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Windows Server 2003 – Support Ends Today

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Support for Microsoft Server 2003With support for Microsoft’s incredibly popular Windows Server 2003 platform ending today, those yet to upgrade from the software are advised to put extra security measures in place to keep their systems as safe as possible from potential attackers.

Of course, some organisations may be running 2003 Server as a result of legacy applications which may have compatibility issues with more recent server editions. For others, it may be as a result of budgetary constraints.

Users of Windows Server 2003 should be aware that Microsoft will no longer providing security updates, making it easier for cyber-criminals and potential attackers to target and exploit new vulnerabilities.

In the first instance, we would strongly recommend that those with affected speak to a reputable IT services company who can advise on the more appropriate course of action. This is likely to be a simpler process than using Microsoft Migration Planning Tool or signing up for their webinars (http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/).

Until this time, increased user vigilance is ever more important and server administrators need to be particularly cautious. It would also be prudent to ensure that any external storage devices connecting to the network are more strictly monitored, whilst the use of personal email using office-based infrastructure should be restricted as much as possible.

To discuss the IT support implications for your business, contact Akita today on 01732 762675.