End of Life Coming for Windows Server 2008

The time to act is now!

On January 14th, 2020 Extended Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will cease!

What does this mean

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after this date will NOT be fixed by Microsoft. Furthermore, after that date Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system. It won’t be long before those systems are specifically targeted and exploited.

Why should you care

Research by the National Cyber Security Alliance shows that 60% of small and midsized businesses that are hacked go out of business within 6 months. According to the May 2019 report by Verizon Enterprise, “Data Breach Investigations Report”, 27% of all security incidents are the result of unpatched vulnerabilities. The study analyzed 41,686 incidents, 2,013 of which were data breaches. More than half of those breaches involved some form of hacking. The headlines are more and more frequent each year, don’t fall victim due to neglect.

Benefits beyond protection

  1. Enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) – ATP is a new set of host intrusion prevention capability such as preventative protection, attack detection, and zero-day exploits.
  2. Shielded VMs for Windows – use BitLocker to encrypt disk and state for Windows OS-based VMs.
  3. Windows Admin Center
    • Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. It comes at no additional cost beyond Windows and is ready to use in production.
    • You can install Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 as well as Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows and Windows Server and use it to manage servers and clusters running Windows Server 2008 R2 and later.
  4. Linux Support - If you run mixed-OS environments, Windows Server 2019 now supports running Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server inside shielded virtual machines.
  5. Storage – Datacenter Edition includes Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) – S2D is Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) and is also known as Azure Stack HCI. xByte can build S2D ready nodes!
  6. Failover Clustering – Over 9 enhancements from 2016. See link below for a full listing.
  7. Encrypted Networks - Virtual network encryption allows encryption of virtual network traffic between virtual machines that communicate with each other within subnets marked as Encryption Enabled. It also utilizes Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) on the virtual subnet to encrypt packets. DTLS protects against eavesdropping, tampering, and forgery by anyone with access to the physical network.

For more info on Windows Server 2019 you can visit the link below.


What should you do

Upgrade Windows Server 2019 licenses and new hardware to support it. Invest in new desktops/laptops/workstations with Windows 10. Windows Server 2019 has over 50 new features from Windows Server 2016 alone. A lot has changed since 2008! Many of these changes are designed to reduce administrative headaches and simplify day to day operations. Even if you are considering moving some workloads or applications to the cloud xByte can provide the appropriate subscriptions and help you architect the right solution for your business.

Have too much on your plate to deal with all this? We offer pre-sales architecture, logistics, installation, and on-site configuration services. xByte can assist with comprehensive security solutions to address all attack surfaces in your enterprise.

For many, you can’t afford the upfront costs, but you know putting your business at risk is not something you want to do. We offer CapEx and OpEx purchasing models such as leasing, financing, and technology as a service. We even have lease and finance options for companies with less than perfect credit.

If you are upgrading 1 server or hundreds, exploring virtualization, considering HCI, concerned about securing against malware/ransomware, or looking to integrate your on prem systems with the cloud click the link below to contact xByte for assistance on your journey.

Contact xByte today to start planning your upgrade!

Call: 888-929-8348

Email: sales@xbyte.com