Retirement of Windows Server 2003

The IT community has done a good job of making sure people are aware of the pending retirement of Windows Server 2003.  In case you are one of the few that have not heard, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 2003 Server as of July 14, 2015.  It seems like a long time from now, but it’s only three months away.

What the IT community has not done a good job with is explaining what this means to you and your business.  First, let me tell you, don’t panic.  If you are one of the many still running Windows 2003 Server, the operating system will continue to function beyond July 14.  What this end of life really means is that Microsoft will no longer be releasing any security patches to fix holes and vulnerabilities found within the operating system.  On July 15th, this won’t a major issue.  However, the further from July 14th we get, more holes and vulnerabilities will be discovered and exploited by hackers.  In order to minimize the risk to your business, it’s in your best interest to upgrade to the latest operating system so you can continue to be protected.

Compliance and the Windows 2003 Server

If, however, you and your company have regulatory compliance concerns such as HIPPA, PCI, etc., and you still have a Windows 2003 Server running on July 15th, you will no longer be in compliance. I highly recommend you make upgrading your server a top priority.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KLH.  You can also learn more from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/.

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