Windows Server 2003 Sunset - What Does This Mean for You? You may or may not have heard that Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003/R2 soon. Unlike Windows 7 ending mainstream support, the loss of support for Windows Server 2003 can have serious consequences for your business. What you need to know. Support ends for Server 2003 on July 14th, 2015. Windows Server 2003 is extremely popular and still being used by many businesses today. The first thing you need to know is if you are running Windows Server 2003, now is the time to act. If you have already upgraded, then this will not affect you, however, you may want to pass this information onto people you know who may still be running Server 2003. How will this affect my Business? The loss of support can affect your business in a few ways. Let’s take a quick look at some of the hazards of running an out-of-date system. No More Updates. Updates are crucial for running any Operating System (OS), especially servers. These updates maintain stability, functionality, and security. Without constant updates, your system will be vulnerable to bugs and hacks. Non-compliance. After support ends, Windows Server 2003 will likely fail to meet industry wide compliance regulations. For example, no longer meeting PCI compliance could mean inability to accept credit cards, higher fees, audits, and even fines. Loss of Compatibility. Running an out-of-date server can mean that newer software and hardware may not work with your system. High maintenance costs. Not having an up-to-date system means higher IT costs and the likelihood of needing maintenance more often. What to do now? If you are using Microsoft Windows Server 2003, now is the time to look at your upgrade options. Migrating to a new system can be a lengthy and intensive process. Having a seasoned technology partner help you with the migration will ensure a smooth transition. Contact DWD Technology Group today for assistance. By DWD Technology Group, a Microsoft Certified Partner serving clients throughout Northeast Indiana.