Are You Ready? Microsoft Stops Supporting Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Stops Supporting Windows Server 2003

On July 14th Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 2003 Server. According to Gartner there is still an estimated eight million small to medium-sized business that still run the Window 2003 Server. These businesses haven’t yet migrated to Windows Server 2012 R2. Gartner also estimates that 20% of these businesses will miss the upcoming cut off date.

What Your Company Needs to Know?

  1. Compliance Regulations: Remaining with Windows 2003 put your company at risk for noncompliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards. Many large credit card companies will refuse to do business with these companies who don’t migrate to the new Windows Server 2012 R2.  
  2. Network Server Backup: Before your company migrates to the new server software a complete backup of your network is mandatory. This protects your company against database corruptions, data loss, security threats and hardware failure.
  3. What Backup System to Use: Your business needs to ensure that your data is protected during the migration. Therefore, your IT department needs to decide if a file system, database/app-specific or system state backup is best. Afterwards, select an Exchange, MySQL, Office 365, Oracle, or SharePoint backup of your sensitive data.
  4. Migration Problems: To avoid problems during migration make sure your company can roll back your migration process to recover lost or corrupted data. Therefore, your company needs a database/application, system state, and file system specific backup. This ensures your data isn’t corrupted if something happens during the migration process.
  5. Backup after Migration: It is vital that you perform a full backup after the migration. This protects the new server, avoids downtime, and ensures your company’s data is always accessible.
  6. Selecting Your Backup Solution: Before, during, and after migration your company needs a comprehensive backup system in place. Your backup solutions should support your migration, be scalable, and support your company’s everyday needs so it doesn’t disrupt your business production.

In Conclusion

Every business needs to migrate to the new Windows Server 2012 R2 before July 14th. In order to ensure a safe migration each business must pay attention to their backup before the migration. Furthermore, if a problem arises during the migration process your company needs a safeguard so you can roll back the migration. Afterwards, protect your new server and your company’s data with regular scheduled backups.

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