If you’re a SouthTech client and your desktop is still operating on Windows Server 2008 or 2008R2, this applies to you. If you’re not sure, you’re going to want to call your Client Account Manager (CAM) or our Client Services Team and find out. Why? Because starting in January 2020, Microsoft support for both of these products will be permanently ending. This means that your software will become unsupported, unsecured, and your company will be out of compliance, which is a big problem especially for our clients in the medical field.
In a previous article we focused on WIndows 7 and it's End of Support life cycle, but now we’re going to focus on Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2. Server upgrades are more intensive than the work involved with updating a desktop, and even more crucial. An unsupported server is a critical danger to your business. Microsoft support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 will be ending on January 14th, 2020. That might sound far off, but it is a lot closer than you think and you need to be upgraded before then. Once Microsoft cuts off support, your data is in danger.
If you’re still operating on Windows Server 2008 or 2008R2, then you’re already running on extended support. This means that you could be paying more for limited support on a product that you will have to upgrade anyway. This is key: this upgrade is mandatory and unavoidable. Beyond that fact, extended support offers only the bare minimum, covering security upgrades and little else. When Microsoft ends support, that means even the minimum provided by extended support will cease. They will no longer building security patches for the software which leaves you open to cyberattacks. In addition to being safer on upgraded software, today's latest systems are simply faster, more powerful.
Our team wants to make sure you’re covered, and they’re already working behind the scenes to create a timeline of manageable server upgrades that will ensure all our clients are upgraded before the dreaded End of Lifecycle deadline. Last minute server upgrades are risky, and January 2020 will come a lot faster than you might think. We will be reaching out to all of our clients that are still operating on these systems in the immediate future; expect to hear from your CAMs and see this come up in our monthly newsletters until all the desktops and servers we manage are fully upgraded. If you’d like to get a head start and find out what you’ll need to do to start preparing for these upgrades, please get in touch with your Client Account Manager.