Windows Server 2003 End of Life

On July 14th Microsoft ended their support for Windows Server 2003/R2.  So, your business should ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2 or face increased risks from a formidable legion of hackers.

Nine of the 14 patches released this month apply to Windows Server 2003, including two of the four critical patches.  Some observers believe the end of technical support could see an increase in attacks on Windows Server 2003.

This [end of technical support] may make attackers look even more strongly at Server 2003 with no patches being available,” said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, Inc. “It is a bad idea to continue running [Windows Server 2003] unless it is run under very controlled circumstances.”

In summary, the end of support for Windows Server 2003 means:

  • No updates will be developed or released after the end of support.
  • No compliance with standards and regulations which can be devastating.
  • No safe haven because virtualised and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 will be vulnerable.

We urge you to urgently migrate from Windows Server 2003 to a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Delaying the upgrade further will only create additional expense, and ‘rigging’ your environments to detect intrusion, inclusion of more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and so on, to simply isolate Windows Server 2003 servers will only result in a datacenter that costs more, and is still out of compliance, and out of date. Not to mention the maintenance costs for aging hardware.

Please contact your Cheeky Munkey Account Manager on 0345 4560525 for more information on this.

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