Windows Server 2008 End-of-Support

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Microsoft will officially end its support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on 14th January 2020.   Although 2020 seems like a far off land at the moment, updating IT infrastructure is a large task and we advise you start to put plans in place now for a smooth transition.  You will want to make sure your company is seamlessly protected during this changeover and your infrastructure remains secure.

Microsoft manages the support for their products through its well established Life Cycle Policy: generally, a product has Mainstream Support for 5 years after release and then moves to Extended Support for a further 5 years, with all support ending 10 years after the release date.

When a server reaches end of life and is no longer supported, Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system which means:

  • No security files are released and security gaps will no longer be plugged by software updates. This leaves the system vulnerable to security threats and will put your business data and networks at risk.
  • No new features will be released and you will eventually start to miss out on new features which will impact on the productivity of your business. The new virtualisation features introduced in Hyper-V on the updated Winders Server 2012 and R2 systems alone may warrant an upgrade.
  • You could also find that you are no longer complying with regulatory standards which require all IT products to be supported.

It is worth speaking to your IT support Glasgow company now to establish a migration strategy. A large number of users will need to replace servers by the deadline and this task requires a great deal of investigation and planning to ensure zero downtime during the process.  We will be guiding all of our IT support customers across Glasgow, Edinburgh and central Scotland through this process over the coming months.  Why don't you contact us today for a chat about how we can help your company plan a well-managed and timely transition?

RedMosquito provide outsourced IT Support services to SMEs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout central Scotland.


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