Server 2008 End Of Life - Are You Prepared?
All good things
must come to an end and the life of Windows Server 2008 and 2008
R2 will be ending soon. Originally released on 27th February 2008,
it is still widely used today. Ten years though, is a long time
in terms of technology and Microsoft is pulling the plug on its
aging software on January 14th, 2020.
does this mean for current Server 2008 users?
computers still running Windows Server 2008 will no longer receive
updates, patches, new releases or ANY support from Microsoft (free
or paid). Of lesser importance, but still critical to know, Windows
7 and Office 2010 will also see it’s end of life at the
same time. Click here for information
on the EOL for Windows 7.
are far-reaching. If Microsoft does not support Windows Server
2008, you can expect other software vendors to follow suit, with:
- No more
- No printer
driver updates for printers connected to Windows 2008 Server.
- No hardware
drivers or updates for Windows Server 2008 hardware.
- No updates
from other software vendors for Windows Server 2008 applications.
So for business
still using Server 2008 this really means one thing - it is time
running Windows Server 2008 may not realize the severity of using
outdated software, but it’s critical to migrate. Microsoft
has put together some excellent points I’d like to share.
compliance and privacy implications of this event could have significant
impacts on your business:
critical Windows Server 2008 security updates, your server
will become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other
malicious software which can steal or damage your business
data and information.
software will also not be able to fully protect you once
Windows Server 2008 itself is unsupported.
software vendors will no longer support their products that
are running on Windows Server 2008 as they are unable to
get the Windows Server 2008 suport they need from Microsoft.
users still running Windows Server 2008 are using old machines.
Running older machines greatly increases the risk of failure
and data loss. Now is a great time to move to Windows Server
2008 or Azure and also upgrade your server hardware.
No One to Call
problems arise, online and phone-based technical support
will unfortunately no longer be available to assist you
or your IT partner, leaving you on your own to deal with
risks of system failure and business disruption could increase
because of the end of support, lack of supported software
and the increasing age of hardware running Windows Server
on this is available from Microsoft here.
As an Australian
Microsoft Partner, DP Computing have the resources to make sure
your migration from Server 2008 to Server 2019 or Azure is successful.
Whether it’s a custom build server from us or a server from
another manufacturer, we are here to help you. We are able to
- New server
procurement and setup.
- Data transfer,
including system settings, company & user data, email, etc…
and tuition as needed
- and any
other migration needs
us today or fill out the contact tool on the RHS of this
page and let us help you stay safe and productive.