Countdown to Windows Server 2003 End of Support Date

The deadline for upgrading Windows 2003 Servers is fast approaching.

In July of 2015, Microsoft will be discontinuing support for Windows 2003 Operating Systems.

After that time, servers running Windows 2003 will no longer receive critical security updates and patches.

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a statement urging users to upgrade their systems prior to the End-of-Support date:

“Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to an elevated risk to cybersecurity dangers, such as malicious attacks or electronic data loss.

Users may also encounter problems with software and hardware compatibility since new software applications and hardware devices may not be built for Windows Server 2003.

Organizations that are governed by regulatory obligations may find they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements while running Windows Server 2003.”

 

Tier1Net has been reaching out to individual clients who are still using Windows 2003 Operating Systems in their environments to discuss migration plans.

If you have questions about the Windows 2003 Server End-of-Support or migration process, please contact us.

 

Further Reading:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-310A

As of April 8, 2014, support for Windows XP, including security updates and patches, will cease.

The lack of security updates will put Windows XP machines at significant risk of infection.  Without critical Windows XP security updates, machines running XP may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage business data and information.   Antivirus Software and Network Perimeter Intrusion Protection alone will not be sufficient protection against future security vulnerabilities discovered within the Windows XP operating system

Businesses that adhere to strict regulatory guidelines (HIPAA for example) and continue to use Windows XP machines may find themselves out of compliance after April 8th.

Third party applications, and peripheral hardware, are also subject to incompatibility with Windows XP machines after April 8th.

Tier1Net recommends replacing Windows XP machines with new devices running Windows 7 Professional or higher. 

Please contact Tier1Net for more information or assistance.

Regards,

Tier1Net, Inc.

 

Also retiring on April 8th: Microsoft Office 2003 will reach end-of-support on April 8, 2014.  Users are encouraged to upgrade to Office 2013.

 

Read more here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/microsoft-puts-xp-in-the-firing-line/