As another year ticks on by, the inevitable is happening… Windows end-of-life support dates loom!
It may seem like a familiar feeling, as a lot of our IT clients went through this with Windows Server 2003, but we were on hand to make sure security systems were not left unprotected.
Therefore, we feel it’s vital to give as much warning as we can to businesses who could be potentially affected by this. If you are running on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 or Exchange 2010 then you will be at risk.
For those unaware of what this means or how to address it, we’ve outlined it all:
What does it mean?
End of life means that Microsoft will no longer offer support for the affected servers, meaning that no new features or fixes are released. This means that there will be support for the operating system, which will mean the system is open to and exposed to external threats and dangers.
Essentially that means that all your data and information could be at risk, so it’s incredibly important that you are in contact with your IT company planning what next steps to take.
When is it?
Here are the following dates for server changes effecting Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Exchange 2010.
Windows 2008 R2
January 14th 2020 is the end date for Windows 2008 R2 extended support.
January 14th 2020 is the end date for Windows 7 extended support.
January 14th 2020 is the end date for Exchange 2010 extended support.
More information about other servers can be found here.
What do I do?
Simple, contact your IT support company and plan to upgrade your infrastructure. The process can be very streamlined and effective when managed properly.
Our advice would be to make sure you upgrade – whether it’s an upgrade to Windows 10, or converting to Office 365. We’ve found that there is a lot of confusion and worry around upgrading, but it shouldn’t be a massive issue.
We have begun to implement our training with our clients, meaning that when a business IT Infrastructure is upgraded or changed, we arrange the appropriate training courses to help familiarise employees with the new layout and functions of their software.
Alternatively, if you are worried about your current server status and need advice we are always here to help.
If you’re looking to learn more about how your IT systems can be protected. Get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org