September 21, 2004: Windows Small Business Server’s success and soaring adoption rate are notable and is selling itself. In less than 1 year of deployment, Windows Small Business Server 2003 has outsold its predecessor Windows Small Business Server 2000 by 200 percent.
July 5, 2012: Microsoft end-of-life for the SBS family, with extended support available.
July 14, 2015: Microsoft will end extended IT support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003.
YOU HAVE LESS THAN 5 MONTHS TO MAKE YOUR MOVE!
Small Business Server 2003: A security disaster waiting to happen
Microsoft will be terminating services that provide crucial security updates and patches for SBS 2003. Much like the Windows XP termination this past April, the server can still run, but the product is off the shelf both commercially and in terms of Microsoft’s internal support, making it very vulnerable. It is a security disaster waiting to happen!
The problems in upgrading a server are huge, and the popular mad-dash-switch strategy is not feasible for companies relying heavily on fully-operational 24/7 server activity. The whole infrastructure of a system, in many cases carefully built up over years, needs to be reworked – and this takes time.
Jump to Outlook 365? Get the Pros and Cons
Is it time to make the jump to the cloud and move to Outlook 365? This is a fully virtual Microsoft Office system with unprecedented access flexibility from desktop, mobile, and tablet. It has 25 GB of storage per user, full Microsoft office suite, and security features galore!
While such a Cloud service is a good option, it may not be the right option for you. Updating servers with new servers is still very viable. There are plenty of pros and cons associated with each option, and your decision is very unique to your business and how you operate.