Tuesday Tip: Your Server Could be at Risk

By Kevin Jackman

It seems like a hot topic right now is the fact that Windows 7 will soon be out of support come January 2020. Many businesses are aware and are taking proactive measures to replace machines and upgrade their current operating systems to Windows 10. However, there is an invisible elephant in the room that is slipping by unnoticed.

In January 2020, not only will your Windows 7 computers put your business at risk, but so will “Windows Server 2008/2008R2.” You very well may know that your server(s) is/are the heart of your business data. Maybe it’s in the cloud, maybe you have a box in your server room. No matter where your server is located, if the operating system is running Windows server 2008/2008R2, you will be at risk the same as Windows 7.

Microsoft support says:

“Customers who use Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 products and services should migrate to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of 3 additional years of Critical and Important security updates at no additional charge and modernize when ready.”

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s hosted cloud environment and they are encouraging businesses to use this platform for additional support. continue to support server 2008/2008 R2 for 3 additional years.

Ordering a new computer is simple compared to updating your server’s operating system. To ensure that you’re protected, contact your current IT provider and ask the question “Are we still on Windows Server 2008?”

If you have any questions or know anyone who needs assistance with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to our team.


Kevin Jackman

Kevin Jackman | Network 1 Consulting

kjackman@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7654

Growing up in Long Island, New York, Kevin ventured to the Florida Institute of Technology to begin his college career. While attending school, Kevin created and managed his own website that helped college students raise their GPAs and do better academically. Enthralled with technology, Kevin has found his home with the team at Network 1.

 

Network 1 Consulting is a 21-year-old IT support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers, but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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