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Windows 2003 EOS (End of Support) July 25th, 2015

April 27, 2015


Lombard, IL - It's been a good run; 12 years for a server platform is not bad, but it's time to put Windows 2003 to pasture. Seriously it's time to upgrade! Windows 2012 R2 is a sustainably improved product that better utilizes hardware, cloud integration, and simplified management capabilities.

 

Going beyond the support date will expose you to risks associated with security, availability, and overall functionality. 

 

The Windows 2003 EOS might drive the need for various more complicated upgrades such as:

 

1. Active Directory (AD) migration

2. Domain Name System (DNS) migration

3. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) migration

4. File and Print server migration

5. SQL database server migration

6. Application server migration

 

Whatever your needs are, you will need to take a few things under consideration including:

 

1. Server Licensing has changed dramatically since the WIndows 2003 Server days, especially with the advent of virtualization technologies. 

2. Client Access Licensing (CALs) for users interacting with server software.

3. If you are this far behind, from an OS prospective, there may be other considerations such as new hardware and software. This may be a time to consider a more strategic approach via an ETS-provided Strategic Technology Plan.

 

Resources:

 

Microsoft Volume Licensing Guide for Windows 2012 R2

Microsoft Guide on CALs

 

Contact ETS today to discuss your situation and how we might be able to help.




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