Microsoft 2003 Server is Expiring

Microsoft 2003 Server is ExpiringDo you still have Microsoft 2003 server in your business?

Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015. No more security updates. No more software support. Security software vendors will stop supporting Windows 2003 Server.

It is time to migrate to something else. There are benefits to making the move. Right off the top, you will be looking at new server hardware, so your processing power will increase. You probably don’t realize how tired your old server is. There are also security benefits. Microsoft Server 2012 R2 is much more secure than 2003 and it will continue to receive security updates until 1/10/2023. If you are interested in cloud services, Server 2012 R2 is much more cloud-friendly than 2003 server. Sharing files and integrating with services can be accomplished with less setup time. There are a number of other technical reasons to upgrade that would bore you, but the basic premise of all of them is efficiency and then end goal is to save time and money.

There are a number of upgrade options available but if you are using Microsoft now, you probably want to stay Microsoft. If that is not the case, there are some Linux alternatives that may make your pocketbook happy.  Regardless, we can help you through the migration process. Contact us and our system consultants will set up an appointment to review your current system so we can help you make a migration plan. Some of our customers have chose to replace their Microsoft Exchange Servers with some form of hosted Exchange.  Others have decided to virtualize and keep their own Exchange Server. Businesses that do not use the full features of Exchange server have opted to switch to a different service which allows almost a direct conversion to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Each of these options has their own advantages and disadvantages. Let us help you make the decision on what type of solution is best for you.

We, at Herstek & Associates, know it is always a big expense to upgrade server systems, but it will be a bigger expense later if you do not upgrade your Microsoft 2003 Servers now.