Microsoft recently announced that it is ending support for Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. Windows Server 2003 is heavily used by for the e-commerce businesses. Therefore, if any business is in e-commerce (i.e., has a website with a shopping cart), then there was a very high possibility of using the Windows Server 2003 operating system. Windows Server 2003 is heading towards its end of life (EOL) this coming July, yet a new study shows that just a small fraction of users have already migrated to a new solution. Microsoft says there are 11 million Windows Server 2003 servers are still running.
End of support means there will be no security updates, no compliances, and no safe haven – cautioned Vasily Malanin, Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific data center product management lead for cloud and enterprise, during a media briefing in Singapore.
The opportunities to advance are not marked by mere lift-and-shift actions, but the consideration of how each and every application, workload, embedded system, is or is not meeting the demands of today. This is a leaps and bounds moment that will require effort on all fronts of IT, and once included, will benefit IT, business, employees, and customers in ways that were not previously possible. This is a moment to innovate within infrastructure and applications.
What to do?
Fortunately, Microsoft has suggested four-step approach for migration:
Windows Server Requirement:
However, the above server configuration can be decided on case to case basis. If a Windows Server 2003 machine is part of Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), business will fall out of compliance with the PCI DSS as of July 15, 2015 unless it has implemented some significant compensating controls. Those compensating controls would revolve around keeping up with patching by manually reviewing patches and manually applying them, restricting logical and physical access to the servers, and very carefully logging, correlating and reviewing log files. Basically, one would need to go way above and beyond to cover for the use of 2003.
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