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Andrew King, WebSan Solutions, Inc.

Microsoft Ends Windows Server 2003 Support: What You Need to Know to Prepare


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Come July 14, Microsoft is set to end support for Microsoft Server 2003. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fixes or online support for Windows Server 2003. Businesses across Canada who choose not to upgrade could leave themselves and their customers exposed to security risks, increased compliance, electronic data loss, hackers and may lose the ability to accept credit cards.

According to Microsoft Canada, big companies would take about 150 to 200 days to upgrade its servers. While migrating to an updated operating system comes with some challenges, the gains would ultimately outweigh the risks that not upgrading would pose to businesses and customers. Businesses should see this as an opportunity to modernize infrastructure or consider hosted options for securing data.

Microsoft Canada suggests that customers can either upgrade and migrate to a new server software (such as Windows Server 2012 R2) or use cloud services which would cost less than a migration, reduce hardware and still provide adequate protection.

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Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

One Response to “Microsoft Ends Windows Server 2003 Support: What You Need to Know to Prepare”

  1. Jim Walsh says:

    In addition to upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2, companies do have a few other options. Businesses can also choose to move from Windows Server to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Or, they can migrate applications to Microsoft Office 365 which is hosted in the cloud and reduces and/or eliminates the need for an on-site server