Migrating from Windows Server 2003: Option #1

Windows 2003 Blog 2.jpgIf you read last week’s blog, you are well aware that when Windows Server 2003 goes off support on July 14th, 2015, it has the potential to result in the biggest vulnerability of the year. This End of Support (EOS) will effectively leave customers vulnerable and at risk of no longer being compliant.

Luckily, there are three options available to those still running Windows Server 2003. In this blog, we will highlight the first migration path: upgrading to a newer version of Windows Server.

You are currently faced with two options. The first, migrating to Windows Server 2008, we do not recommend. This will be taken off support in January 2016, setting you right back to square one. Instead, users might consider migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, the newest available version.

Seems like a piece of cake, right? Not exactly – and here’s why.

As with any big change, there are a few challenges associated with this migration path. Here’s what lies ahead:

  • You will most likely need new hardware to install Windows Server 2012 R2, and these need to be 64-bit servers. You will also need to refresh your application stack so that you are in running supported application versions for Windows Server 2012.
  • At the same time, you will likely want to run your applications in virtual machines. In other words: in the private cloud and probably also in the public cloud.

Herein lies the security challenge: how can you best protect this hybrid-computing environment?

Intel Security offers a variety of server protection solutions to help you secure all types of servers, whether physical or even virtual servers in the cloud. No matter what you run on these servers, we strongly recommend one of the following options:

If your server is a specialized server such as Email, SharePoint, or Database server, you’ll need some further protection in addition to the above:

In next week’s Windows Server 2003 EOS blog, we will discuss the second migration path available to you: moving workloads to the public cloud instead of to Windows Server 2012. Trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds!

Want to learn more about the migration options available to those running Windows Server 2003? Register for an educational webcast on “The 1-2-3 Security Approach for Windows Server 2003 EOS,” by visiting this page.

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