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The dangers of doing nothing

If your school is still running Server 2008 after January 14th 2020, you will be vulnerable to:

  • Cyber-attacks and viruses. Microsoft will not be providing any new security patches and as such, servers running Server 2008 will be at high and increasing risk of cyber-attacks.
  • Network failure. As there will be no new updates to Server 2008, any significant software or hardware issues will no longer be supported and could lead to significant network issues, including complete network failure.

Carry out an audit of your technology and identify the servers that will be affected. You’ll need to plan what can be upgraded to Server 2016 or 2019 and which will need replacing. It’s worth considering if you need to replace your infrastructure like for like, or if you can streamline your estate with cloud technologies.


Work out a timeline for making the necessary changes and plan to take action well in advance of the deadline. Even if it seems daunting, it’s better to start your planning late than not at all!


Before any upgrades or replacements happen, make sure you’ve backed up all your data!


Ensure your network teams and teachers can get the maximum benefits out of your migration.

Maximise Value

Consider a range of options before replacing your hardware, whether that’s how you utilise cloud technologies or spreading costs further with leasing.

What are the options?

1. Upgrade your server(s) to Server 2016 or 2019

You may be able to upgrade your server platform on existing hardware which would cover you from security threats whilst not costing significant amounts of money. Your older hardware may not be compatible with Server 2016 or 2019, get in touch with us below to discuss your estate and server compatibility.

Talk to us about server compatibility

If your server can’t support Server 2016 or will have lower performance as a result there are a number of other options available. Even if you can upgrade your server OS, it’s worth considering these as ways of improving efficiency in your network and/or saving money on hardware costs.

2. Purchase new Server 2016 or 2019 compatible servers

If your current hardware doesn’t support Server 2016 or 2019 and you’re not in a position to virtualise our servers or start transitioning to the cloud, then it’s important to ensure that you are still protected by purchasing newer, Server 2016 or 2019 compatible hardware. Take a look at our recommended range of servers below, or get in touch to talk through your options.

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3. Virtualise your servers

There may be significant cost savings available if you are using multiple physical servers. Moving on from Server 2008 may be the perfect opportunity to benefit from server virtualisation which can lead to much improved availability and flexibility of your critical server infrastructure all while reducing costs associated with purchasing, managing and maintaining physical servers.

Talk to us about virtualisation

4. Look to the cloud

This is a great opportunity to rethink how your network is run, by migrating more of your data to the cloud you can significantly reduce costs in your school whilst taking advantage of the latest software, driving better collaboration and productivity in your school. RM have specially tailored services to help take away any worries and help you transition seamlessly. Talk to us about how you can make the most of the cloud using the button below.

Find out how the cloud can help you

If you need help with the move to Server 2016 or 2019
call us on 01235 854 553 or email

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