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10 Keys To Upgrading Windows Server 2003

What's the Windows Server 2003 migration plan for your customers? Make sure these 10 things are on your to-do list.

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Time Is Not On Your Side

In September 2014 there were roughly 20 million-plus instances of Windows Server 2003 facing an end-of-life support deadline of July 14, 2015, according to Al Gillen, program vice president of servers and system software at research firm IDC. Today that number is down to 7 million, he said. At the time of this writing, companies have just less than 100 days to migrate.

That’s a lot of migrations to complete and a deadline many companies will miss, Gillen said.

One out of three companies will miss the Windows Server 2003 end-of-life deadline, according to a survey of 500 enterprise businesses by security firm Bit9 Carbon Black. "With the critical role servers play at any enterprise, [Windows Server 2003] end-of-life presents an even greater risk than last year’s Windows XP end-of-life,’ the Bit9 Carbon Black report stated.

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