Windows Server 2003 migration should be a priority

Microsoft is ending Windows 2003 support on July 14, 2015.

Majority of the IT professionals are aware of the fact but are still thinking about the need to migrate. Windows Server 2003 migration will make a big impact on the business.

Businesses need to prioritize Windows Server 2003 migration for many reasons.

Windows Server 2003 is a decade old technology, so the business opportunity cannot be exploited as it is that old. The new technologies have been introduced in server and cloud technology since Windows Server 2003 was released. The new technologies should be included in the business to give hard competition. The migration will bring advantages of speed, scale, availability and cost savings.


Running unsupported technologies means the company/business is not getting updates and patches that will protect against new threats.

Microsoft will no longer issue any security patches or updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. There were 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003 in 2013 and 21 critical updates in 2014, so even though the server may be 10 years old, that doesn’t protect against discovered vulnerabilities.

The migration has four steps or process to follow: Identification, Selection, Prioritization and then Migration, Microsoft said.

Migrating applications from Windows server 2003 may require a substantial amount of time and expertise.

Shilpa Khatri

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