Gartner Research

Make Migration From Windows Server 2003 a Priority, Before Support Ends in July 2015

Published: 18 June 2014

ID: G00263819

Analyst(s): Carl Claunch

Summary

Support for Windows Server 2003 will end in July 2015. Production systems should be migrated to a supported operating system before that date, as risk to the enterprise rapidly increases after that date.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT operations teams will find that systems including business-critical applications could be compromised, enabling data theft and unauthorized transactions as well as hosting attacks against other systems inside the data center
  • IT operations teams will find erroneous operation of applications and other software products may occur, linked to defects in Windows Server 2003 that no longer can be corrected, thus leading to extended or permanent loss of those application functions
  • Continuing to employ Windows Server 2003 may cause some organizations to not be able to meet regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Business leaders may not be aware of the risks they will face if Windows Server 2003 systems are not migrated, leaving IT leaders at fault for the incomplete disclosure if problems later arise

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