The Necessity of Change

End of Life Windows Server 2003


The time has come for a change. Any change takes planning and time. A change that involves your critical business applications takes detailed professional planning and scheduled migration time coordinated for a minimal impact on business.


Windows Server 2003 EOL

According to the Microsoft Support Lifecyle section on 14 July 2015, Microsoft will end extended support on all versions of Windows Server 2003.

What  does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean for your business?

Beginning July 14, Microsoft will no longer provide updates or patches. Running an outdated system can result in a less secure and less stable infrastructure for your business.

  • No Updates – there will be no more updates to fix bugs, performance issues and security vulnerabilities. To put this into perspective, 2013 saw the release of 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003, 2014 saw even more. Past the end of life date, any critical issues that arise will remain unfixed.
  • Software and Hardware Compatibility Issues –new software and hardware devices will not be built to integrate with Windows Server 2003. Any new software purchased or updates to existing software will likely run into compatibility issues. Any new hardware purchased will not be designed to integrate with Server 2003.
  • Maintenance Costs – running outdated servers increases your operating costs from maintaining aging hardware.
  •  No Compliance – once support ends, Windows Server 2003 will no longer meet industry wide compliance standards. Regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX & Dodd-Frank all require regulated businesses to run on supported platforms.


MergerTree can handle the migration for you.

The task ahead is challenging. Migrating applications and server workloads is a definitive change in the flow of your critical business applications. Handled professionally, this migration can have minimal impact on your daily business practices. MergerTree can have you up and running on a new server without disrupting your operation. Microsoft has released the Windows Server 2003 End of Service site, which contains a wealth of resources to help explain migration. Central to this is the Microsoft four-step migration process, which involves discovering, assessing and targeting workloads and software before selecting the right migration plan. MergerTree will perform the necessary assessment and complete the migration.

Contact MergerTree to reserve a scheduled migration block.