Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have had a great run. Businesses have enjoyed these platforms for over a decade, but the time has come to upgrade with Microsoft finally ceasing support for both platforms.
The clock is ticking for those still using the Windows 7 operating system, with Microsoft set to discontinue support for the OS early in the new year.
Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will lose their Microsoft supports and updates on January 14, 2020, which means it is time to start transitioning now.
This move from Microsoft is likely to impact many businesses, with recent reports showing that over 33 per cent of computer users still had Windows 7 on their machines.
Those using Windows 7 have probably noticed notifications popping up suggesting they migrate to Windows 10 before January.
There is a way around that, with the Windows 7 – KB4493132 update disabling those notifications. If you have automatic updates turned on, this update would have been installed automatically.
But for ongoing stability and support, it is a better idea to make the move away from Windows 7 which will soon be consigned to the pages of Microsoft history.
How to prepare for the end of Windows 7
Support for Windows 7 may cease on January but in truth, it has been a redundant operating system for almost five years.
New features stopped being added from January 2015 and warranty claims are invalid from that date as well.
It is important to begin the migration process now because the end of support and patches for the OS will open the door for hackers and cybercriminals to access your sensitive business data.
The best option for migration is Windows 10, as Microsoft is offering the product free for all licenced Windows 7 users and you can easily upgrade at the Microsoft website.
Businesses should take this time to assess their hardware as well as their software to ensure their machines will be able to handle Windows 10.
End-user devices will require:
- A 1 GHz or faster processor
- At least 1GB of RAM for the 32-bit version of Windows 10 and at least 2 GB for the 64-bit version.
- At least 20 GB of hard drive space (16 GB for 32-bit)
- A graphic card capable of at least 800×600 resolution with DirectX version 9 or later
Options to replace Windows Server 2008 R2
All three versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 – Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard – will reach their end of life on the same date as Windows 7.
Security issues, the risk of downtime and a lack of new features available after January 14 mean that businesses are highly recommended to upgrade before this end of life deadline.
Upgrading to a newer version like Windows Server 2016 is not as simple as just replacing the software, though.
The migration process can have a huge impact on your business operations and IT infrastructure, so the move to a newer version of Windows Server needs to be planned properly.
Trying to integrate a new version of Windows Server with older server architecture can be fraught with complications and problems.
For those still operating Windows Server 2008 R2, the chances are your server hardware is now dated anyway.
This gives businesses two choices:
- Look at getting a combination of new server hardware, storage options and Windows Server software to upgrade your business operation.
- Assess cloud-based server options to save the expense of hardware replacement and allow for better disaster recovery solutions.
EMPR Solutions can help take the pain away from the migration process and assist your business with hardware and cloud solutions and suggestions. Contact us on 1300 289 867 to discuss your options today.