Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life on July 14 2015.Migrate before is too late!
After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003.There are a number of implications that businesses running Windows Server 2003 past July 14, 2015, need to be aware of:
Increased operational costs:
Those old servers are inefficient and likely unvirtualized, and running at very low utilization. So in addition to being vulnerable they are also highly undesirable. Keeping Windows 2003 systems online will result in mounting operational expenses, as well as the additional investments you’ll need to make to keep them secure and usefully.
Once support ends, your organization will likely fail to meet industry compliance standards such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX and Dodd-Frank, just to name a few.
Microsoft will no longer release bug fixes and new vulnerabilities won’t be addressed, which means your systems will become a huge risk of cyber attacks.
It’s time to either make the move to a new version of Windows Server 2012 R2
Migrate yourself or with the help of a migration partner.
Microsoft has four sets of tools to aid the migration process:
Discover:Discover and catalogue all the software and workloads that are running on Windows Server 2003/R2 at present.
Assess:Now you have a list of servers and apps, it’s time to categorize your apps and workloads by type, importance and complexity.
Target:This is where you the destination for each application and workload.
Migrate:This is where you build a migration plan, either to do on your own or with a partner.
Here’s a look through the migration process and the phases that make up the approach:
Here are some things to keep in mind when defining your upgrade or migration strategy.
- Systems and applications have made a transition from 32-bit to 64-bit. The benefits include improved performance and greater scalability, but this transition might require application and product changes on your end. Assess and identify potential blockers, such as 16-bit and 32-bit applications. If you must rebuild, consider a cloud-first application.
- Why consider upgrading to Windows Server 2008 or migrating to Windows Server 2012? Better performance, enhanced security compliance features, and easier management, are just a few of the benefits that come with this upgrade.
- While older applications may work in the new environment, it might not make the best use of the new computing environment. Keep in mind vendor licensing and support in the new environment (e.g. Cloud) for your applications.
- Custom applications may need to be re-architected. These changes are likely to have an impact on file sizes and file formats as well.
- Some older graphics, storage, and networking devices may no longer be available or supported. Alternatives for these components should be considered before they become a stumbling block.
Remember Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life on 14 July 2015.