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Plan now to migrate your Windows 2003 Servers

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On July 14, 2015 Microsoft will end the extended support available for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. According to industry experts there are more than 10 million machines still running Windows Server 2003, with many of them using mission-critical services.

If you currently have a server running Windows 2003, you should plan now to upgrade. You have some options if you choose to stay with the Microsoft Platform, which most clients plan to do based on their installed software base.

Windows Server 2008 will change January 13, 2015 from Mainstream Support to Extended Support. The difference between the two types of support is that Microsoft will continue to make security related patches available free of charge during extended support. They will continue to assist on a pay for incident basis. Non-security patches will require an extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is your best option to migrate to now. You need to make sure that all of your applications will work with Windows Server 2012. Additionally, you will want to make sure that your hardware can handle the Windows Server 2012.

Here is a link to Microsoft’s Tech Net which details the hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012. Be aware that these are the minimum requirements. You may want to discuss your options with your IT staff or service provider.

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