Nobody wants to spend money on upgrading a server or moving to another solution when the one they use works so well. But with the End Of Support for SBS 2003 looming, it is, sadly, not really a choice. I believe that this conversation on Microsoft’s TechNet sums up perfectly what many SMB’s are asking right now about moving off of SBS 2003:
The experts agree to move off of SBS 2003
There are numerous replies to this question on the forum, but they all pretty much say the same thing… It is time to plan to make the switch. Here is one that sums up the response nicely:
I do completely understand about the ideal of not fixing what is not broken, to a point. If it was that old inkjet printer sitting on your desk, ok, that old CRT monitor, ok, but your server, which is mission critical, that raises doubt and it is not worth the risk. I highly doubt that the day MS drops support anything will happen, but you should plan to replace it not too long after, also not to mention, your server has probably been in production for awhile, hardware doesn’t last forever. For all of my small businesses, that I provide support for, have a budget, that I setup for them and each month they put money aside for instances like this.
Also something else to keep in mind, old hacker and malware code is starting to make a comeback, some code that is older than 10 years, much like what your SBS 2003 was built off of, prime example is heartbleed. So another thing to keep in mind, after the July 2015 date and MS does find a vulnerability, you will not got patched/updated.
If you have a good UTM (Unified Threat Management) device and a good updated AV solution, and current workstation OS’, then I say you can buy yourself some extra time, but budget to replace it.
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