Windows Server 2003 end of life

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What are the options moving forward?

If you have not already arranged to replace your existing server running Windows Server 2003 then it is imperative that you start now.

On the 14th July 2015 Microsoft will stop supplying security updates for Windows Server 2003, in the same way they did for XP. This will mean your server is more open to attack. Given this is the main storage place for your company’s data and possibly emails it is essential that you replace this with a new Server.

The options available to you depend on how you currently manage your emails. If you are still running your emails on a Windows Small Business Server 2003 then due to the withdrawal of Small Business Server 2011, by Microsoft, the realistic option available is a hybrid cloud system. However, if you are running your emails either on the cloud or just through POP3 accounts you can just replace your server with a new Windows 2012 version. Obviously, there is the small matter of moving all the programs, users and profiles across to the new server but that’s what we are here for!

Hosted Exchange

If you are still running Microsoft Exchange locally or just feel that POP3 mailboxes are limiting your company’s growth, by not letting you share calendars, mailboxes and contacts then consider having your emails hosted on an Exchange Server in the Cloud but retaining your programs, shared files etc. on an internal new server. This option works extremely well and has many benefits and long term will allow locally based, remote and mobile workers to communicate seamlessly. Please call us on 01293 562 700 if this is something you are interested in, without obligation of course.

Free IT Audit

We are offering FREE IT Audits at the moment, so if you are unsure what your systems are running on then give us a call. We will carry out an impartial audit for you and we will then give you all the details you need to make sure so you know what you need to replace, or whether you are “good to go” and can sit back smugly and do nothing!!