Windows Server 2008 & Small Business Server 2008 & 2011 support ends on January 14th 2020 – What do you need to do?
Microsoft have announced that they are ceasing updates and support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 & Small Business Server 2008 & 2011 on January 14th 2020. This will mean that they will no longer receive security updates or support from this date. Microsoft advises all users and businesses to upgrade to a newer operating system before this date to avoid potential support and security issues. We have previously discussed upgrading or replacing old Windows 7 devices, but this is a reminder to check if your server is one of the operating systems listed above and if so we strongly recommend you look to upgrade or replace your existing solution.
There is now less than six months before the deadline and so time is running out to look at viable alternatives for your business such as operating system upgrades, replacement devices or cloud solutions. We have listed some of the common questions on Microsofts website below and if you have any other questions or would like to discuss all the options available to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What does ‘end of support’ mean for me?
A. After January 14, 2020, if your server is running Windows Server 2008 & Small Business Server 2008 & 2011, it will no longer receive security updates. This includes selected ‘Hosted Desktop’ customers. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern, local or cloud-based server operating system such as Windows Server 2019, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you, your organisation & your data safe. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows Server technical support.
Q. What should I do?
A. If you are on a local server solution you could either upgrade your existing Server to Windows Server 2019 or purchase a new server with Windows Server 2019 installed. Many customers now choose to move to a cloud-based server solution such as Hosted Desktop or Microsoft 365. Hosted Desktop customers can move to any solution but would normally migrate to the Latest Hosted Desktop 2016/2019 solution. We would be happy to talk to you about the best option for your organisation, just get in touch.
Q. What happens if I continue to use my existing local server or Hosted Desktop platform?
A. If you continue to use your server after support has ended, your server will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your server will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. As your server is a critical device on your network it is very important that it runs an up-to-date & secure operating system with support from Microsoft in the event of a major issue. It is strongly recommended that you now look for an alternative solution.
Q. How much would an upgrade, new server or cloud solution cost?
A. It is very difficult to give any costs without more information on your exact requirements. Existing Hosted Desktop customers don’t usually have to pay any additional monthly charges, just a one-off setup & migration fee. Please get in touch to discuss your options and requirements in more detail.