At some point or another, all useful technological solutions need to come to an end, and this is now true of Server 2008 and SBS 2008. Chances are, you are already aware of this – but how can you expect it to impact your business, and where might you find the necessary help for dealing with it?
As with the ending of Windows Server 2003 some years ago, companies can expect no more updates for any security patches which might have been considered necessary. Clearly, this is likely to be a significant security concern for any business, and in all likelihood such businesses would be keen to know what is the next most logical, and safest, step.
We would advise replacing the Server 2008 and SBS 2008 with the more recent 2012 R2 and Server 2016. As long as these Servers are in use, any help that we provide can be compounded by seeking assistance from the Windows team themselves. However, although we are still happy to give assistance wherever possible on the Server 2008 and SBS 2008, we will not be able to seek Microsoft’s help in these matters. As well as upgrading to the newer servers, any affected companies are also advised to consider upgrading their office suites to Office 365, with its considerably more efficient support service.
It is advisable to upgrade before the end of life of these servers, simply because there will no longer be any support offered by Microsoft, which means that your system will be more vulnerable to any possible security threats, ultimately putting your business at great risk if you do not change. Along with that, you will also miss out on the many new features which are likely to grace the latest Server updates, meaning that your business will be behind on the times from a technological standpoint. This could also be hindering how efficiently your business is being run, and the knock-on effects may well be significant.
It is also possible that without the support from Microsoft, your business is operating in a non-compliant manner. An independent audit might see an out-of-date server as a fail, and this can even influence which other businesses are likely to partner with you, or not.
Any customers who are still running the SBS 2008 or Server 2008 are invited to contact us immediately, as we will be able to help with any queries you may have. Similarly, any companies looking for advice on making the switch are also advised to call. In either case, we will be able to offer our expert advice and help you in the process of making the switch.