|Date: 27 March 2015CIS/MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER: n/aDATE(S) ISSUED: 27 March 2015SUBJECT: Windows Server 2003 End of Support July 14, 2015EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only. July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of support (EOS) for Windows Server 2003.THREAT INTELLIGENCE: n/a
SYSTEM AFFECTED: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (all versions)
• Large and medium government entities: High
• Small government entities: High
• Large and medium business entities: High
• Small business entities: High
• Home users: High
SUMMARY: Now is the time to understand that the end of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means that your business needs to ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2. Just to be clear, EOS for Windows Server 2003 means: As your IT Solutions Provider, it is highly recommended that you start planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Delaying will only create additional expenses, and ‘rigging’ your environments to detect intrusion, inclusion of more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and so on, to simply isolate Windows Server 2003 servers will only result in a datacenter that costs more, and is still out of compliance, and out of date. Not to mention the maintenance costs for aging hardware.
Please don’t delay your opportunity to modernize. For more information, please view this video and read this IDC white paper.
We recommend the following actions be taken:
Contact AIS to coordinate the upgrade and migration of your EoS Server 2003 systems.
NOTE: AIS Managed Services Clients receive special pricing and incentives to complete this upgrade and migration. For more information on AIS Managed Services, please contact Paul Armstrong or call toll-free: (844) AIS-LABS (247-5227)