Once again Microsoft is getting rid of the old to make room for the new. Just as Windows XP has lost support, Windows server 2003 will soon follow. On July 14, 2015 all support, updates and security patches will cease. This applies to all versions of Server 2003 including Small Business Server 2003.
What does this mean for me? - Well, if you aren't running a 2003 Windows server you have nothing to worry about. If you are, this means an upgrade should be in your very near future. Running a server that is no longer supported by the manufacturer creates several risks. Your outdated server will be vulnerable to any new security threats. Many third party programs and applications may also lose compatibility or support for Server 2003. If you are in an environment where compliance is key, you may fail your security audits. Plain and simple, an upgrade is inevitable. You still have a few months before Server 2003 support ends so now is the best time to begin planning.
What upgrade options are available? - There are several options available for upgrading your 2003 Sever but it really depends on your business needs. In some cases a new Windows Server with upgraded remote features and online access may be the best bet. There are also options available that don't require expensive hardware like hosting your exchange email and files in the cloud. No matter what the solution may be, we are always here to help you find the best tailored fit for your company.
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