Windows Server 2003 support ended a month ago today, but there are still 175 million websites on the public internet – about one in five – that are powered by the operating system. Plenty of the machines also run Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, a version of Redmond's web server that has primitive security compared to its successors.
Organizations that have not given much thought to life after Windows Server 2003 may find efficient migration solutions from Software-as-a-Service suites. Vendors such as AppZero are focused on providing the proper SaaS tools to help companies transition to more flexible and secure environments. AppZero recently previewed its Service Provider edition for Microsoft Azure at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago.
Many small and midsized businesses (SMBs) have a danger lurking in their server room can that undermine their best efforts to keep their users and data safe.
In an article yesterday from Open Source Magazine, author Greg O'Connor describes the results of the recent end-of-support initiative for Windows Server 2003. In the past year, there have been numerous sessions, programs, and published articles and blogs that highlighted the importance of migrating.
One of the interesting questions around why so many organizations hadn’t migrated from Windows Server 2003 by the time the end of support date rolled around was “what on earth made people stick with a 12 year old server operating system so long?”
Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs.
Now Microsoft no longer supports Windows Server 2003, organizations still relying on the once popular product are dealing with several alternatives: External support, no support, upgrade, or transition to another platform.
Companies that have wrestled with a Windows Server 2003 migration know that the hardware and operating system are the easy part. Applications are the real headache. If you own some of the estimated 2.7 million servers that will not be migrated before Microsoft ends support on July 14, 2015, you're in for a challenge.
Microsoft said there were roughly 23.9 million instances of Windows Server 2003 worldwide, both physical and virtualized, at this time last year. AppZero, a vendor that specializes in Server 2003 migrations, estimates that there are still 11 million to 14 million instances running today.
Tuesday marked the end of "extended support" for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Starting on July 14, Microsoft will no longer patch either product when something's amiss, nor issue security updates for them. In addition, Microsoft announced back in January that it was planning to stop issuing anti-malware definitions designed for Windows Server 2003 on this day.