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Windows Server 2003/R2 End of Support


Effective July 14, 2015, Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Organizations that failed to migrate from Windows Server 2003/R2 before this date are out of compliance with certain existing business standards and possibly exposing themselves to vulnerabilities.

Fortunately, migrating to a supported server operating system can help you mitigate these risks and deliver valuable benefits and efficiencies that are not available in Windows Server 2003/R2. To take advantage of this opportunity, your organization will need a clear understanding of the different on-premises and cloud migration options available.

Why now?

End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 has arrived. Transforming your network infrastructure presents an opportunity to stay in compliance with current standards and help you maintain security levels. It is also a chance to innovate not just your server, but the applications that are critical to your business success.

What end of support means

Effective July 14, 2015, Microsoft has completely ended support for Windows Server 2003/R2. The list below explains what end of support means for customers.

  • No Compliance: Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be devastating. This may include various regulatory and industry standards for which compliance can no longer be achieved. For example, lack of compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards could mean that companies such as Visa and MasterCard will no longer do business with your organization. Or, the new cost of doing business will include paying catastrophic penalties and astronomically high transaction fees.
  • No Updates: 37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under extended support. No further updates will be developed or released. Imagine what impact zero updates will have on your infrastructure.
  • No Safe Haven: All servers running Windows Server 2003/R2 are affected. Both virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003/R2 are vulnerable and would not pass a compliance audit. Many applications will also cease to be supported, once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. This includes all Microsoft applications.

The Bottom Line?
Upgrading your aging servers and operating systems helps mitigate compliance risks, reduce costs, and provide significant benefits that can outweigh the costs of upgrading.

We can help.

Contact Wave Point Solutions today at 877 864 0992. We can talk to you about the steps for a successful migration and upgrade from Server 2003/R2!