As you may have heard by now, the end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015 could signal the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of your IT organization. You have the opportunity to transform your datacenter and open up a whole new world for your business.

For more than a decade, businesses such as yours have been using Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 technologies and getting a great return on their investment. Substantial improvements to server operating systems have been made since then that help businesses compete better in today's marketplace. As such, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015

Now is the time to lay the IT foundation of your business for the next decade and beyond. We are keen to help you build a strategy that embraces cloud technologies on your terms and provides a clear roadmap for your IT infrastructure.

This is an investment opportunity for your company's future. Upgrading your aging servers and operating systems can reduce costs and provide significant benefits that will outweigh the cost of upgrading and the risks of not doing so.

Running Windows Server 2003 after 14th July 2015, well you will be running with;

No Updates

37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under Extended Support. No updates will be developed or released after end of support.

No Safe Haven

Physical instances of Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable and would not pass a compliance audit. Many applications (including those from Microsoft) will also cease to be supported once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. Running the latest SQL on Windows Server 2003/R2? It won't be supported.

Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 or even Windows Server 2012

It's time to let go and upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 or even, as crazy as it sounds, to Windows Server 2012. If you start your Windows Server 2003 upgrade migration now, you'll be finished by the time Microsoft takes it off the endangered species list and places it into mothballs!

Window Server 2003/R2 prepping for end of life

Here are a few things to consider as you plan your migration:

  • New hardware
  • Virtualization
  • Consolidation
  • Application migration
  • Training
  • Licensing
  • Time
  • Personnel

Of course there's a caveat to this situation that you need to be aware of. Moving from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 or to Windows Server 2012 requires newer hardware and more of it, whether it's virtual or physical. You can't get away with using a 20GB system disk and you can't squeak by with 4GB of RAM but the best part is YOU DON’T HAVE TO! Both of the newer operating systems require 4GB just to run their basic services. Start with 16GB and 146GB for your system disk plus enough to cover your growth. As for processor power, I suggest you start by taking a look at some of the new Intel Xeon 6 core CPUs. The Good news is that technology has advances the hardware without the similar jump in price. Even at the low end of server hardware today the options available will still out perform your current hardware with ease.

The time is now to begin your migration from Windows Server 2003. I know it's a lot to ask when you're also moving away from Windows XP on the desktop, but it has to be done. You only have a few months to go so start now and you won't have to feel rushed or pressured. July 14, 2015 is your deadline and your finish line. And no matter how much you hate change or hate to change, that date will still come for all of us. Windows Server 2003's days are numbered…

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