The End of Server 2003

March 11, 2015

On July 14th, 2015 – just 125 days from the date of this blog – Microsoft will end support for all versions of Server 2003. That means no more patches or updates, or security fixes, and likely no more new software that is fully compatible with this aging system.

Server 2003 is the server version of Windows XP that Microsoft ended support for last year – causing IT headaches all over the world. The end of Server 2003 could have more of an impact on businesses though because of the central role of servers in a business network.


If you continue to use 2003 servers in your business, here are a few of the issues you may run into after July 14th:

  • Vulnerability to hackers, malware, and viruses. The end of support for Server 2003 may be bad news for you, but its good news for hackers who spend their time looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in servers. Since Microsoft will no longer be patching those weaknesses, your servers will be unprotected against their attacks.
  • Software compatibility. Up until recently, most new software has been backwards compatible all the way back to Server 2003, but the further we move away from that technology, and past the end of support, software manufacturers are not going to spend the extra resources to ensure compatibility with this older OS.
  • Performance issues. You may love Server 2003, but you have to keep in mind that the technology behind it is over a decade old! Think about all of the different types of systems, software, and technologies that have been created in that time frame! There is simply no way that technology that old can perform well today. At best, your 2003 server will keep you running, but barely.
  • HIPAA violations. If you are a medical service provider and you have a single Server 2003 in your network, you may automatically be in violation of HIPAA standards on July 14th. HIPAA requires that all systems in your network can be patched to deal with potential security weaknesses, and since Server 2003 will not be patched after July 14th, you could find yourself in breach of HIPAA.

If you have not started planning for a migration away from server 2003, then the time is now! Migration can be a complex process and requires careful planning and implementation. If you start now you can be ready to protect the health of your network when the end arrives for Server 2003.


Northbridge Professional Technologies can help you plan, and implement your server migration process. Give us a call today at 618-565-0471.

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