If your business uses Windows Server 2008 for networking, databases, messaging, and other office productivity, be aware that support for this product will end soon. Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020. That means you have less than twelve months to migrate to a new platform.
What Does End of Support Mean?
The term “end of support” is fairly self-explanatory. When a software product reaches the later stages of use, the manufacturer will no longer support it through security patches, upgrades, or customer support. For the end user, this means that their software will no longer receive updated code to protect against viruses, malware, or other cyberattacks.
Can still use software after support has ended? Yes, but do so at your own risk. For some businesses, not only does it mean increased security risks, but it can also mean lack of industry compliance. This is particularly important in the wake of GDPR, especially for those who do business with customers in the European Union.
Other Software Facing End of Support
Because Windows Server 2008 will reach end of support in early 2020, you still have time to make preparations. However, there are a host of Microsoft products reaching end of support in 2019, including several versions of Windows 10.
While Windows 10 is part of the new model of development known as Windows as a Service (WaaS), which provides continuous rolling updates, these previous versions will no longer receive support. It’s in your best interest to allow Windows to update automatically, as designed. If, however, you haven’t been allowing updates, you may still have one of the versions facing end of support. Update your software, or your data security may be at risk once Microsoft ends support of your version.
A full list of Microsoft products reaching end of support in 2019 is available online.
And in the spirit of looking ahead, there are a number of other Microsoft products reaching end of support in 2020, as well. Some, like Windows 7, will reach this milestone very early in the new year, so you may want to begin preparations now.
Preparing for Windows Server 2008 End of Support
As noted above, the end of support date for Windows Server 2008 is January 14, 2020. You still have time to prepare and protect your business, provided you begin the process soon. This can take time, but with planning and the right guidance, this can be a smooth, successful transition. Here are a few pointers to get started:
- Assess your situation by identifying servers running Windows Server 2008
- Evaluate applications impacted when upgrading from Windows Server 2008
- Define a timeline and budget to replace hardware and software
- Ensure Line of Business application and vendor support is in place
- Consider and address how security, patching, and operational issues are managed
- Work with a qualified IT provider to complete your upgrade or migration
Still need help to start the process? Lieberman Technologies can help you to migrate away from Windows Server 2008 as well as any other software approaching end of support. We’ll help you determine your next steps and maintain a secure data environment throughout the process.
End of support can be a serious issue for businesses that don’t follow through on upgrades and migrations. Don’t jeopardize your company’s data security – contact us for more information!