November 13th 2014
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Yes, if you haven’t heard already then take it from us, Windows Server 2003 Support is officially retiring on 14th July 2015.

If you are still using any version of Windows 2003 including Small Business Server 2003 it is vital that you prepare for this new age of IT, particularly since you are now racing against the clock. But, there’s no need to panic. As always, Lloyds IP are here to help. We’ve written this blog article to ensure that your migration from Windows Server 2003 to the latest version (Windows Server 2012) is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

First things first…

You have to upgrade. There is no getting around it, if you continue to use Windows Server 2003 after 14th July 2015 then you’ll receive no security updates, no support from Microsoft, and you will likely fail compliance audits for putting your data and possibly customer data at risk.

Here at Lloyds IP, we understand more than anyone how busy working within IT can be. There’s just never a good time is there? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Analysts estimate that there are more than 10 million machines still running on WS2003, despite strenuous efforts by Microsoft to make customers aware that they need to address the issue. Unfortunately, you just have to make time, there is less than a year left to get this sorted (and we all know how quickly they fly by!). Waiting to make the move can be both risky and expensive for your business.

Change is Good!

There are many benefits to be gained by moving from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012. The advances in this new version allow for enterprise-class scalability, with the high-performance storage options to run critical workloads with robust recovery options. You can build, deploy, operate, and monitor applications on-site or in the cloud. And with options such as virtualisation and Remote Desktop Services you can deliver applications much faster than with the Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft have broken the migration process down into four steps known as: discover, assess, target, and migrate. Each of these steps includes specific milestones that need to be reached before moving forward.

1. Discover: To begin with, find out which of your applications and/or workloads are currently running on the Windows Server 2003
2. Assess: Categorize these applications and/or workloads by type, importance, and degree of complexity.
3. Target: The next step is to choose a migration destination for each application and workload. This can be either be on-site or in the cloud.
4. Migrate: Then it’s time to begin planning your move. Microsoft advise collaborating with an external partner to build your migration plan, and that’s where we come in!

Final Thoughts

Here at Lloyds IP, we use our expertise in IT to take the complexity out of tasks and make your life easier. We want to support as many people as we can with this migration into the new world of IT so don’t hesitate to get in touch, or let your friends know about this blog!