If your organization is currently running either Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Exchange 2003 on any servers in your office, you need to know about a dangerous security threat to your organization that must be addressed very soon. Please take a moment to read this important announcement.

As your local Microsoft Partner, we are aggressively reaching out to all local businesses that use Server 2003 to alert you to this serious security risk to your organization and inform you about what you need to do now to protect your company.

Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 Replacements MUST Be Made By July 14, 2015 Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire all support on the Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. That means any business with this operating system still running will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.

This is such a serious threat that the US Department of Homeland Security has issued an official warning to all companies still running this operating system because firewalls and antivirus software will NOT be sufficient to completely protect your business from malicious attacks or data exfiltration. Running Server 2003 will also put many organizations out of compliance.
Unless you don’t care about cybercriminals running rampant in your company’s computer network, you MUST replace any Windows Server 2003 platforms prior to July 14, 2015.  By the way, we know you care, that’s why you’re reading this!

Here’s the good news:
Server 2003 is an old operating system, replacing it with the latest versions of Microsoft Server has the potential to help your organization:
•    Operate more efficiently and more securely
•    Today’s computers can run several fileservers on a single piece of computer hardware
•    Run feature rich versions of software you may already be using
•    Remain in compliance for PCI, HIPAA, and more
•    Additional redundancy, security, and data storage options
•    More robust interface with cloud / hosted environments
•    We can migrate and transfer your existing files and data to a new system

To prepare for an upgrade, you will need to conduct a full analysis of your network to help you determine what specific servers will be affected.  Then you should consider any of the upgrade options available to you and look at the pros and cons for each option.  In addition, this would be a good time to assess other security, backup and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard dollars.

Armed with this information you can create a customized Server 2003 Migration Plan specifically for your office.  As always, if you need us, we’re here to help.