The End is Near: How to Prepare for Microsoft End-Of-Life Support

The end-of-life is near for several Microsoft business products. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates on these products following their respective expiration dates. Upgrading these products will be necessary to protect your data from potential security vulnerabilities.

Now’s the time to plan your upgrades. Here’s what you need to know:

Desktop Software end-of-support:

Windows 7 - January 14, 2020 Office 2010 - October 13, 2020

Server Software end-of-support:

SQL Server 2008 - July 9, 2019

Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 - January 14, 2020 Exchange Server 2010 - January 14, 2020

The Risk: PC’s and servers running the above software after support ends will become vulnerable to unpatched security risks and updates will no longer be available.

The Benefit: By upgrading to the latest version of these Microsoft products, your data and systems will be protected and security updates and patches will be available.

The Plan: Careful strategic planning is key, so begin this process now. Work with your IT provider to ensure that upgrades take place well before the end of support, as it will take time to uncover all of your upgrade needs. Transitioning smoothly and successfully includes the following points:

• Identify machines for upgrade or replacement • Develop a timeline for upgrades and replacements • Plan for employee training to learn the new systems

The Help: For businesses with multiple machines, it’s best to utilize the services of an IT professional. They will ensure the compatibility of all programs your organization uses, that all systems are upgraded properly and that all software is working optimally.

ProActive Information Management can assist you with upgrade planning and creating a transition schedule that meets your needs. By allowing us to help you, we will implement solutions for a smooth transition. Contact us to get started!

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