Windows End of Life

15.11.19 11:51 AM Comment(s) By Peter

Are you ready to upgrade Windows by Jan 2020?

There are some Windows products that will become "end of life" in January 2020, what does this mean?

So what happens when a Microsoft product becomes "end of life"?

Simply, it means that Microsoft will no longer distribute updates or security fixes for these products, they will continue to work but it means that any vulnerabilities will no longer be patched.

Will this affect the security of my systems?

Yes it will if they are connected to the Internet or to a network that is connected to the Internet. Just imagine the 'hackers' and how excited they will be when these products become vulnerable, easy targets for attack! Is this likely to occur? With the number of intrusions being reported related to phishing and various other methods it is more likely than ever.

What do I need to do?

Check your desktop and server operating systems to determine what is currently operating and talk to your IT provider or staff to confirm they are planning for the upgrades before January 14 2020.

Some products can be upgraded to the next operating system simply by doing an in place upgrade. There are some limitations to this e.g. you can only go up to the next level and not any higher, Windows Server 2008 R2 can only go up to Windows Server 2012 R2 using an inplace upgrade. There is no direct path to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or higher from Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 or Small Business Server 2008 can not be upgraded as these products are no longer produced. What this means is the components need to be split (migrated) to two differenet servers, Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher and Microsoft Exchange 2013 or higher.

An alterntive to the Microsoft Exchange Server is the option to move the email systems to Microsoft Office 365, there are a number of steps to take and checks to be done to ensure this is a viable option.

What ever path is chosen checks and planning need to take place to ensure the upgrades are completed correctly with minimal disruptions to buisness operations.

What products are becoming End of Life in January 14 2020?

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 /R2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008

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