Critical Update! End of Support for Windows Server 2008 & Exchange 2010

3 years ago | by Chris O'Brien

Critical Update! End of Support for Windows Server 2008 & Exchange 2010

Support ends for Windows Server 2008 & Exchange 2010 in less than 6 months – don’t risk business disruption due to support termination! 

What does End of Support mean?
End of Support will end on January 14th 2020, meaning no further important Operating System patches or bug fixes & no free security updates. Support is also likely to end for most 3rd party applications, leading to increased threat of cybercrime from lack of security updates.

Products Affected. 

  • Small Business Server 2008 
  • Small Business Server 2011 
  • Windows Server 2008  
  • Exchange 2010 

Here’s 4 key reasons you need to prioritise upgrading. 

  1. Increased operational costs. 
    Many businesses think by retaining old system and products means better ROI but keeping the systems beyond end of life will likely result in higher operational tech support expenses owing to the additional investments required to keep them secure.
  1. Security. 
    With cyber-attacks becoming more frequent and sophisticated, running apps and data on old versions can create significant security risks. Hackers exist for this very reason. They prey on vulnerabilities such as end of life products.
  1. Non-compliance. 
    If your organisation is subject to audits, outdated software would be a key consideration. Lack of compliance with PCI security standards can be pricier for the organisation than upgrading their architecture.
  1. Compatibility
    New apps are optimised to run on the most recent operating systems. Using End of Life operating systems means you will have to hold onto old legacy applications without being able to upgrade them.

How much time do you have to upgrade? 

You need to upgrade from the Windows 2008 Server to a supported server by January 14, 2020. To keep your data safe, we recommend making the switch at least 3-6 months earlier than the set date.  


Our Recommendation.  

We recommend transitioning to Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019 and Office365 or Exchange 2019 to ensure ongoing support.  

Don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected and remember we’re here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation.