A guide to Windows Server 2003 end of life

Last updated:February 2015

Editor's note

With Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015, the time has come for users to migrate to a new server.

This guide will help you prepare to move away from Windows Server 2003 and avoid any problems during the process. It will also look at some choices for a new server, including Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

1Prepping for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Now that you've decided to migrate from Windows Server 2003, it's time to prepare for the process, get the wheels in motion and avoid common mistakes.

2Moving on to Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2

For enterprises that have chosen to skip over Windows Server 2008, the next best options are Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.