It really is not supported next year

On September 30, 2013, in news, by

Let’s try this again with an updated chart on the SBS blog:

The Extended Support End Date for the following products is as follows:

Products Released

Extended Support End Date

Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition


Windows SharePoint Services 2.0


Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Standard Edition


SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition


Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)


Windows Server Update Services 3.0


Windows server 2003 will no longer be supported in 2015.

The lack of support is more than just security updates….. if you get stuck in migrating from Exchange 2003, in a server down situation where you are trying to recover email… you will get no support from CSS.  You will be on your own for migration. 

I can’t stress this enough… you really need to decide the future on these boxes you still have out here.


2 Responses to It really is not supported next year

  1. Rick says:

    I’d be curious if this would be true if migrating to Office 365, something MS is desperate for people to do. It would seem bad business for them to shut the door on any classic SBS user who has an issue doing a migration come April 9th, 2014. MS does crazy things on a regular basis, so I’m not putting this past them.

  2. bradley says:

    There’s no direct path from Exchange 2003 to Office 365 now.