The Department of Homeland Security recently reminded us all, once again, that the Windows Server 2003 end of support (see post here) is a risk that can be avoided.  But enough of this negative attitude!  There are lots of positive reasons to move forward to Windows Server 2012 Including:

  1. Reducing the number of servers you need to manage.  Server 2012 R2 can scale to 320 logical processors with 4 terabytes of memory – and cluster to 64 nodes.  It’s a perfect base for virtualization and consolidating workloads.  The new PowerShell and Server Manager features handle multiple servers at once, simplifying life for overworked administrators.
  2. Virtualizing and saving money.  Most IT people are aware that Hyper-V is all grown up and is the base for the huge Azure cloud, but many aren’t aware of the storage virtualization included.  Storage Spaces with pools, snapshots and hot spares provide flexibility and growth.  Couple this with SMB 3.0 with deduplication, multichannel access and volume shadow copies and you can save a fortune with standard disks instead of expensive SAN systems.
  3. Simplifying remote and mobile user access.  Server 2012 R2 was built with the new, mobile workforce in mind.  The Remote Desktop Services, that replace the old Terminal Services, is a leap forward with clients for Android and iOS.  It expands user profile and display options, and includes DirectAccess for automatic, secure connections.
  4. Other advances that will make you more secure, compliant and cost effective.  The IP Address Management (IPAM) brings multi-site, enterprise worthy DHCP and DNS to the Windows Server world.  IIS 8.5 now scales and drives complex web services, supports ASP.NET, PHP and supports secure, sandboxed configurations to improve security.

Now is the time to learn more about Windows Server 2003 End of Support.  Keep in mind, extended support for this OS ends July 14, 2015. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to develop a transition plan.

To help, we offer experience with planning and migrating application servers by building test environments and employing advanced tools for compatibility between Windows Server 2003 and Server 2012 operating systems.