AUTHOR: Daisy Wallace

You’ve probably already heard, but support provided by Microsoft for Windows Server 2003 is due to end 14 July 2015.

On this date the extended support provided by Microsoft will be cut off, so there won’t be any updates or fixes going forward.

Microsoft officials have recommended, “with the average Windows Server taking over 200 days to migrate, now it is the time to act and start planning for your migration".

Windows Server 2003 has been the most popular and widely used of Microsoft platforms, with many businesses still running on the system.

Organisations are being encouraged to future proof their IT infrastructure by working on the migration to newer versions of Microsoft infrastructure, such as Azure or Windows Server 2012.

This migration entails careful coordination and planning, with a four step process:


  1. Assessing the existing environment by determining which applications are running on Windows Server 2003
  2. Prioritising workloads by categorising applications by type, importance and degree of complexity
  3. Managing where the workloads can move to by choosing a migration destination for each application in a data centre or the cloud
  4. Actual migration of workloads with minimal effect on the company


On an individual basis, people who have been working with Windows Server 2003 are advised to study for Windows Server 2012.

They can choose to study Windows Server 2008, but this infrastructure is due to end in the next few years too.

Investing in Windows Server 2012 training ensures an individual upskills in a competitive job market and won’t be left behind.

So what are you waiting for?

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