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batye
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batye,
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7/2/2015 | 1:11:20 AM
Re: One for all and All for one
@DDURBIN1 I think it all depends... as in Canada we still have many Co. running Windows XP... plus some Ma & Pa stores still running Win98se.... myself I'm still trying to hold on to Windows 7...  
hho927
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hho927,
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7/1/2015 | 4:19:27 PM
Re: One for all and All for one
The govn't need extra time to upgrade. On the govn't website, the contract is for support to migrate/upgrade to newer versions/oses. It ends at the end of this month or it may extended to June 2017.

It makes sense. Huge organizations need extra time for migration. Plus, they can't do it themself. They have MS help them to do it. For small & medium businesses, they can do it themself in a few months.
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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7/1/2015 | 3:27:50 PM
Re: One for all and All for one
The "update" infrastructure is still in place at Microsoft though.  Just got to pay big time to get included. 
hho927
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hho927,
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6/30/2015 | 5:56:38 PM
Re: One for all and All for one
Support & updates are ended for all.

If you keep them, you fix them yourself (if there is a problem).
DDURBIN1
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6/30/2015 | 10:08:36 AM
One for all and All for one

Microsoft has signed some pretty major deals with corporations and governments in the US and globally generating come pretty major profit for Microsoft to keep both XP and Server 2003 viable.  What I don't understand is why can't these efforts be shared with the rest of Microsoft's XP and Server 2003 customers?  Oh such terrible risks are at hand if we don't upgrade as the virus goblins are going to eat you up!  Well I've got an 11 year old Acer running XP (Norton works just great and so does Chrome) on my desk that just keeps jugging alone as a secondary computer.  I have also have a server room full of eight year old Dell PowerEdge servers running Window Server 2003 (third party maintenance is very cheap and Vipre does the protection job).  In Microsoft's mind continuing support just postpones additional revenue generated by replacements but that's not what is happening.  People and organizations will make investments when it's to their advantage to do so not when Microsoft decides which the market has done.

Andrew Froehlich
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6/29/2015 | 8:58:39 PM
Re: Slow server migration
"some of the advancements we have made since 2003 was the latest and greatest actually help it survive even longer. I don't have to worry so much about hardware compatibility because my VMs don't care."  What a great point @SaneIT. I would bet that Server 2008 and 2012 live far beyond the life of 2003 because of this.
asksqn
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6/29/2015 | 7:51:14 PM
Stories of Server 2k3's Death Are Greaty Exaggerated
The fascinating thing about the alleged demise of Win Server 2003 (and for that matter, MS XP OS as well as Office) is that MS will continue to support these programs provided that your pockets are deep enough as evidenced by the Defense Department's multimillion dollar 5 year deal with MS to keep all of the above referenced operational. Nice to know that in terms of preparedness, the upper echelons of the government pertaining to Defense considers itself far too important to have to use new technologies. 

 

 
SaneIT
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6/26/2015 | 8:42:33 AM
Re: Slow server migration
The first servers I virtualized were Server 2000 and 2003, I still have images of those servers and can spin them up if I ever need them.  It's funny but I think that some of the advancements we have made since 2003 was the latest and greatest actually help it survive even longer.  I don't have to worry so much about hardware compatibility because my VMs don't care.  I can expand the host server hardware to keep up with today's demands and those old OSes will hum along happily in the background like nothing happened. 
danielcawrey
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6/25/2015 | 1:50:41 PM
Re: Slow server migration
It's amazing to think that Server 2003 is so old. But it is – there was no such thing as social media back then!

When you consider that, you start to realize how different computing architecture is these days. It's become totally different. Cloud computing, virtualization and containers – everything's changed. Server OSs too!
SaneIT
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6/25/2015 | 8:10:05 AM
Slow server migration
I know that in years past I've actually run into one of these issues namely "New Hardware, Software Compatibility Issues" I guess this falls under the it's not broke don't fix it approach.  If the budget isn't there, everything is still humming along and the money counters brush off the warnings of security issues then you lock the server down as tight as you can and you keep an eye out for known vulnerabilities.   It's not ideal but it happens in the real world.
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