As you may know, Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 all reach their “end of life” on January 14, 2020. After this date, Windows 7 and Server 2008 will still work, however, Microsoft will no longer develop countermeasures or patches to address new breaches, exploits, viruses, and attacks, leaving systems vulnerable. And after January, Microsoft will not be providing support for any peripherals (cameras, printers and IoT devices) or software associated with those systems.
If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 here are four options to consider:
- Upgrade the Operating System
This may be your lowest initial cost option however, it may not make good business sense to invest in upgrading an old system. We suggest you consider the age and functionality of your current hardware to determine if an upgrade is the right move for you. This will be an okay choice if your workstation is relatively new. If not, you may be sinking money into a system that is well past it’s prime.
If you would like to upgrade your operating system, it's a good idea to double check the following:
Is your current workstation compatible with Windows 10? You can check here
Is your current server compatible with Windows Server upgrade? You can check here
2. Replace your workstation or server
Replacing your existing workstations or server with a modern system is an investment (especially servers), however, a brand-new system will offer many years of life moving forward. Prior to purchasing any equipment make sure you review your business and technical requirements.
3. Migrate to the Cloud (This option applies to those who have Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2)
Migrating off your Windows Server 2008 to a cloud-based service is a complex process and we recommend technical guidance to determine what solution is best for the individual needs of your business. Moving to the cloud might make sense and has several distinct advantages over physical servers, such as the ability to scale resources on demand, improved security if configured properly, and the eradication of hardware failure. Contact your IT provider to evaluate the pluses and minuses of an on-premise server vs. a cloud-based one.
Just keep using your old operating system and ignore the “end of life”
Continuing to use an old operating system is not recommended as we are all in a battle against viruses, malware, and cyber-attacks. Even if your workstation is not mission critical after January 14th please consider your keystrokes, webcam, microphone, and browsing activity potentially compromised on any Windows 7 or Server 2008 machine.
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