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Windows Server 2003 end of support impacts application developers‏

With less than a month to go until end of support, according to estimates, there are still millions of servers running Windows Server 2003. It was the workhorse of choice for many years, but the time has come to migrate to a newer, fully supported platform.

Protect your apps and your customers.

End of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fixes, or online support for any version of Windows Server 2003. As a developer, this impacts you in two ways:MS Partner image

  • If your applications or workloads are designed to run on Windows Server 2003, it’s time to move them to a newer platform like Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.
  • Your customers may not have upgraded, which puts them at increased risk and could result in them being out of synch with changes in your technology direction. Let them know what your migration roadmap is and encourage them to move to a more modern solution so they can stay current with both Microsoft and your technology.

 

Know the risks.

Using Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015 may expose a business to risks such as:

No updates. 37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under Extended Support. No updates will be developed or released after end of support.

No safe haven. Both virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable and would not pass a compliance audit. Many applications (including those from Microsoft) will also cease to be supported once the operating system they are running on is unsupported.

No compliance. Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can have serious consequences. This may include non-compliance with key regulatory and industry standards, or having to pay high penalties and transaction fees.

Upgrade your apps.

Explore your app migration options with the following SQL resources.
Migrate web applications to Microsoft Azure SQL Database
Reduce capital expenditures with SQL Server in a Microsoft Azure VM
Visit the Windows Server 2003 end of support partner page for more information and resources.
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