Windows 7 and Server 2008 are approaching end-of-support in January, 2020.
What does this mean for me?
When is End-of-Support for these products?
Support ends for both of these on January 13, 2020.
What does End-of-Support Mean?
Microsoft has a stated policy for the life-cycle of each operating system product. Once a new version of an operating system is released, the clock starts ticking down on remaining support for the old version. Both Windows 7 and Server 2008 have been replaced by Windows 10 and Server 2012-2016 respectively.
When Microsoft stops supporting a version of Windows, Microsoft stops issuing security updates and system fixes for that operating system. For example, Windows Vista and Windows XP no longer receive security updates, even if substantial security holes are found in them. After January 13, 2020, the same will be true for Windows 7 and Server 2008.
Will my computers stop working on that date?
End-of-support does not mean that your workstations or servers running those operating systems will stop functioning on that date, but it does mean that it will become increasingly risky to operate that machine as time goes on. No security patches will be released to address new security threats and new versions of software, including anti-virus agents, will no longer be written to function on the older platforms.
What does this mean for RESULTS’ support?
For RESULTS managed service clients, our stated policy is to not provide on-going management and support for Microsoft operating systems no longer supported by Microsoft. This is because we can no longer guarantee an adequate level of security and support for applications and management tools running on those older operating systems.
Occasionally, a business may have a “legacy” application that does not have an option to run on a newer operating system. Unfortunately, RESULTS cannot guarantee that security, application, backup and hardware support will be available after the end-of-life date. All efforts should be made to isolate such machines from the rest of your network and systems, and limit all Internet connectivity, particularly web browsing and email access until an alternate application is available.
Can I upgrade to the new operating systems on my old machines?
Maybe. The best rule of thumb is to check and see if the device manufacturer has explicitly certified your model as Windows 10 or Server 2012-2016 compatible. Most models released in the last two years should be compatible, but even so may require some memory or hard-drive upgrades. Older machines are likely to require hardware upgrades or may not be compatible at all. In the case of uncertified devices, it is generally less expensive to purchase a new machine than go through the time and effort to attempt an upgrade.
Can RESULTS help me make the change?
Absolutely. Contact your account manager to discuss the options available to you. RESULTS will develop a plan most appropriate to your specific needs, and execute that plan to bring you in full compliance.
When should I start?
The time is now! It’s important to begin the process as soon as possible to ensure the availability of hardware, software and technical resources to complete your update project on time.
Adding to the pressure to act soon, there is a significant shortage of chips from the largest manufacturer of microprocessors for workstations, laptops and servers, Intel. This is due to larger than expected demand (everybody is upgrading!), and to a slow ramp-up of production for the newest generation of chips. This added demand and lowered availability results in back-orders and price increases for new equipment that will only get worse as the deadline approaches.