Microsoft warns: check your servers for old Windows

Microsoft is warning companies to check what version of Windows Server they’re running, saying some firms aren’t even aware they’re running the soon-to-expire 2000 and 2003 editions.

Microsoft warns: check your servers for old Windows

Microsoft is doing the rounds to warn customers – business and home users alike – about the looming cut off dates for some of its older systems. Microsoft will stop updating earlier versions of XP on 13 July, so the many machines still running that OS should upgrade to SP3 to keep secure.

We have customers who don’t necessarily know they’re still running it on a few boxes in the corner

Support for the Vista RTM ended 13 April, but upgrading to a Service Pack will get you back on the update list.

Windows Server 2000 will no longer be supported with security updates, while Windows Server 2003 will move from mainstream support to extended support on 13 July, meaning it will see security updates but no new features.

Microsoft wouldn’t say how many users were still running such systems, but said the group of laggards is largely made up of home users who have turned automatic updates off and businesses that haven’t had the time or inclination to upgrade.

The latter is especially true for the two server products, according to Windows Server Product Manager Gareth Hall.

“We tend to see it in enterprises with a few servers floating around running legacy applications that they can’t upgrade for whatever reason,” he told PC Pro. “We also have a bunch of customers who don’t necessarily know they’re still running it on a few boxes in the corner.”

While many firms look to virtualisation to mitigate the potential security risks, Hall warned that it isn’t necessarily enough.

“We see quite a few customers virtualise those boxes onto modern platforms, which gives a little bit of protection,” he said. “You could naively assume that you’re now safe because you’re running on a new operating system, but actually you still have Windows 2000 sitting there in that virtual machine.”

“It kind of buys you some benefits, but it absolutely doesn’t solve all the problems, so we are strongly advising customers upgrade,” he added.

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