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Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life

With frequent advances in new technologies, we know and expect old software to become obsolete. For many businesses, however, the expiration of Microsoft’s support for Windows Server 2003 poses special challenges – and offers special opportunities.

TNT: You can’t say you didn’t know it was coming; Microsoft published its last Service Pack for Windows Server 2003 eight years ago, and mainstream support ended five years ago. Nonetheless, WS2003’s end-of-life at the end of July remains very significant.

The most important point is that after July, Microsoft will no longer issue security patches in response to vulnerabilities discovered in the software. This means that if a hacker discovers a vulnerability (or chooses not to tell the world about it until) after July 14, servers running 2003 will remain permanent security risks to your computer network until they are disconnected or upgraded.

WHAT TO DO: In the past, upgrading was the obvious choice in most cases. With cloud services becoming more common and less expensive, however, this is no longer true.

Whether you are using your WS2003 server primarily for file storage, hosting a database or running custom software, cloud solutions may be most cost-effective while also providing additional peace of mind.

After doing extensive research into cloud backup solutions, we entered into an agreement to resell Ross Backup. We found a winning combination of advantages to their solution: it is extremely easy to install and operate, it runs without taxing your computer (you can schedule it to go overnight, as well), you can choose what to backup down to individual files and folders, and it will alert you automatically about a problem if your backups are not operating correctly. All of this for under $5 per month per computer – it’s certainly worth trying out.

Their small business VIP service provides backups for up to ten computers, along with an extra shared virtual drive – which you can mount like any hard drive and access both in the office and on the road. Please contact us to discuss, or just visit http://rossbackup.com/ for a free trial. Enter affiliate code CAPALON for a discount when you buy.

If you are using WS2003 for other purposes, there are likely to be cloud solutions which will get you out of the business of upgrading your software. Please contact us for a consultation, it’s what we’re here for!

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