Windows Server 2003 Is Going End Of Life

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. This was true for Windows XP and now on July 14th 2015 it will also be true for Windows Server 2003. Just like when Windows XP went end of life, Microsoft stopped supporting it and releasing patches etc for it and so the same will happen with Windows Server 2003.

If you want to see how many days are left until support ends for Windows Server 2003, you can look at the Microsoft count down timer here

So what does this mean for you and your business if you are using a 2003 server? Well the first question you have to ask yourself is what we are using our server for. If you are using your server for email, file and print sharing, you could consider either getting a new server or moving these services to the cloud. This will really depend on how much data you have for email and files and this is something iPing can advise you on.

If you are using your server to host applications that you use to run your business i.e. accountancy packages, stock control systems, CRM applications and the like, you will need to investigate how ready these systems are to move from Windows 2003 server.

Depending on the application you will either move them to newer cloud based offerings from the provider and off your server, move them to a newer version of windows server that is still supported by Microsoft or you will decide to take this opportunity to move to a new application provider who has a system that is now better for your business. In all of these cases iPing can help you to move your applications from Windows 2003 server to a supported alternative.

The most important thing in getting over the impending Windows 2003 end of life is actually addressing the problem. As of writing this blog there are 242 days of support left and this may seem like an eternity. The thing is though IT systems take time and planning to migrate as they are complex systems that are critical and if you want to be sure the move is seamless, now is the time to be thinking about moving off your 2003 Windows Server.

If you would like some help in planning your Windows 2003 Server upgrade be sure to contact iPing!

5 comments

  1. Avantika says:

    I am using Windows Server 2003 in my computer desktop with virtual machine. But I am unable to do the same in my laptop. How can I do this in laptop?
    Regard
    Avantika

  2. silky sharma says:

    So what does this mean for you and your business on the off chance that you are utilizing a 2003 server? Well the principal inquiry you need to ask yourself is the thing that we are utilizing our server for. On the off chance that you are utilizing your server for email, document and print sharing, you could consider either getting another server or moving these administrations to the cloud. This will truly rely on upon the amount of information you have for email and records and this is something iPing can prompt you on.

  3. silky sharma says:

    Contingent upon the application you will either move them to more current cloud based offerings from the supplier and off your server, move them to a more up to date form of windows server that is still bolstered by Microsoft or you will choose to take this chance to move to another application supplier who has a framework that is presently better for your business.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Avantika if you are looking to use Windows server in production is is best not to run it on a laptop. If you are looking to use it for testing purpose on your laptop a good option would be to use VMware Esxi to get it up and running.

    Hope this helps.

  5. admin says:

    Yea Silky as you say it 100% depends on what you are using your server for and how big of an operation you have.

    We have moved customers to full cloud based options to get them off 2003 servers, we have also moved customers to newer versions of windows 2012 server and in some cases we have had a mix of the two.

    Mark

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