Windows Server 2003 End of extended support is more than a simple technical definition involving the cessation of updates published by Microsoft. It also has a legal meaning that alters the answer to the question “is an organization compliant with regulatory responsibilities.” For many industries, using an operating system that is no longer supported places them in legal jeopardy.
Another myth about the end of support for Windows Server 2003 is that organizations will be fine as long as those unsupported servers are not exposed to the internet and are instead placed on a heavily screened subnet. This doesn’t take into account the reality that many attacks these days do not originate from external locations, but are instead launched inadvertently, or deliberately, from inside the perimeter network.
In this hour-long Web seminar, you will learn about the following:
- What end of extended support actually means
- How running an unsupported operating system might expose your organization to fines and litigation
- How running an unsupported operating system might block some customers from being able to do business with your organization
- Why placing an unsupported operating system on a heavily screened subject does not remove the risks that the computer might be compromised by attackers
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Orin Thomas, MCITP, MCT, MVP is an author, trainer and regular public speaker who has authored more than 20 books for Microsoft Press. He is the convener of the Melbourne Security and Infrastructure Group His most recent books are on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. Orin Thomas is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and a Windows Security MVP. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books for Microsoft Press, and he writes the Hyperbole, Embellishment, and System Administration Blog.
Jason Masterman is a Distinguished Engineer at Neudesic in the Technology Platform Group. He leads research, solutions, incubation and guidance within the Business Productivity practice and specializes in enterprise social and collaboration as well as cloud development technologies.