Microsoft ends Windows Server 2003 support

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Microsoft ends Windows Server 2003 support

On July 14th Microsoft ends windows server 2003 support. As per Microsoft it will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. That means newly discovered security holes won’t be fixed and will remain available for cyber criminals to exploit, boosting the risk of a security breach. That risk could lead to some businesses being barred from accepting credit card payments. However, the software still works, for now.

Microsoft ends Windows Server 2003 support
Microsoft ends Windows Server 2003 support

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business. Microsoft provides at least 10 years of support for its operating systems, split into two distinct types. Mainstream Support ended on July 13, 2010, and now Extended Support is ending on July 14, 2015. Users have the option of upgrading to new server software made either by Microsoft or another company. Or they can switch to cloud services instead of maintaining their own servers.

Here are the details about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle – Windows Server 2003 R2 Product.

Products ReleasedLifecycle Start DateMainstream Support End DateExtended Support End DateService Pack Support End DateNotes
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86)3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition with Service Pack 23/13/2007Review NoteReview NoteSupport ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy here .
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition with Service Pack 23/13/2007Review NoteReview NoteSupport ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy here .
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86)3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86)3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition3/5/20067/13/20107/14/20154/14/2009