Windows Server 2003 End of Support

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What You Need to Know

As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is no longer supported. If your business runs server instances on Windows Server 2003, you are now faced with a new set of security challenges.

  • No support. No patches or security updates for Windows Server 2003, compared to the 37 critical security updates issued in 2013 alone.
  • No compliance. Your business will no longer pass a compliance audit, and without compliance, you will no longer be able to do business with Visa, MasterCard, and other providers.
  • No protection. Your physical and virtualized server instances will be vulnerable to any new security threats.
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Understand the Risks

Some 24 million instances of Windows Server 2003 are running across enterprises around the globe. Reaching the end of support requires attention but migrating to newer solutions can result in new efficiencies and improved performance, reduced maintenance costs, and increased agility—while also keeping your business safer. When choosing a migration path, keep in mind the security challenges associated with each option.

Upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server

Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2. This includes virtual servers in the private cloud.

Security challenges:

  • Protecting server workloads
  • Protecting hybrid environments

Migrate workloads to the public cloud

Microsoft recommends Microsoft Azure. Other options are available, including Amazon Web Services.

Security challenges:

  • Protecting server workloads
  • Securing Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service environments

Do not migrate from your existing deployment

Continue using Windows Server 2003 and upgrade at a later time.

Security challenges:

  • Finding add-on security solutions since Microsoft no longer issues security updates