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Tech insight: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 - End of Support 14th Jan 2020!!

With the passing of January 14th last month, there is now less than one year of extended support remaining on Windows 7, as well as numerous Microsoft Operating Systems and Applications. In this tech insight, Chris Kay explores what this means to your business, and why if your IT infrastructure is still reliant on these Operating System's, now is the time to plan and budget for your migration to a modern infrastructure.

On the 14th January 2020, Microsoft’s popular desktop operating system Windows 7 and its server equivalent Windows Server 2008 R2 will officially become unsupported by Microsoft. After this date, there will no support from Microsoft, no further security updates and consequently no native patches for emerging threats and vulnerabilities.

Additionally, support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 will also end on this date.

On the client side, for many companies, one of the biggest challenges is that a significant number of PCs are probably still running Windows 7. The latest usage statistics show that in December 2018, Windows 7 was still in use on just over 36% of all desktop computers, and that only in November had Windows 10 finally overtaken it with a 39% market share. Replacing these with Windows 10 devices isn’t a complex task, and user training post replacement should be minimal, however, if your desktop real estate runs into 100’s of PC’s, it is a significant project which will take time to implement.

On the server side the, the migration away from Windows Server 2008 R2 could prove more of a challenge.

Each and every 2008 R2 server needs to be audited and the relevant actions taken based on numerous criteria, these include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Criticalness of server role

  • Roles and features installed on server

  • Whether it is physical of virtual

  • Whether the workload has to stay on premise or would be better moved to either a public cloud (Azure, AWS) or private cloud solution.

Finally, if you are still running Exchange 2010, then the natural migration paths are either to Office 365, or the latest on-premise Exchange server.

At 10-100, we specialise in providing client and server infrastructure migration consultancy, either to on premise or Office 365 and Azure or AWS and are currently carrying out migrations covering all of the above for our customers on a daily basis.

If you are facing an upgrade challenge and don’t know where to turn, do contact us, we are here to help and ready and waiting to manage any upgrade projects from end to end.

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