Dangers of doing nothing (Server 2003)

From the 14th July 2015 Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 is no longer supported. In practical terms, this means no more support, no more patches and no more security updates.

To put this in perspective, there were 37 updates in 2013 alone. With no more updates and patches, continuing to run a 2003 Server environment will mean a less stable and less secure network. Payment systems such as Paypal, Visa and Mastercard will no longer support Sever 2003 from the end of support date.

server 2003Anyone continuing to run a 2003 server will fail a compliancy audit and will start to face much higher costs. Maintaining legacy software is much more expensive than staying up to date.

Some of our customers have changed from a server based model to cloud email and file storage, thus removing the need to a server altogether. There are also other options such as Microsoft Server 2012 R2, Office 365 and Azure Cloud services. The choice depends on your requirements and plans for the future.

Once SBS 2003 has been phased out, any data stored on your network will become increasingly vulnerable to hacks and viruses. Because there are no more security patches, any vulnerabilities that are discovered will open to exploitation.

If you need to migrate to a new server or want advice on what to do next, call us on (01244) 457870.