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March 3, 2015

Windows Server 2003 deadline will cause serious friction

Unprepared companies could face chaotic situation as user and IT rows erupt.

By CBR Staff Writer

With support for Microsoft’s server operating system Windows Server 2003 ending on July 14th a UK firm has claimed it leaves them nearly 24 million servers vulnerable to massive disruption incuding friction between IT and user departments.

Insight UK said it has indentified five key problems that end users could face after Microsoft ends support to the server OS in July.

One of the problems could be include short-term administrations, which includes focusing on short-term fixes due to lack of time to migrate, as few server upgrade projects could go up to 18 months.

Unprepared companies might compromise on planning and assessment and as a result, the extent of the server environment and criticality of applications are likely to be under estimated which will cause instability and disruption.

Compromised Coalitions is also expected to happen which lead to problems related to short term could fix to protect the servers.

The end support could lead to unforeseen circumstances due to lack of understanding of its impact on both users and organisation.

The firm anticipates that it could lead friction between departments and staff as resources need to be allocated for the migration for which no provisions have been made.

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The migration to new servers could result in conflict between old and new servers and the interoperability between directories users, and security settings, which may lead to disruption over the network. IT could also be subjected to attack and suffer heavy setbacks due to lack of data protection means.

Due to time constrains, companies will also be unable to properly back up the data before migrating which could lead to data loss.

Following the migration to new servers, companies might also have to deal with failing administration.

Insight UK MD Emma de Sousa said: "Many organisations will already be executing on their Windows 2003 migration plans, but for those that haven’t there is still help available."

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