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Windows Server 2003 End of Support

End of support - July 14, 2015

What does end of support mean for you? After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003! If you are still running Windows Server 2003, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.  In addition, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 support is ending at the same time. Without support, the day-to-day operation of these important resources and, more importantly, the day-to-day operation of your business network could be at risk.

  • Windows 2003 and the workloads running on it will become more expensive to operate.
  • Your computers and network could become vulnerable to malicious software and other security issues.
  • Any outdated software could create compliance issues.

Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 enables you to modernize your network at a significant cost savings to your current environment, gain comprehensive data protection, and increase productivity for your workforce.

Microsoft's official Windows 2003 End of Support site:


Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard provides you with features that you care about and that aren’t available in Windows Server 2003 or Windows SBS 2003.

  • Server consolidation. Get the most out of your server hardware investments as your business grows.
  • Disaster recovery. Make sure important data isn’t lost.
  • Flexible, cost-effective storage. Scale data storage quickly, at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.
  • Easy remote access. Give your employees the flexibility to work anywhere and your organization the peace of mind that comes from knowing data is protected.
  • A consistent user experience. Provide your workforce with a consistent, well-managed experience across the many different types of computers and mobile devices in use.


Microsoft Exchange 2003

Did you know that Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 reached end of extended support on April 8, 2014, meaning your email could be at risk? Instead of maintaining their own Exchange server, most companies are moving to a cloud hosted exchange provider as a more cost effective solution. Hosted exchange is one of the many services GO Concepts provides.


If you would like help planning your organization's move from Windows Server 2003 please contact our consulting team at 513-934-8235.