There has been quite a bit of talk recently about the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. While it’s vitally important that you ensure all of your workstations have been upgraded to Windows 10 before January 14th, it’s also important for you to take an inventory of any on-premises servers as well. Many companies are still running Windows Server 2008, which is also reaching its end of life. Read on to learn more about Windows Server 2008 end of life FAQ and what problems you may face by failing to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Server.
When Microsoft announces that an operating system is reaching its end of life, it simply means that the software behemoth will no longer be providing software updates and support. These updates are especially important for servers because they are often the lifeblood of many organizations.
Today nearly every computer is directly connected to the internet at all times. This means that these computers are vulnerable to cyber attacks because they will no longer receive software updates based on operating system vulnerabilities. There’s no doubt that hackers will target these machines because they know Microsoft is no longer updating them with the latest security patches.
Just like Windows 7, on January 14th, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. This means that these servers will no longer receive security updates and will likely be more susceptible to security breaches.
You have a few options when it comes to upgrading your server infrastructure from Windows Server 2008. You can choose to move your Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Microsoft’s Azure cloud based infrastructure where you can take advantage of extended security updates for up to 3 years, or you can upgrade your on-premises server to Windows Server 2019, which is the latest operating system offering container support as well as top-notch security features.
If you’re overwhelmed with the task of upgrading your Windows Server 2008, keep in mind that you don’t have to do it alone. At Unified Network Group, we’ve helped countless business in the area upgrade their server infrastructure. To learn more about your options, feel free to reach out to our team or by phone today at 864-278-0202.