Countdown to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support

By Microsoft’s calculations there are still millions of machines running on Windows Server 2003. Over a decade old, the successful server operating system will retire on the 14th July 2015 where, Microsoft will terminate the support for it.

The server will not suddenly stop working, users will still be able to access the resources they require but, staying on the platform can be risky, costly and cause compliance issues for businesses.

See what the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of support could mean for your business in our short video:-

If you would like more information or advice on Windows Server 2003 migrations and upgrades, get in touch, we will be happy to help.

Countdown has begun…Bye Bye Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Nearly time to say goodbye to Windows Server 2003…

The support for Windows Server 2003 will be ending on 14th July 2015 and with the discontinuation of SBS it seems Microsoft customers have to go down the Office365 or Windows Server 2012 route. With the end of support in less than 12 months, companies need to pick a path because staying with Server 2003 is not a good idea.

The main issue with staying with Windows Server 2003 or any out of support product is the fact bug fixes will stop and you will not receive anymore updates and patches. This means any new Server 2003 vulnerabilities will not be addresses, which could become a massive security risk.

To protect the network more investment of time and money will be needed to strengthen the security of the network i.e. intrusion detection and upgrading firewalls. So, in the long run moving to Windows Server 2012 might be more cost-efficient.

For some sectors running unsupported products it may mean the IT network will not meet the necessary legal and regulatory requirements. The outdated product on the network can also become unstable, cause increased downtime and a decrease in productivity.

There are really 3 main options for those who are currently on Windows Server 2003: stick with it, perform an upgrade on the existing hardware or migrate and upgrade – which could be the best option if the current hardware is several years old.

For upgrades, migrations planning and deployment as well as proactive IT services information and advice please contact us today on 0845 603 5552.

Why Sticking with Windows XP is a bad idea…

It’s time to move on now if you are still running Windows XP after the support ended…

Windows XP is no longer covered by Microsoft, since 8th April 2014 Microsoft stopped providing security updates, hotfixes, bug fixes, service packs and online technical assistance. Microsoft has been warning people and businesses about it for months but, there are still an estimated 27% of desktops worldwide running on Windows XP according to Netmarketshare.

Since the end of support your system could be exposed to serious risks and security threats. Windows XP have vulnerabilities like any other operating system but, when it was still supported Microsoft would provide patches and updates to resolve these vulnerabilities. But now unprotected, who to say cybercriminals won’t write a piece to malicious software just targeted at XP machines?

So beware, data on the over a decade-old system won’t be fully protected even if anti-virus software is installed, as cybercriminals can exploit the vulnerabilities or the ‘gaps’ within the system security to steal or corrupt data.

System not connected to the internet? If it is connected to a network it can still be a door for malicious software, acting like a carrier and allow the software to infiltrate and infect other computers running Windows 7 or 8 on the network.

If you’re still on XP at work or at home it is time to complete the migration to a new operating system to help keep all your information safe, from those who wish to exploit the unsupported system. The risk is there so, upgrade your operating system to protect your data and network!

The Demise of XP & the Do’s and Don’ts of Backup

The support has now officially ended for the popular operating system Window XP. Businesses who are still running on Windows XP will need to consider moving to a supported operating system such as Windows 7 or 8 because, without new updates and support it will make systems more vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Whether you choose Windows 7 or 8 you have to think about data backup and about how to migrate your data across to the new operating system.

Click on the image below to see Richard Carty from Netshield discussing the do’s and don’ts of backing-up your valuable data on BizToBizTV.

Data Backup, Windows XP, Netshield, Richard Carty

RIP Windows XP, but what next. Richard Carty of Netshield explains some of the do’s and don’ts of backing up your precious data.

Ready to say goodbye to Windows XP? Only 60 days…

In the past few weeks it has been eventful at the Microsoft camp with a new CEO, rumours of Windows 9, Window 8 updates and of course the End of Support for Windows XP…

Although the End of Support is still happening (only 60 days away) on the 8th April, Microsoft recently announced they will continue to supply anti-malware signatures until April 15th 2015 but, this does not include security updates. Since the release there has been some confusion as to what is happening – Windows XP end of support is still happening but, to clarify this anti-malware extension means –

“For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.” stated in recent Microsoft blog.

Therefore, the extension does not really do much for Windows XP users, it will still leave big security gaps in the system because users will not have any new patches or updates from April 2014.

If your still on XP it is time to move on, to help ensure that your business is not exposed to unnecessary security and compliance risks just because the operating system in use is no longer supported.

For more information on what ‘End of Support’ means check out our earlier posts. For help moving from the 13 year old operating system or advice on which operating system to upgrade to please contact us today.