Replace Windows® Server 2003

Replace Windows<sup>®</sup> Server 2003

Believe it or not, there are still a large number of organizations that run Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003. Most of the time it isn’t necessarily because they want to, but they’re often stuck doing so for a variety of reasons. The reasons for continuing to use Windows Server 2003 after its end of life (EOL) can include: custom applications, its usage as a domain controller and Active Directory®instance, upfront cost to purchase newer software and hardware, and implementation time. With that in mind, how can an IT organization effectively replace Windows Server 2003?

Reasoning Behind Sticking With Windows Server 2003

Why are admins still using Windows Server 2003In the case of determining whether or not to stop using Windows Server 2003, it is important to understand why exactly the IT organization is using the platform still. If you’ve built a home grown custom application that is tightly tied to Server 2003, then it may be difficult to upgrade or switch off. Of course, IT organizations know their needs best, but two potential ideas to consider are emulating Windows Server 2003 through virtualization or finding a replacement software-as-a-service (SaaS) based application. With tens of thousands of high-quality B2B SaaS applications, you may be able to find one that meets your needs.

Another major reason that we still see people leveraging Windows Server 2003 is because it still functions as the domain controller and Active Directory instance. For many organizations, this reason may be due to the fact that the server and software essentially cost nothing aside from power, floor space, and some management time. The challenge here is that at some point the server will fail, the software will stop working, or there will be a security vulnerability that will simply present too much risk to ignore. What results from any of these situations is that the organization will need to replace their Windows Server instance, but they don’t need to do it with another on-prem, expensive Windows Server instance. Admins can implement JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® and eliminate problems corresponding to failed hardware or security issues arising from a lack of continuous software (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/replace-windows-server-2003/