It’s idiotic! Don’t get me wrong: I loved Windows Server 2003. So much so, that soon after the GA I started a new job to deploy a new server network globally across a bank and I convinced management to go with W2003 instead of W2K Server.
I know that a very large percentage of Windows servers are still on W2003. But why would you deploy more of them now? Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 offer so much more than the 10 year old W2003. The ease of management, the user friendly and business focused features of Windows Server 2012 just scream out to be used.
Not to mention that support for Windows Server 2003 is quickly circling the drain:
- It is out of mainstream support and into extended support (July 2013, 2010): when is the last time you saw Microsoft release software that supports the 10 year old server OS? Exactly!
- End of all support (that means product support and security fixes) comes on July 14th, 2015 … just over 2 years time.
Only a short-sighted person plans on deploying new services on Windows Server 2003 at this point. Now is the time to start planning your upgrades to the new OS. That’s because you have server apps to migrate/upgrade/replace – and that’s a big deal. You may even have hardware to replace and virtualisation projects to size, purchase for, and plan – WS2012 makes this easier with built-in Hyper-V virtualisation, SMB 3.0 storage that is a nice alternative to the pricey SAN, and better-value-than-ever licensing.