Deadline looming – July 14th

Dear System Administrators,

As most of you know (or should know) the next 2 weeks are going to be pretty busy. With the impending approach  Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015 – how many systems / applications do you still have on Windows Server 2003?

No more security updates from Microsoft for Windows Server 2003 – does this mean that third party vendors are going to negate their support for their applications running on non-supported Operating Systems?  Do we now have to pay through the nose to get these applications migrated to newer operating systems?

How many of you out there have systems left to migrate, applications to upgrade, servers to decommission or power down?

After reading an interesting article from Gartner, regarding the “Application Assassin” and the “Application Undertaker”, Decommissioning: The Emerging Role of the Application Undertaker, I see that these roles are now a necessity in any growing organization.

When we look at decommissioning a server / application, the questions that need to be asked include:

  • What do I do with all the old date?
  • How long to I need to keep data?
  • Can I migrate /export data into new applications?
  • What about the hardware?
  • Does anyone know who the business owner is for the application?
  • Will it run on Windows Server 2008/2012?

All of these questions seem to be repeated every time we look at decommissioning any system or application. I would like to hear from you all on how your have tackled or are tackling this problem and what have you learned from the process.

Share your experiences.

Can you take this new knowledge along with your new processes and apply it to a plan when the time comes to decommission your Windows Server 2008 / 2012 systems?

Have you started looking at ways to improve your existing systems so that the next “End of Support” deadline will be less painful?

Send in your comments, plans, ideas and suggestions as I am sure there are many out there that could learn from what you experience


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