to ask us about our Cloud Services.
Whether moving to the cloud or modernizing your on-premises data-center, migration can help increase the efficiency, availability, and scale of your infrastructure. If you have any questions about migrating from Microsoft server 2003, please Contact Us. Our knowledgeable staff can help guide your business in the right direction.