It’s been a great journey that had to come to an end sooner or later. Microsoft has announced end of life support for Windows Server 2003 family to be scheduled for July, 2015.
As a business operator, you must have an action plan ahead of the dead line above.
Do you have to upgrade from server 2003?
The short answer is YES. Why?
- Microsoft will no longer release any security updates or patches.
- Lack of compliance against regulations and standards.
- Lack of security, your servers will be vulnerable to outside attacks.
Your options and considerations:
Although we do not recommend keeping an outdated operating system. But you may wish to do so if you running a legacy hardware with non-compatible applications or your servers are not internet connected.
If you decide to proceed with the migration, you have few options. Each comes with a price and few considerations.
Your operating system options are Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2.
Assuming your hardware meets the requirements and your applications are compatible, there is no reason not to go to the latest version. The migration path is something you will need to plan carefully.
You may also consider migrating your in-house servers to the cloud. Cloud migration requires more considerations and preparations.
Evaluating your current environment:
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit will help you simplify the migration process by understanding how your current software and hardware.
Server 2003 end of life is approaching. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Consult an IT provider to help you plan and execute the migration.
GOBI IT has the expertise and the team to assist you in planning and executing the migration. Contact us now for a free Server 2003 environment assessment.