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