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Windows Server 2003: Rapid Response Team to the Rescue

16 Jan 2015 by Shay Moser

We have been waving the red flag over the past year about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of service on July 14, 2015. When the deadline arrives in six months, Microsoft will no longer provide critical support, automatic fixes, updates, or provide technical assistance past the deadline. We want your digital information to be safe and available when you need it.

Last year was riddled with cyber attacks, and according to Pew Research they’re likely to increase. This is why it’s important to stay ahead of the malicious people targeting online information.

“As the deadline nears, a large portion of businesses have not taken any steps to address outdated server software, posing a serious threat to data security across the U.S. corporate landscape,” says David Mayer, practice director, Microsoft Solutions for Insight. “As we work with businesses on addressing the issue, it’s also becoming clear that many are confused about the right steps to take. We have established the Insight Rapid Response Team to work specifically on this issue and help businesses act on the critical decisions that need to be made – which could take more than 18 months to implement.”

Given the current lack of readiness and fast-approaching deadline, the Insight Rapid Response Team outlined the pitfalls businesses should avoid in operating system migration:

 

The Rapid Response Team can help organizations:

  • Carry out a detailed environment discovery
  • Perform an application and services dependencies discovery
  • Rationalize applications
  • Perform stakeholder interviews
  • Prioritize high-risk above medium- and low-priority servers

“As we work with businesses on addressing the issue, it’s also becoming clear that many are confused about the right steps to take,” Mayer says.

We can help you act on the critical decisions that need to be made – which could take three to more than 18 months to implement – with the help of our Rapid Response Team. Reach out for a lifeline at www.insight.com/ServerIgnite or call 1-800-INSIGHT.