If Windows Server 2003 machines are still a dirty secret in your IT environment, you might feel a bit better knowing you’re not alone. According to a recent SpiceWorks survey, 32% of IT pros say that a top priority for operating system (OS) project spend in 2016 is Windows Server 2003 migrations.
Seriously, staying on Windows Server 2003 is like playing Russian roulette. There are plenty of risks. And while there are some simple steps to mitigate risk, developing a sound strategy for completing server migrations is critically important.
The greatest concern, of course, is the risk of security attacks. When an OS goes out of support, several things happen. First, Microsoft stops issuing security fixes, so the build doesn’t get fixed – and any unpatched instances remain vulnerable. Secondly, testing for breaches no longer happens proactively, so you’ll only know about breaches after they’ve occurred. Keep in mind this OS has been around for over 15 years. Hackers love it because it’s familiar territory. And while hackers and their methods have evolved, unfortunately Windows Server 2003 hasn’t.
So, you know about the security risks. While they’re scary, even more concerning is that this lack of security could provide a gateway into your network.
These old server builds carry workloads for business critical applications. They house valuable data, such as financial records, patient information, credit card details, client lists, etc.
What happens if a system fails? Are you confident you can bring it back up? What if it’s already been breached, and you don’t know it? It’s a game you can’t win.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your organization. Check out our e-book, "Exploring Your Options for Windows Server 2003 End of Support", and explore the options to help your organization finally migrate from Windows Server 2003 – and put those lingering security worries behind you.