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A 1-2-3 security approach for Windows Server 2003 end of support

As of July 14, 2015, is no longer supported. If your business runs server instances on, big changes are just around the corner.


What you can do

Some 24 million instances of Windows Server 2003 are running across enterprises around the globe, so you are certainly not alone. Reaching the end of support is not the end of the world, but requires attention. It may even create advantages as migration to newer solutions can also mean new efficiencies and improved performance, reduced maintenance costs, and increased agility—while also keeping your business safer. When choosing a migration path, it is essential to recognize the security concerns associated with each option.

Path #1: Upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server. Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2. This path includes virtual servers in the private cloud.

Path #2: Migrate workloads to the public cloud. Microsoft recommends Microsoft Azure. Other public cloud options, such as Amazon Web Services, are also available.

Path #3: Delay migration. Continue using Windows Server 2003 for now and upgrade at a later time.

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