Windows Server 2003

July 14, 2015 : The End of support for Windows server 2003




More than 10 years ago, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 technology hit the market to meet the needs of businesses. After so many years of service, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows Server 2003/R2 beginning July 14, 2015.

What are the consequences of continuing to use Windows Server 2003?

No updates

No updates

In 2013, Microsoft published 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. As such, after July 14, 2015, even if a flaw is discovered, and hackers certainly will do so, it will not be patched.
No safe haven

No safe haven

Virtual copies of Windows Server 2003 are also vulnerable. All applications running on this version will no longer meet compliance criteria. If your business is currently running the most recent SQL Server on Windows Server 2003/R2 it will not longer be supported.
No compliance

No compliance

Servers that no longer meet industry standards and regulations can result in serious problems. Certain companies, such as stock exchanges, are governed by strict rules and violating them can result in stiff penalties or suspended activities.
Software and hardware compatibility problems

Software and hardware compatibility problems

Going forward, it is likely that new software, and software drivers will not be backwards compatible with Windows Server 2003. This means that hardware replacement in the future (servers, printers, etc..) will no longer be compatible with Server 2003.

Why should you upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 and cloud computing?

Reduce costs and make the most of your IT investment

By running more applications on the same server, you can save on hardware and electricity costs thanks to the integrated Hyper-V virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2. You could further reduce your capital expenditures by calling on cloud infrastructure services instead of buying new hardware

Rest assured that you can carry on with your activities, even if a disaster occurs

Close to 40% of companies close their doors for good after being affected by a disaster. Don’t be part of these statistics and be sure that you’ve saved your data effectively so that you can quickly recover them thanks to Windows Server 2012 R2 and the data centre automated saving solution.

Get a fast and profitable data storage solution

Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to combine your storage infrastructure. You can then make the best possible use of it and reduce storage costs when it becomes more demanding. SAN-type storage solutions, available in the «storage space» function of Windows Server 2012 R2, are reliable and adaptable at a lower cost.

Millenium Micro affiliated members are trained to provide solutions that you need to simplify your update. If you plan to migrate your applications, it is important for you to understand all the steps necessary.

2. Evaluation

2. Evaluation

Rank applications and workloads and establish priorities based on their type, degree of importance, complexity and risk.

3. Target

3. Target

Identify a destination for each application and role based on their speed, importance, ease of migration, cost and expected functionality.

Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 trial

Migrating can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a great opportunity to transform your data centre. You have multiple options:

Software Upgrade

The server virtualization capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 respond to key IT demands with more features, greater scalability and flexibility. Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers significant value around seven key capabilities: server virtualization, storage, networking, server management and automation, web and application platforms, access and information protection, and virtual desktop infrastructure.

Data centre Refresh

By replacing older, less capable servers with newer and far more able systems, a business can perform the same amount of computing with only a fraction of the total number of systems. Virtualization allows a single piece of hardware to handle workloads that previously required five, 10 or more servers.

Transition to the Cloud

Rapidly build new global-scale applications or websites and scale your infrastructure at a moment’s notice to meet your business’s needs with the cloud. Build a data centre without boundaries and provide a dynamic delivery of applications.


With all the changes that the IT market is experiencing, this is the perfect opportunity to establish the groundwork of your company’s IT system for the next decade or more. Engage a Millenium Micro member to help you develop a strategy that allows you to adopt technologies such as cloud computing and provide you with a clear roadmap for your IT infrastructure.

If you still have Windows Server 2003 servers in your environment, this may mean that you have not put in place a migration plan for your IT hardware on a regular basis. Such a plan offers numerous benefits: Planned, timely migration, scheduled budget, reduced IT outages, better performance, new functions, simplified migration, etc. A migration plan must be adapted to each company, as it depends on the market, budget and risk tolerance. In general, you should change workstations and servers every three years.

This is a potential investment in the future of your company. Updating your servers and operating systems can reduce your costs and allow you to take advantage of the substantial benefits that will offset the cost of the update and the risks you run by not migrating.

If you still have Windows Server 2003 servers and do not yet have a migration plan for them, call one of our Millenium Micro affiliated members right away to set up a plan.

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