Tales of Windows Server 2003 and Other Software Used Past Its Prime

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-06-12

Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, meaning businesses still running the outdated system could be exposed to a number of risks. Still, it's a sure bet plenty of organizations will continue to run it beyond its end-of-life (EOL) deadline. After all, letting go of legacy software can be costly, time-consuming and cumbersome. SolarWinds recently asked its Thwack Community of 150,000 IT pros to share their craziest encounters with software and systems that were well past their prime. SolarWinds gives some tips to help ease Windows Server 2003 migration woes: "Determine how many servers are running Windows Server 2003, their services and how they're connected in the ecosystem. Server and application monitoring and management tools can help. If any of the Windows Server 2003 systems are still necessary due to dependencies, consolidate (based on application-connected context) and virtualize those systems. Properly size and capacity plan your virtual machines, then consistently monitor their performance." In honor of Windows Server 2003's impending EOL, this eWEEK slide show, based on the SolarWinds survey, offers examples of enterprises running EOL systems.


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