As of January 14th 2020, all versions of Windows Server 2008 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. There are a number of options available to schools still on Server 2008 and this should be seen as a great opportunity to re-consider how your infrastructure is set up.
If your school is still running Server 2008 after January 14th 2020, you will be vulnerable to:
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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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If you need help with the move to Server 2016 or 2019 call us on 01235 854 553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org