Small Business Server 2003 End Of Life July 14th 2015

Microsoft withdrew support for Small Business Server 2003 as of July 14, 2015. This means Microsoft  terminated services for the line, services that provided crucial security updates and patches. This termination is akin to the Windows XP termination in April 2015: XP can still run on desktops, but the product is off the shelf both commercially and in terms of Microsoft’s internal support; vulnerable, it is a security disaster waiting to happen and generally will not pass regulations. The reason the NHS was so vulnerable to the recent Cyber Attack was because in the main they are stiull using Windows XP. The problems in upgrading a server are similar but far bigger, and the popular mad-dash-switch strategy is not feasible for companies relying heavily on fully-operational 24/7 server activity. The whole infrastructure of a system, in many cases carefully built up over years, needs to be reworked – and this takes time, time that can be born only out of ample foresight. , the question must be asked now: what are we going to do about upgrading?

There are three main options as I see it;

  1. Do nothing (Not sensible)
  2. Move to “The Cloud”
  3. Upgrade  to a later Operating System such as Windows SBS 2008, SBS 2011 or Server 2012.

Which option is best for your company?

How can you tell?

How much will it cost?

We at Cambridge Computers have the answers to all the above.

So get in touch asap as time is running out!

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