Beginning today, Microsoft will no longer offer public support for Windows Server 2003. This means Microsoft will not offer security patches for the operating system going forward and will make those companies still running Windows 2003 Server more open to attacks by hackers.
Microsoft has been warning users for months leading up the end of support of the 13-year-old operating system. “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 said on its web site today.
What a lot of users do not know is that when you are seeking support for a product such as this 13-year-old operating system, a lot of the developers that worked on it are no longer around or are working on other products. The development of the operating system started 15 years ago and asking a developer to think about some code they wrote this long ago is a very difficult thing to do, even if you can track down the developer of the code that was responsible for it. Security patches might be a bit easier to do but Microsoft must fade out operating systems as they continue to add new ones to their support line.
If you need assistance with upgrade strategies or services, Microsoft has tools available to help you.
Windows 2003 Server End of Life (EOL) – July 14th, 2015 – RIP